Sara Payan

Cannabis for Cancer

Cancer is the great equalizer: it does not discriminate by gender, age, race or socioeconomic background — it touches everyone, whether you have endured it yourself or supported a friend or family member’s journey. Along with HIV, cancer was one of the first illnesses identified as benefiting from the therapeutic effects of cannabis. Early on the plant was found to …

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Those That Came Before Us

Before the advent of the cannabis industry there was the cannabis movement. The cannabis movement is represented by teachers, mentors, and activists while today’s cannabis industry highlights entrepreneurs, disruptors and innovators. The existence of cannabis use today would not be possible without the knowledge, work and sacrifices of those who came before us. I recently spent an afternoon with Michelle …

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Alleviating Anxiety & Depression with Cannabis

Feeling anxious or depressed? You’re not alone. Anxiety and depression are two of the more common issues we hear about at the dispensary where I work, especially around the holidays. As a patient consultant and educator, I see hundreds of patients a week and help them find relief with cannabis. Here are some of the successful medicating strategies I’ve learned: …

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Signs of Normalization: Adult Children & Their Parents Shop for Cannabis

As cannabis normalizes, parents and their adult children are starting to have more conversations about it. I often see this first hand in my role as the director of education at The Apothecarium. “Hey Sara, this is my mom and this is her first time in a dispensary,” a patient says. The patient smiles and we both turn to her mom …

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