Melting Pot of Munchies

The United States is frequently referred to as a melting pot, a place where cultures meet and evolve, as shown by its diverse culinary scene. When it comes to satisfying munchies—those cravings for quick and easy food—Americans have adopted cuisines from all around the world. In honor of “Celebrate Diversity Month”, we’re diving into a variety of cultural staples that double as munchie favorites. 

We’re using our munchie meter to rank these foods based on availability in the United States. Check out the scale we used: 

  • 1.0:  0-3,000 locations: Very low availability
  • 2.0: 3,001-10,000 locations: Low availability
  • 3.0: 10,001-20,000 locations: Moderate availability
  • 4.0: 20,001-30,000 locations: High availability
  • 5.0: 30,001+ locations: Very high availability

Italian Cuisine- 49,773 locations in the U.S.

Italian cuisine continues to find its way into American food culture, particularly when it comes to tasty meals. Imagine this: gooey cheese, zesty tomato sauce, and a crispy crust—we’re talking pizza! Pizza is the ultimate comfort food, whether you go for a classic pepperoni or a veggie-loaded slice. There are over 3,000 pizza businesses in Ohio alone, making it extremely simple to discover one near you. Who can resist garlic knots dipped in garlic butter? Pair them with marinara sauce for dipping, and you’ve produced a masterpiece.

Munchie Meter: 5.0 out of 5.0

Mexican Cuisine - 47,813 locations in the U.S.

Mexican food holds a special place in American hearts and bellies. Think about the rich flavors of burritos and the deliciousness of tamales—both are popular choices for many. Crunchy tortilla chips and creamy guacamole make for a quick and easy meal. And tacos are highly versatile! Whether you fill them with seasoned pork, spicy chicken, or grilled vegetables, they taste excellent.

Munchie Meter: 5.0 out of 5.0

Chinese Cuisine- 24,128 locations in the U.S.

Chinese cuisine has a distinct range of flavors and textures that Americans like. For example, the spring roll is crunchy on the surface and filled with a mix of fresh vegetables, making it a light and fulfilling snack option. Dumplings are versatile and can be used for a quick snack or a full meal. Another popular Chinese cuisine that Americans enjoy is General Tso’s chicken, which involves crispy chicken pieces mixed in a sweet and sour sauce and served with steaming rice or noodles. 

Munchie Meter: 4.0 out of 5.0

Greek Cuisine- 4,321 locations in the U.S.

Greek food is a bright blend of fresh ingredients and strong flavors. From the classic gyro to moussaka, Greek cuisine adds a Mediterranean flavor to the table. Daily staples such as olive oil, feta cheese, and aromatic herbs contribute to a thriving Greek food market. Meze, or small plates, provide a broad selection of appetizers, ranging from tzatziki to spanakopita, perfect for sharing with loved ones.

Munchie Meter: 2.0 out of 5.0

Middle Eastern Cuisine - 3,300 locations in the U.S.

Middle Eastern cuisine has been gaining popularity in America, and for good reason. Hummus is known for its creamy texture and earthy flavors and has become a staple dip for chips, crackers, and veggies. Falafel, those crispy balls of chickpeas, are a vegetarian-friendly option packed with protein and flavor. And who can resist shawarma, with its tender, spiced meat wrapped in a warm pita?

Munchie Meter: 2.0 out of 5.0

Celebrating Diversity In Cannabis

In recent years, fusion cuisine has taken the culinary world by storm, blending staple flavors and techniques from various cultures. However, this process of blending cultures isn’t new to our country. In honoring Celebrate Diversity Month, it’s essential to acknowledge the rich history of diversity that contributes to the cannabis experience.  From product innovation to delicious solutions for satisfying munchies, diversity has been a driving factor in the evolution of cannabis culture and industry.

Could Cannabis Improve Handwriting in Parkinson’s?

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about Parkinson’s disease and supporting those affected by it. As we prepare to show our support, we can’t help but wonder: What daily challenges do those with this condition face? Parkinson’s disease can impact various aspects of daily life, from chronic pain and difficulty breathing to motor control skills such as handwriting.

 According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, individuals with Parkinson’s often experience changes in their handwriting, ranging from small writing to illegible scribbles, known as micrographia. These changes can make simple tasks like writing a grocery list or signing important documents challenging and frustrating.

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about Parkinson’s disease and supporting those affected by it. As we prepare to show our support, we can’t help but wonder: What daily challenges do those with this condition face? Parkinson’s disease can impact various aspects of daily life, from chronic pain and difficulty breathing to motor control skills such as handwriting.

 According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, individuals with Parkinson’s often experience changes in their handwriting, ranging from small writing to illegible scribbles, known as micrographia. These changes can make simple tasks like writing a grocery list or signing important documents challenging and frustrating.

While there are promising reports, there’s also a need for more scientific research on the effects of cannabis on handwriting in Parkinson’s. With further research in this area, we have the opportunity to discover new, valuable insights and ways to enhance the lives of individuals with Parkinson’s.

Current studies face their own set of challenges, like small sample sizes, inconsistent findings, and a lack of controlled clinical trials focusing on handwriting. We need more research to fully grasp the potential benefits and effects of using cannabis for improving handwriting and other motor symptoms in Parkinson’s.

 While conclusive research is lacking, people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers can explore and combine unique strategies to improve handwriting. The Parkinson’s Foundation gives several suggestions to help manage micrographia, including a daily one-page writing exercise, time set aside to write while treatment methods are at their peak, and dictation software. It’s important for patients to talk to their healthcare providers about their symptoms and treatment options, including whether medical cannabis could be beneficial. 

There is so much to gain from supporting research initiatives aimed at enhancing the lives of those living with Parkinson’s. It’s not just about big breakthroughs; we need research on the little things too, like handwriting, that can be real challenges for people with Parkinson’s. By pushing for more research funding and backing initiatives focused on patients, we can move closer to ensuring that people with Parkinson’s have all the treatments and support they need to thrive.

References

  1. Small handwriting. Parkinson’s Foundation. (n.d.). https://www.parkinson.org/understanding-parkinsons/non-movement-symptoms/small-handwriting 
  2. Lotan, I., Treves, T. A., Roditi, Y., & Djaldetti, R. (2014). Cannabis (medical marijuana) treatment for motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson disease: an open-label observational study. Clinical neuropharmacology, 37(2), 41–44. https://doi.org/10.1097/WNF.0000000000000016 

Spotlight – Nicole

Recognizing the extraordinary talent within a team is a distinct honor for any company, and within our close-knit unit, it holds an even more special place. As we celebrate International Women's Month, we take pride in directing the spotlight to the driving force behind our exceptional culture. Allow us to introduce Nicole, a powerhouse shaping our HR strategies and ensuring the well-being of our entire team.

Q:How do you believe diversity, particularly as a Black woman, contributes to the success and vibrancy of the cannabis industry?

I take particular pride in ensuring that my role as CPO demonstrates that the cannabis industry is just like any other industry as it relates to the talent within our organization. I don’t change any of my strategies because we are in the cannabis industry. I employ the same diverse talent sourcing, performance metrics, and people development that I have used in my 20+ years of HR leadership. It is important to me that we are not viewed differently because of our unique product. Yes, I love that fact that I am a black woman with an intentionality to always represent excellence. It is my sincere hope to be revered and respected in this organization, first as an HR-educated professional where the color of my skin is not the focus but more the caveat.

Q:What aspects of your role as Chief People Officer do you find most rewarding and fulfilling?

The ability to move people forward and support them on their career path and in their career goals. In my experience, I have flourished in an environment that supports growth, and I have tried to bring that same energy and focus to my role here.

Q: How does Mavuno of Ohio foster a supportive work environment, especially for women and individuals from diverse backgrounds?

We work for a company led by extraordinary women of color. Our executive leadership team and management are composed of 80% women. We understand that some of these positions are new to some, but I understand that my first responsibility is to represent this company in all arenas the same way that our leaders do. I have found that there can be a minimum expectation of HR performance from minority and women-led teams. My goal is to always exceed that expectation and demonstrate that not only can diverse teams perform at the highest levels, but the team excels because of the diversity, not despite the diversity.

Q: Where do you see the cannabis industry heading, and what role do you envision playing in its future?

I see the cannabis industry becoming universally accepted in the coming years. I believe there will be a time in the very near future when this industry will not be singled out because of the product but will be viewed and held in the same regard as any other commonly accepted industry. My role is to move this understanding forward by communicating and demonstrating commonly held HR practices and strategies.

Q:Could you highlight some of the key milestones and achievements in your career that you're particularly proud of?

It is difficult for me to speak about successes, as I feel that the success of our employees is my primary focus. However, if I had to pick a couple of highlights, I would say the following:

  • Being appointed (by my CEO) to join the Executive Leadership Team with the American Heart Association—Women in Red Fundraising Initiative
  • Foundation Board Member and Adjunct Professor at Lakeland Community College
  • Board Member and Chairperson of the DE&I Committee for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
  • Adjunct Professor for the College of Business at Ursuline College
  • Leading the city of Warrensville Heights through all the requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic while at the same time managing the creation of and move to a new corporate headquarters.
  • Leading labor relations and contract development for a newly established union while maintaining the day-to-day operations in the HR Department. Basically, changing the tires on a very fast-moving train while in motion.
  • Recognizing the talent in and development of several team members in order to place them in roles that not only supported their career growth but improved the performance and successes of the HR team(s).

Q:What challenges have you faced in the cannabis industry, and how have you overcome them?

I consider myself to be an ambassador for the cannabis industry in the HR space. When faced with the common practice of putting the cannabis industry in a category all its own, I have made it my business to show and prove why this industry is the same as any other and should be led as such, from an HR perspective. Hearing the testimonies from our employees regarding how cannabis has made their lives or the lives of their loved ones thrive in a positive direction by eliminating harsh pharmaceuticals from their daily routine has educated me personally on what the “goodness” of cannabis really means!

Q: Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies that we might not know about?

When I am not the CPO, my other life is that of a private chef and event planner. HR requires strategic thinking and consistency; cooking allows me to be creative. Cooking feeds my soul! I’m also a classically trained vocalist/recording artist and I love to share this gift that I’ve been blessed to receive.

Q:Is there a special message you'd like to share with our Mavuno audience?

My job is to support the amazing team members of our organization! My team is your HR team, and we are here to provide our employees with the answers and resources that they need. No one can do anything successfully alone! It takes a team and a tribe to make the mission complete. In this role, I have been honored to work alongside other HR professionals who understand the mission, goal, and vision of our organization. It is my hope that every member of the Mavuno team knows this and feels comfortable tapping us when needed.

Q:What’s on your adventure bucket list?

I recently completed adult swimming lessons. I was deathly afraid of the water, and accomplishing the basics of swimming was big for me. I would like to increase my swimming skills and have the goal of swimming in an ocean without fear.

Q:What quote or motto keeps you inspired and motivated?

I actually have two. The first is to “Say What You Mean and Do What You Say.” The second is to “Model Leadership in the Way That I Want to Be Led.” Both have helped me be successful in my career thus far.

Q:What's the most unique or surprising aspect of your job that people might not know about?

I am always surprised by what motivates people. The common idea is that people are motivated simply by money. What I have found in my experience is that while compensation is a motivator, it is usually way down the list. Work environment, job security, recognition of job performance, coaching, and/or positive team participation usually come in much higher. A simple “thank you” goes a long way, and the impact is priceless!

Q:What's the best piece of HR advice you've ever received, and how has it shaped your approach to your role?

Again, I have two. I am a spiritual person, and I believe wholeheartedly in the Golden Rule: “Treat Others as You Want to Be Treated.” As I shared in the question about my motto, I make it my goal to approach every HR interaction with an open mind, to really listen, and to respond in a manner that makes the person feel seen, which is what I want for myself. The second came from my mother. She always said, “People put their pants on one leg at a time, just like you do.” I took this to mean that I am no better or worse than anyone else. I have used this to walk into any room or situation and view myself as equal to all who are there before and with me. It levels the playing field and allows me to bring my best self to it.

Q:What's the best piece of HR advice you've ever received, and how has it shaped your approach to your role?

Again, I have two. I am a spiritual person, and I believe wholeheartedly in the Golden Rule: “Treat Others as You Want to Be Treated.” As I shared in the question about my motto, I make it my goal to approach every HR interaction with an open mind, to really listen, and to respond in a manner that makes the person feel seen, which is what I want for myself. The second came from my mother. She always said, “People put their pants on one leg at a time, just like you do.” I took this to mean that I am no better or worse than anyone else. I have used this to walk into any room or situation and view myself as equal to all who are there before and with me. It levels the playing field and allows me to bring my best self to it.

Q:What's the most unique or surprising aspect of your job that people might not know about?

I am always surprised by what motivates people. The common idea is that people are motivated simply by money. What I have found in my experience is that while compensation is a motivator, it is usually way down the list. Work environment, job security, recognition of job performance, coaching, and/or positive team participation usually come in much higher. A simple “thank you” goes a long way, and the impact is priceless!

Q:What's the best piece of HR advice you've ever received, and how has it shaped your approach to your role?

Again, I have two. I am a spiritual person, and I believe wholeheartedly in the Golden Rule: “Treat Others as You Want to Be Treated.” As I shared in the question about my motto, I make it my goal to approach every HR interaction with an open mind, to really listen, and to respond in a manner that makes the person feel seen, which is what I want for myself. The second came from my mother. She always said, “People put their pants on one leg at a time, just like you do.” I took this to mean that I am no better or worse than anyone else. I have used this to walk into any room or situation and view myself as equal to all who are there before and with me. It levels the playing field and allows me to bring my best self to it.

Finding Your Balance: Understanding CBD:THC Ratios

Ever wonder why everything seems a little more purple every year on March 26th? That's because it's Purple Day! This day was created for people around the world to rock shades of purple to raise awareness for epilepsy, a qualifying condition of the OMMCP. As we join in supporting those affected, we're here to assist you in your cannabis journey, starting with a breakdown of CBD:THC ratios. We're providing all the essential information on what these ratios mean and how they can impact your treatment

What are THC and CBD?

According to WebMD, THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are just two of the over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. THC is the main cannabinoid responsible for psychoactive effects, while CBD does not have psychoactive effects and has received attention for its potential therapeutic properties for pain and other conditions.

Understanding THC:CBD Ratios

The ratio of THC to CBD in a cannabis product plays a significant role in its effects. Different ratios can produce varying outcomes, making it essential to find the right balance for individual needs. Speak to your doctor to determine the right ratio for you!

  • High CBD, Low THC: This ratio may be the popular choice for those looking for the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis without psychoactive effects. It’s commonly used for conditions like epilepsy, where CBD’s anticonvulsant properties take center stage. 2
  • Balanced CBD, THC: A 1:1 ratio with close to equal parts of CBD and THC may be a favorite for new patients. This is due to individuals getting to discover their perfect balance of the two cannabinoids, starting low and increasing as they see fit. 3
  • Low CBD, High THC: This ratio is often associated with psychoactive effects and may n

Understanding THC:CBD Ratios

The ratio of THC to CBD in a cannabis product plays a significant role in its effects. Different ratios can produce varying outcomes, making it essential to find the right balance for individual needs. Speak to your doctor to determine the right ratio for you!

  • High CBD, Low THC: This ratio may be the popular choice for those looking for the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis without psychoactive effects. It’s commonly used for conditions like epilepsy, where CBD’s anticonvulsant properties take center stage. 2
  • Balanced CBD, THC: A 1:1 ratio with close to equal parts of CBD and THC may be a favorite for new patients. This is due to individuals getting to discover their perfect balance of the two cannabinoids, starting low and increasing as they see fit. 3

Low CBD, High THC: This ratio is often associated with psychoactive effects and may not be suitable for all patients, especially those sensitive to THC’s euphoric properties. 4

Personalize Your Wellness with CBD:THC Ratios

Whether you’re managing epilepsy or other qualifying conditions of the OMMCP, finding the right CBD:THC ratio is an amazing way to enhance your cannabis journey. By experimenting with different ratios, you can create a unique experience for your own needs and preferences. The potential of cannabis as a treatment option to manage symptoms and improve quality of life highlights the importance of research, education, and compassionate care for all patients.

To learn more about epilepsy and CBD, click here!

References:

  1. Multiple sclerosis (MS). Johns Hopkins Medicine. (n.d.). https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/multiple-sclerosis-ms 
  2. Eddin, L. B., Jha, N. K., Meeran, M. F. N., Kesari, K. K., Beiram, R., & Ojha, S. (2021). Neuroprotective Potential of Limonene and Limonene Containing Natural Products. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 26(15), 4535. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26154535 
  3. Surendran, S., Qassadi, F., Surendran, G., Lilley, D., & Heinrich, M. (2021). Myrcene-What Are the Potential Health Benefits of This Flavouring and Aroma Agent?. Frontiers in nutrition, 8, 699666. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnut.2021.699666 
  4. Kamatou GPP, Viljoen AM. Linalool – a Review of a Biologically Active Compound of Commercial Importance. Natural Product Communications. 2008;3(7). https://doi.org/10.1177/1934578X0800300727 

Doctor’s Day: Joel Simmons

Since 1933, National Doctor’s Day has marked a time to thank all the physicians who are on the frontline of healthcare and ensure that patients get the care they need each day. This year, we’re proud to extend this appreciation to the doctors within the medical cannabis industry.

On this Doctor’s Day, we’re happy to announce our inaugural Doctor of the Year Award, and we’re starting out strong with Dr. Simmons, Founder, Owner, and Medical Director of the Ohio Herbal Clinic.

Since receiving his Certificate to Recommend medical marijuana in Ohio in April 2018, Dr. Simmons has been at the forefront of patient care. In his mission to help patients, he has guided and qualified over 4,000 individuals for medical marijuana use. We commend his commitment to serving his hometown and community in Columbus, Ohio.

As a graduate of Kent State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), with additional training from Mount Carmel West and the University of Iowa, Dr. Simmons uses his extensive education to provide personal and quality care for each of his patients. 

As we celebrate his outstanding contributions, we invite you to join us in congratulating Dr. Simmons on being named our Doctor of the Year.

Thank you, Dr. Simmons, for your unwavering commitment to patient care and for supporting those seeking relief through medical marijuana. We look forward to seeing the medical marijuana industry grow with more doctors like you at the forefront. 

To learn more about Dr. Joel Simmons, click here!



The Perfect Meal for Managing MS Symptoms

Living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) comes with its own set of challenges. In our effort to support those affected, we've found a unique way to manage symptoms: by adding terpene-rich foods to your diet. Terpenes are natural compounds found in plants like cannabis and are known for their potential health benefits. Stay tuned for simple recipes packed with terpenes that you can easily find at your local grocery store!

What are the symptoms of MS?

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, first symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis include blurred and/or double vision, pain and loss of vision, and an abnormal feeling of pins and needles called paresthesia. Other symptoms include things like muscle spasms, loss of sensation, and having trouble with coordination.

The Recipes:

Limonene-Infused Citrus Salad:

  • Ingredients:
    • Mixed greens (such as arugula, spinach, and kale)
    • Oranges, segmented
    • Grapefruit, segmented
    • Lemon zest
    • Lemon juice
    • Olive oil
    • Honey (optional)
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Recipe:
    • In a large bowl, combine the mixed greens with the segmented oranges and grapefruit.
    • In a small bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, honey (optional), salt, and pepper to create the dressing.
    • Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat.
    • Serve immediately as a refreshing and aromatic side dish.

Terpene: Limonene, commonly found in the rinds of citrus fruits like lemon, lime, and oranges may help with the pain and inflammatory effects of MS.2



Myrcene-Rich Herb Roasted Chicken:

  • Ingredients:
      • Whole chicken
      • Fresh rosemary
      • Fresh thyme
      • Fresh sage
      • Garlic cloves, minced
      • Olive oil
      • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Recipe:
      • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
      • Rinse the chicken under cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
      • In a small bowl, combine minced garlic with olive oil to create a paste.
      • Rub the garlic paste all over the chicken, including under the skin.
      • Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper.
      • Stuff the cavity of the chicken with fresh rosemary, thyme, and sage.
      • Place the chicken in a roasting pan and roast in the preheated oven for 1 to 1.5 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) and the juices run clear.
      • Let the chicken rest for 10-15 minutes before carving and serving.

Linalool-Lavender Infused Honey Yogurt Parfait:

  • Ingredients:
        • Greek yogurt
        • Lavender flowers (culinary grade)
        • Honey
        • Granola
        • Mixed berries (such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • Recipe:
          • In a small saucepan, heat honey over low heat until warm.
          • Add lavender flowers to the warm honey and let steep for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
          • Strain the lavender-infused honey through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean container.
          • In serving glasses or bowls, layer Greek yogurt, granola, and mixed berries.
          • Drizzle the lavender-infused honey over the parfait layers.
          • Repeat the layering process until glasses are filled.
          • Garnish the top with a sprinkle of lavender flowers for visual appeal.
          • Serve immediately as a nutritious and aromatic breakfast or dessert option.

References:

  1. Multiple sclerosis (MS). Johns Hopkins Medicine. (n.d.). https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/multiple-sclerosis-ms 
  2. Eddin, L. B., Jha, N. K., Meeran, M. F. N., Kesari, K. K., Beiram, R., & Ojha, S. (2021). Neuroprotective Potential of Limonene and Limonene Containing Natural Products. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 26(15), 4535. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26154535 
  3. Surendran, S., Qassadi, F., Surendran, G., Lilley, D., & Heinrich, M. (2021). Myrcene-What Are the Potential Health Benefits of This Flavouring and Aroma Agent?. Frontiers in nutrition, 8, 699666. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnut.2021.699666 
  4. Kamatou GPP, Viljoen AM. Linalool – a Review of a Biologically Active Compound of Commercial Importance. Natural Product Communications. 2008;3(7). https://doi.org/10.1177/1934578X0800300727 

Meet These 3 Cannabis Queens

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work in the cannabis industry without ever touching a cannabis plant? Have you ever wondered how it feels to fight for your voice to be heard in a busy, male-dominated industry? Meet these incredible Cannabis Queens who demonstrate leadership, brilliance, and endurance in ancillary companies while setting themselves apart in a male-dominated industry.


1.) Nicole Fenix - Director of Education at Cleveland School of Cannabis

  • Nicole Fenix is a dedicated professional with extensive experience in education and the cannabis industry. Since September 2019, she has served as the Director of Education at the Cleveland School of Cannabis (CSC), where her passion for cannabis education shines through. Nicole’s strong educational background serves as a solid foundation for her work and enhancement of CSC. Nicole is committed to empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the cannabis industry.

https://csceducation.com/ 

2.) Montannah “Tannah” Ragland - Owner of Tannahbis Puff Co and Author of Tannahbis Books

  • Meet Tannah Ragland, the Founder of Tannahbist Puff Co, LLC, and author of Tannahbis Tea Table Art Books. As the visionary behind a Black woman-owned cannabis company and private bud bar, Tannah is dedicated to destigmatizing cannabis and elevating its cultural significance. Certified in marijuana horticulture and cannabis mixology, Tannah is a passionate cannabis enthusiast who leverages her expertise to challenge societal norms. With a Master’s degree in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics, she seamlessly integrates powerful concepts into her work, sparking imagination and challenging conventional standards..

https://www.tannahbispuffcollc.com/ 

Katie Burrel - VP, COO and Co-Founder at PufCreativ (Cannabis Marketing Agency)

  • Katie Burrel is the VP, COO, and co-founder of PufCreativ, an award-winning cannabis marketing agency. With a knack for social media management, digital marketing, SEO, and more, Katie is committed to creating and promoting genuine experiences in the cannabis industry, as seen by her recognition as Adcon’s 2022 Marketer of the Year. Proudly representing the LGBTQ+ community, Katie advocates for diversity and inclusion, inspiring others to explore opportunities in the cannabis space.

Empowering Green: How Women Are Leading the Way in the Cannabis Market

It’s time to celebrate Women’s History Month! The cannabis industry is filled with unique people united by one plant, and one group of people in particular is increasing their share of the business: women! Join us as we explore the increasing number of female consumers, the rise of women-led businesses, and the impactful leadership of women entrepreneurs and trailblazers.

Female Consumers in Cannabis:

According to studies completed by Flowhu, there’s been a notable rise in female cannabis consumers. More women are turning to natural alternatives like cannabis products to manage pain and other qualifying conditions. This trend can be attributed to factors such as changing societal attitudes, increased legalization, and growing awareness of cannabis’s therapeutic benefits for women’s health.

Headset mentions that it comes to product preferences, women often choose options that offer therapeutic benefits and promote self-care. Topicals and wellness products are popular for their holistic approach to well-being. Low-dose edibles are amazing for discreteness and ease of use, allowing women to incorporate cannabis into their routines without stigma.

In terms of consumption methods, many women prefer vaping, tinctures, and microdosing for their precise dosing and quick onset of effects. These methods are valued for promoting relaxation and enhancing overall quality of life.

Rise of Women-Led Businesses:

The rise of women-led businesses in the cannabis industry is a testament to the shifting landscape of entrepreneurship and gender equality. Across functions such as cultivation, retail, and ancillary services, women entrepreneurs are making their mark with innovation and strategy. From managing cultivation operations to creating unique retail experiences, these women are reshaping the cannabis industry and challenging traditional norms.

Success stories abound among women entrepreneurs who have overcome barriers and paved the way for others in the industry. Trail Blazers like Montannah, author of Tannahbis coffee table books, have demonstrated remarkable creativity and vision in navigating the complexities of a male-dominated field. Others, like Dr. Bridget Williams, have leveraged their medical expertise to care for patients and drive industry-wide change. These women-led businesses not only contribute to the economic growth of the cannabis industry but also serve as inspiring examples of empowerment and inclusivity.

Conclusion:

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, it’s clear that women are making significant strides in shaping the cannabis industry. From increasing female consumers to the rise of women-led businesses breaking barriers and driving industry-wide change, their influence can’t be denied. Leaders  like Katie Burrel, Co-Founder of a Cannabis Marketing Agency called PufCreative, and Cimone Casson, owner of Cannas Capital Insurance Firm, truly show resilience and determination in reshaping traditionally male-dominated spaces. Their success stories not only contribute to the industry’s growth but also inspire us on our journey of empowerment and inclusivity!

Brain Injuries & The ECS

Chances are, you're familiar with the respiratory system and the cardiovascular system, but what about the Endocannabinoid System? Today, we're diving into a must-have guide on understanding your body's Endocannabinoid System, its interaction with medical cannabis, and the intriguing connection it has to brain injuries.

Q:What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?

According to Harvard Health Publishing, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a vital network in our bodies that is responsible for maintaining balance and regulating important processes. It’s made up of three components: endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), and enzymes. 

  • Endocannabinoids in your body are similar in structure to those found in cannabis. They usually interact with two cannabinoid receptors: CB1 located in the brain and CB2 found in immune tissues. 
  • Cannabinoid receptors play an important role in controlling functions like pain sensation, immune response, and inflammation. 
  • Enzymes in the ECS control how much endocannabinoids are made and broken down, which keeps their levels balanced.1

Overall, the ECS acts as your body’s regulatory system, making sure that your body’s functions are in balance, including pain control. According to The American Journal of Psychiatry, we’ve only recently discovered the endocannabinoid system, but have made huge strides in the last few decades to understand its role of balance for overall health and well-being.

The ECS, Cannabis, and Brain Health:

Recent research has found that cannabinoids can help protect the brain and promote healing. CBD, in particular, has shown to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain, which can prevent damage to neurons from things like brain injuries and slow down conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.3

Cannabinoids also have the potential to help the brain grow new cells. This means cannabinoids could improve brain recovery and function after injury. However, more research is needed to fully understand how cannabinoids work in the brain and how they can be used as treatments for brain conditions.4

Conclusion:

As research continues to understand exactly how cannabinoids work in the brain and if they can really help with brain conditions, we’re eager to find out what this means for those affected by Brain Injuries. Learning about the ECS and how it interacts with cannabis is a big step forward in understanding our health better. 

To learn more about Brain Injuries, visit The Brain Injury Association of Ohio!

References: 

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