The Overregulated Debacle of Hemp and CBD in Massachusetts

Cannabidoil (CBD) is a non-intoxicating plant cannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plant. Hemp derived CBD comes from a chemovariety of cannabis sativa that contains less than .3% THC. CBD is one of 113 cannabinoids that has been isolated in cannabis thus far. [1] It plays a role in promoting the bodies natural healing processes through regulating the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a system within the body that aids in the overall balance and well-being in the central nervous system, immune system, and the periphery. [2] Through CBD’s therapeutic effects within the body, it has become revered as an important natural herbal therapy around the world. Reviewed research of CBD shows a favorable safety profile. [3]

This is good news for those wanting to incorporate a natural herbal therapy into their health care routine with far less side effects than many pharmaceuticals. Some of CBD’s known therapeutic effects are as follows: anti-anxiety, anti-seizure, promotes bone healing, promotes alertness, anti-psychotic, anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and immunomodulatory actions. [4] The anti-inflammatory aspect of CBD is an integral piece of its therapeutic action. Since disease and it’s symptoms stem from inflammation, CBD can lessen symptoms, flareups, and even aid in prevention.

With the evergrowing list of positives on CBD, it’s frustrating that the Hemp Department of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has taken such a prohibitive and limited stance on CBD products derived from hemp.  Even though the Hemp Farm Bill of 2018 effectively legalized hemp and it’s derivatives including CBD, and removed it from federally illegal schedule 1 status, the Hemp Department issued policy guidance in July of 2019 that has put the MA hemp industry into a frenzy.

According to the MA Hemp Policy Guidance Documents below, Hemp is now considered an agricultural commodity federally and at the state level, yet it’s certainly not treated like your average crop. The MA hemp department has the authority to open hemp derived CBD up for a wide variety of uses and to treat it like a commodity such as other herbs and their derivatives, but it has chosen to follow the FDA’s prohibitive lead instead.

“…With the passing of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, referred to as the “2018 Farm Bill,” signed on December 20, 2018, federal law now treats hemp as an agricultural commodity. Previously, hemp was not distinguished from marijuana under federal law, except under limited circumstances. Effective with this change in law, hemp is now legally recognized as a separate crop, the cultivation of which falls under the jurisdiction of the Unites States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) and state departments of agriculture, if approved by USDA. Additionally, the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) retained its jurisdiction to address public health requirements for hemp-derived products under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FFDCA”) and other related laws.
The FDA has recently issued a statement that limits the types of cannabis-derived (including hemp-derived) products that may be manufactured and sold to consumers. In particular, the FDA has prohibited any food or other consumable products containing the cannabinoid known as “CBD” from interstate commerce without its approval.1
Under state law, Sections 116 through 123 of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 128 assign the Department responsibility to regulate all activities related to hemp and industrial hemp within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The law directs the Department to administer a licensing and registration program for the cultivation, processing, and sale of hemp and industrial hemp in the Commonwealth. More particularly, the law assigns the Department general oversight responsibility for approving the sale of hemp-derived products.

The following hemp-derived products are approved for sale in the Commonwealth pursuant to M.G.L. c. 128, Section 117(c) and under FDA and DPH guidance:
• Hemp seed
• Hemp seed oil
• Hulled hemp
• Hemp seed powder
• Hemp protein
• Clothing
• Building material
• Items made from hemp fiber
• Flower/plant from a Massachusetts licensed Grower to a Massachusetts licensed Grower or Processor

The following products are NOT approved for sale in the Commonwealth pursuant to M.G.L. c. 128, Section 117(c) and are likewise prohibited for sale under FDA and DPH guidance:
• Any food product containing CBD;
• Any product containing CBD derived from hemp that makes therapeutic/medicinal claims;
• Any product that contains hemp as dietary supplement;
• Animal feed that contains any hemp products;3
• Unprocessed or raw plant material, including the flower that is meant for end use by a consumer.” [5]

CBD has favorable safety profile and obvious therapeutic qualities, making these prohibitive maneuvers by the Hemp Department nonsensical. People deserve the right to have full and legal access to Hemp and all of it’s derivatives including CBD, without the states interference. Hemp has been utilized by humans for thousands of years for industrial, agricultural, and medicinal purposes. Why the MA Hemp Department took such an anti-farming, anti-health and anti-revenue approach to non-intoxicating hemp is mind boggling. CBD is a billion dollar market and growing. Small local CBD based business and hemp license holders are now caught is a stalemate thanks to the MA Hemp Department.

The hemp cat is effectively out of the bag, and people are getting hip to the value of hemp and CBD. Consumers will find a way to buy CBD either from the internet or elsewhere anyways. Just as alcohol and drug prohibitions don’t work, neither will these ridiculous prohibitive hemp policies. The free market and entrepreneurs should have all viable business opportunities available in the hemp market, especially now with the legalization of hemp. Hemp farmers, processors and retailers are now left scrambling and confused. Municipalities and their Boards of Health have the ultimate authority to either follow the Hemp department’s guidance or to not. The uncertainty surely has the MA market on edge.

All is not lost however, as we have a very important hemp bill 4001 awaiting a vote by the Joint Commission on Cannabis Policy.  If passed the hemp bill will then have to go through the legislative process in the House and Senate, and ultimately get signed into law by Governor Baker.  Hemp bill 4001 would truly make all of hemp’s derivatives including CBD a commodity, much like parsley or oregano. Thankfully possessing, processing, and retailing CBD can not be considered criminal due to the passage of the Hemp Farm Bill. So far a few towns have activated bans, but no one is going to jail due to their activities. Please call and email your representatives and the Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy, and urge them to fight on behalf of our freedom to fully utilize hemp in all of its glory. Ask them to help get this bill passed, every call and email matters. The four members of Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy hold the power to stop this hemp madness. Tell them we need bill 4001 to pass, ask them to support small businesses and hemp farmers of MA by passing bill 4001.

Dave Rogers House Chair (617) 722-2637 Dave.Rogers@mahouse.go

Rady Mom Vice House Chair (617) 722-2637 Rady.Mom@mahouse.govSonia

Chang Diaz Senate Chair (617) 722-1673

Patricia Jehlen Vice Senate Chair (617)722-1578



Are You Sick of Your Cities and Towns Banning Cannabis? Here’s What You Can Do About it

What can you do as a citizen to change the outcome of cannabis bans in your cities and towns?  I  recently began a quest to find out this exact thing, as these sweeping bans have gotten to be laughable.  So far this is what I have found out; according to the secretary of state’s website citizens of cities and towns that are registered voters may insert articles into the warrant.  An article is an issue that will be posed to voters and a warrant contains all of the articles that either an annual town meeting or a special town meeting will contain. With 10 signatures and addresses of registered voters providing the warrant is still open, (call your town manager to check), citizens have the opportunity to include issues on the docket that are important to them.  This may be a very real opportunity to repeal and replace the cannabis bans.  I am not a lawyer nor political specialist, but I am always thirsty for the truth.  I hope this bit of info. can help people overturn bans in their neck of the woods, or at least pave the way for new and appropriate tactics to end the banning madness already!  The newest ban in my hometown of Bourne where I grew up, struck a big nerve with me. Combined with the recent bans in Barnstable, Orleans and the ban in my own town of Sandwich, I have had enough of the insanity.  I know the people have the power to make changes in the entire system, but first we have to figure out how the political system works.

You see, the local political system is so very outdated that most of us never even knew about upcoming special town meetings that included a question to ban legal adult use cannabis in our towns.  I see comments on facebook almost daily that citizens are not only shocked that they were not aware a town meeting took place with banning cannabis on the docket, but also that a ban happened in the first place.  Since we the people voted to have legal cannabis businesses come to our towns in 2016, many of us thought we would not have such an uphill battle ahead of us.  My main gripe with the system is first, it’s antiquated technique of placing the notice of upcoming meetings either in the paper or in the library.  Let’s be honest, the majority of people under 50 have no need to buy a paper nor do they go to the the library very often.  Most of get our news from t.v., radio, and articles that are shared on google or facebook.  My second gripe is the fact that town officials are only required to give two weeks notice for upcoming special town meetings, where many important issues such as voting on cannabis bans occur.  Another fail on the part of the local governmental system.  Two weeks is just not enough time to get the word out to all registered voters.  Believe you me, town officials with particular agendas (for example banning progressive and responsible things such as legal adult use cannabis business) use these antiquated systems to their advantage.  They know that the majority of people will not show up to vote because not only do most people 50 and under have very busy lives and didn’t get the memo that a special town meeting was even happening in the first place, but they also have families and work and have no say when a town meeting would happen.

All is not lost however, I have education and know how in my pocket now as do you:)  My town has not heard the last of me, oh no they have not!!  So why are towns banning cannabis?  The root of the problem lies in the reefer madness mentality of legal counsel the towns have hired.  For example, on Cape Cod many towns that have banned cannabis businesses,  have been influenced by their legal counsel tactics.  They have convinced the board of selectmen to add articles to the warrant to place bans on cannabis business in towns.  Did you know that all of this sheisty behavior is happening all around you?  I sure didn’t until I became part of the process myself.  You bet your bippy I showed up to my own town’s meeting even though I only got wind of it two days prior through a meeting I attended in Brewster.  As if public speaking isn’t terrifying enough, I also stood up to speak during public comment when the article to ban came up.  Luckily I was educated and armed with pertinent facts thanks to the informative cannabis meeting I had attended in Brewster two days prior. The meeting was put on by Regulate Cape Cod to inform citizens on data and facts associated with the legal adult use cannabis market.  Some of the most outstanding minds in the adult use legal cannabis movement in MA spoke at the meeting,  including Jim Borghesani, the yes on 4 campaign spokesmen, Richard Elrick Esq., a long time cannabis activist and former town counselor of Barnstable, and Micheal Dundas owner of Sira Naturals medical and adult use cannabis dispensary/store.  Thanks to their efforts, they successfully knocked down the potential ban on Cannabis business in Brewster, score!  See guys we can change the scene with a little ingenuity and know how.  Don’t give up!

Legal Parameters For Host Community Agreements

The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) (the regulatory body for adult use cannabis in Massachusetts)  has established guidance for municipalities and potential marijuana establishments to refer to and utilize when executing their Host Community Agreements.  As you will notice upon reading the document, the amount of taxes and impacts fees the community can request from the marijuana establishment is quite stringent and follows the guidelines laid out in the statute. The following information is quoted directly from the CCC’s guidance document on Host Community Agreements.

“To be licensed, a Marijuana Establishment must execute a Host Community Agreement (“HCA”) with the municipality in which it intends to be located. See 935 CMR 500.101 (1)(a)(8) and (2)(b)(6).1
This document provides guidance to municipalities and applicants so that they can work cooperatively to structure an HCA in compliance with M. G. L. c. 94G, § 3(d)Section 3(d) of chapter 94G, states, in relevant part:
“A marijuana establishment or a medical marijuana treatment center seeking to operate or continue to operate in a municipality which permits such operation shall execute an agreement with the host community setting forth the conditions to have a marijuana establishment or medical marijuana treatment center located within the host community which shall include, but not be limited to, all stipulations of responsibilities between the host community and the marijuana establishment or a medical marijuana treatment center. An agreement between a marijuana establishment or a medical marijuana treatment center and a host community may include a community impact fee for the host community; provided, however, that the community impact fee shall be reasonably related to the costs imposed upon the municipality by the operation of the marijuana establishment or medical marijuana treatment center and shall not amount to more than 3 percent of the gross sales of the marijuana establishment or medical marijuana treatment center or be effective for longer than 5 years. Any cost to a city or town imposed by the operation of a Marijuana Establishment or medical marijuana treatment center shall be documented and considered a public record as defined by clause Twenty-sixth of section 7 of chapter 4.” Under the statute, HCAs must include the terms necessary for a Marijuana Establishment to operate within a community. As with any agreement, terms should be negotiated between willing parties to the contract. In this context, the parties to the HCA are the owners or otherwise authorized representatives of the Marijuana Establishment and the contracting authority for the municipality. The parties should negotiate and agree to their respective responsibilities. The parties should also be aware of and abide by the constraints imposed by the plain language of M. G. L. c. 94G, § 3(d). It is clear from the statute, that the Legislature intended for a municipality to act reasonably in negotiating with a Marijuana Establishment that seeks to operate within its community. The costs and impacts of hosting a Marijuana Establishment will understandably vary from municipality to municipality and negotiated HCAs should reflect the particular impacts on the host community. It is also important that the parties to the HCA be mindful of not only the statutory language in M.G. L. c. 94G, but also the context in which an HCA is required to be negotiated. Section 3(d) of chapter 1 A Marijuana Establishment with multiple physical locations, such as a craft marijuana cultivation cooperative, must execute a HCA for each municipality in which it has a physical presence. 94G should be read in conjunction with M. G. L. 64H and 64N, the statutes that allow for the taxation of adult-use marijuana. Taken together, these statutes authorize and limit the assessments allowed on marijuana, marijuana products and Marijuana Establishments.
Taxes. The Legislature explicitly authorized municipalities to adopt an optional local excise tax of up to 3%, as applied to retail transactions, in addition to state sales and excise taxes.2 In so doing, the Legislature established the ceiling for state-authorized taxes that may be assessed on a Marijuana
• the 6.25% sales tax;
• the 10.75% excise tax on marijuana and marijuana products; and
• the optional 3% local tax, which may be applied to retail sales only.
Community Impact Fee. The community impact fee authorized by G.L. c. 94G, § 3(d) is optional and separate and apart from the taxes described above. To be authorized under the statute, and consistent with the decisional law on fees, a community impact fee included in an HCA must meet certain legal requirements.
3 The fee charged must be in exchange for a benefit that is sufficiently specific and special to the Marijuana Establishment and assessed in such a way that it justifies assessing the cost to this limited group as opposed to the general public, even if the public sees some benefit.  4 Moreover, the fee should be reasonably designed to compensate the municipality for the costs of providing the benefit.5 Accordingly, any HCA structured consistent with G. L. c. 94G, § 3(d), may include a community impact fee, provided that the community impact fee does not amount to more than 3% of the gross annual sales of the Marijuana Establishment and meets the legal requirements of permissible fees. A community impact fee included in an HCA must be more than simply called a community impact fee; it must be structured appropriately. What are examples of required conditions?
Under section 3(d) of Chapter 94G, all HCAs should include terms that describe the conditions that the municipality and Marijuana Establishment must satisfy for that establishment to operate within that host community.
Individual conditions can vary widely. The following list should not be construed as exhaustive or exclusive, but merely serves as an illustration of conditions:
• In the case that the Company desires to relocate the Marijuana Establishment within [Name of Municipality] it must first obtain approval of the new location before any relocation 2 See M. G. L. c. 64H, § 2 and M. G. L. c. 64N, §§2 and 3(a).
3 See generally Emerson College v. Boston, 391 Mass. 415 (1984).
4 Denver St. LLC v. Town of Saugus, 462 Mass. 651, 659-660 (2012).
5 Silva v. City of Attleboro, 454 Mass. 165, 173 (2009).
• The Company agrees that jobs created at the facility will be made available to [Name of Municipality] residents. [Municipality] residency will be one of several positive factors in hiring decisions at the facility but shall not be determinative and shall not prevent the Company from hiring the most qualified candidates and complying will all Massachusetts anti-discrimination and employment laws.
• Termination by the Company: The Company may terminate this Agreement ninety (90) days after the cessation of operations of any facility within [Name of Municipality]. The Company shall provide notice to [Municipality] that it is ceasing to operate within the [Municipality] and/or is relocating to another facility outside the [Municipality] at least ninety (90) days prior to the cessation or relocation of operations. If the Company terminates this Agreement, the final annual payment as defined in Paragraph X of this Agreement shall be paid to the [Municipality] by the Company. The Company shall pay the final annual payment to [Municipality] within thirty (30) days following the date of termination.
• A key-and-lock system shall not be the sole means of controlling access to the Marijuana Establishment. The Company agrees to implement a method such as a keypad, electronic access card, or other similar method for controlling access to areas in which marijuana or marijuana products are kept in compliance with 935 CMR 500.110.
• The Company agrees to provide a paid police detail for the purposes of traffic and crowd management during peak hours of operation, which shall include, but may not be limited to, Fridays between 3:00 pm -8:00 pm; Saturdays and Sundays.
• [Municipality] agrees to submit to the Commission, or other such licensing authority as required by law or regulation, certification of compliance with applicable local bylaws relating to the Company’s application for licensure and/or operation where such compliance has been properly met, but makes no representation or promise that it will act on any other license or permit request including by not limited to Special Permit or other zoning applications submitted by the Company in any particular way other than in accordance with the municipality’s governing laws.
• The [Municipality] agrees to work with the Company, if approved, to assist the Company with community support, public outreach and employee outreach programs.
• The Company agrees to work collaboratively with the Municipality and provide staff to participate in a reasonable number of Municipality-sponsored educational programs on public health and drug abuse prevention geared toward public health and public safety personnel.
The type and nature of the conditions included in an HCA are unlimited by Section 3(d) of Chapter 94G. Indeed, the only required prerequisite is that the HCA identifies the party responsible for fulfilling its respective responsibilities under the agreement. As such, the Commission is likely to take a broad view of acceptable conditions. What is permissible as part of a community impact fee?
Under Section 3(d), an HCA may also “include a community impact fee for the host community.” The statute does not include a definition of what constitutes a “community impact fee” and does not provide for elements of the fee, but it does impose other express limitations on any community impact fee included as part of an HCA:
1. The community impact fee must be “reasonably related to the costs imposed upon the municipality by the operation of the Marijuana Establishment or medical marijuana treatment center.”
There are two categories of generally acceptable types of fees: user fees and licensing or regulatory fees. A licensing or regulatory fee is based on the municipality’s authority to regulate businesses or activities. Regardless of what category it falls into, the fee charged must be in exchange for a benefit
received by the Marijuana Establishment in such a way that is justifies assessing the cost to that establishment, even if the public also receives some benefit.
The Commission views fees that are “reasonably related” as those that compensate the municipality for its actual and anticipated expenses resulting from the operation of the Marijuana Establishment. While some latitude is to be given to municipalities to plan for their expenses, the municipality must identify the plan specifics to justify the fee. As section 3(d) requires, it is important that the fee bears some reasonable relation to the costs of providing municipal services or other benefits and not merely be a fee without designation of its origins or justification of its amount. Moreover, there must be a proportionality between the cost or impact claimed by the community and the fee required of the Marijuana Establishment.
6 Municipalities are cautioned against relying on fees that are simply revenue generators in negotiating with Marijuana Establishments and planning their municipal budgets, as these fees may not withstand judicial
scrutiny. Some anticipated costs that may reasonably be included in a fee of up to 3% of gross annual sales include services such as:
• Traffic intersection design studies where additional heavy traffic is anticipated because of the location of retail establishment;
• Environmental impact or storm water or wastewater studies anticipated as the result of cultivation;
• Public safety personnel overtime costs during times where higher congestion or crowds are anticipated;
• Additional substance abuse prevention programming during the first years of operation; 6 Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District, 133 S. Ct. 2686 (2013); See also Attorney General’s letter on Hanover Annual Town Meeting Warrant Articles #22 and 23 (Zoning), December 1, 2014.
• Municipal inspection costs.
The list delineated above is not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive and is merely provided as illustrative examples.
2. The HCA must limit the community impact fee to not more than 3% of the gross annual sales of the Marijuana Establishment.
The Commission emphasizes that there is a strict limitation on the amount of the community impact fee that a Municipality may collect as part of an HCA. The fee is capped at 3% of the Marijuana Establishment’s gross annual sales.
Any fee that is more than 3% of gross annual sales is not a valid community impact fee. Moreover, any fee whether characterized as a fee, donation or other exaction, including any assessment above 3% of gross annual sales, must also comply with applicable law and the legal requirements discussed above. The Commission reiterates that, consistent with the statutory requirement of “reasonable relation” and case law on exactions there must be a proportionality between the cost or impact claimed by the community and thefee required of the Marijuana Establishment. As stated G.L. c. 94G, §3 (d), the community impact fee shall
be reasonably related to the costs imposed upon the municipality by the operation of the marijuana establishment or medical marijuana treatment center and shall not amount to more than 3 per cent of the gross sales of the marijuana establishment or medical marijuana treatment center.
3. The community impact fee is limited to a term of 5 years.
The Commission reads this provision consistent with the plain language of the statute, which states in relevant part that “the community impact fee shall be reasonably related to the costs imposed upon the municipality by the operation of the marijuana establishment or medical marijuana treatment center and
shall not…be effective for longer than 5 years.” The community impact fee is strictly limited to a term of 5 years or less. Parties may consider negotiating a fee with a shorter duration. This may be particularly helpful to reaching an agreement where the parties have difficulty ascertaining specific costs and wish to revisit the community impact fee once more information relevant to the particular Marijuana Establishment is available. Both G.L. c. 94G, §3 (d) and the Commission’s regulations at 935 CMR 500. 103 (4)(d) anticipate the collection and publication of additional information on the costs imposed by the operation of Marijuana Establishments. At, or before, the conclusion of the term of the preceding community impact fee, the parties may choose to negotiate a new, optional community impact fee which shall similarly be limited to a term of 5 years or less. Regardless of whether the parties choose to negotiate a new community impact fee, the Commission interprets the strict time limitation of G.L. c. 94G, §3 (d) as extinguishing the preceding community impact fee upon the expiration of 5 years or less, whichever was originally agreed to by the parties. Applicants for licensure as a Marijuana Establishment are strongly encouraged to seek legal advice from a licensed attorney regarding the negotiation of an HCA. Eligible licensees and applicants for licensure may be qualified to receive services through the Commission’s Social Equity program. If you are a participant in the Social Equity program or are interested in learning more about the services offered as part of the Social Equity program, please contact the Commission at (617) 701-8400.”

Guidance On Host Community Agreements


Serving the Underserved: Using Whole Plant Medicine and Cannabinoids Therapeutically

My Full spectrum Cocoa&CBD infused honey is now available online at

First and foremost I dedicate this article to our veterans.  They have inspired me to write this article.  My conversation with Ray Sabol made me realize that my passion to help our vets stemmed from my own father, a veteran of the Vietnam war whom suffered with PTSD. Ray and I met at the studio of a radio station  called Cannabis Radio Network.  He was featured on a show about Veterans using cannabis therapeutics for a myriad of ailments, along with my brave veteran friend Tiffany Lee Alward whom I was there to support.  

I’m also eternally grateful to be part of Patriots Helping Vets. Patriots Helping Vets, helps our suffering vets find more comfort through teaching them to grow their own cannabis medicine at no cost, and more.  Through our conversations and sharing together, a broken part of myself has found a way to heal.  Without our veterans we would not enjoy our freedoms.  If you would like to help donate growing equipment and or supplies for Patriots Helping Vets, feel free to private message me on my page Kellie’s Holistic Healing or get in touch with Patriots Helping Vets on their page.

Cannabis has been used as effective medicine for thousands of years by humans. As we have become accustomed to smoking the dried and cured female flowers for it’s euphoric effects, we have lost much of what whole plant cannabis medicine can offer us.  As an herbalist, aromatherapist, and medical cannabis educator, I advocate for whole plant medicine as much as possible.  Utilizing all aspects of the cannabis plant according to it’s therapeutic value is key,  giving more specific and targeted effects through cannabis therapeutics.

Our under-served veterans and civilians continue to keep me motivated and on the learning path.  Stories of veterans and patients getting their life back through cannabis medicine is so inspirational.  As a child,  I saw and experienced first hand how PTSD can manifest in veterans of war, and it tore my family apart.  My mission in life is to prevent more families from being torn apart due poor symptom management from PTSD and the like, through education and resources.  If you are suffering with PTSD or any multitude of debilitating emotional and physical challenges, it’s important for you to know that cannabis has prevented many veterans from committing suicide, and it has given them quality of life back!

I seek wisdom from science and leading cannabis researchers, in order to educate patients on how to effectively use cannabis for symptom relief and increase quality of life.  Here is a brief synopsis of some of  the main cannabinoids/ phyto-therapeutics found in the cannabis plant, that can be utilized in varying ways ; CBD: A powerful neuroprotectant/antioxidant, anti-seizure, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulator.  Helps the body to maintain balance and overall well-being.  THCA:  has anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties, and also provides relief to inflammatory bowel disease, R.A., and autoimmune issues. THC: Pain reliever, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotectant CBG:  An antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotectant. Chlorophyll:  A supreme chemical messenger agent for delivery of oxygen, B vitamins and Iron through the blood and aiding in absorption.

Terpenes, also called the essential oils of cannabis, are quite an important piece of the overall chemovariety or “strain” of cannabis, and will yield many different effects depending upon the plant’s overall constituents and their synergistic effects. When choosing a particular chemovariety or cannabis preparation, it’s important to consider the terpene content as well.  Here is a brief list of some of the most common terpenes found in cannabis, and the common effects they have on the body; Limonine: uplifting and energizing,  Linalool: calming, anti-anxiety,  Myrcene: Sedating,  Beta-Caryophyllene: anti-inflammatory, pain relieving.

Holistic Heath Practitioner & Educator/Cannabis Educator and Product Developer

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Cannabinoid information sourced from the Key Word “Cannabinoids”  in PubMed and Lectures from Dr. Ethan Russo

Disclaimer: We do not sell cannabis or participate in any illegal cannabis activity. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and do not intend to cure, treat, or prevent illness or disease. Always consult your health care provider when adding an herbal regiment into your health care routine.

Ray Sabol/American Hero
Uplift ,Terpene infused iced tea
Tiffany Lee Alward/American Hero

Journeying Into Cannabis Pet Therapy


Update!!! A week into treatment and I have shrunk Bears largest 3 cm in diameter skin growth down 1 centimeter!

My 7 year old poodle is not only near and dear to my heart, he has provided therapy to many elder patients, as well as being the best pal to my two toddlers A.J. and Irene! Bear is certainly an integral part of the family.  He is the most adorable standard poodle with a sweet and gentle nature.  Since he was a puppy he has accompanied me to my patients homes as well as journeyed into nature with me on Cape Cod.  This winter I let his coat get long as I usually do because he loves to play in the snow and even lay in it.  When spring came along, I shaved off his coat to prepare him for the warmer months ahead, but noticed something different!  Bear’s little moles had grown!

I immediately remembered when our beautiful childhood cat “Buzzy” developed bumps on his skin that suddenly grew.  When biopsied they ended up being cancer, so we had to put him to sleep.  Since Bear’s growths are spread out on his body,  I can assume that if they are cancer, they have metastasized. Once cancer hits the blood stream the prescribed treatments can be quite detrimental and very costly which is just not an option for my family.  This leads me to tell you about my current journey into treating pets with cannabis medicine.  I am not a vet, but I do believe we all have the ability to treat ourselves and our pets with natural herbs as complimentary medicine. With a bit of creativity, passion, and curiosity, we can indeed become the masters of not only our own health but our pets as well.

As a self practicing and self taught herbalist and aromatherpist in my adult years, I now come armed with much more wisdom than I had in my childhood.  What I did not know then has certainly motivated me into using the wonderful information age to my advantage to treat our beloved Bear now.  I am proactively treating Bear with complimentary medicine and have been developing recipes specifically geared to boost Bear’s immune system and target unhealthy cells that may or may not be cancerous. Recently with the wave of health claims on Cannabidial (CBD), and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), two chemicals within the cannabinoid group of the cannabis plant, I became fascinated with cannabis as a possibility to heal the human body and our treasured pets!  Although dogs and cats will have varying doses and chemicals needed for their own ailments and body weight, the common variable that gives us the gift of being able to treat our pets with cannabis, is the regulating system that every mammal has, called the Endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Thanks to millions of years of evolution, the Cannabis plant has naturally become one of the best known external sources that can assist mammals to regulate their bodies to a greater state of health and wellness. This happens when key cannabinoids in the cannabis plant bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the bodies endocannabinoid system.  Through what scientists have now been able to verify through research into the ECS and it’s relationship to cannabis, we know that the cannabinoids CBD and THC bind to the receptor sites in the ECS located throughout the body.  When cannabis binds to the receptor sites in the ECS, several therapeutic effects have been shown to occur such as: cancerous tumor reduction, anti-seizure effects, neuroprotection qualities, the regulation of insulin in diabetics, and even aiding in weight loss and or stimulating appetite depending upon the varying amounts of particular cannabis chemicals used.  The vast array of therapeutic uses of cannabis is promising and is still being explored by the scientific community.

When I began researching information on cannabis used as medicine for pets, I was happily led to a plethora of testimonials on CBD helping pets through a simple google search of  “CBD and Pets”.   I then came across a holistic veterinarian website that treats pets with cannabis medicine, and learned that whole plant cannabis can indeed be used safely to treat pets using appropriate dosing of CBD and THC.  This made me feel much more comfortable treating Bear with the cannabis plant. My fear of causing harm to Bear with the possible side effects of cannabis soon turned to confidence.  The rule of thumb for pets is to keep their cannabis medicine closer to hemp based preparations with very little to no THC and high CBD.  No one is recommending getting your pets high with the cannabis used to get humans high.  THC can be very toxic to our pets, so do not do stupid things and blow cannabis smoke into your animals mouths.  I hate it when I see videos of people doing this, it’s so frustrating and irresponsible!

My homemade full spectrum CBD oil made for pets

As an believer in whole plant medicine, I felt it was important to also treat Bear with all aspects of the plant using raw and cooked preparations with high CBD and low THC cannabis medicine.  When using cannabis as medicine for pets and humans alike, it is important to note that the highest therapeutic value is thought to come through the synergy of the whole plant called “The Entourage Effect”.  Using the raw aspects of cannabis gives an entirely different chemical profile than the aged and cured plant.  Raw cannabis contains CBDA and THCA (Cannabidolic acid and Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid) which convert into CBD and THC when dried or cured.  CBD and THC are two of the main cannabinoids in Cannabis shown to bind to the receptors in the ECS, therefore I have focused the treatments with this in mind.

We start every morning with a raw preparation of CBDA and THCA plant matter along with my homemade full spectrum CBD oil applied topically to his skin growths.  Late morning I give Bear his herbal treats made with my homemade high CBD low THC oil with accompanying immune boosting herbs, and end the day with another raw treatment,  an herbal CBD dog treat and topical CBD application.  Yes I am a caretaker by nature, can you tell?:)  So far I have noticed Bear’s agility and overall demeanor has changed for the better.  He is definitely more relaxed around my toddlers when they get loud and rambunctious, and he is even barking less at random noises around the house.  The above factors alone make this journey into using cannabis medicine on pets totally worth it.  I have measured the largest bump on his skin and will update the article every 30 days with the status.  It seems that noticeable changes for growths and tumors tend to take about 90 days to see in both humans and animals according to my google searches into testimonials.  I am hoping to see some reduction in the size of his growths very soon!

My homemade raw full spectrum oil for pets (unstrained). I keep it frozen so the raw cannabinoids stay in tact. It is said that they begin to degrade in 15 minutes at room temperature.

Information sourced from the following:

Google using key words “CBD and Pets”

“The Cannabis Health Index” by Uwe Bleshcing, PhD

Lecture by Doctor Ethan Russo at the Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo 2017

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As a cannabis educator and consultant I do not participate in any illegal cannabis activity. I continue to read the research, watch lectures, and participate in cannabis industry conferences and events to stay on top of new and old cannabis research alike. Article written in courtesy by author and Holistic Educator Kellie Roy Kellie’s Holistic Healing  


Disclaimer: As always consult your vets and doctors before adding any herbal treatment to the health care regimen. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to treat or prevent  or cure any disease.





Block the Ban on Cannabis Businesses

Key points and information to educate the public on the upcoming recreational cannabis era in Massachusetts.


 Banning Cannabis allows the illicit market to prevail! Our cities and towns loose an estimated 420 thousand dollars lost in revenue for every retail store we have banned! You can change this!

Prohibition failed but regulation can succeed! If the illicit market prevails we give criminals the advantage while our cities and towns lose!

* An Estimated Tax Revenue of $420,000k will be lost per recreational shop per year if cannabis is banned here. The People of Massachusetts are sick of our taxes going up! According to the tax and regulate cannabis group called “Regulate Cape Cod” , the tax revenue from one dispensary would generate an average of 420K per year at a 6 percent town tax rate. This is a low estimate and does not include the potential increase during the busy season. It also does not include any other potential cannabis establishments such as cultivators, and on site consumption establishments, so the possibilities are endless. Massachusetts is becoming increasingly more difficult for lower and middle income residents to survive. We are pushing out young people and lower to middle class individuals. We need a change and so far as a resident I have only seen more taxes and nothing to generate more jobs for our young people or myself with living wages.

* Sira Naturals is a cannabis cultivator currently with 100 employees. They start their employees off at 15 dollars an hour. Compare that to most jobs paying minimum wage or 11 an hour. By blocking this our town is hurting it’s job market. Pay attention to employers on they state starting wages are also 15 dollars for retail and 60-120 thousand for management. We need this!! No brainer folks.

*Reefer madness is false propaganda! No one had ever died of a marijuana overdose!  People die from alcohol and tobacco every day, yet there are liquor stores and tobacco products in plethora! The hypocrisy is staggering!

* There will not be a pot shop on every corner! Our town will have the ability to limit establishments and determine their locations. Under the new law, selectmen can limit the number of marijuana businesses and determine their location. As the law reads there can be 20 percent cannabis shops to liquor stores.

* Banning Cannabis business won’t keep marijuana out of our towns and cities, but it will increase the illicit market! People are smoking and using cannabis everywhere with or without a ban- it’s irresponsible not to make it safe for our community to purchase cannabis from a non-criminal entity!

* Public Safety is Paramount! Street dealers don’t ask for ID’s A town ban would send marijuana users into a free for all markets where products have no safety standards and cannabis is sold to minors.

* Under the law dispensaries will have to have security, they will only sell to adults 21 and older, and all of their products require independent lab testing to ensure safety and quality.

Information sourced from Regulate Cape Cod flyers and information sessions including leading Industry Experts.

Cannabis Consultant and Independent Contractor, Yoga Instructor, Aromatherpist, Ancient Percussionist, Master Energy Healer, Soul Reader. (Offering remote and in person sessions and classes for individuals and groups) Kellie’s Holistic Healing and Stress Reduction

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Unfortunately Cannabis Business was banned in my hometown of Sandwich Massachusetts, however, I still continue to educate people about Cannabis Law and Regulations, as well as share the research on the healing properties of cannabis. I independently consult to teach people how to treat ailments and disease through cannabis and it’s preparations . Come July 2018 legal recreational cannabis business will begin to open up in the state of MA. These are new and exciting times. Stay tuned!

Cannabis Consultant and Independent Contractor, Yoga Instructor, Aromatherapist, Ancient Percussionist, Master Energy Healer, Soul Reader. (Offering remote and in person sessions and classes for individuals and groups) Kellie’s Holistic Healing and Stress Reduction



We all have heard that coffee has antioxidants but what effect does it have on the brain?

the cerebrovascular system

How coffee effects the cerebrovascular system


If you’re like me you rely on the nice jolt of caffeine from you coffee in the morning, and maybe even  more coffee depending upon your needs.  I was thrilled when the antioxidant benefits of coffee hit the news years back.  As a holistic health practitioner, yoga instructor, and private duty Case Manager for the ill and elderly, I live to research the chemistry’s of food and herbs and how we can heal our bodies naturally.  I know the feeling I get with coffee isn’t always a good one, and there is certainly a reason behind it.  As any good researcher does I  went to the source.  Upon researching the vasculature effects of caffeine I came across a truly enlightening article published online at NCBI (a website that gathers medical research).  The research article titled “The Effect of Daily Caffeine Use on Cerebral Blood Flow: How Much Caffeine Can We Tolerate?”  by Merideth A. Addicott et al. 2009, shed some light on my worries about too much caffeine.  Researchers studied the effects of mild to moderate caffeine use, and compared the effects caffeine had on the arteries that provide blood flow to the brain to a placebo group that received no caffeine. The results showed high amounts of caffeine (up to 950 mg a day) caused vasoconstriction effects on the arteries that provide blood flow to the brain, but low to moderate chronic users (45-450mg) develop a tolerance to vasoconstriction effects of caffeine .  The researcher suggested in their abstract the following “Our results suggest a limited ability of the cerebrovascular adenosine system to compensate for high amounts of daily caffeine use.”

Obviously any constriction of the arteries can’t be good!   As so many nutritionist have said in the past, coffee gives you a crash and can even cause anxiety! So not everything about caffeine in our coffee can be good and that is obvious.  As with all things a balance is key.  As the evidence suggests low to moderate use of caffeine (45-450 mg of caffeine) on a regular basis is tolerated by the cerebrovascular system much better than the higher doses.  So for those of us that love our caffeine what can we do?  Here are a few tips:   

1.  Slowly sip your coffee throughout the  day to give you a more balanced effect without the crash.

2.  There are even half and half options of coffee now with lower caffeine contents.

 3.  Most tea is a better option, as it has less caffeine and can energizes you without the extreme high or extreme low.  Yerba Matte and Green Tea are two of my top suggestions due to their higher antioxidant properties.  If you are really trying to kick coffee start with a half cup of coffee instead of a full cup and drink a half cup of tea.  Slowly decrease the amount of coffee, and increase your tea consumption for a week. This will help you avoid the withdrawal symptoms and make your transition much more pleasant.

4.  If you are super determined to rid yourself of caffeine immediately then quitting cold turkey is always an option, however be prepared for anxiety, headaches, and possibly other physical withdrawal symptoms.

5.  To help you through the withdrawals you could incorporate some wonderful essential oils that actually stimulate a relaxation effect in you body such as orange, lavender, and sandalwood.

For more information about the cerebrovascular system and or the publication please see the links above this article.


The Medicinal Value of Cannabis and the Community Value of Legalized Recreational Cannabis (Marijuana)


The cannabis plant is an ancient plant that has been used for thousands of years for a variety of healing purposes as well as industrial uses.  Although the medicinal properties of cannabis are complex and multitudinous, having a basic understanding of the effects cannabis has on the endocannabiniod system (ECS) (the bodies own system that provides balance and overall health in the body and mind), gives us a simplified understanding into the medicinal value. The psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis is called tetrahydrocannibinol (THC). The raw cannabinoid THCa is converted into THC when it is  heated.  After THC enters the body through being consumed, inhaled, or absorbed topically, a beautiful thing happens….THC binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors  (the two main receptors in the endocannabinoid system ECS).

When THC binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, it aids the body in finding a healthy homeostasis through the bodies own endocannabinoid stystem (ECS). Regulating effects begin to take place in the central nervous system and immune system, causing a plethora of medicinal effects to ensue.  Cannabis is shown to have neuroprotective properties as well as providing promising results in seizures, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, asthma, and cancer to name a few. The science behind the healing effects of cannabis is finally being understood through greater research into the endocannabinoid system.


The movement to legalize cannabis and open up the market to recreational cannabis is certainly a highly emotional one full of pre-conceived notions and misinformation. In my own state of Massachusetts it is now legal for personal use and growing within certain parameters under the new law.  Individuals over 21 can legally grow up to 6 plants with a maximum of 12 plants per household, and can carry up to an ounce of cannabis. Recreational businesses set to open in July of 2018, have faced quite a challenge as many people in politics and citizens are dead set against it.  Thanks to the Cannabis Control Commission and Industry experts having open discussions and public meetings, finalized regulations are looking fair and balanced albeit quite costly. There is hope for many cannabis enthusiasts that this new and exciting industry will provide financial freedom, quality employment, and safe and legal access to cannabis.

When residents vote to allow cannabis business in their neck of the woods, communities will have the opportunity to capture lost state and local revenue, and the local job market will open up and provide more livable wages.  Instead of people buying their cannabis from the illicit market, they will have public access to safe and clean cannabis with correct use and medicinal properties listed. A large number of people use cannabis weather or not their states have made it legal.  It makes sense to bring the industry out in the open where communities can benefit from it, instead of giving the power and control to the illicit market.  Alcohol kills hundreds of thousands in the U.S. ever year, but there are liquor stores on every Main street. The reasoning just doesn’t add up.  It is time to get real and grow with the times.  If you have the opportunity to vote to legalize and or regulate cannabis in your neck of the woods do so proudly, knowing that you are a pioneer and your community will benefit from safe and legal access to cannabis.

Endocannabanoid and cannabis info sourced from the following

“The Cannabis Heath Index” by Uwe Blesching (2013)

“The Medical Cannabis Guidebook” by Jeff Ditchfielt and Mel Thomas (2014)


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Health Benefits of CBD

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The Health Benefits of Cannibadoil (CBD)

Cannabidoil (CBD) is a non-intoxicating  chemical compound found in the cannabis/hemp plant.  It is one of about 113 cannabinoids that have been isolated in cannabis/hemp to date. [1]  CBD plays a role in promoting the bodies natural healing processes through stimulating the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a system within the body that aids in the overall balance and well-being in the central nervous system, immune system, and the periphery. [2] Through CBD’s therapeutic effects within the body, it has become revered as an important natural herbal therapy around the world.  Reviewed research of CBD shows a favorable safety profile. [3] This is good news for those wanting to incorporate a natural herbal therapy into their health care routine with little to no known negative side effects.

Some of CBD’s known therapeutic effects are as follows: anti-anxiety,  anti-seizure, promotes bone healing, promotes alertness, anti-psychotic, anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and immunomodulatory actions. [4] Obviously with the health promoting benefits mentioned above alone, we begin to have a deeper understanding into the importance of cannabinoid therapeutics such as CBD.  The anti-inflammatory aspect of CBD is an integral part of its therapeutic action. Since disease and it’s symptoms are correlated with inflammation, CBD can assists in lessening symptoms, flareups, and even aid in prevention.  The inflammation action may also assist in lessening pain and gastrointestinal symptoms and flareups.

Through anecdotal evidence and testimonials, it’s clear that people are finding CBD to have many benefits both physically and emotionally.  Personally I find that a high quality CBD preparation and or product gives me energy, clarity, calm, and pain relieving actions. These seem to be a common effects from others whom also use cannabinoid therapeutics that I know personally, and from testimonials that I read about on a daily basis.  Mother nature is one of the best healers on the planet, and if we can begin to incorporate natural herbal therapies into our daily lives, we may just experience a greater sense of health and wellness!

As with all herbal therapies, before incorporating them into your health care regiment, please talk to your health care providers.

These statements are not intended to prevent, treat, or cure disease and have not been evaluated by the FDA


Information Sourced from the following

[1] “Cannabinoid” Wikipedia

[2] “Endocannabinoid System”, Wikipedia

[3]  Kerstin Iffland,Franjo Grotenhermen, 2017,An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies

[4] lecture “The Pharmacology of Cannabis Cannabinoids and Terpenes” by Dr. Ethan Russo, 2017

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