Magnolia Dispensary, a Pathway to Medical Cannabis

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From left to right: Barbara Blaser, and two members of the Magnolia leadership team, Kirshon Ashorno and Marisha Jamison. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Dispensary in Oakland.

It was approximately three years ago that my beloved mother passed away from lung cancer.

She was put on “home hospice” in November 2012, and the doctor declared she had less than six weeks to live. She had no appetite and was dwindling away. Through the healing power of a medical cannabis chocolate bar, used as an appetite stimulus, my mother’s life was extended more than two years. It gave her an appetite and she regained her “joie de vivre.”

After her death I decided to delve more deeply into the business of medical cannabis. I enrolled in the free classes offered by Magnolia Dispensary in Oakland.

Cannabis can certainly be used to “get high,” but it’s also being used to treat many of the issues people experience as they age, such as stiff knees and dementia. In addition, research proves that it can be effective in treating Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, autism, and PTSD.

Barbara Blaser, a 73-year-old registered nurse, is one of Magnolia’s teachers in the series called “Starting & Running a Marijuana Business.”

Her own route to cannabis started four years ago when a serious illness left her in a coma, on a ventilator, and in need of intensive work to even relearn how to walk.

Blaser develops programming for clients designed to ease them into the brave new world that uses the healing powers of cannabis to reduce dozens of prescription meds that are known to have dangerous side effects.

She teaches classes and gives free individual consultations to patients on products that might suit their needs.

Magnolia hosts a veteran’s organization, EVAC (Educating Veterans About Cannabis) that gets rave reviews from the participants.

Classes available include ‘introduction to cannabis,’ ‘pain management’ and ‘micro-dosing.’

If you’re interested in finding out about how cannabis can help your condition, make an appointment with Blaser, who likes to think of herself as a “cannabis navigator.”

Recognizing that seniors and medical patients are the fastest growing users of cannabis, Blaser was mentioned in this month’s AARP bulletin, “Marijuana and Your Health.”

Magnolia is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. On any given day you will find the dispensary stocked with traditional marijuana and cannabis products ranging from lotions, bath soaks, medicated gummies, chocolates and tinctures designed to relieve pain, anxiety, insomnia and more.

Magnolia’s staff prides itself in treating people with dignity and respect.  If you want to know if cannabis is a miracle medicine for you or a valuable treatment partner with your current medication, call or visit Magnolia, located at 161 Adeline St., 510-628-2119, and schedule an appointment. Mention the Post Newspaper and receive a 10% discount on your purchase (one time use; discounts not stackable).

Check the calendar on the website MagnoliaOakland.org

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