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Mindful Cannabis Consulting (MCC)

by 420insight on November 18, 2015

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We were inspired when we both experienced the life-changing benefits of medicinal cannabis, we were drawn to the cannabis industry on a very personal level. A brief time into it, we faced the challenges of figuring out the details of HOW to use cannabis with the most efficiency possible. After experiencing this for ourselves and devising specific navigation methods to cope with the challenges, we wanted to help others learn about cannabis and how to use it effectively through mindfulness.

Dr. Emily Earlenbaugh has a graduate background in the analysis of research methods- in particular, how to research subjective internal states like pain, joy, or compassion. She’s also an expert on the Science of Well-being. This background has helped MCC to develop research tools for patients to use when evaluating their own subjective cannabis experiences so they can hone in on what is or is not, working for them.

Our experience of being patients has been invaluable training. Because we have gone through the process of mindful cannabis use ourselves, we know what to consider and how to navigate all the variables involved. In this way, we’ve been able to develop cannabis regimens that have allowed us to thrive as productive members of society.

Right now, we are focusing our energy on outreach so that we can continue to deliver our resources to those who may benefit from them. Reaching out to more people is the fuel for our passion: service and wellness through the guidance of mindful cannabis education.

We don’t have much experience with marketing, so we are learning as we go about how to reach new customers and let people know about the services and free resources that we offer.

Our strength is our ability to communicate genuinely, both with each other as business partners, and with those we engage with in our work. Communication for us involves listening with an open mind, connecting, and sharing genuinely our own perspective. With patient consulting, this is crucial because you need to be able to really listen to a patient’s needs in order to gain their trust, and provide them with helpful advice.

Although there are a few patient consultants out there, we are the only ones we know of who are offering the quantitative and subjective tools needed to help cannabis patients hone in on the right set of variables (such as strains and methods) for their particular needs. We are also differentiated in the market by our emphasis on mindfulness. We teach patients how to use cannabis mindfully, and how to use specific mindfulness techniques to notice the subtle variations in the effects of cannabis strains. So by empowering patients with their own quantitative results and their own self-awareness, our services remain unique among the competition.

We are really inspired by the people who built this industry. Patients, growers, doctors, and dispensers; so many cannabis pioneers put their own lives at risk of raids, robberies, and arrests.  It takes a lot of courage and compassion to be in the cannabis industry, and all the more so in past times… The other main source of our inspiration has been hearing testimonials about patients who have achieved a greater quality of life, thanks to cannabis.

We were advised early on by a mentor to stay true to our unique personalities and outlook on things. With any business, you can feel pressure to change yourself to get more clients, but we were reminded that if you stay true to yourself, the clients that find you are the ones that need your genuine offerings the most.

It seems like there is more canna-news surfacing everyday, but lately, we have been following the regulatory changes that are set to take place in California. We are excited to see that by 2018, all cannabis products will be required to be tested for contaminants like mold and pesticides, before being sold to patients.

If we could rewind time, we don’t think we would change much about our business. Every step along the way has helped prepare us for the work we are doing now.

Mindful Cannabis Consulting’s next project is looking forward to developing more helpful content. While we already have an online course available at our website, www.mindfulcannabis.com, our future sights are set on a Mindfulness Guide Booklet, as well as even more patient-centered tools that are designed to help navigate the various cannabis genetic lineages.


420InSight interviewed Emily Earlenbaugh and Ashley Woodbury

Personal Cannabis Story: Emily EarlenbaughEmilyEarlenbaugh

1.) What conditions do you treat with medical cannabis?
EE: I suffer from multiple chronic pain and anxiety conditions, including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and a Generalized Anxiety Disorder. All my conditions seem to revolve around an imbalance of adrenaline, which keeps my body in an anxious fight or flight mode most of the time. My symptoms include a daily struggle with nausea, muscle tension, muscle pain, fatigue, anxiety, and a weak immune system.

I used to struggle with PTSD induced panic attacks as well, but those have subsided as I’ve been able to process the traumatic event that caused the PTSD. Cannabis was a huge part of that journey.

2.) How long have you had this medical condition?
EE: I was born with my conditions, but they started to intensify a little over 10 years ago.

3.) Do you know what caused your condition?
EE: From what I’ve studied, I believe my conditions are genetic, but possibly aggravated by external factors like pesticides and the hormones in food.

4.)Have you used any prescription medications to treat your condition?
EE: I was on anti-anxiety medications and benzos for almost 8 years, but I was able to withdraw off of them with the help of cannabis.

5.) Did the prescription medications give you you any negative side effects?
EE: I felt a sense of detachment from the people I loved, that was the worst part. But they also affected my immune system, and I started catching colds and viruses every other week or so. It would take at least a week to recover, so I was rarely well. I had to stop working and take a leave of absence from school because I was sick for too much of the time to keep up with things. It wasn’t a good solution for me.

6.) Have your tried any other alternative medicines?
EE:Cannabis has been the most helpful alternative medicine for me. But meditation has also been an invaluable tool in regaining my wellness.

7.) How long have you been using cannabis and other alternative medicines?
EE:I have been using cannabis medicinally for about 8 years. I have been meditating for 6 years. When I started meditating, it took my cannabis use to a whole new level. I started to notice the subtle differences between strains and realized which strains were helping and which were hurting. My regimen became much more effective at that point. So it’s been about 5 years since I’ve being using cannabis the way I do now.

8.) How do you feel after using cannabis?
EE: When I have the right strains, cannabis leaves me feeling relaxed, pain free, clear minded and energized. Since getting off the prescriptions and switching to cannabis and meditation my health has improved rapidly. My immune system has bounced back and I am able maintain my health and fight off infections. This has created a shift in my life from being mostly housebound, to having time and energy to work a full time job, take care of myself, and still spend time with friends and family. It has been such an invaluable blessing.

9.) Will you continue using cannabis?
EE: Absolutely.


Personal Cannabis History: Ashley Woodbury

1.) What conditions do you treat with medical cannabis? ashleywoodbury_photo
AW: PTSD

2.) How long have you had this medical condition?
AW: For 5 years

3.) Do you know what caused your condition?
AW: Being the first on scene to the death of a sibling.

4.)Have you used any prescription medications to treat your condition?
AW: Antidepressants (SSRIs)

5.) Did the prescription medications give you you any negative side effects?
AW: Feeling completely shut off from my own self-awareness.

6.) Have your tried any other alternative medicines?
AW:  Cannabis has been at the forefront of my alternative wellness plan, along with yoga and meditation.

7.) How long have you been using cannabis and other alternative medicines?
AW: I’ve been practicing yoga for over 5 years. Cannabis was part of my life for longer than that.

8.) How do you feel after using cannabis?
AW:  Alternative healing methods such as Cannabis have restored not only my wellness, but also my sense of self-awareness; the key to mindfulness.

9.) Will you continue using cannabis?
AW: There is no doubt in my mind.
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Dr. Emily Earlenbaugh, PhD.
Co-Founder & Cannabis Patient Consultant
Mindful Cannabis Consulting

Web: mindfulcannabis.com
Blog: http://consciouscannabis.info
Email: emily@mindfulcannabis.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/EEarlenbaugh

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  • November 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Great article and interviews. I think people who use cannabis for things like anxiety and PTSD are sometimes overlooked. The symptoms can’t be seen so people tend to minimize them. I’m very interested in this area —For years I dealt with undiagnosed PTSD & it’s helped me understand my own use and why I’ve been so drawn to it over the years without really knowing why.

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