by Josh Leone Josh Leone is the co-host of the Truly Medicine Podcast & representative of EZ Street Cannabis Products.
The holiday season is coming whether I like it or not just as the deadline for this article and my male pattern baldness. I can’t help but think that I’m not alone in thinking, “what the hell is 2020 gonna do
I say to this year, you can have the same 40 Christmas songs played on repeat in every store. Keep the mass consumption and the overall commercialism of the whole thing. I’ve always been more of a Thanksgiving guy anyway.
Being thankful and surrounded by food, family and friends has more of a cannabis vibe to it anyways.
It’s funny how the push and pull of the holiday season feels like the manic personality of this year. The year we have come to love and hate. The calm and the chaos of a Thanksgiving day spent demanding that our kids be grateful for everything that they have before we lay them down to bed just to go out the next morning at 4:30am and drop kick a total stranger to buy them more does not feel right to me.
Regardless of how my family spends their holidays, 2020 can have chaos and we’ll keep calm. Terpene profiles are very important when trying to stay in front of anxiety. Linalool, Myrcene and Caryophyllene are three terpenes that can help.
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It’s been a rough year for everyone and we’re all stressed, and have been stressed. So remember this DAMNIT, whether you’re passing the garlic mashed potatoes to grandma or the Hindu Kush to grandpa, just take what you need baby and pass it to the left.
When I was a kid I lived in southern Louisiana. I am well acquainted with hurricane season, the Saints, and I know authentic gumbo when I taste it. I attended Fish fries, camp outs, and I once had a pet chicken. I was, for all intents and purposes, a Cajun… I didn’t know anything else.
You know, in hindsight, all of the highlights blend together. It wasn’t parties every day, it wasn’t people hanging out in overalls. We just lived. I chased fireflies, I was barefoot, I climbed trees and helped my mom with her garden.
What I love most is how these activities have stuck with me. They were my life. In every place I’ve lived, I notice where the climbable trees are, I want room for plants, I pull the car over abruptly to show my kids fireflies. And to my husband’s dismay, I plan on having chickens again someday.
My hobbies, in a very real sense, are my roots. I don’t just mean cultural roots, though many bring back fond memories of Louisiana. I mean tree roots… like the things that anchor a tree and provide it with nutrients. Roots are the things that give trees a fighting chance during a storm. Roots sometimes feel like private parts of ourselves, because they aren’t achievement driven, they are results driven.
Hobbies may not come with paychecks, but they connect us. Maybe it helps you make new friends after a move, maybe it helps you through a loss, or perhaps it’s there to catch you when you need to connect with yourself again.
What do you wish you did more of?
Are they things you did when you were young? Are they things you always wish you’d done? Is it nothing more than an inkling of an idea that’s always been with you? What whimsical, artsy, relaxing, adventurous (—you get the point) activities do you wish you did more of?
Sowing the Seed is a monthly column dedicated to spreading knowledge and thought provoking pieces around the medicinal benefits of cannabis, its components, and products.
The goal of each piece is to underscore the power of the plant while stripping away the stigma of cannabis.
Herbage Magazine feels very strongly that Chet and his positive values will help us to continue to solidify our very own similar values within the world of cannabis.
We have requested an introduction from Chet Tucker himself!
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to further the awareness cannabis and the benefits while hopefully making it fun to learn along. Though I’ve a crash course in cannabis over the last decade or so, it wasn’t until I dove head first into the medicinal community a few years ago that I widened my knowledge. Losing my father as a result of epilepsy, at the young age of 54, I became more and more interested in why we allow a ‘government’ to control our use of natural remedies. Had he access to cannabis or CBD, I firmly believe he’d still be with me and it’s truly the foundation of why I’m passionate about the best medicinal values of cannabis.
Additionally, I believe that humans have every right to plants, especially one that has a history of healing that dates back far back in the halls of earth’s history.
With years of corporate management and communication, I’m thrilled to be here each month to promote the awareness of cannabis.”
Fun? It’s rare. Okay, I’ll stop stating the obvious right off the bat here.
I show up in the middle of an afternoon to find two grown men having the time of their lives while at “work.”
Brian Gammill, owner of Oklahoma Medicine, and Tim Jouett, man behind the curtain at Oklahoma Medicine know exactly what they are trying to accomplish and they are doing so with integrity and a little fire.
Oklahoma Medicine is an Oklahoma cannabis processing, edibles, and infused products company. They specialize in extractions for wholesale commercial licensees. They are Oklahoma grown and Oklahoma processed.
BRIDGES First of all why cannabis? What made you decide to become a provider for those in need
BRIAN I absolutely love Cannabis and have since I first smoked it when I was 16 years old. It’s safe, it’s enjoyable, and it brings a tremendous amount of relief to a wide variety of medical conditions.
TIM I have witnessed first hand what Cannabis can do for those in need. It’s truly life changing for so many patients. I love seeing the change that washes over someone in pain who brings Cannabis into their daily wellness routine.
BRIDGES Brian, tell me about your upbringing here in Oklahoma. How did that come into play when deciding to set up shop here?
BRIAN I was born and raised in Oklahoma City. I’m a true Okie native. In fact, my wife is Caddo, so we are truly native native!! ? I grew up on 63rd and Meridian in the middle class Rollingwood neighborhood, graduated from Putnam City Original in 1996. I wasn’t really receiving the support I wanted for my interest in marijuana, so I ended up moving to Denver in 2012 before the vote….
Yes, I voted for the legalization in Colorado! We were living happily in Colorado and I was growing in my basement in Denver…. and unfortunately, my Dad ended up passing away about the same time the laws in Oklahoma were changed to allow medical marijuana. We had to move back to settle my Father’s estate anyhow as he had a large 160 acre ranch up by Guthrie that needed a lot of work.
When the laws changed, we decided to open the company. So I’ve truly come full circle…. from Oklahoma, back to Oklahoma, okie born and bred, native Oklahoman company.
BRIDGES What makes you most proud about your company, Oklahoma Medicine?
BRIAN We are doing something quite different from the vast majority of these companies here. We wanted to create a very clean, very pure, super high quality line of infused products that utilized only premium inputs and ingredients. And we wanted to do it all under one brand, Oklahoma Medicine, using only the safest, state of the art equipment and technology. I’m so proud of what we have created, our products are truly fit to be called Medicine.
TIM I love being able to work for a company that wants to help people. It’s cool to make a product that can help so many different types of ailments for people of all walks of life.
BRIDGES I’ve been using your salve for about a month now. I’ve used this on my face, my arm, a cold sore, even a bug bite. It’s worked every single time. What gives?
BRIAN First off, this product is amazing! It’s something no one thinks about, topicals are such an untapped market. Let’s face it….most people do not walk into a dispensary determined to buy a topical from the very start…..but when they do finally buy our 1:1 topical pain salve and try it for themselves, the feedback we are hearing is outstanding.
BRIAN This product is so flexible, it can be used for such a wide range of ailments, its truly awesome medicine! My best friend uses it for his psoriasis, I use it for my back muscle and nerve pain from my L1 microdiscectomy I had years ago…we’ve even had ladies tell us they rub it on their feet before slipping their fancy high heels on to go out with their friends on a Saturday night. The salve helps fight the inflammation caused from dancing the night away in high heels. We are constantly finding new uses and applications for our topical. Its been such a blessing for so many people who have found this medicine!
BRIDGES What’s this fancy contraption here? Tell me about your process.
TIM We start with supercritical CO2 extraction, which is safe and efficient. It’s widely used in botanicals, soft drinks, beer, nutraceuticals, makeup, and hemp processing aside from the obvious THC extraction. This technology is very expensive, but it produces the cleanest extracts around. CO2 naturally dissipates into the atmosphere when we remove the extract from the machine, there is nothing that needs to be purged out of the extract to make it safe for consumption. There are no pentanes, no hexanes, no toxic hydrocarbon residuals that have to be removed from our product. It’s just safe and toxin free from the start. It’s a very clean, pharma grade extract.
BRIAN From there, once we extract it, we refine it with organic, food-grade ethanol to remove the fats and waxes and further concentrate the extract. Finally, we distill it to truly purify it. Our final distillate is what I would consider a broad spectrum distillate, while it is delta9 THC heavy, it also contains many minor cannabinoids such as CBD, CBN, and THCV.
BRIDGES If you were told that you had to spend a month on a deserted island and could bring an endless supply of ONLY two of your products what would they be and why?
BRIAN First off….The 1:1 topical pain salve for sure. If I was stranded on a deserted island, I’d probably be tired, dirty, and sandy, and have a lot of bug bites and rashy skin conditions from the sun…. so I’d be rubbing myself down with the salve daily to stay sharp!
TIM Definitely the 1:1 topical, my body is going to be sore from for- aging and building shelter. I’d also bring some of our capsules. I would HAVE to medicate and eating one of our capsules every couple of hours would help keep me level headed and calm so that the stress of being stranded wouldn’t be overwhelming.
BRIAN Secondly, I’d probably bring the peanut butter cups. I just love them. They’re phenomenal! Just like a Reeses. After the topical rubdowns, I’d probably want to get high and relax, so I’d definitely munch a few PB cups and then lay in the sun and try to catch some crab or fish and drink some coconut water.
BRIDGES If I am on the fence about cannabis and its ability to heal the body, what are you going to tell me to get off of that fence?
BRIAN Try our topical. None of the euphoria or high that may intimidate certain age groups and restrict them from trying medicinal Cannabis products….with ALL of the healing. You don’t get high, but you reap all of the medicinal benefits of Cannabis. Its perfect for Grandma, or your yoga loving wife or daughter who cares for their body.
BRIDGES How has cannabis helped each of you besides business?
TIM It has always helped me with my anxiety and depression. It helps me approach each day with positivity.
BRIAN I can finally sleep at night. No more back pain or sciatica! I love it. It takes away my anxiety and helps me with my depression and antisocial nature.
BRIDGES What’s next for OM?
BRIAN More competitions. More awards. More sales. More patient pop-ups and meet and greets. We are trying to increase our exposure across the board, and are working hard to be found state-wide. We want to ensure our products are available at every corner of the state, so regardless of where you live as a medical patient, you can walk into your local dispensary and try our award winning products for yourself.
As a Certified Nutrition and Cannabis coach I get one of two responses when I tell people what I do for a living, its either “oh, that’s interesting” or “…is that even a career?” “Uhh…Yes. It is now!” I reply. The next question is somewhere along the lines of “Sooo, I smoke pot all day and you tell me what munchies I can eat?” I giggle, they giggle and then I explain why my job is much more than bong rips and brownies. You see, every person has an endocannabinoid system, this system is perhaps the most important communication system within our body. Officially named the endogenous cannabinoid system, it is considered to be a major receptor pathway and assists in establishing balance throughout the body, called homeostasis. When we experience “disruptions” throughout our endocannabinoid system this is our body alerting us for help in reestablishing homeostasis. These disruptions may appear in a variety of ways, such as but not limited to insomnia, nerve pain, headaches, migraines, joint pain, inflammation, gut deterioration, anemia, hormone imbalance, chronic pain, metabolic mismanagement, emotional imbalance, memory, mood, heart rate, blood sugar regulation and much more. Recent research and numerous medical studies have confirmed the importance of supplementing this system with a daily cannabidiol product to restore balance and support mental and physical wellness.
So, how are proper nutrition and the endocannabinoid system connected? The answer is in the receptors. The endocannabinoid system is comprised of receptors, CB1 and CB2. The majority of CB2 receptors are located within the gut and throughout the immune system. That means the majority of your wellness can be regulated with a daily cannabidiol regimen and proper nutrition.
Many people believe that wellness is an unattainable way of life because they have not experienced true wellness. However, I found that with consistent endocannabinoid support and clean nutrition, the body will experience a drastic reduction in ailments and in some scenarios complete reversal of disease. Everyday I assist clients who seek true wellness. True wellness is freedom from pain, insomnia, high blood pressure, excess weight gain, inflammation and much more. Through my own experience with a daily cannabidiol regimen and a convenient nutrition plan, I have been able to successfully free my body from over ten prescriptions, countless over the counter medications, and accelorated my weight loss to celebrate 125lbs lost. If you’re ready to experience wellness too, I’m here.