By Janna Champagne, BSN, RN
As a holistic nurse focused on natural alternatives to pharma, also residing in a cannabis-legal state, learning about medical cannabis was a logical decision for me. Cannabis quickly transformed into a major life passion, as this amazing plant spared my teen daughter from out-of-home placement from safety concerns during her Autism puberty crisis. This puberty crisis situation is exceedingly common, affecting an estimated 50% of children with Autism (ASD), when parents are suddenly confronted with intense behaviors which may include self-injury, aggressive rages, and property destruction. Cannabis is effective for calming ASD behaviors, and our suffering and transcendence provided a new life purpose: to teach others about the healing potential of cannabis. My current work is very rewarding, as I educate and support many clients through successfully adopting a medical cannabis regimen, which in most cases improves their situation and avoids potentially heart-breaking scenarios.