Article by Blake Taylor, Merry Jane
Cannabis products have allowed people with qualifying conditions to become healthier and stronger. It has been praised as a miracle substance for people who suffer from Crohn’s Disease, cancer, PTSD, and many other ailments. One segment of the population marijuana has been known to help exponentially is the elderly.
In 2015, Carrie Tice was struggling to help her 80-year-old mother who had advanced Alzheimer’s. When a caregiver at the senior center recommended topicalcannabis, she began to see a distinct positive difference in her mom’s behavior, attitude, and appearance.
“The change in my mom was so remarkable that I wanted to shout it from the mountaintops,” proclaimed Tice. “She seemed 10 years younger after 20 minutes, and was happy.”
She had a successful job at the software giant Ubisoft but decided to leave her career to pursue a career in cannabis in order to help seniors take advantage California’s medical marijuana laws. The company helps seniors obtain doctor’s recommendations online and order specific strains to help with their respective conditions.
In 2016, her company merged with party sales company Viva to form Octavia Wellness and began a pilot program in July at four elderly care facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Octavia Wellness’ mission is to assist the seniors with any of their weed needs. In one location, seniors formed a pseudo-secret society and held smoke outs on the golf course at night.