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Since starting United Patients Group in 2011, we have met many remarkable people who are working to make medical cannabis treatments better. But one of the most talented and dedicated people working in the field right now is Mara Gordon. She’s a cannabis alchemist and process engineer with Aunt Zelda’s, Inc., who creates customized cannabis oils for every patient she treats. Patients we’ve referred to Mara have had amazing results.
One of Mara’s specialties is fighting pediatric cancer with cannabis oils. At the upcoming United Patients Group conference, “Medical Cannabis: The Science Behind the Hype,” she will present several case studies of children she has treated and their outcomes. The conference will be held on November 1 at Dominican University of California in San Rafael. Click here to reserve your spot.
Mara got into the cannabis field after twenty-six prescription medications failed to treat her chronic pain and nerve disorders. She formed Aunt Zelda’s and began creating cannabis oils to treat chronic pain, but she soon expanded the scope of treatment to include cancer.
Mara knows better than almost anyone how hard it is to have a loved one diagnosed with cancer—her mother, father, sister, first husband, and brother-in-law all died of cancer. After seeing the brutal—and often futile—effects of chemotherapy and pharmaceuticals, she was determined to find a better way to treat the disease.
Her treatment approach is patient-specific: after a thorough intake process, the Aunt Zelda’s team chooses cannabis strains that have the specific levels of cannabinoids and terpenes that will help the patient most.
If Mara’s team can help a patient with cancer, they will not be turned away. If the patient is on intensive chemo, they will modify the treatment plan to reduce nausea. If the patient’s immune system is shot because of chemo, her team will back off the THC and increase the CBD, which has antibacterial properties to fight infection.
The treatment options are far more specific than Western medicines—there are over 5,000 strains of cannabis in cultivation, each with different proportions of healing chemicals. After painstaking research, the team at Aunt Zelda’s has identified which cannabinoids and terpenes, and at which ratios, are best for specific symptoms.
“Every patient has a different set of needs that may be successfully treated by creating products that cause a specific cannabinoid-terpene interaction,” said Mara. “It is exacting work—I get really geeky with it.”
In her presentation on November 1, “Pediatric Cancer and Cannabis,” Mara will delve into the science of treating childhood cancer with cannabis oil. She will present case studies including an eight-month-old baby girl who was diagnosed with optic pathway glioma, a rare brain tumor that often leads to blindness. The doctor told her parents they could try chemotherapy, but he couldn’t guarantee anything. The family decided to try alternative treatment first, so they turned to Mara. She created a custom regimen of cannabis oil treatment for the child, and the results were better than anything the family could have hoped for: she just turned two, her vision is perfect, and her tumor continues to shrink.
If you know a child with cancer, we strongly urge that you come to the conference and see how her efforts have changed the course of these children’s illnesses. Mara and her team are at the forefront of the movement to take a new approach to pediatric cancer, and as her results show, the cannabis treatments are working.
The medical cannabis conference will take place on Saturday, November 1, at Dominican University of California in San Rafael. General Admission tickets are $50, and CEU tickets are $75. CEUs are provided by Patients Out of Time. “Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number 16044 for 6 contact hours.”
We hope to see you there. Your participation in this conference could save a child’s life.