It took docs a 12 months to diagnose Lyme illness. Bedridden and in ache, she turned to hashish

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How Ashley Short decides to “take care of her own health”

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May 04, 2021 • • 29 minutes ago • • Read for 4 minutes • • Join the conversation Ashley Short (left) with her partner Tijen Yalchin. Ashley Short (left) with her partner Tijen Yalchin.

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At the age of 27, a sudden and mysterious illness left me bedridden and in excruciating agony. Severe pain in my joints and muscles made me stop walking. During a local doctor’s visit, I was misdiagnosed with chronic rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for which I was prescribed a variety of RA medications in both pill and injection forms, as well as a variety of opioids.

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Despite taking the medication, the severe joint pain persisted and I still could not move without help. I desperately looked for alternatives and returned to normal. I searched the market for sustainable herbal remedies, but was upset by the lack of effective and ethical natural wellness products. As a certified nutritionist and clinical herbalist, I started creating my own creations based on traditional herbal medicines, albeit with mixed results.

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Lyme disease, a rare but often misdiagnosed disease

A year later, in 2012, I returned to the doctor and asked to be tested for Lyme disease. Although initially rejected, my persistence paid off and two weeks later my illness was correctly identified.

Lyme disease is a rare tick-borne infection that is often misdiagnosed or ignored. It affects about 1,500 cases each year, but the cases are increasing rapidly. Only 144 cases were reported in 2009 and over 2,600 in 2019.

Again, I was prescribed opiates for pain relief, and this time my GP warned, “If you don’t take your medication, you will be crippled in a wheelchair for the rest of your life.” Hand and returned to my kitchen to experiment with different herbal formulations.

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I decided I had all the tools I needed and started treating myself like I was my own customer. I developed a nutrition plan that was supplemented with herbal formulas, themes, teas, and tinctures. With an extensive list of plants and their medicinal benefits, the formulations have been continually developed with the help of my partner Tijen Yalchin, who combined her extensive background in traditional Chinese medicine with mine as a holistic nutritionist and clinical herbalist.

We went through dozens of iterations and eventually came up with an herbal theme that helped. With further research, it quickly became clear that a cannabinoid-infused product could offer additional therapeutic benefits with the results we so badly needed. I set out to obtain a license to obtain cannabis for medicinal purposes, specifically to make pain relieving subjects.

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My medical cannabis map helped me discover the potential of cannabinoids, especially in terms of pain relief. The formulation was effective when used topically and mixed with a range of additional herbal ingredients. When cannabinoids are absorbed through the skin, they bind to internal receptors to reduce inflammation and localize pain so the body can calmly return to homeostasis.

Inspired by this discovery, Tijen and I returned to the kitchen, this time with cannabis balm as the main focus of our investigation. These creations began to bear fruit, with far greater effectiveness than previous compositions. We started honing the ointments with complementary plants that also provided pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties until we had perfected our final formula.

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“Ready to Mix” lotion for pain relief

In March 2019, I had to undergo full knee replacement surgery because I was confined to a wheelchair. With the new formula, I was able to reduce pain and inflammation on the knee and reduce the appearance of the scar. The unnamed cream was shared with friends and family with similar ailments at our Earth Kisses Sky holistic wellness center to receive rave reviews. Since this was prior to adult cannabis regulation, we released the famous cannabis-free ointment and instead referred consumers to licensed suppliers so they can add their own.

This allowed users to enhance the therapeutic properties of our current products if they felt comfortable doing it. At that time, cannabis was even more stigmatized than it is today. Therefore, the “Ready-to-Mix” lotion helped bridge the gap and encouraged participation in the young industry.

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Legalization 2.0, in particular the introduction of extract-based products, offered the opportunity to offer health and wellness enthusiasts worldwide our current product, which was slightly enriched with full-spectrum cannabis oil. However, the development of natural cannabis creams in small quantities from a household kitchen is a world apart from mass production issues for the regulated industry.

As a wellness product, it was important that all of our ingredients come from natural sources and that our topics are free from artificial colors, fragrances or preservatives. To pave the way to market and help thousands relieve the suffering associated with Lyme disease, we have partnered with Peak Processing to further improve the quality, efficiency, and consistency of our pain reliever topical products.

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Subjects, a popular choice among women

Women are one of the fastest growing cannabis consumer segments. Analysts link the influx to the introduction of infused themes as the sector transforms into a consumer goods industry. Cannabis themes were in high demand on Valentine’s Day and the trend will continue into Mother’s Day as we honor those who cared for us, raised us and loved us. The first all-natural, plant-based formulation, SHINE, will be available to consumers and regulated retailers through the Ontario Cannabis Store in May.

The annual May 9 celebration also takes place at the start of Lyme Disease Awareness Month. For more information on Lyme Disease Month and Lyme Disease Awareness, please visit the community website: https://www.lymedisease.org/.

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Ashley Short is the founder of Ontario-based cannabis-themed company Earth Kisses Sky.

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