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Reflecting on Women's Health Month...

Motherhood is beautiful. But somedays the weekly grocery haul feels like a vacation because I’ve got a whole hour to myself. And while I wouldn’t trade a single moment for the world, even on the most trying of days, I would be lying if I said I didn’t sometimes burn out. How can it be so natural and easy to take care of all those around me, but go into dummy mode when it comes time to take care of myself?  

Making time for yourself and your health is vital to feeling like your best, which in return, is vital to being the mother and partner you want to be. We need to make ourselves a priority and make time to take care of ourselves. Whether it be shopping, going to a movie, or meeting with friends for dinner, whatever your cup of tea is, indulge and take a big sip. You deserve it. 

I often hear women discussing different care treatment plans for anxiety and depression that they hoped would help but instead gave them side effects that were impacting their relationships and physical well-being. Low libido, low appetite, and zero motivation are the most common symptoms they confided in me.  

Cannabis is an alternative way to manage symptoms that is sadly overlooked and undermined because of the stigmas in the world of motherhood. The more moms we have learning and educating other moms, the more normal this natural alternative is going to become. I used to feel silenced, especially by groups of other mothers, by judgement. Meanwhile copious alcohol consumption, and the hang- overs that go with it, is socially acceptable because alcohol is legal.  

So, I started speaking out. I started sharing why and how I use medical marijuana and people started listening. Establishing better daily habits creates a healthier mindset and I use cannabis to help me with the two issues I struggle with most. 

Eating enough food and getting the right nutrition is essential to how we feel. I naturally have a low appetite and when I am not intaking enough food, I become lethargic, which tanks my motivation. I use cannabis to increase my appetite. It helps me achieve that hungry feeling and allows me to recognize my cravings. I now know what I like and enjoy what I eat instead of just grabbing something quickly for convenience. The better food I eat, the better I feel, the more I want to do. With three very active kids, I need to be energized and my best self to keep up with them.  

Another key to my well-being is sleep. A good night’s sleep can dictate our overall health. Balancing my job, family, animals, and home sometimes makes it hard to shut off my thoughts at night. I felt like my mind was racing trying to remember if I put the uniform in the dryer, and did my youngest brush her teeth? Did I send my boss those numbers he requested yesterday? And reassuring myself we will be able to make it from tumbling to soccer in the 15-minute time frame we will have the next day. It never stops. Sleep is too precious to lie in bed for three hours before I could shut my mind down. Medicating with cannabis before bed allows my mind to calm and gives my body a sense of peace. I now look forward to lying in bed and feeling relaxed mentally and physically before drifting to sleep. My legs aren’t restless, and I am not tossing and turning the whole night. The adequacy of sleep has completely changed how I wake up in the morning and my sustainability throughout my next day. Sometimes it’s the little things that need to be changed and once they are you realize how big of an impact they have. Start with the small and simple to achieve the bigger picture.  

There are many ways to medicate with cannabis. Most commonly used are flower, edibles, concentrates, lotions, and tinctures. Most recently available at all Swade locations is something very new to the cannabis market. During Women’s Health Month SWADE successfully launched the first ever, Cannabis Suppositories with THC by Amend. This product acts much like a tincture in that it is absorbed by the mucosal membranes in the body. The THC is not processed through the liver resulting in zero intoxicating effects. Patients will start to feel relief within 30 minutes to an hour after insertion. SWADE dispensaries work diligently to cater to the needs of women of all kinds. Speak with a SWADE Cannabis Specialist to learn more about this product and its health benefits for women.

- Kasey Boggs

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The women making History at Swade

Introducing

Addy

Tell us about yourself
I’m from Hannibal, MO and moved to STL after graduating from Mizzou. I started my career in the advertising industry, and this role at Swade is my first position in cannabis. I became interested and passionate about incorporating holistic medicine and practices into my life several years ago and am excited to explore a career where I can help others do the same. In my free time, I volunteer and am the treasurer for the St. Louis Samoyed Rescue (which led me to rescue and adopt my own sweet senior dog, Logan). I love to stay active by going to the gym, participating in sports, and spending time outdoors; and wind down by reading a book or watching a show. I also love to travel and am looking forward to planning my next adventure!
 
How do you view your role as a Product Specialist at Swade?
I like to view my role as a Product Specialist as a product/medication educator. No two patients are alike and it’s important to help the patient find a product to fit their individual needs and preferences. 
 
What inspires you in your role at Swade?
The patients really are what inspire me. To see patients come in and tell success stories or how they’ve been able to live a pain-free life, cut down on (or in some cases, completely eliminate) prescription medications, or sleep through the night again because they’ve started using cannabis medically, is such a rewarding experience. Even new users that come into a dispensary for the first time and are extremely grateful for the expertise and guidance from our Product Specialists, are daily reminders that what we do is making an impact. 
 
What do you want to say to a patient nervous about their first visit to Swade?
Never feel embarrassed or ashamed because you are using cannabis as medication! I’m hoping what Swade can help do is eliminate the stigma and negative connotations associated with using cannabis. We have patients of so many different demographics, and there is no “typical” cannabis user. I also want people to understand that there are many medication options that don’t always involve smoking or being “stoned” to receive the relief they are looking for. 

Introducing

Marissa

Tell us about yourself
St. Louis native, lived four years in Chicago where I graduated from DePaul University in 2016 with a degree in Communications and Hospitality Leadership. Avid traveler, Prague is my favorite place I’ve visited. Dog mom, wife, empath, cannabis aficionado and lover of all things St. Louis, especially provel cheese, Gioia’s hot salami and our beloved Blues. In my free time I enjoy cooking, hiking and game nights. I wouldn’t be anywhere without the love and support of my amazing family.
 
How do you view your role as Product Specialist / General Manager / Patient Advocate / Consultation Specialist at Swade?
I view my role at Swade as one of absolute privilege. It is an honor to be able to connect with our patients and provide them with the support and care they deserve. Each and every day I feel so lucky to be able to do what I do. 
 
What inspires you in your role at Swade?
Our products, stellar team and wonderful patients are what inspire me daily. We’ve cultivated such an inclusive and friendly vibe at Swade, making it feel more like home than work. I’ve always been a cannabis advocate but witnessing firsthand how much it can positively impact someone’s life is truly surreal. That feeling just never gets old. 
 
What do you want to say to a patient nervous about their first visit to Swade?
Congratulations on taking this step in self-care. You are safe, you are heard and you are more than deserving of all the relief and comfort cannabis provides. My goal is to make you feel as welcome as possible and to have you leave our dispensary knowing you’re part of our Swade Family. Thank you for your trust and your vulnerability.  

Introducing

MO

Tell us about yourself
My name is Mo Muzzey and I am a Saint Louis local. This past May I graduated from Southeast Missouri state university with a degree in Corporate Communications and Integrated Marketing but with the emerging cannabis industry in Missouri I decided to take a different path than I had originally thought and that’s how I ended up with Swade. I am currently working as a Product Specialist after transitioning from the cultivation side of the Sinse brand. I love the cultivation, science, and the beauty of the plants but my passion ultimately lies with serving Missouri MMJ patients.
 
How do you view your role as Product Specialist / General Manager / Patient Advocate / Consultation Specialist at Swade? What inspires you in your role at Swade?
I believe that cannabis can fit into everyone’s lifestyle and that there is no “one way” to consume. I know cannabis has transformed my life in the most positive way and I hope I can continue to share that with every patient I encounter.
 
 What do you want to say to a patient nervous about their first visit to Swade?
If there was one thing I could say to a first-time patient coming to Swade, it would definitely be that cannabis IS medicine and there will be something that can work for your lifestyle and we can definitely be the people that help you find it. 

Introducing

Rae

Tell us about yourself
I love food and I think I’m funny. I hail from the swamp and I’m passionately invested in Gator football. I have four wonderful children, each one has helped me evolve into the human I am today. I love music, the sun, and chicken wings. Loud isn’t loud enough and fast isn’t fast enough. Cooking and grilling are my two favorite hobbies. I would host gatherings every weekend if I could. Before covid I was a bartender and I absolutely loved it. Over the years I’ve met so many wonderful people while behind the bar. I’ve heard some crazy stories, watched families grow, witness friendships being built; the list goes on. It’s been a wonderful life thus far.
 
How do you view your role as Product Specialist / General Manager / Patient Advocate / Consultation Specialist at Swade?
When I got this job I didn’t know what to expect. I knew the basic details, but I was not prepared for the immense growth I’m experiencing. Being a product specialist has allowed me to connect with so many people. I’m humbled everyday by the stories of people leaving pharmaceutical companies. Men and women coming to us in tears about their years of pain and discomfort-finally able to buy products that work! It’s amazing and inspiring.
 
What inspires you in your role at Swade?
Since leaving the bar industry my quality of life has drastically improved as well. The ability to help others everyday is an honor and privilege. I Couldn’t ask for a better gig.
 
What do you want to say to a patient nervous about their first visit to Swade?
For anyone who is nervous or embarrassed; don’t be! We’re all here to help. We all have our “why.” Don’t be discouraged or worried because of some else’s opinion about pain management. This is your journey, own it and enjoy it! 

It’s stuff we all do every day.