In honour of Mother’s Day, Grow is talking to moms all week about cannabis use, how it’s helped them, and what can be done to fight the stigma.
Jenna sits down with Cheryl and Hayley Rose, founders of the Hayley Rose Foundation, to talk about Hayley’s use of cannabis to help with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS).
LGS is a rare disease characterized by multiple types of seizures which Hayley was experiencing constantly, even in her sleep. When Cheryl, Hayley’s mom, discovered cannabis could be a potential option to help her daughter control her seizures, she went on an international quest to find a doctor willing to help.
After a difficult search, she was finally connected with Dr. Paul Hornby who was willing to try cannabis as a therapeutic option. Ten years later, at 25 years old, Hayley’s quality of life has improved drastically, relying predominantly on a high CBD strain cultivated specifically for Hayley, called “Hayley’s Comet.”
Hayley and her mom have made it their mission to share their story and help other people access the medicine that quite literally saved Hayley’s life.
Episodes will feature key players in cannabis culture, business, and policy who are committed to dispelling myths around what we know and what we still need to find out.
Dr. Jenna Valleriani is a researcher, writer, and a new resident of Vancouver. She spends her days as a postdoctoral fellow in Vancouver and Strategic Advisor for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP).
Valleriani has been researching cannabis markets in Canada for the past six years, offering a diverse perspective on the emerging cannabis industry. She has led many youth and cannabis legalization engagement efforts with CSSDP, including a youth roundtable and submission to the federal government’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, and creating the Sensible Youth Cannabis Education Toolkit. She is set to appear before the Senate this month.
Currently, Valleriani sits on the advisory board of the National Institute for Cannabis Health and Education (NICHE) and is a board member at Breaking the Stigma (BTS). She was previously the Vice Chair of Women Grow Toronto. Her public commentary on cannabis policy has been featured in other national outlets, including the Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, and CBC’s Power and Politics.