The co-founder of a medical marijuana start-up is putting marijuana’s medicinal properties to the test during a 21-day hike along California’s John Muir Trail.
Pamela Hadfield, the co-founder of HelloMD, told KCBS Radio that every day she takes a microdose of 10 to 20 mg of THC, the component that creates a high.
“I’m an incredibly active person, a suburban mother of three,” she said. “[THC] helps me sleep, it helps me with some bodily aches and pains.”
Cannabis has relieved her of chronic migraines too, she claimed.
Hadfield is also an avid hiker who plans to hike the John Muir trail this summer. The 211-mile trek through the Sierra Nevada starts in the Yosemite Valley and ends at Mt. Whitney. She will hike an average of 10 miles each day and plans to rely solely on cannabis products to ease any pain or inflammation she may face.
While some people might think that cannabis would hinder her ability to complete such a grueling endeavor, Hadfield said the opposite is true.
“The reality is if I were still suffering from migraines or chronic pain there’s no way I would go off into the woods for 21 days,” said Hadfield. “It’s because I consume cannabis on a daily basis that I have my health back.”
She has been training with shorter hikes around Marin County to prepare for the journey.
CBD, another substance found in marijuana, is FDA-approved as a treatment for some seizure disorders. Proponents say it can also be useful in treating a variety of ailments including anxiety, insomnia and aches and pains but most experts say there is not a wide body of scientific evidence to support those claims.
Written by Jessica Yi.