I first met Justine Amodeo at an event for the Global Center for Women and Justice in 2012. Justine was Editor-in-Chief at Coast Magazine back then and I was pitching her a story on human trafficking. We met at a local coffee shop and I remember thinking how refreshingly genuine she was. I liked everything about her!  We became fast friends.

Fast forward almost a decade. I don’t get to see Justine much these days. With running a young, growing business and raising a family during a pandemic, there really aren’t enough hours in the day.

Justine and her doggies

A shared love for pet care

As luck would have it, our vocations have intersected again. This time it is our shared love of and dedication to pet care that brings us together. You may be as surprised as I was to learn that the healing benefits of cannabis extends beyond human care to pet care. As Justine explains, our pets can also derive healing benefits from cannabis oil therapy.

SM: What is Earth Alchemy Holistic Care?

JA: Earth Alchemy Holistic Care is a California-based, boutique caregiving service of compassionate care providers and Healer Certified Cannabis Advisors dedicated to supplying our human and pet patients with diagnosis-specific, lab-tested, medical grade organic cannabis oil. Our holistic, patient-first approach also works symbiotically with doctors who want to integrate cannabis oil therapy into their patients’ health care protocols, from preventative care to critical illness, and would like a trustworthy caregiving service.

SM: You are a cannabis caregiver with Earth Alchemy Holistic Care. How did you originally get involved?

Suzanne, Justine’s business partner

JA: I’m a three-time cancer survivor. When my friend Suzanne DeCarion told me she had launched a medical cannabis collective back in 2012 and asked me if I wanted to be involved, not only did I integrate cannabis oil into my own medical protocol, which helped to reduce the chemotherapy side effects to almost zero and help to make me cancer free, but I also became involved in helping other cancer patients through their own journeys. We both became certified cannabis advisors and when she reimagined Earth Alchemy Holistic Care as a cannabis caregiving service, I jumped on board full time.

From human care to pet care

SM: You not only treat humans, you treat pets who are having health challenges as well. What does that look like?

 

Photo by Mathilde Langevin on Unsplash

JA: Pets respond beautifully to cannabis oil, both CBD and THC, although they can’t tell us how they are feeling, so pet owners, who know their pets well, have to really tune in when giving them the oils and stay in touch with us so we can adjust the dosing. We work with a lot of dogs and cats with cancer, anxiety, arthritis and chronic pain, and pets who are transitioning. We use tinctures that we make ourselves, and full extract cannabis oil (FECO), both of which are given to pets orally, either directly into their mouths or in pill pockets. We start slowly and increase as needed. We’ve had great results and have a lot of happy pets and pet parents.

SM: How can cat and dog parents learn more about whether or not EAHC is right for their pet care needs?

JA: We have an informational website with a lot of studies and research, videos and blogs and a private Facebook group which we’re happy to add anyone to who asks, where we post success stories for humans and pets. But the best way to know if a cannabis oil protocol is right for your pet is to call us for a free consultation. I can be reached by phone or text at 949-735-1680 and Suzanne can be reached at 949-422-0988.