CV 103 Aidan’s Ganja Mama

August 23, 2021

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Honey Smith Walls 0:10

Welcome to the Cannaba Verum podcast, the cannabis truth podcast, I speak the language of cannabis freely and uncensored while educating my audience on the safe use of this live Plant Therapy. You should know what’s in your cannabis. What’s good, what’s not. It does not come with an FDA stamp of approval yet, using cannabis mindfully, as medication is a different concept in the healthcare philosophy of the past 100 years. There’s a lot to learn and consider cannabis is not dangerous, but it is not harmless, either. This is Honey Smith Walls, a 21st century cannabis shaman here to explain the language of cannabis in historical, political, and scientific terms, so you can make educated decisions about the medicine you ingest.

Christine, hello, hello, honey. Hi, darling. How are you? So excited to chat with you for real fun.

Christine Stio

Thank you so much for having me, honey. Thank you. This is great.

Honey Smith Walls

Is it a quiet peaceful time for you at the moment? It is? I don’t know how you manage that honey. I don’t I don’t know how you manage that to just some kind of little time genius.

Christine Stio 1:40

Honestly, it’s like one minute at a time. It’s a whirlwind here and I just by the grace of God.

Honey Smith Walls 1:50

I tell our audience why it’s a world when they’re I know a little tiny bit but you tell them well, I

Christine Stio 1:55

I’m a single mother. I’m currently running my home daycare. It’s licensed through the state of New York and I’ve been running my home daycare now for 10 years. But I’m also transitioning into my new path that the Lord is taking me down so I believe like I’m following my my true path my true calling my girl. God given talents and a girl. I’ve always loved everything cannabis and I’ve been always been a believer. So, you know, I want to be able to segue into my new career path and my son who who is autistic. He decided to nicknamed me out of the blue. This was like about a year ago. He’s like Ganja Mama. Are you kidding me? I swear to God, and he didn’t realize what it even meant. named by him like that. Yeah. So he called me ganja Mama. And that’s my nickname ganja mama from him. So I wanted, you know, to focus on education and wellness. Yeah, and I’ve been an educator since 1998. So I was a teacher in a classroom for 12 full time years. But then I transitioned into daycare because I, you know, I ended up getting laid off from one of my teaching gigs because they had a big budget cut, go figure. And at that point, I was like, you know, I’m a single mom, I have to support my family. So, you know, they wanted to take me back part time. But I’m like, I can’t, you know, I can’t do that. I need full time work. So I was on unemployment trying to figure my life out at that time. It was like 2010 around 2010. Yeah. And tough years. Oh, was tough. It was and people were like, oh, enjoy unemployment. I’m like, no one like there’s no I don’t know,

anybody who can say that. Theoretically, I’m like, I was so stressed. I’m like, I have bills to pay. And I’m somebody who’s never been on unemployment.

Christine Stio 4:00

And I don’t get child support. So that’s a whole story.

Honey Smith Walls

I know that story, honey.

Christine Stio

Yeah. So God, you know, help me I was like just begging from Paul to pay Peter is a low of the hold. my good friend who had run her home daycare for, you know, going on 15 years at that point, said Christine, she’s like, you are overqualified to do this, however, she’s like, it’s great and calm. You could do it from home, you’ll be there for your son who’s autistic.

So I’m like, you know what, let me let me check this out. Because I, my last teaching gig in a classroom was for special ed preschool. So I was really immersed in that age group and just, you know, running circle time and doing everything for kindergarten readiness. So you know, this would really be a great segue. So I looked into it. I got licensed through the state and when I was up and running, like fully prior COVID

Christine Stio 5:00

I was sadly making more money than teachers do.

Honey Smith Walls 5:04

Oh my god,

Christine Stio 5:05

you know what I mean? I say that sadly because I feel so much we work so hard. And they’re so undervalued. Just so undervalued, so underpaid, right?

Christine Stio 5:21

Teachers are amazing. You know? They should be the highest paid forget football. forget those. All Stars. Yeah, the football

Honey Smith Walls 5:28

coaches, right. You know…football

Christine Stio 5:31

that the football stars or an or NFL the way we pay them is ridiculous. But anyways, so now here I am. I always knew I wanted to be in this space.

Honey Smith Walls 5:49

Hey, friends, I just want to let you know that on Saturday mornings at 10 o’clock Eastern Standard Time, is a clubhouse room called Cannabinoid Science and the Human Body presented by Dr. Codi Peterson. And Dr. Michael Geci. His last name is spelled geci both extraordinary cannabis specialists, and they are joined by many, many, many other cannabinoids specialists and clinicians and scientists who are doing the work, doing the testing, doing the discovery and talking about it in this incredible room on Saturday mornings, the name of the room is Cannabinoid Science and the Human Body, don’t miss it, come hang out with us, it lasts a couple of hours. There’s generally anywhere from 50 to 200 doctors and lay people like me there as well who are very, very interested in cannabinoid science. So I hope to see you there. I love being able to start a brand new career at this age and 68, in a brand new field and already be a leader in it. Right?

Christine Stio

Yes, you are, Honey.

Honey Smith Walls

No, I mean, you too. I mean, all of us, really all of us. Because I I see what you you’re doing, I hear the work you’re doing. And and I get it and God, you’ve got my support entirely. And I just can’t wait for our audience to find out more about your life and and how you think and listen, tell me Oh, I’m poked at something, it’s probably going to sound like, you know, drummers in the background. I’m sure my little five charges are going to start barking anytime now. You know, this is what we this is why we love working from home. Right? All right, you know, we can take care of all these little little fires and excitements or doodads, or whatever, in the comfort of our own home. For the pleasure of our audience, I’m sitting here and a silky slip. And I’ve got my headphones on. I’ve got my pearls on. And I just got back from seeing my cardiologist and I gotta tell you, I gave him the what for he made me sit for another damn 45 minutes and I had things to do. And people you know, so hard. sitting there and waiting and waiting was

Christine Stio 8:50

no, you know, and one hand you’re like, wow, this is a caring physician. This is a caring doctor who really takes the time to actually spend the time and talk to his patients or her patients. But then when you’re waiting and you’re the one on the other end, it’s it’s very hard, right?

Honey Smith Walls 9:09

I’m afraid my white privilege attitude came out this morning. Oh, shame on me.

Christine Stio 9:18

You know what, honey, you know, I always say first world problems because, you know, really, we’re blessed to even be able to go to a cardiologist. We’re blessed to have Hello

Honey Smith Walls 9:28

girl, you know, that’s the truth. Yeah,

Christine Stio 9:31

it’s like my Wi Fi wasn’t working. I was like, Oh no, I’m not going to be able to talk to honey. But again, first world problems, you know. The big picture you know how I do it, honey,

Honey Smith Walls 9:47

thank you for that reminder. Yes, precious.

Christine Stio 9:49

I do it because I my life is so hectic. However, I am blessed Honey. I’m so blessed to have what I have the education. I have beautiful children, I have my family. The life experience I’ve had is led me down this path. So I feel like the attitude of gratitude is really what it’s all about. And I center myself on that every day.

Honey Smith Walls 10:19

Your joy is palpable. Aha, I love that. It is it truly is. And it even comes across Christine, across social media. Right. And, and, and the joy within you is palpable in what you write and how do you speak to people? That’s what So, you know, that’s the that’s like our darling. Dr. Leah. Yeah. You know, her light shines so brightly. I love her. Oh, right. Like, I know. And same with you. You know, I feel like it you know, just being near her. Yeah, knowledge base. Oh, my gosh. it’s mind blowing. Makes me stutter.

Christine Stio 11:00

So, you know, now that we’re talking about Dr. Leah, let’s continue. So, you know, obviously, I’m an educator, I’ve been educating since 1998. So I’ve been educating different age groups ever since. Now. I’m trying to paint the community about cannabis and all its benefits.

Honey Smith Walls 11:18

What’s your biggest issue in getting across to this different bracket of, you know, demographics?

Christine Stio 11:25

You know, the stigma, the fear? Yeah, the people are just, they’re just not understanding all the benefits. I get down here too. Yeah, they’re just it. You know, as soon as I say I’m going in my career is changing paths, some take changing gears. Oh, what are you going to do? I’m like, I’m getting into the field and of cannabis. I’m, you know, educating and advocating for cannabis. But I’m going to deliver, I’m going to be doing adult rec delivery services here in New York State for cannabis. And you should see some of their faces. It’s like,

Honey Smith Walls 11:59

oh, I’ve seen those eyebrows. Yeah.

Christine Stio 12:03

So you know, just trying to get the good word out about how it will and can help just about anyone and everyone who needs the help. You know, whether it’s anxiety or pain management, sleep for cancer patients, guys, the list goes on. I’ve been just really getting the word out to family friends and trying to help people get their medical cards because, as you know, the system can be really confusing everywhere. Yeah, people get so confused. And

Honey Smith Walls 12:33

they had no idea where to go, who to call what to look for what what questions should I ask what, what, what’s it going to do for me? how’s it gonna hurt me? Right?

Christine Stio 12:43

Right. They’re intimidated by the system. So it’s like, I’ve been a liaison now for people and just Hey, look, if you need help, these are the things you can do. Any questions you have, please contact me because I’m a medical patient too. So I’ve been through, you know, the system of how to get my medical card and it

Honey Smith Walls 13:05

will tell us what it’s like up there in New York because down here it’s it’s a pretty cut and dry. Okay, you know, it’s all a vertical system. So the cannabis company owns the the grow and the not the doctor, but the dispensary. Yeah, and all of that.

Christine Stio 13:28

Yes, our medical dispensaries are the multistage msos they’re all vertically integrated. I

Honey Smith Walls 13:36

like I like that I kind of like that. But it doesn’t leave any room for artists and growers and I’ve been advised by Dr. Dustin souillac that you know, we need artists and growing

Christine Stio 13:48

to to keep the quality there to keep right authenticity and the quality of the of our community. I agree your legacy people we are hertz is we’re in cannabis, our heart and our soul is in cannabis. And LS what

Honey Smith Walls 14:05

tell our audience what legacy means in this in this industry?

Christine Stio 14:13

Yeah. So legacy is, you know, all of us pre legal pre, you know, you know, before cannabis was even thought or considered to be legal. We were proponents for cannabis. We were advocates. We were users. We believed in its medicinal properties. We believed in it. 100% That’s why I was saying to you, when I think of cannabis, I think of the truth because it cannabis does not lie. And therefore you’re the name of your podcast, cannabis verum.

Christine Stio 14:54

What we are we are magazine. We are the route right this move And then we also

Honey Smith Walls 15:00

were, were also telling you how we wish to be respected in this industry as the leaders bringing this product to right back to society. So right, wish to be thought of as criminals, or no, we do not wish to be thought of as elicit the elicit, you know, market right for it became legal, because there is still and elicit market that isn’t good for you, right? It’s not it’s not controlled or restricted or they don’t care about your, you know, the the decontamination of their product or any of that. So, you know, I call them illicit, but for you and me who have always believed in cannabis and been an advocate and thought that it was real medicine and, and wanted to help people. And for all of those people, like, you know, so many people were growers and delivers, if you will, right, that we call now legacy companies and legacy individuals.

Christine Stio 16:16

Exactly. Exactly. And with honor, very much so an honor, because the knowledge and experience with the sacred plant is so it’s worth it’s, it’s, it’s worth way more than any kind of monetary value you can put on it.

Honey Smith Walls 16:33

No, no, you said sacred plant, in my mind instantly went to the relationship that the Japanese have with this live plant therapy. It’s it’s an ancient relationship yet, yet, when the United States military moved into Japan, right? They made it illegal to use a shame for the entire country. It’s really

Christine Stio 17:01

it’s so counter productive. It’s like, wow, you know, and you know, and all the times back to, of course, money, money and control and password and

Honey Smith Walls 17:15

oligarchs and all that corruption. It’s all based on corrupt

Christine Stio 17:19

is and you know, we talk a lot about corruption and cannabis, you know, and the corruption that’s going on with the msos. And, and the different big players. But I’ll tell you, honey, and you can attest to this. There’s corruption in every aspect of sector of life of the world. Yes. Right. And, you know, there’s no corruption in education, which sounds so ridiculous, like, how do you have that? But it’s, it’s it goes

Honey Smith Walls 17:44

on? No, it’s totally there. Look at your history book, that’s

Christine Stio 17:46

back to the it’s goes back to the money in the day, we were getting our funding and the administration had to, like lie to people,

Honey Smith Walls 17:56

and which administration cares about education and which doesn’t, right?

Christine Stio 18:01

It’s amazing that it’s like, Yes, we have corruption and cannabis. And

Honey Smith Walls 18:06

so we should do. I mean, how do we fix corruption, shine light on it, right?

Christine Stio 18:15

Yes, shine a light on it as bright as you can speak up, advocate for the last prisoner project,

Honey Smith Walls 18:23

to really put pressure on our leaders, you know, so, you know,

Christine Stio 18:29

keep advocating. That’s why when I’m on LinkedIn, I’m trying so hard. When I see a post, it’s so important, like the last prisoner project, and nobody’s has taken the time to make a comment. And I want to comment on it, because it’s so important, but I wanted to reach more people. I’m glad you mentioned, to comment, I will take the time to share it. There’s so many people that are doing such amazing things on LinkedIn. And I want to say like LinkedIn has really changed my life.

Honey Smith Walls 19:00

I have to say the same thing. I’m just so impressed with the quality and caliber of people that you and I are meeting and able to engage with. It truly is a blessing. I’m just I’m just humbled by the level, the quality here, and you know, LinkedIn is not for everybody. This is more of a business to business platform, when you

Christine Stio 19:25

say Oh, absolutely, definitely for business and, but as an educator,

Honey Smith Walls 19:30

but they’re real relationships. Yeah.

Christine Stio 19:32

Look, I never really utilized it in education. But as soon as I transitioned, and you know, the funny thing is, you know, I really made the big leap in May when I hired my lawyer. And when I hired my lawyer, and that connected with a gentleman that he is been amazing, and he’s on LinkedIn. He’s been such a huge help to me.

Christine Stio 20:00

I’ll say his name, if you’re listening, Michael Doyle. Mike has been an amazing liaison for me. connected me to so many people in the Rochester area in the industry, my lawyers, Jacob Zoghlan, again, a lovely, amazing, intelligent person. So, so those two gentlemen were like pivotal and connecting me with the right people. And then they were like, Christine, you know, let’s let’s get you you know, get focused and start networking on LinkedIn. And like one person led to the next and I was floored then I the knowledge and I, I can’t listen enough like I’m always putting I can

Honey Smith Walls 20:39

either. Stop listening to news so I can listen to them. Yeah. God, it’s so much easier on my blood pressure to like, really? Okay, that’s happening in the new. There’s so much I can’t get the I can’t get it out of you fast enough. So back to your delivery company. Yeah. So okay, so what have you named it? Yeah. How far are you?

Christine Stio 21:09

Yes. Okay, so I did name it. Um, so when I got together with Michael Doyle and my lawyer, and you know, Jacob, they’re like, you know, we have another gentleman we need to introduce you to his name is Chris Mossad. Chris and I connected because he’s working on my logo, my branding and my website. And he’s a wonderful, another wonderful gentleman. And he’s like, Christine, you know, we started talking about business names. And we knew that like, I love the name ganja, Mama. But a lot of times, when you you know, you apply for something that’s licensed, is you cannot have the word cannabis or

Honey Smith Walls 21:49

they won’t show it. Exactly. Schedule three. All

Christine Stio 21:52

right, right. Right. So he’s like, you know, think of something outside the back something that’s catchy. So I really like really brainstorming. Yeah, so we just got a kitten in our kitten is named buzz. So was is only four months old now. So a couple months ago, we’re sitting around talking to buzzy, and next thing, you know, we started nicknaming him and like all these little names started coming up, and my son ate and again, my autistic son said buzzadoo. As I said, Buzzadoo’s Delivery. I said Buzzadoo’s Delivery rolls right off the tongue. Yeah, they’ll bring the bud to you. Yes, the buzz is that what is the tagline? We’ll bring the buzz to you. Exactly. So wonderful Christine.

Christine Stio 22:40

So I bought you know, I mentioned to Chris, who’s working on my logo and everything. He’s like, Christine, that’s perfect. He’s like, you want something that’s different, unique. That’s catchy.Yep. So that’s that. That’s it. And so where I’m at with it, is we’re still in New York State. And he keeps coming up with some very, very clever ideas.

Christine Stio 23:18

Yeah, that’s amazing. He is my artist. He is truly an artist. Nice.

Honey Smith Walls 23:24

So tell me what you said. Mr. Boyle does.

Christine Stio 23:32

Michael Doyle is a business consultant in Canada. Yes. Okay. consultant. Yeah. And he’s on LinkedIn.

Honey Smith Walls 23:40

So you got a business consultant. And you’ve got a website designer. Yeah, you’ve got fantastic high tech one. And you’re all up there in the New York.

Christine Stio 23:52

We’re in the area of Rochester, New York.

Honey Smith Walls 24:03

So you’ve got pretty serious regulations to tend, what are the restrictions in New York for a driving courier service like yours?

Christine Stio 24:15

Well, we’re waiting for the regulations to come out. So that’s where we’re at with the waiting game. New York state of you know, we passed the law that it was going to be illegal for adult rescues, March 31 2021. And then, unfortunately, New York has been stalling with appointing the board or the cannabis control board to write and create the regulations so that way people like me can apply for a license. And I’ll be applying for a license under the social equity portion. Because obviously, I’m a single mom. I don’t have like a lot of capital in my life. So we’re applying under the social equity piece of that. And that’s what my lawyer is going to be helping me do.

Honey Smith Walls 25:06

So is that kind of like a big grant? I did one like that too? And guess what? I didn’t make enough money. Ah, well, that was the most confusing answer.

Christine Stio 25:24

very confusing because a grant usually is for people who don’t make enough money. Hello, right. But our world is very backward as we know

Honey Smith Walls 25:33

it’s just so mixed up and it’s very mixed up place to be.

Honey Smith Walls 25:40

I sort of always want to bend towards the conspirators and those legislators who are corrupt.

Christine Stio 25:58

it is messy and I love when I listened to Dr. Leah on podcast yesterday with a wonderful gentleman. I can’t remember his name off the top of my head. Oh, gosh, my brain but

Honey Smith Walls 26:12

I’m stretching my molecules. Yeah, go on.

Christine Stio 26:15

He said something was as clear as mud. I can’t remember exactly what the terminology used. But yes, like it is as clear as mud. Everything is murky and confusing, especially the cannabis industry. And I think he was alluding to medical cannabis and on different things. But yes, clear as mud, isn’t that perfect. Yeah.

Honey Smith Walls 26:44

And with these crazy summer storms, our Wi Fi popped out again, submitted take the opportunity to make a break for it here. And we’ll be back with a big story from Christine’s to next time. Thanks for listening to Cannaba Verum.

Thanks for joining us today. You’ve been listening to another Cannaba Verum podcast with 21st century cannabis shaman honey Smith walls, about the importance of using safe hemp and marijuana products. The process of taking your records with your symptoms and diagnosis to a cannabis specialist can lead you to the correct cannabinoid therapy for your best results. Otherwise, you’re just your own guinea pig looking for answers without any foundational knowledge or ability to determine the best choices, unless otherwise proven by a reputable third party lab test. Please be advised that all street weed is contaminated. It may do grave harm to a patient with a delicate immune system. (3) I challenge you to check the veracity of my statements in each episode by checking the medical citations posted on my podcast blog at the Cannaba verum.com website, that’s

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  1. …all street weed is contaminated: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5022003/
  2. Handbook of Cannabis for Clinicians, Practices and Principles by Dr. Dustin Sulak – https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Cannabis-Clinicians-Principles-Practice/dp/0393714187
  3. Certificate of Analysis (COA) https://www.pharmtech.com/view/certificates-analysis-don-t-trust-verify

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