Tessa’s Journey

Tessa’s journey (and more) as shared by her family via this email:

“Thank you so much for the info, this is very good to know!!  I was actually going to email you today to let you know some amazingly good news.  The mast cell tumor we’d found on Tessa 2 weeks ago is gone!!!

When we initially found the tumor we took her to the Oncologist right away and he did an FNA and determined it to be a mast cell tumor.  He wanted to do a punch biopsy w/radiation to remove it but we chose to hold off.

Since my consult with you, we’ve been giving her the Care by Design 1:1 twice a day and I’ve been putting the Bluebird CBD on the tumor directly twice a day, and it shrunk considerably to the point of it being almost gone.

Despite that it seemed to be gone we wanted to see if the Onco Dr. still felt it should be removed, so we took her back yesterday so he could have a look, and he said it’s effectively gone.  He said there is nothing to remove!  I have been a full believer in the power of cannabis to heal but this is the first time I’ve seen it actually make a physical difference.  I am so grateful to you for your help!!!

I also wanted to tell you that I first started researching cannabis and cancer in Aug 2016 when one of my dogs was diagnosed with Histiocytic Sarcoma and it was incredibly difficult to find any reliable info on dosing and side effects, etc.

We were living in FL at the time so that made it much harder, but we ended up being able to get some 1:1 from a company in CA and it made all the difference in his pain levels and I was sold on its effectiveness.  It didn’t cure him or even help battle his cancer but it made his life better while he was with us.

We weren’t given any info other than dosing, so to this day I don’t know what exactly was in his tincture.  We were desperate parents and willing to do anything to help him.

Since then I’ve continued to try to educate myself as much as possible on cannabis and dosing etc. but have not had any clear info to go on. It is shocking how hard it is to get information on something that is so healing and helpful.

When Dr. Kangas recommended we contact you, I was so excited to learn there was someone out there offering help, so I wanted to express my extreme gratitude to you and what you do for people and pets.  You gave me more info in 30 minutes than I’d been able to reliably find in over 4 years.  Tessa is thriving and I feel much more informed.

Also, Ruby (and our pup Ivy who isn’t pictured) were on 2ml of 20:1 vet cbd twice a day along w/ other pain relievers. When I started Tessa on the 1:1, I also switched Ruby and Ivy to it as well. They are all thriving. Tessa is off Gabapentin completely, Ivy is down to 100 mg 1x per day of Gaba. and Ruby is off Galaprant and down to 300 mg of Gaba. 1x per day. All were getting more of those meds and we will keep tweaking until we are hopefully able or stop them completely. They all are feeling great and an added bonus is this is saving us a lot of money.

Thank you so much!!!  I will be in touch regarding a follow up and probably another consult for me and my husband, as we both use cannabis for sleep and anxiety, etc.  and we have 5 other pups who could benefit from your knowledge.” -Sundara

(pictured: Tessa-left and Ruby-right)

Our Hearts are Broken

While we never got to meet dear Charlotte, we’ve shared her story with thousands. Offering hope, inspiration and showing how one family made the ultimate commitment, and not only defied the odds, but helped countless move beyond their negative view of this most giving plant.

Our love to her immediate family, her extended Stanley family and to all those she moved in the beautiful time she shared with us on this planet.

Read a beautifully written piece by local Colorado newspaper here.

Faith’s Journey – End of Life

Faith was a beautiful and faithful 12 year old German Shepard.  It was so very clear to me, the mutual love these two shared. It was Jill’s primary goal to slow the progression or reduce of size of the tumor which was on the right side of the anal gland, to provide control pain, and promote comfort and quality of life for her as much as possible.

Jill was very thorough and patient in her process and exhausted every measure she could to provide Faith with as much relief as possible, which included cannabinoids.

Here is the last email we received from Jill:

“I wanted to let you know that Faith made her transition into spirit this past week.  While we did not change the cancer, I know the CBD and all of your assistance was so vital to help Faith be more comfortable in her last months.  I so appreciate the time you took to answer all of my questions, as I certainly learned a lot and felt more empowered to make informed decisions regarding CBD and her care.   Thank you!”

Jill also shared this beautiful quote:

When people have love, they are no longer at the mercy of forces greater than themselves.  For they themselves become the powerful force.  ~Leo Buscaglia

I hope their story and Jill’s powerful words of love provide you with hope and courage.

FREE Webinar – Friday, April 3

FREE CBD for Pets Workshop 

It’s been an interesting few weeks and we hope that you and your family are staying well, safe and sane. We are grateful to our clients who continue to utilize our services and the fact that we were already set up to conduct our business virtually.

Like many of you, we would be lying if we said we weren’t uncertain about what the future brings, but as always, we remain ever optimistic. And we’re lucky that we know how much CBD can help to quash that anxiety and stress when it creeps up on us.

So instead of worrying, we’re using the time to catch up with our clients, reading up on the latest cannabinoid research and updating our programs to better serve those who seek us out.

One Minute Cannabist was created to help people understand this giving plant called cannabis, help them move past the stigma surrounding its use, empower them with knowledge for making good choices when selecting products and providing practical knowledge of how to use those products for achieving the best results.

To help as many as we can during this time, on Friday, April 3, we’re offering our Pet Program FREE of charge.

Safe & Effective CBD Use for Pets 

Live Webinar at 11:30am PDT

It’s easy to join from any device and from any location.

We serve customers across the USA so please feel free to share far and wide.

Want to Take an Active Role?
So many of our clients have achieved significant successes with their pets (and themselves) and because we depend so much on word of mouth, we ask that you please forward this invitation to any of your family or friends who you think may benefit.

If you would like to participate by sharing your own success, please let us know so we can add your name to the agenda.

This will be a live, interactive webinar with a presentation, customer successes and participant driven Q&A.

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ps –It just happens that April 3 also marks our 3rd anniversary as a cannabis education business, giving us another good reason to get together

What Type of CBD is Best – Part 2

Understanding What You Are Getting.


In part 1 of this post, we explored the different classifications used by CBD manufacturers: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, Isolate and Water-soluble. When you’re ready to select a product,  how will you know what the label states is what you are actually getting? It begins with validation.

Validating the Classification & Compounds in The CBD Product

How do you know if the product you are considering is truly full spectrum, broad spectrum or an isolate? And how do you know if the amount of CBD (or THC) in the product is what is claimed on the label? In an unregulated marketplace there is only one way to be certain, ask for the Certificate of Analysis (COA**).

Any credible manufacturer in this space will package their products with clear labels following accepted standards for supplements which should include at a minimum: the brand name, supplement facts, ingredients and a batch number. In addition to clear labeling, the manufacturer or retailer should happily provide you with a Certificate of Analysis (COA).

How to Read the Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Once you have this document for the product you are considering, follow these steps:

1. Look at the date the batch was tested. I generally like to see six months or less.
2. Ensure the batch # on the COA matches the batch # on the product you purchased or are considering.
3. Review the following sections of the COA .

Cannabinoid Profile 
On the COA you will see a section that breaks down the total cannabinoids present in the package, usually titled Cannabinoid Profile.

Look for a column heading labeled Total mg/mL (in the example below, this is the far right column). In this section you will see the various cannabinoids such as CBD and this should closely align with the total mg of CBD in the bottle as stated on the package.

The label of the product this COA goes with states there is 750 mg CBD in a 30 mL bottle. The COA values for CBD tested at 27.7 mg/mL Multiply that number by the bottle size (30 mL) and the result is 831 mg CBD, which is actually more than the label states. When it comes to most cannabinoids, this is a bonus.

Look for values of other cannabinoids that are present. In this product, we see delta 9 THC at 1.01 mg/mL, CBG at 0.31 mg/mL and CBD at 1.19 mg/mL. These are all compounds I personally like to see present.

For hemp CBD products, the combined delta 9 and delta 8 THC values should be between 0.0% – 0.3% by weight (Wt%). This is the legal limit under which a product may be called Hemp. In the COA above,  the delta 9 THC is 0.11%, well beneath the 0.3% maximum limit, yet still measurable enough to better activate the CBD.

TIP: Actual THC will vary, but I always look for values of at least 0.5mg/mL and I always look for at least 0.3mg/mL of the other C- cannabinoids, the higher these numbers are, the better the formulation, in my humble opinion.

Buyer BeAware:
If the CBD value is far less than the package states, you aren’t getting the full value. For example, if the product states there is 300 mg CBD in a 30 mL bottle, the value on the COA should be at least 10 mg/mL (300 mg divided by 30 mL bottle). If the COA value states 2 mg/mL, then the product would only contain 60 mg CBD, far less than the product label suggests.

I also see many products that state 1,000 mg Hemp Oil on the package. Review of the COA often reveals far less than this amount. This is because the manufacturer is counting all compounds which usually also represent the total mg of hemp seed oil (usually the carrier oil). These practices are among my biggest pet peeves with the CBD industry.

If the only measurable results you see on the COA is CBD or if the values of the other compounds are less than 0.05 mg/mL, then the product is likely not truly a full spectrum or broad spectrum product in the traditional or intended meaning of the term.

Below is an example of a product that where the label states: Full Spectrum CBD 150 mg. The COA validates that the 150mg of hemp is actually CBD (147.4mg is pretty darn close), but as no other cannabinoids presented, all other values are zero, using term full spectrum on the label is misleading.

Terpenes Present
Next, look at the terpene section. Except for isolates, you should see at least two to three dominant terpene values. In this product, we see a tiny amount of a-pinene (0.07 mg/g) and measurable concentrations of b-myrcene (3.77 mg/g), z-b ocimene (3.34 mg/g), linalool (3.64 mg/g) and e-nerolidol 3.84 mg/g).

The terpenes listed with the label showing <LLOQ means these compounds were beneath the levels measurable by the machinery, therefore not present in the formulation.

Tip: Look for values of 1.0 or greater for best synergy with the cannabinoids.
If you see the letters NT in the results column, this means the compound was Not Tested.

Organic Matters

Hemp is a bio-accumulator, therefore selecting products that are produced using organic practices is very important. We are now beginning to see the USDA organic stamp on some hemp products. And while this is a good start, the only way to be certain that your product is truly organic is to review the COA for pesticide residuals.

I always look for ND which means None Detected when I review these tests. If your CBD product manufacturer will not provide the COA to validate this or if the COA does not show a test for pesticide residuals, I recommend going with one that will.

Other areas you should look for an ND result include: Microbiols, Mycotoxins and Heavy Metals. Truly ‘pure’ and top quality CBD products will be free from all these contaminants and other potentially hazardous substances.

Key Takeaways

  • Full Spectrum products will show measurable values on at least three or four cannabinoids and terpenes.
  • Broad Spectrum products will show values of THC at zero and measurable values on at least three or four cannabinoids and terpenes.
  • Isolate and most Water-soluble products will show CBD values only.

We hope this overview has been helpful. Be sure to tune in for Part 3 where we’ll explore the pros and cons of each product type and we’ll even provide basics of how to use each type for most effective results.


**Whether you purchase direct, online or from a dispensary, the COA should be available to you on request. If you are told is not available, my best suggestion is to find a product manufacturer/retailer that will provide this information as it is the only way to confirm 100% what is in the product you are purchasing.

What Type of CBD Is Best? – Part 1

Understanding the Classifications.


CBD is everywhere and the information about this beneficial compound has become increasingly overwhelming -and- confusing for many.

This week we dig into the “classifications” of the thousands of CBD products that are available today. Many manufacturers in the CBD industry have settled into using the terms Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, Isolate or Water-soluble to describe their products, but what do they mean to you, the consumer?

To make informed choices, consumers must:

  1. Understand the intended or traditional meaning of each classification
  2. Understand how an individual manufacturer interprets and uses each classification
  3. Ultimately decide which category is best for their unique circumstances

It is important to know that CBD products derived from the hemp plant (as defined as the Cannabis sativa L. containing less than or equal to 0.3% THC by dry weight concentration) are largely unregulated at this time.  Further, because there are no universal industry standards, any manufacturer can choose to interpret what these classifications mean, which may not necessarily match the intention or traditional definition.

These are just two reasons why accurate consumer education is so important. Having watched the evolution of the growing acceptance of CBD over the past twelve years, here’s my perspective.

Full Spectrum

Full spectrum means all compounds of the plant: cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are present and used in the formulation.

Full spectrum CBD products can be derived from industrial hemp, non-industrial hemp or cannabis (aka marijuana). If the product is derived from industrial hemp, these compounds may be present in the final product, but generally in much lower concentrations than compounds that are derived from non-industrial hemp or marijuana.

Some manufacturers use the term full spectrum to denote all parts of the plant: root, stalk, stem, leaves and buds (if applicable). The traditional use of the term Full Spectrum means that all the compounds found in the plant are present in some concentration

Broad Spectrum

Broad spectrum means all parts of the plant: cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are present EXCEPT for the THC. Broad spectrum CBD products can be derived from industrial hemp, non-industrial hemp or cannabis (aka marijuana). The THC is purposely removed through extraction prior to infusing the cannabis extract into the final product.

Some manufacturers are choosing to remove all the THC from their products for a number of reasons. Some believe the THC is unnecessary and a barrier to purchase for those fearful of this compound. Others are removing it to ensure they are not in violation of local laws pertaining to THC in various states or parts of the world where they wish to do business.


Isolate refers to single compound formulations. In these products, only a single cannabinoid, such as CBD is extracted and used in the final product formulation. Some manufacturers believe that the isolate form of CBD is best. You will often see the terms pure or purest CBD to describe these products. When CBD is extracted from any cannabis plant, molecule for molecule, it is exactly the same. It is the entourage effect of the CBD working synergistically with all the other compounds that can often make it more beneficial.


Water-soluble refers to a laboratory process where the CBD is isolated and then a technology referred to as nanotechnology is applied. Nanotechnology uses soundwaves that breaks down CBD clusters into micro-sized particles. You’ll see the term bioavailability intertwined with products using this technique.  While it may all sound fantastic, be aware that cannabinoids are naturally fat soluble, not water soluble. Therefore, manufacturers taking this approach are manipulating the natural state of these compounds with the promise of improved absorption.


What makes one type of CBD better than another?

At the end of the day, it is what works for the individual. We are all unique and it is the present state of our endocannabinoid system and how that system utilizes the compounds we take that determines the results we will yield.

When people ask me what is the best product, my answer is always, “The one that works for you”. Understanding what you are buying and how to use it are the first two keys to success.

Now that you have a base understanding of each classification, be sure to tune in for Part 2 & 3 where we’ll provide you with the information you need to validate the manufacturer claims of what is in their product and explore the pros and cons of each product type and we’ll even provide basics of how to use each type for most effective results.

Super Monday Gratitude

Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day and I get frustrated that I can’t get it all done. Those are the moments that I remind myself to take stop, breathe and remember. I remind myself to remember all the things I have been able to accomplish, all that I have been so very fortunate to experience and that my best work is always yet to come.

As I was going through that exercise this afternoon, I came across this picture from last Fall. A moment that I am ever so grateful for. Had I told myself I was too busy for this conference or that I couldn’t afford to go, this moment would have been missed.

With me in this photo is Dr. Raphael Mechoulam. If it wasn’t for his work, my work wouldn’t exist. They call Dr. Mechoulam the grandfather of medicinal cannabis. He was the first to characterize THC and CBD at the molecular level and his research led to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system. His tireless work since the mid 60’s has given us so much understanding of ourselves and this giving plant.

Feeling grateful to have been able to shake his hand, look him in the eye and say “thank you.”

(Oh and that man with the brilliant smile in the background is Cameron Hattan, co-founder of Fiddler’s Greens, one of my favorite cannabis companies here in California and a remarkable human being)


Is CBD Safe for My Dog (or Kitty)?

The short answer is an emphatic “Yes”.

Cannabis has been used therapeutically for centuries around the world. Prior to 1937, in the US, cannabis was among the top three prescribed remedies and widely used in Veterinarian medicine. There are tens of thousands of published studies on the therapeutic value of cannabinoids and the US government holds the patent on cannabinoids for their neuro-protective and anti-oxidant properties.

Even the DEA Law Judge Francis Young, in 1988 went on record stating “Cannabis is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.” Sadly, as a result of prohibition, we have lost more than 80 years of information.

The good news? The negative and highly stigmatized position about plant is changing.

That said, my caveat is that not all CBD products are created equally (or safely), nor are all products exactly how they are marketed. Knowing what you are purchasing for your dog is key to safety and success, and that’s where we come in.

TIP: Following our rigorous (and snobbish) product selection process, we recommend only a handful of brands, but can help you evaluate any product you are interested in purchasing.


Looking for personalized guidance for your dog (or kitty)?
Schedule a Pet Consult today.


Share the Love

February is a month of love. What better way to show your love to a family member or a friend by referring them to One Minute Cannabist so that they too may benefit from our 12 years in helping pets and their humans achieve maximum results from the use of CBD or Cannabis products.

For everyone you refer in the month of February who purchases a product or schedules a service, we’ll give you $5 off any product or service of your choice. No restrictions on how many credits you can accumulate.

Just tell your family/friends to give us your full name and use code word: “LOVE” when calling, ordering or scheduling.

Fine Print: Discounts will be applied to your account to be used against product orders or consults scheduled. May not be combined with other offers. No cash value. Offer expires February 29, 2020.

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