5 products cannabis and trauma activist Shannon DeGrooms can't live without

5 products cannabis and trauma activist Shannon DeGrooms can't live without
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For many people, cannabis is about healing. Some turn to the plant to potentially ease their migraines or back pain; for others, it’s for mental health. And for Shannon DeGrooms, co-founder and executive director of the This is Jane Project, cannabis was her pathway towards healing and the key to dealing with her PTSD caused by being held at gunpoint. “I was against cannabis. I often say it took a gun to my head to try cannabis because that’s actually what happened,” DeGrooms shared. After the incident, she finally came around to finding a reputable cannabis doctor in LA — and it opened up a whole world of healing that changed her life. “I was no longer terrified to leave the house. I could sleep through the night with minimal nightmares. It gave me a new outlook on life.”  With her experience in LGBTQ activism in LA and back home in New Jersey, DeGrooms knew that she had to shift her advocacy to cannabis and start the This is Jane Project.  This is Jane Project’s mission “The revolution is trauma-informed.” The This is Jane Project is a queer-owned 501c3 nonprofit organization that offers a safe space for women and non-binary trauma survivors who can “tell their stories, get mental health resources, compassionate cannabis resources, and community.” They do this through a number of programs, like Puff and Paint sessions and compassionate cannabis donation events. Taking steps toward healing is different for everyone, but acknowledging it is where it starts. DeGrooms said, “Sometimes it’s hard for people to understand. A lot of people don’t acknowledge that they have trauma, for a variety of reasons, but we don’t understand the complexity of it. There are big T and little T traumas — it’s not all a gun to your head like my…

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