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Cannabis Cares Program Aims to Provide Relief to Coloradans with Physical Disabilities

In advance of the upcoming 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26th, the Chanda Center for Health, a local nonprofit organization that delivers and advocates for integrative therapy, primary care, and other complementary services to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs for people with long-term physical disabilities, is partnering with Wana Brands, the biggest edibles brand in North America, and Native Roots, a dispensary retailer with 20 locations across the Front Range, to launch the Cannabis Cares program.

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Pioneering modern wellness, the Cannabis Cares program was created to give access to cannabis products for participants of the Chanda Center for Health at no cost. By applying on the online form, participants receive up to $50 worth of Wana products per month at designated Native Roots locations. Chanda Center participants have used cannabis to help manage pain, achieve restful sleep, lower anxiety, and decrease or eliminate the use of prescription medication, including opioids.

Injured at the age of 9, Chanda Hinton, founder of the Chanda Center for Health, has been a steadfast advocate in Colorado, championing bills (CIH Waiver) and fighting endlessly for individuals with disabilities to get access to equitable healthcare. Crediting complementary and integrative care for her restoring her health, Hinton has made it her mission to provide access to treatments like cannabis for pain prevention & relief to individuals with long-term physical disabilities to ensure a better quality of life.

“After utilizing the “traditional” medical model, which included no movement and a lot of medication, resulting in poor outcomes and chronic conditions, complementary & integrative treatments like acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic saved my life. Cannabis, like these other alternative treatments, reduces my pain, allows for greater mobility due to reduced spasticity, and better sleep for an improved quality of life, explains Chanda Hinton, Executive Director, Chanda Center for Health. “Creating access to proactive healthcare options was one of the primary motivations for founding the Chanda Center for Health. We are grateful to Native Roots and Wana for making the Cannabis Cares program possible, and we are eager for our participants to have access to high-quality products and a personalized customer experience.”

Product partner Wana Brands is the creator of the Wana Optimals daily wellness product line, which includes Quick Calm, Fast Asleep, and Stay Asleep, all created from science-backed innovative formulations that maximize plant potential for healing. To further medical research around the potential of cannabinoid therapies, the Wana Brands Foundation has gifted $3 million in donations to Johns Hopkins University for its Cannabis Science Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. The company is also a supporter of CUChange Cannabis Research at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

“Our mission as a company is to enhance the lives of our customers and improve the communities that share a part of our story,” explains Karla Rodriquez, Corporate Social Responsibility Director of Wana Brands. “We are so inspired by all that Chanda has accomplished and the many people she has helped. We are honored to further the Chanda Center for Health mission by creating access to cannabis as a treatment option, which will not only improve health outcomes, but also continue to normalize and destigmatize cannabis as a wellness tool.”

Dispensary partner Native Roots is the largest privately-owned vertically-integrated operator in the State, with 20 locations across Colorado carrying a wide selection of Wana products. Denver-based customers can place an order online for a cannabis delivery to their doorstep, creating further access for those with physical disabilities. Native Roots also supports the advancement of cannabis research and is the exclusive dispensary partner for CUChange Cannabis Research at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

“The health and wellness of the communities we serve is a priority for us, and we are honored at the opportunity to help Chanda Center for Health participants access the cannabis medicine they need to live healthier lives,” states Liz Zukowski, Policy & Public Affairs Manager at Native Roots Cannabis Co. “We believe in the power of cannabis to improve health outcomes and overall wellness, and take great care to ensure our budtenders are informed and thoughtful in how they guide each customer to a product best-suited for their needs.”

If you are interested in seeking eligibility for all Chanda Center for Health programs visit www.chandacenter.org. For more information or to request an interview, contact Emily Meshell at 318-564-8195 or [email protected] or Barrie Cohen at 303-900-7505 or [email protected].

About Native Roots Cannabis Co.

Native Roots Cannabis Co. is one of Colorado’s most successful vertically integrated medical and adult-use cannabis operators. Native Roots has 20 dispensary locations across Colorado, serving thousands of adult consumers daily and the state’s largest number of registered patient members. With over a decade of experience providing cannabis to patients and adult consumers, Native Roots has won national recognition for its sustainable business practices, retail design, high-quality products and employment practices. Since 2010, Coloradans have turned to Native Roots as their trusted leader in cannabis for wellness and recreation. Native Roots offers a vast assortment of affordable products and a welcoming environment for cannabis beginners and experts alike. Rooted in the community, we are Colorado’s Happy Place. In 2022, Native Roots was named to the Civic 50, an initiative that recognizes and celebrates the 50 most community-minded companies in Colorado. To learn more about the company, visit nativerootscannabis.com. Follow Native Roots on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Wana Brands

With North America’s largest distribution footprint, cannabis edibles producer Wana Brands is a top international brand available in 15 U.S. states, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and nine Canadian provinces and territories, generating close to $300 million in retail sales annually across more than 3,000 dispensaries. Through industry-leading innovation, Wana is developing cutting-edge use-case formulations and recipes, such as Wana Quick Fast-Acting Gummies, the top-selling quick-onset edible, and the Optimals Fast Asleep formulation. Wana is committed to the communities it serves by supporting more than 50 charitable organizations in the markets where the company operates. For more information or to subscribe to Wana’s e-newsletter, visit www.wanabrands.com. Follow Wana on Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

The Chanda Center for Health

The Chanda Center for Health strives to improve health outcomes for people living with long-term physical disabilities by delivering comprehensive integrative healthcare, which include acupuncture, behavioral health, chiropractic, dental, massage, adaptive yoga, physical therapy, and care coordination.  Funding for services is provided by Medicaid, because of the Center’s advocacy work, and generous donors of the Chanda Plan Foundation, both 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations. Follow The Chanda Center for Health on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.