The badass “Women of Cannabis,” Sierra Riddle and Annie Epley, stopped into the TVT studio to tell their remarkable stories of healing loved ones through the medicinal powers of marijuana.
Ms. Riddle made national news when the story of her son, Landon, broke in the mainstream media. In what could best be described as the worst nightmare for any parent, Landon was diagnosed with Leukemia at 2 years old. Under the advisement of physicians, Riddle was told to pursue the traditional course of intensive/invasive treatment – chemotherapy, steroids, and narcotics.
Riddle shared just how toxic this regimen was for her little boy- within 90 days, he dropped down to 50 percent of his body weight and lost his ability to walk and talk. Doctors then delivered the devastating news that Landon should be sent into hospice to “wait until his time.”
While other stories may have ended right there in a tragic manner, Riddle chose to flip the script. Instead of accepting defeat, she channeled major Wonder Woman vibes and suited up to fight the battle that would save her son’s life.
“I didn’t accept that (hospice). I took Landon straight from that hospital and drove him right to Colorado. My son became the second youngest American citizen to be given a medical marijuana card.”
At this point in the story, it would seem that the Colorado hospital network would be the beacon of hope to save Landon. Unfortunately, Riddle would soon learn that the battle for her son was only just beginning: “His (Landon’s) oncology team reported me to CPS a dozen times for medical abuse/neglect. They tried to take my son from me and put him in medical foster care.”
Shapiro asked the question any decent human would ponder – who are these despicable people willing to interfere in the plight of a loving mother, desperate to save her child?
Riddle didn’t hesitate to put the main culprit on blast: “Dr. Stephen Hunger. Hello sir. I’m still here and I’m still saying your name.” (Hunger was head of oncology at Children’s hospital in Colorado.) Riddle stated that Dr. Hunger “guaranteed on his medical degree,” in Court, that she would kill her child with the use of marijuana.
Riddle said proudly: “I want your medical degree in my hand, sir. My son just celebrated seven years cancer free and medically cured.”
A very heated Shapiro interjected by calling Dr. Hunger a “dumb bastard” and a “buffoon.” He pointed out that a lot of doctors let their big egos get in the way of good decision making. Riddle’s experience is the perfect example of how medicinal marijuana is still extremely controversial and not accepted by the mainstream medical community.
Shapiro then turned the mic over so Riddle could preach on the incredible healing powers of pot.
Riddle started off by mentioning how behind the US is, in comparison to other countries who are conducting medical marijuana research and making big advancements. There is also hypocrisy in the fact that U.S. doctors will prescribe Marinol (a synthetic THC) for cancer and AIDS patients, but won’t prescribe the actual plant. Another thing to add to the conspiracy list for Big Pharma.
Riddle is very knowledgeable on exactly how Cannabis helps fight cancer. She’s considered an expert in Pediatric Cannabis/CBD therapy and speaks at medical conferences across the country. “Cannabis causes apoptosis in cancer cells, which sends the message that they need to commit suicide. It also protects your healthy (white blood) cells in a suit of armor so they can go kick ass. Chemotherapy can’t differentiate from any cell. It just kills everything.”
“Landon’s Health Hut” is a CBD product line Riddle started in 2014. She wanted to ensure other parents and patients were getting authentic CBD products, after she had some personal bad experiences and felt ripped off by other companies. She’s also helped children with behavior issues, in addition to those with more serious medical ailments. Riddle spoke on how poor diets for children (and adults like Shapiro) consisting of Fruity Pebbles and Kool Aid can cause cancer, ADHD and mood problems.
Surprisingly, Riddle revealed that the products sold in dispensaries around Vegas are not made for medical use. Shapiro brought up that he doesn’t like to smoke, and Riddle stated that’s a common misconception for the general public – that the only way to ingest Cannabis is through smoking. Riddle described her “magic bag” of 25 different products in her line, including edibles, patches and Keto/gluten-free gummies.
It was then time for Annie Epley to share her incredible story of sneaking THC into a hospital to help her dying husband, Sam. Epley’s husband, who was a healthy 33 year old, was suddenly hospitalized after falling extremely ill at work. He was taken to UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX – one of the biggest research hospitals in the world.
Epley was hopeful that her husband would be in good hands, in a hospital with such great credentials, but the situation soon turned into a nightmare. None of the 12 doctors overseeing his care seemed to know what Sam’s diagnosis was, even after a myriad of tests and exploratory surgery.
Meanwhile, Sam was in excruciating pain every single day. Epley would drive an hour and a half each way to sneak him the THC. Epley stated it worked miracles on her husband’s pain levels and helped stabilize him.
Sadly, Epley’s husband passed away, which she felt was, in part, due to the incompetence of the UT Southwestern medical staff. It was only during the autopsy that Epley’s husband finally got a diagnosis – he had a severe blood clot in his bile duct that stopped blood flow to his heart.
Shapiro pointed out that Sam’s legacy can now live on in Epley’s work, and the courageous decision she made to help ease his pain. She even founded a non-profit called “Queens of Cannabis” in his memory.
Both Riddle and Epley are just the kind of bad ass women that can bring the “Women of Cannabis” to the forefront of a predominantly male dominated field.
You can find the Women of Cannabis on Facebook. If you’d like to dabble into Sierra Ripple’s CBD line aka “magic bag” go to Cbdforall.org.