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Amendment 2 and You

Posted on: November 16th, 2016 by Angela Ardolino No Comments


Florida has passed Amendment 2, but what does that actually mean for you? Although the new amendment won’t be in effect until January 3, 2017, you can better prepare for the upcoming changes now by learning everything you need to know about medical cannabis.

For sufferers of everything from arthritis to seizures, medical cannabis can be a miracle drug. Its healing properties are now the subject of many scientific studies, and the long history of medical marijuana has brought us to a time when it is finally becoming recognized as a safe alternative to heavy medications.

Brief history of Medical Cannabis

What is Cannabis? 

Where is Cannabis Legal and How Do You Get It?

Benefits of Cannabis

Find a Licensed Doctor Who Can Prescribe Medical Cannabis

Learn how Cannabis is saving Dahlia 

Read About How CBD Oil Saved Sadie

Find Out How RSHO Gave Lily a Second Chance

To learn more about the benefits of cannabis, how it is prescribed, and what it can do, visit

Medical Cannabis is Legal: What You Need to Know

Posted on: November 15th, 2016 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

An educational cannabis conference is coming to Tampa November 18 and is free and open to the public.  


CannaCure Florida is proud to assemble an esteemed group of physicians and medical professionals for an exclusive medical cannabis educational conference Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 – Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, at The Cuban Club in Ybor City, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Workshops and Seminars are fee based and proceeds benefit CannaMoms, a nonprofit helping families with sick children who need medical cannabis.

The program will provide scientific research and clinical data behind medical cannabis, along with treatment information for medical practitioners about the use of medical cannabis for patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions including cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other comparable illnesses.

“There has been a tremendous need for families with major health problems to gain access to safe, affordable and effective alternatives to traditional medical treatment or pharmaceuticals,” says parenting and family expert Angela Ardolino, founder of Parenting with Angela.  “Educating physicians and patients about medical cannabis is a big step toward providing relief, and even recovery, to many patients.”


Panel discussions include respected and prominent medical practitioners including- Juan Sanchez-Ramos, PhD and MD at the University of South Florida.  They will be examining the latest medical cannabis legislation and research as well as recommendations for the effective development of medical marijuana treatment plans.

Noted author and keynote presenter Dr. Gregory L. Smith will provide a wealth of information about which conditions respond to cannabis, dosing guidance, and the safe use of cannabis by patients. “This conference will serve as an indispensable resource for medical professionals, providing a sound clinical basis for incorporating medical cannabis into their arsenal of treatment options for patients,” said Smith.

Speakers include Juan Sanchez-Ramos, PhD, MD from USF Health who will speak on the medical use of cannabis and will cover how Florida doctors can best utilize this important medicine.  Selim R. Bendadis, MD will discuss how medical cannabis can positively impact those with epilepsy and there will be panels with Stephen Blythe, MD, Terel Spencer Newton, MD, Eduardo Palanca MD, PA and Joseph Rosado, MD on how to use cannabis as medicine. 

Ardolino will also be discussing what the new legislation means for medical professionals and caregivers going forward. Gary J. Stein, MPH will also discuss how to transform lives with medical cannabis.

During the conference, there will be a free Canna Bazaar, which is open to the public. This is a great place to learn more about the medical cannabis industry and to network and learn from cannabis professionals.

Visit for a complete schedule of events and to register for seminars and workshops.

Additional educational programming is available for prospective medical cannabis patients, investors and entrepreneurs on both Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, from ComfyTree.

Plant Now, Harvest Later

Posted on: November 1st, 2016 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Food is the key to good health. It affects everything that our body does– it can make your life better or it can turn small problems into big problems. Pesticides and hidden chemicalsin your foods can cause damage to the nervous system, upset stomach and can live in your children’s intestines for years.


Rather than relying on what a label tells me is in my food, I decided six years ago to start an organic garden at home so that I would know exactly what I am ingesting and to give my body a chance to enjoy good health. Plus, nothing tastes better than veggies grown in your own backyard. It is surprisingly easy and fun to do with the kids, too!


What to Grow this Season

One of the things I grow in my organic garden is organic basil. Basil packs a punch greater than just its delightful smell– it provides blood-clotting Vitamin K and magnesium and is also an antioxidant with antibacterial properties. It can be used in a variety of recipes and in some cultures is even used for medicinal purposes. Herbs tend to be some of the easiest things to grow if you are new to gardening as well. Some of my favorites and the easiest to grow are Basil and Rosemary.


There are lots of crops for fall in Central Florida, other than basic herbs . Things like bush and pole beans, tumeric, eggplant, peppers, squash, and tomatoes are great to plant in August and September. In October and November we can plant crops such as sweet potatoes, beets, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, and strawberries. These are all relatively easy to plant and maintain and you will be able to harvest them in the coming seasons.


How to Get Started

Growing your own garden doesn’t have to be difficult and can be pretty fun to do with the kids. It will get everyone outside and will give you and your family a chance to learn something new together. I know that I am still learning new things every day with my organic garden.


We have very sandy soils throughout most of central Florida, so organic matter should be worked into your soil at least three weeks ahead of planting. Compost and mulches are great to use for this, but make sure that they are properly broken down so that they don’t harbor harmful bacteria. Stay away from soils enriched with chemicals and opt for healthy soil and compost. I have found healthy soils and fertilizers from Worm’s Way and Grace’s Hydroponics are a great solution.


Before you start growing, it is important to find the right seeds. I use High Mowing Organic Seeds, which are 100% organic.


If you are concerned with bugs and pests getting into your garden, consider planting a few flowers like chrysanthemums that beneficial insects will love– they will help keep the pesky bugs away.


Make sure to pay attention to the amount of water and sunlight that your seeds will need to grow. Growing basil and other herbs are often an easy way to start with organic gardening because they are relatively low-maintenance and yield wonderful results.


Get Your Hands Dirty

This is the part that kids love the most. Have the kids help dig the spots where you want to plant your seeds and let them be in charge of certain plants. This is a great way to show them the difference between what grows in the ground versus what grows above the ground and how to care for both types of plants. You can start an herb garden in pots and plant the larger plants in the ground, and have the kids learn the different ways that plants react depending on their environment. It is also a great time of year to teach kids about composting and how we can recycle some of our waste right into the soil.


Make sure you have a good pair of shears when it is time to harvest your plants, and let the kids get involved as well. If you want to try to plant something that is a little bit longer lasting, consider planting a butterfly garden as well. You can find instructions here.


To read more information about starting your very own garden,