Drew McDowell, co-owner of the Funky Skunk KC smoke shop in Raytown, MO, says he sees a huge lack of knowledge about CBD and cannabis – and he wants to change that.

Because of the various benefits of cannabis, he’s hoping to spread awareness and education at the second annual Community Unity Mental Health Day taking place at the Funky Skunk on Wed., April 20, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event was created by Rebecca Oakman and Markwan Gordon, founders of marketing organization WyldKard Lyfestyle, who were wanting to create an annual event to bring together small businesses specializing in CBD, health and wellness, and mental health.

“Personally speaking, I deal with PTSD from being a veteran and trauma,” said Gordon. “Marijuana is proven to help calm anxiety, PTSD, depression, glaucoma and arthritis.

“So, with this event, we wanted to dive deeper into the mental aspect, instead of just making it a celebration, let’s tackle some stuff here,” he added.

At the Community Unity Mental Health Day, there will be more than 20 vendors including Kulture Confections KC, Palmer Herbal House, Breathe Beverages and My Blunt Bands. There will also be free therapy healing sessions available by Dr. Tamela Ross from Healing Corner KC.

Under Missouri’s medical marijuana program, physicians may recommend marijuana to treat nine qualifying conditions, such as PTSD, seizures, cancer, and epilepsy — and “any other chronic, debilitating or other medical condition” at the judgment of the physician.

There will be yoga, meditations and the Taste of Soul food truck. There will also be an option to learn how to acquire a medical marijuana card. For those who want to get a medical card, Funky Skunk KC has a Black doctor on staff who will be available to answer questions and help with applications.

To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, visit WyldKardLyfestyle.com/events 

Jazzlyn "Jazzie” is the former senior reporter for our team, who joined the company in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, through the Report for America service program. For the past two years, she covered...

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