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Meet Dave & Chela

Certified Cannabis Coaches & Advocates 

As family caregivers turned advocates who were so inspired by her mother’s decade long journey through dementia, Chela and Dave Coennen launched Cannabis Helps Dementia podcast, launched CoachChela.com and wrote a movie script loosely based on their experience called Last Resort, an Alzheimer’s Pot Dramedy.

 

Their book, CannaGuides: CBD for Seniors - 12 Essential Things to Know When Trying CBD or Medicinal Cannabis to Ease Symptoms of Aging and Improve Brain Health is available now on Amazon. CBD for Cancer, CBD for End of Life and other CannaGuides are in the works.


After more than twenty-five years working in film and television, it’s now their mission to improve the lives of older people experiencing debilitating illness with care gap training and plant-based education and advocacy.

Chela and Dave specialize in helping people who are fighting cancer, managing chronic conditions, living with dementia or facing the end of life feel better today. They're also passionate about educating healthcare professionals and the community at large through interactive events and speaking engagements. Coach Chela CannaGuides is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, but to support you in your best life.

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Dave Chela & Jackpot

Dave, Chela & Jackpot exploring Oregon's spectacular Southern coast.

CANCER FIGHTER SUPPORT

Stage IIIb to NED client making full extraction cannabis oil with Coach Chela

Coach Chela with Stage IIIb to NED client making cannabis oil.

Many in the healthcare community think that going from Stage IV Cancer to NED is all but impossible, but we know it happens every day.

 

Cancer is a complex, multifactorial disease and most agree a successful fight requires a multifactorial approach that includes diet, lifestyle, alternative and standard of care treatments.

 

We believe everyone has their own path and we hope to provide you with research and resources that might help you feel good and possibly get better.

Coach Chela CannaGuides is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, but to support you in your best life.

 

Learn how plant medicine could support your fight.

ALZHEIMER’S DEMENTIA COACHING

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Coach Chela's mom enjoying life living with Alzheimer's dementia using cannabis oil.

Caring for Chela’s mother during her decade long journey through Alzheimer’s Dementia was life changing for all concerned. In the beginning it was triage, just trying to survive. Along the way the journey got easier as we learned more. 

 

Experiencing it ourselves then producing the Virtual Dementia Tour for others, learning Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care and incorporating it in our coaching, telling people about Dr. Bredesen’s protocol for reversing dementia and sharing how CBD and medicinal cannabis is helping people live better lives in relationship with dementia is how we have processed our grief. We love sharing what is working for others in hopes to ease this journey for all concerned. 

 

To hear doctors, nurses and people living with dementia talk about how CBD or medicinal cannabis is helping people living with dementia and their families, check out Cannabis Helps Dementia podcast. For more information including many links to relevant studies check out “CBD for Seniors: 12 Things to Know When Trying CBD or Medicinal Cannabis to Ease Symptoms of Aging and Improve Brain Health.”

 

Coach Chela CannaGuides is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, but to support you in your best life.

Learn how plant medicine could change the life of someone struggling with dementia.

FAMILY & COMMUNITY EDUCATION

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Community event on CBD & medicinal cannabis for brain health.

From PowerPoint presentations, movie nights, and book clubs to field trips, tea parties and karaoke singalongs we seek to demystify and extoll the virtues of this maligned medicinal herb through interactive events that help people better understand plant medicine.
 
It’s fun and it won’t kill you, so let’s talk about it and have a good time! 
 

Coach Chela CannaGuides is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, but to support you in your best life.

Reach out today to see how we can help your community learn more about this amazing plant.

CHRONIC CONDITIONS

Aging client getting out, enjoying life, using CBD & medicinal cannabis

Aging client getting out, enjoying life, using CBD & medicinal cannabis

CBD and medicinal cannabis could be helpful in relieving symptoms from many hard to treat issues where the endocannabinoid system may play a role:

 

  • Autoimmune diseases

  • Anxiety

  • ADD, ADHD

  • Chronic Pain

  • CIPN

  • Depression

  • Fibromyalgia 

  • Idiopathic Illnesses of all kinds

  • Insomnia

  • Lyme disease

  • Migraines

  • Neurodegenerative diseases

  • OCD

  • Peri Menopause & Post Menopausal Symptoms 

 

When modern medicine has nothing left to offer, why not try a gentle herb?

 

Coach Chela CannaGuides is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, but to support you in your best life. 

Learn how CBD or cannabis medicine can help ease the burden of ongoing issues as we age. 

END OF LIFE

Mamma Lisa

Coach Chela's mom in hospice - CBD eased her breathing and helped the morphine work better, allowing doctors to use less. Family administered CBD oil quietly without alerting the nursing home staff. CBD allowed for a peaceful passing. 

A good life, today!

CBD and medicinal cannabis can provide relief from the conditions of dying:

  • Helps morphine & opioids work better

  • Reduce side effects from polypharmacy

  • Provide pain relief 

  • Enhancing pleasure

  • Heighten Awareness & Spiritual Insight

  • Provide mild euphoria

  • Aversive memory extinction

  • Increase Quality of Life  

California’s Ryan’s Law codifies a terminal patient’s right to access medicinal cannabis even in facilities that get Federal funds like hospitals and nursing homes. SB 302 now expands that right to ALL patients over the age of 65 with chronic conditions. Patients have a right to access cannabis medicine wherever it is legal, however, due to draconian prohibitionist ideas most people don’t exercise their rights and don’t get the quality of care they deserve.

Coach Chela CannaGuides is not intended as a substitute for medical or legal advice, but to support you in your best life.

See how plant medicine could benefit someone at the End of Life.

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