Putting the ‘can’ in cannabis

Juliane Nowe and her partner, Fabian Henry, created a yoga class for veterans. (Submitted by Juliane Nowe)

In 1990, Juliane Nowe, a certified cannabis coach, was born with a low immune system which made her prone to illness like the cold and flu. In early high school, doctors discovered cysts on her vocal chords, possibly related to a bad childhood case of whooping cough. Medical professionals recommended surgery, but considering the high risk involved, Nowe decided to try natural healing practices instead.

She said her father gave her cannabis to help with the pain in her stomach, and her immune system. Her interest in cannabis grew after she moved to Fredericton in 2014 and met veterans who used medical marijuana. She started researching the effects cannabis has and how different strains help with different ailments.

Juliane Nowe helps veterans treat pain and anxiety using cannabis. (Submitted by Juliane Nowe)

Now certified as a cannabis coach by The Natural Wellness Academy, a holistic lifestyle and wellness academy, Nowe hopes she can use cannabis to help everything from people’s mental health to physical pain.

“Sometimes the person is literally like, ‘I tried committing suicide yesterday,'” Nowe said.

[They’re] going from that to being like, ‘I’m in my body. I have a self. I have a soul.'”

Nowe is also a spiritual and life advisor who teaches yoga, performs reiki energy healing and coaches on dieting strategies like juicing.

She said she has a lot of clients who come to see her once. Others come in for coaching then return for yoga, juicing or reiki, which becomes lifestyle coaching.

Nowe works in the same building as her partner Fabian Henry, who runs a non-profit business called the Global Alliance Foundation Fund. Henry is a veteran, and the GAFF is dedicated to helping veterans recover from PTSD and other trauma-induced injuries. He and Nowe often share patients.

Nowe said when veterans treat pain or anxiety with cannabis, it’s easier to participate in more physical activities such as yoga. She and Henry developed a yoga class together for the GAFF veterans. Nowe said some of her clients uses Henry’s services to acquire a medical marijuana prescription.

Nowe said trauma interferes with the brain’s receptors, which transfer information to the brain. She said smoking the right strain can help bring the brain receptors where they’re supposed to be.

“They can think, and they can laugh, and they can leave their house,” Nowe said.

Nowe and Henry have many clients who have benefited from the combination of natural healing and non-conventional medicinal practices, such as using cannabis. Going forward, they hope they will continue growing their community, learning, and helping people heal.

“We really will help anyone. And I feel like we’ve really built these resources and toolkit behind us that we really can help you wherever you are.”