Hey, neighbor!

I wear a lot of hats, and being a published writer is my newest, though I’m probably most famous for being Jax’s mother.

I am Kelly, your unapologetically nerdy girl next door who excels in everything science and goofball. I am also a healthcare professional, a small business owner and a mother. And I want to talk to you about your endocannabinoid system.

Did you know your body produces cannabinoids?

Cannabinoid science and the widespread health benefits of its regimen are my wheelhouse, and I want to share all I’ve learned. I’m fascinated by the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant and our body’s miraculous response to it. There’s an endogenous reason cannabis works wonders for seemingly any condition, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it … but I’m getting ahead of myself.

As CarolinaCannabisNews.com launches, my hope is you’ll come to consider me your Cannabinoid Science GPS. I can get you from zero to cannabis know-it-all, and I will prove that over time as I write for this news site.

Image: Chemical structure of cannabidiolic acid (CBDa). [Source: WikiCommons]

I began my journey figuratively on foot, with no shoes, in hot sand and charging up an endless hill, pushing my little google-eyed son Jackson (Jax) in his wheelchair through steep resistance and blistering heat. I was exhausted. He more so than I. We had no map, no nap, very little help and this mommy was thirsting desperately for the way to some unknown oasis in my son’s survival.

My son’s diseases are so complex — Jax has a genetic disorder that is yet to be identified, cerebral palsy and catastrophic epilepsy known as Lennox-Gastaut; he is also legally blind, immobile and non-verbal. However, ‘they’ should have a corresponding diagnosis for ‘perpetually happy.’

Still, at age 22, as a mother of two young children – Irish twins – I was shoved from youthful bliss into a scary and foreign world of immense responsibility given the severity of Jax’s health struggles. Keeping my very sick infant not only alive but happy became my daily struggle.

Yet, despite the worst odds, Jax turns 20 this year. His life expectancy was six.

Cannabis helped. Jax takes far fewer medications now, medications that were wreaking havoc on his internal organs after years of use.

Kelly and Jax Helms with a medical professional who cares for Jax. [Photo courtesy of Kelly Helms.]

Kelly and Jax Helms at home. [Photo courtesy of Kelly Helms.]

My baby who was never to be a man had his first shave last week.

Can I get an amen?

By age 15 Jax had trialed 37 medications, withstood brain surgery (among a dozen others) and still manages to grin ear-to-ear every damn day. He’s been on life support more times than I can recall. And, today, nothing supports his existence more than cannabis, a God-given plant. Cannabis and so much love it’s too much to describe.

The fact that he is alive today makes me proud of both of us. Jax remains the happiest, most spirited human I’ve ever met, and now he has exceeded his life expectancy three times over.

In my two-decade-long quest to prolong Jax’s life and preserve the quality of it, I’ve become a cannabis expert. Through articles for Carolina Cannabis News, I hope to help you speed around the cannabis learning curve.

And I can’t wait to hear your story! As we head down the green road together I hope you’ll tell me about your successes, ask me questions and challenge my understanding of things. You can reach me here.

I aim to reach you where you are today and share cannabis knowledge with you that can lead you to a better tomorrow. Every mammal with a spine has the ability to benefit from saturation of cannabinoids, so I hope you share what you learn, too, with everyone you love.

Your Caring Cannabis Co-Pilot,

Kelly Helms

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BY Kelly Helms

BY Kelly Helms

Health Contributor

Nerdy girl-next-door who excels in everything science and goofball. Kelly is also a healthcare professional, a small business owner and a mother. And she wants to talk to you about your endocannabinoid system.

Editor’s note: While we have several seasoned journalists contributing to Carolina Cannabis News, we also have several novice writers who are experts on cannabis in one way or another. Kelly is one of those experts, and I’ve asked her to introduce herself to you.