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Medical marijuana clinic announces new line of THC medicines available for patients

The Times (Shreveport) logo The Times (Shreveport) 7/28/2020 Emily Enfinger, Shreveport Times

The Healing Clinics in Shreveport hosted a news conference on Monday to announce the release of AYO, THC medical cannabis products, by Ilera Holistic Healthcare in partnership with Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

"We’ve done a great deal by partnering with Ilera Holistic Healthcare and being able to bring such medicines to our communities. The SU Ag Center has always had a mission of linking citizens of Louisiana with opportunities of success," said Janana Snowden, director of Southern University's Medicinal Plant Institutes. 

a close up of a bottle: Pictured is an AYO medical cannabis product which was made by Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, part of the Southern University System, in partnership with Ilera Holistic Healthcare. © Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times Pictured is an AYO medical cannabis product which was made by Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, part of the Southern University System, in partnership with Ilera Holistic Healthcare.

"And now we are in a position where we can provide quality medicine and also bring it at an affordable price," Snowden continued.

The product release has made Southern University the nation's first historically Black university to launch its own THC medical cannabis products, according to reports

a man holding a sandwich in his hand: Janana Snowden, director of Southern University's Medicinal Plant Institutes, speaks during a news conference on Monday, July 27, 2020, which announced the release of THC products created by Ilera Holistic Healthcare in partnership with Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. © Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times Janana Snowden, director of Southern University's Medicinal Plant Institutes, speaks during a news conference on Monday, July 27, 2020, which announced the release of THC products created by Ilera Holistic Healthcare in partnership with Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

The Healing Clinics provides medical evaluations for medicinal marijuana for patients.

The Healing Clinics has locations in Shreveport, Monroe, Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, per its website.

Since 2018, the clinic has seen more than 1,500 patients, according to The Healing Clinics' CEO Kathryn Thomas.

“And we have a fun job because we get to hear amazing stories every day,” Thomas said. She noted to the audio that was playing in the background prior to the news conference, which consisted of recordings of patient testimonies.

a man and a woman standing in front of a mirror: Kathryn Thomas, CEO of The Healing Clinics, speaks during a news conference on Monday, July 27, 2020, which announced the release of THC products created by Ilera Holistic Healthcare in partnership with Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. © Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times Kathryn Thomas, CEO of The Healing Clinics, speaks during a news conference on Monday, July 27, 2020, which announced the release of THC products created by Ilera Holistic Healthcare in partnership with Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

However, she said the one negative the clinics have heard from patients over the years is the price of medical marijuana products.

“It’s just was unaffordable for most patients. So we’ve been waiting all this time for Ilera Holistic Healthcare to release their product,” Thomas said.

Richard Dancy, a Stonewall resident who suffers from Multiple sclerosis, was also at the event to provide his testimony on THC products. 

He said he suffers from a range of symptoms, but considers chronic pain as the worst. He has been using THC-based medications since around the beginning of the year.

“The THC seems to help," Dancy said. “I don’t like opioids and I don’t want to get on opioids and this is a very good alternative.”

Dancy hopes the introduction of this new product into the market will help make medications more affordable for those who need it.

a woman in a blue shirt: Dr. Chanda, CEO of Ilera Holistic Healthcare, speaks during a news conference on Monday, July 27, 2020, which announced the release of THC products created by Ilera Holistic Healthcare in partnership with Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. © Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times Dr. Chanda, CEO of Ilera Holistic Healthcare, speaks during a news conference on Monday, July 27, 2020, which announced the release of THC products created by Ilera Holistic Healthcare in partnership with Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Emily Enfinger is the breaking news reporter for The Shreveport Times, covering crime and court. Follow her on Twitter at @EmilyEnfinger.

Have a news tip? Email Emily at eenfinger@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on Shreveport Times: Medical marijuana clinic announces new line of THC medicines available for patients

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