Sasha Kalcheff-Korn brings a wealth of experience in human rights, education and communications to her role at Realm of Caring. Long interested in the intersection between cannabis legalization and human rights both here and abroad, Sasha is passionate about connecting individuals to effective plant-based methodologies for medicine and care.
In her current role, Sasha also helps to keep Realm of Caring’s internal teams, clients and the community at large educated on industry developments and scientific advancements by producing webinars, writing blogs and more. She also represents Realm of Caring in the Marijuana Working Group of Colorado Springs.
After earning her master’s degree in International Human Rights from the University of Denver, Sasha received her elementary teaching license from the University of Colorado. She first taught with the service organization AmeriCorps, then sixth-grade math in Colorado Springs for three years.
Seeking a career shift that would allow her to utilize her master’s and work for a nonprofit she is passionate about, she joined the Realm of Caring team in 2019. Sasha, who is also a trained yoga instructor, lives in Colorado with her husband and son.
In this interview Sasha shares to us her background and how she joined the Realm of Caring team, what it is and what’s their mission and more.
Ganjly: What is Realm of Caring? What is the company’s mission?
Sasha Kalcheff-Korn: Realm of Caring (RoC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was founded in 2013 as a resource for individuals seeking information on cannabinoid therapy including: how to source a quality product, research-based evidence on how to get started and one-on-one support throughout their journey. Our mission is to help improve quality of life for individuals worldwide through cannabinoid research, education and community outreach.
Who can benefit from RoC?
Anyone who needs more information about cannabinoid therapies can benefit from RoC. We serve families, individuals, medical professionals, researchers, educators and the cannabis industry. Our comprehensive education is based on our own published research from our Observational Research Registry (ORR) as well as the research that is publicly available.
Do you personalize the type of guidance you give to people who are in your program? And how do you guide them to a better quality of life?
Our one-on-one support is very personalized. There is no “one size fits all” approach and we recognize that each individual has their own therapeutic range. It is our goal to help each person that comes to us with questions about cannabinoid therapy gain all of the tools needed to be successful.
We are here to help navigate this journey with you and can assist with administration guidelines, quality product suggestions, discover research on new cannabinoids and just serve as a support system for whatever questions you may have.
Why do you feel it is necessary to conduct more research on cannabis?
It is necessary for several reasons. We developed our Observational Research Registry (ORR) with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to better understand medicinal cannabis use and its impact on key health outcomes including healthcare utilization, chronic pain, anxiety and depression, caregiver burden, epilepsy and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Our registered clients provide critical information that leads to important insights into the therapeutic capabilities of medicinal cannabis. The ORR helps us develop client educational resources and may ultimately serve to legitimize the medicinal use of cannabis.
Through challenging the stigma of cannabis with published research, we may further advance ending this period of prohibition and advocate for the medicinal use of cannabis and hemp.
What are some of the most pressing issues facing veterans today and how do you believe that can be alleviated by having wider access to cannabis?
Recent studies have pointed towards the ways in which cannabinoid therapy may help alleviate symptoms that many veterans suffer with, such as anxiety, nightmares, increased alertness, panic attacks, depression and overwhelming emotions. Cannabis and hemp products may serve as a legitimate therapy to our heroes who are vulnerable to suicide and substance abuse due to the traumas they have endured.
What are some of the achievements that RoC has made so far, and on that note, what are some of the obstacles that you’re still working to overcome?
Most recently we have published two papers from data in our ORR. The first being A Cross-Sectional and Prospective Comparison of Medicinal Cannabis Users and Controls on Self-Reported Health, published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research and the second being Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Evaluation of Cannabidiol (CBD) Product use and Health Among People with Epilepsy, published in Epilepsy & Behavior.
In the past eight years that we have been a formal nonprofit, we have served more than 65,000 clients worldwide. Helping individuals find a quality of life is our why and we are proud to be able to continue to accomplish this daily.
Our obstacles align with many obstacles of the cannabis industry. We work to overcome barriers to access through our research and education. We advocate for our community who struggle to pay for cannabinoid therapy costs. We emphasize the safety and quality of products by personally vetting product companies with our strict quality control guidelines. We also work to overcome the barrier between the medical community and the consumer through comprehensive education.
What do you hope to see 5 years from now in terms of cannabis laws and regulations?
More access, more acceptance and a model that supports more affordable options.
Thank you, Sasha, for doing the interview. We’re grateful! To know more about Sasha and the Realm of Caring, go to RealmofCaring.org.