What We Do

We improve lives through Research, Education, and Advocacy. By funding and conducting Research, we learn more about cannabis and its effects while legitimizing the therapy. Education empowers consumers to select the best products for their individual needs, and informs healthcare professionals about options for their patients. Through Advocacy, we spread the truth about cannabis and expand access to those in need. Read more about our specific programs below.


Research

baseCAMP

Just as a basecamp is the headquarter of any expedition, Realm of Caring baseCAMP is the go-to online resource for cannabinoid data and research. It is the portal to the future, containing up-to-date information on the research results, opportunities, and resources available. Currently included in baseCAMP is the RoC Observation Research Registries (ORRs), a Scientific Exploratory Council (SEC) application to conduct research, and hundreds of full-text published research studies and the RoC Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Soon, we’ll add the ability to file for IRB approval for such studies.

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Observational Research Registry (ORR)

Through baseCAMP, clients can participate in research via the Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved Epilepsy Observational Research Registry (ORR.) This ORR is the largest registry studying the effects of cannabis on people with epilepsy, collecting data from over 700 participants. We’re putting the finishing touches on a second study, the General ORR, which is expanded to enroll those with cancer, autoimmune disorders, pain disorders, and mental/behavioral disorders, giving us the ability to follow all participants in their therapies.

We are organizing these studies to gain more information about how the quantity and ratio of oils affects individuals at varying stages of health. Participation in the research registry is not required. However, we strongly encourage clients to participate for several reasons. Participation will benefit future clients in terms of how CBD, THC or THC-A might affect them. It is also a stepping stone for national acceptance of cannabis as a dietary supplement.

As an added incentive for registration and active participation in the ORR, active ORR participants will be entered into a monthly drawing to receive $50 off of a total cart purchase at CW Botanicals. The Realm of Caring draws the names of five active participants each month. Recipients of the $50 coupon are e-mailed a coupon code to be used within 30 days.

Please keep in mind that participant information is de-identified to ensure confidentiality, and it is NOT a placebo study. Participants in our research are welcome to participate in other clinical trials as they become available.

Learn more or participate here.

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Dravet Syndrome Study

"Genetic Analysis Between Charlotte's Web Responders Versus Non-Responders in a Dravet Population"

Dr. Edward Maa, M.D., Chief of the Denver Health and Hospitals Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is currently recruiting participants for this observational study.

Learn more about the study and how to enroll here.

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Scientific Exploratory Council (SEC)

Part of the primary mission of the Realm of Caring Foundation is research. Cannabis has been researched, but we are interested in furthering the body of evidence and conducting more rigorous studies into the potential uses of cannabinoid therapy. We receive several requests a day to conduct research studies on cannabinoid product and are thrilled to have more documented research studies taking place. We have put together a council, the Scientific Exploratory Council (SEC), for those physicians and entities conducting studies pertaining to cannabinoid therapy and families/individuals using the product.

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Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

Realm of Caring strives to conduct thorough and conclusive data-driven research; in an effort to keep these guidelines the RoC SAB reviews all opportunities and applications for validity and potential.

Currently residing on the SAB is:

  • Marcel Bonn-Miller, Ph.D.
    Director, Cannabinoid Research at Zynerba Pharmaceuticals / Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • Scott Hansen
    Scott has spent over 25 years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries in roles ranging from analytical chemistry, product development, and quality control and assurance. Currently, he's part of the Botanacor Services team, providing accurate testing for Colorado's hemp and medical marijuana industries. Scott's passion for quality extends beyond his company as he believes that everyone using cannabis products deserve and should demand the safest and highest quality products.
  • Noel Palmer, Ph.D.
    Noel brings 15 years of experience as a laboratory scientist with an emphasis on plant properties, and is also a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society. His R&D and testing of product potency and efficacy is award winning. Most recently, he was recognized as Americans for Safe Access Researcher of the Year 2014. In collaboration with Americans for Safe Access and the American Herbal Products Association, he was closely involved in drafting the Industry Standards for Laboratory Testing of cannabis.
  • Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Education

Client Orientation

The goal of “RoC Client Orientation” is to inform new and existing clients about the variety of cannabinoid therapies and to provide an opportunity to ask questions to a Realm of Caring representative. We encourage all new members and their family to participate in at least one orientation class as the information is invaluable especially when beginning your journey with cannabis therapy.

Classes are presented on gathered group experiences and data (through the RoC Observational Research Registry) as well as scientific research and breakthroughs. We are constantly receiving new data and reviewing our recommendations, so it is important to stay up-to-date on information including: administration, storage, mechanisms of action, potential interactions with other medications, advice on increasing the oil’s efficacy, and many other topics. The knowledge gained from one orientation class will allow you to feel more confident in using cannabinoid products as well as provide a better understanding of how cannabinoids might work for you.

We offer a live, online airing of the orientation that offers screen-to-screen time with Executive Director Heather Jackson or RoC Research Coordinator Cristi Bundukamara. Come in person or attend virtually. We hope to see you at the next orientation series!

Find out more here.

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Care Team

Our dedicated team of Care Specialists is here to help clients with a multitude of questions geared toward helping achieve a better quality of life. They answer hundreds of phone calls and emails every day from clients seeking support for cannabinoid therapies.

Our Care Team is service-oriented and focused on providing as much information on cannabinoid products to clients and healthcare professionals as possible. They also serve to empower individuals to educate themselves and the public on the potential benefits of using cannabis as a complementary therapy. Through research, education, and advocacy, the Care Team provides support that is unrivaled, up-to-date, and professional.

We encourage everyone to reach out, so feel free to contact the team!

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Practitioner Education

“Practitioner Education Series: Understanding the Uses and Mechanisms of Cannabinoid Therapies” is held once monthly to inform health care practitioners in all aspects of cannabinoid therapies, the endocannabinoid system, potential medication interactions and more. Each session is presented by our Research Coordinator, Cristi Bundukamara Ed.D NP, who also takes questions from attendees. Practitioners have the option to either attend Practitioner Education Series sessions in person or to participate online.

Find out more here.

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Practitioner Forums

Healthcare practitioners who have registered in the Practitioner Portal are able to access the Practitioner Forum, a private online platform for participants to connect with other registered practitioners to discuss topics and share information related to cannabinoid therapies. The forum creates opportunities for a vital network of practitioners to share knowledge and receive education, creating a growing knowledge base on all aspects of cannabinoid therapies. Practitioners may draw upon this information resource as needed as they provide guidance to patients who are using or who wish to obtain more information on cannabinoid therapies for various health conditions.

Register here.

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Community

The Realm of Caring Foundation is happy to perform an in-service at your institution or organization to educate your team about cannabinoid therapies. We welcome opportunities to provide education at conferences and expos, and to staff within community social service organizations, hospitals and home health organizations, schools, and more.

To request an in-service, complete this form.

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Advocacy

Realm Cares

Realm Cares™ is a financial assistance program designed to help alleviate part of the financial strain associated with trying cannabinoid therapies not covered by your insurance. We are aware that finances and situations can change quickly and having a loved one with a complicated medical condition can be an added stress on your finances. Our fund is set aside for clients on endorsed products such as Charlotte's Web™, Mary’s Medicinals™, THC, and THCA. Acceptance into this program is approved on a case-by-case basis considering financial need, personal hardships, and other data. Recipient submissions are reviewed by a council for approval and grants are reviewed for renewal on a bi-annual basis. Family assistance grants are given as a monthly grant for an individual or family to utilize as they see fit to help offset the costs of cannabinoid therapy.

Learn more, donate, or apply to the program here.

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Joy Fund

The Joy Fund, created with a generous grant from the Henrietta Aigner and Joy Baldwin Family Foundation, is set aside to help those moving to Colorado for legal access to cannabinoid therapies. It is named for Joy Baldwin, who suffered from ALS and used medical cannabis for relief from her symptoms. Through her personal experience, she was acutely aware of the needs of families moving to Colorado seeking reprieve from various ailments. We are honored to have known Joy and continue her legacy of generosity.

With this fund, our goal is to alleviate the financial strain of relocating to Colorado from another state. Applicants who are accepted will receive a two-part award: a $2,500 interest-free loan and a $2,500 relocation grant. The award can be used at the recipient's discretion. We ask for repayment of the loan in order to pay it forward, allowing us to assist more families in need.

Learn more or apply to the program here.

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Community

We enjoy working with local hospitals and social workers to inform and educate them about cannabis options. Here are some advocacy opportunities we've had:

  • Dept of Human Services
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Social Services
  • Home Health
  • Conferences/Expos

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Legislative Fight For Access

Congress will decide on H.R. 1635, and its senate companion bill S. 1333, a landmark bill to remove CBD (cannabidiol) and hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, where both are classified as Schedule 1 substances. This bill will help families gain access to non-psychoactive cannabis extract that is already changing the lives of thousands of Americans who suffer from debilitating conditions. Research will also flourish. We are calling on you to ask your legislators to co-sponsor these bills and become a champion for families in need. Please join us in the #FightForAccess!

Join The Fight!

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Improving Lives Through Connections

In keeping with our mission to provide a better quality of life through client and family support services and resources, the Realm of Caring strives to create community by connecting clients and families at all stages of cannabinoid therapy. Clients and their loved ones are invited to attend monthly support meetings at the RoC National Office in Colorado Springs where they can meet, share encouragement while building relationships with other families, learn about various health and cannabinoid-related topics, and ask questions. For clients not local to Colorado, the online forum allows clients from all over the world to connect with one another privately via the client portal to ask questions and share personal experiences related to the use of cannabinoid therapies for various health conditions.

Community, fundraising, and client appreciation events create further opportunity for families to gather and connect with one another and with Realm of Caring staff and volunteers. The Realm of Caring would not be able to serve our clients at its current and growing capacity without all of the selflessly donated time, energy, talent, and hard work from our volunteers, who have always played an important role in the development of this organization. We continue to rely on our volunteers not only to supplement our paid staff but to bring a creativity and vitality that is necessary for the growth of our organization. Learn more or apply to serve as a RoC volunteer here.

The creation of local Realm of Caring branches allows clients living in states other than Colorado to connect with their local RoC for support services and access to local resources.

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