San Francisco, California, Nov. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Octavia Wellness, the leading provider of custom cannabis solutions for seniors, introduces a Cannabis Starter Kit developed specifically to help with symptoms of insomnia, chronic pain, mood and anxiety. The kit contains unique treatments designed to introduce seniors and those new to cannabis to its therapeutic benefits, without the unwanted side effect of getting “high.” The kit comes with a comprehensive educational guide that answers many questions that new users may have about medicinal cannabis.

The $149 starter kit includes six easy-to-use, non-intoxicating microdose formulations containing lab-tested, whole-plant cannabis extracts:

  • Daytime Oral Wellness Drops - intended for daily use to help rebalance the body’s natural systems and improve overall wellness
  • Nighttime Oral Sleep Drops - contains cannabinol (CBN) to aid in sleep and valerian root to help with anxiety
  • Soothe Body Mist - alleviates pain in hard-to-reach areas
  • Relieve Body Cream - provides relief from muscle aches and pain by combining cannabis extract with arnica for pain, and turmeric for inflammation
  • Heal Body Balm - for acute pain, bruising, and burns Soak Bath and Foot Salts - cannabis infused Epsom salts help relieve body pain, insomnia and anxiety

Each product is also available for individual purchase.

Octavia Wellness originated as a solution to the need for safe, accessible relief for seniors. CEO of Octavia Wellness Carrie Tice introduced her mother to cannabis therapy following her diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in 2014. After finding that cannabis products helped her mom sleep through the night, experience less pain and more joy, she began sharing the news with friends and family members about what she was taking. 

Tice says: “Our goal was to make it easier for people to explore the benefits of cannabis therapies without the intoxicating side effects. Many seniors are interested in trying cannabis, but learning about it is daunting since most medical doctors can’t answer their questions. Many physicians haven’t been trained to have cannabis-related discussions with their patients. Octavia works to bridge this gap.” 

Four out of five seniors struggle regularly with insomnia, chronic pain, mood, anxiety, and memory impairment, all symptoms that could be helped by cannabis therapies, according to a 2014 study by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)

Dr. Marsha Bluto, who practices non-surgical orthopedic medicine in Northern California and works with Octavia Wellness, stated: “Seniors are one of the largest demographics affected by polypharmacy. Cannabis is often safer, more effective and more versatile than many traditionally prescribed medications. No one knows exactly how many milligrams of cannabinoids work to alleviate pain and suffering, but we are finding daily microdoses of cannabinoids, even as low as 1-2 milligrams a day are helping people.”

A 2014 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, which examined data between 1999 and 2010, found that states with medical marijuana laws had 25 percent lower annual opioid overdose death rate compared to states without such laws. Dr. Bluto says, “we have found that microdosing cannabis on a daily basis, can help seniors reduce their daily medications, including opioids.”

The Cannabis Starter Kit is available for $149 online at and in select California dispensaries, with other legal states to follow. California regulations require medical cannabis patients to have a valid medical recommendation from a doctor to purchase products.

Contact: 	Anne Franklin
Phone:	415-378-1966