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Cannabis for Women’s Health: PTSD and Chronic Back Pain

"We continue to celebrate Women’s Health Week with an inspiring story of a woman whose life was changed with the help of cannabis. "

May 14, 2019

We continue to celebrate Women’s Health Week with an inspiring story of a woman whose life was changed with the help of cannabis. Emma Collard is a veteran with PTSD who shares her success story to encourage other women like her to believe that living and feeling well is possible, thanks to cannabis.

Q: What conditions does cannabis help you manage?

A: Cannabis helps me manage chronic back pain and PTSD, especially anxiety symptoms.

Q: When were you diagnosed with your condition?

A: I was diagnosed in 2014 while I was in the Army.

Q: How long have you been a medical cannabis patient?

A: I’ve been a patient for two years.

Q: Which products do you use to manage your conditions?

A: My favorite Surterra Wellness products are the Relief vape pen and transdermal patch, Soothe vape pen and transdermal patch and Zen vape pen. From Florida’s Finest, I use the Granddaddy Purple vape cartridge. Otherwise, the entire Coral Reefer line is amazing.

Q: What made you decide to choose medical cannabis?

A: While I was enlisted in the Army, I was on so many different mood medications that I had a serotonin overdose and ended up in the emergency room. I remember feeling so afraid of the strong effect prescriptions had on me that I quit all of my meds cold-turkey without telling my doctor. When I was medically discharged, I decided to try cannabis because of all of the anecdotal praise I read from other people’s success stories. It has been the best thing I have ever done for myself.

Q: What would you like other women to know about your journey with cannabis?

On my fourth day of taking CBD, I woke up and I felt like Snow White bursting open the shutters to sing to the birds.

—Emma Collard

A: Since becoming a medical cannabis patient, my life has flourished. My favorite story to tell patients is when I first started taking CBD regularly. One of the biggest side effects of my PTSD is debilitating anxiety. It used to be so bad that I felt encapsulated in myself, unable to look away from the ground when I walked or stand up straight with confidence. On my fourth day of taking CBD, I woke up and I felt like Snow White bursting open the shutters to sing to the birds. It was the weirdest feeling ever. I knew I felt different for some reason, but I couldn’t pinpoint what it was until I was walking around my kitchen – then it hit me. I felt normal. Medical cannabis has significantly impacted my life. I am now able to live anxiety- and pain-free, which I never thought was possible.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

A: The thing that I love about Surterra Wellness is the overall atmosphere in all of their dispensaries. I have been to five of them throughout the bay area and all of them are so calm and welcoming. For people with anxiety, it can be a really overwhelming experience to go into a new dispensary because you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into. The staff at all of their locations welcomed me with open arms, answered all the questions and really seemed to care about my comfort and well-being.


Absolutely a great dispensary. Team is always ready with a smile and patient to a fault with MMUR questions. This dispensary goes above and beyond in customer service and is always open to any issues you might have before or after product purchase. ...Between the rewards points you accumulate and the regular sales they have across all product lines, you will not go broke or sacrifice quality. ...Surterra should be a regular stop. And the Coral Reefer line is AMAZING!


Sara F.


Very friendly staff! They go above and beyond to make you feel welcome. The team is very knowledgeable about all products and very helpful to find the right thing for you. Clean space and quick service.




Surterra is, by far, the best dispensary out of the 5 in my neighborhood. I need a high THC for pain relief, etc. and Surterra generally has some 30%+.  Their discounts and rewards program are the best in the area.  The budtenders and support staff are awesome.


Glenna C.


Surterra has the best pre-rolls in my area of multiple dispensaries to choose from. They're not too tight & burn great. This is the place to get your pre-rolls folks!


Sherry M.


The customer service and products I received are top notch. As a new patient they've taken the time to answer all my questions and ensure that I completely understand, not just make the sale and rush me out the door like other places. The daily sales and special discount offers make things very affordable...the attention I receive from the customer service reps will keep me coming back.


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This is my absolute favorite dispensary. Daily deals, amazing customer service, and phenomenal products. Surterra has been coming out swinging with the recent new flower strains! They are by far the most efficient/fastest dispensary I've ever been to. 12/10, highly recommend.


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