The Calm, Cool & Collected is on a mission to create a marketplace to support all mental health healing…with cannabis as medicine.

Twenty-seven of the thirty-three US states with medical cannabis programs have included one or more mental health diagnosis. Patients can legally get cannabis to treat mental health in more than half the states in the country. Enough evidence of comprehensive data for cannabis treatment’s efficacy has been provided for PTSD, autism, addiction, anxiety, anorexia, and depression to be included in many states medical marijuana programs.

However cannabis programs have lumped mental health conditions in with all the other qualifying conditions. Patients are left to seeking treatment from medical doctors who are not well versed to address their specific mental health needs, and do not provide ongoing care for their needs. Psychiatrists, who are already in short supply and high demand, are the only mental health practitioners included in medical cannabis programs.

None of this has stopped mental health patients from asking question of their unknowing therapists, and using cannabis/CBD without understanding the implications on their health…sometimes with detrimental effects.

So we want to make sure you learn all you need to know to safely, responsibly and effectively use cannabis to treat mental health- if you so choose.

The Calm, Cool & Collected aims to mend the medical cannabis continuum of care gap as it applies mental health treatment by connecting cannabis professionals, mental health providers, consumers, products, services, and bring great healing to the masses. We are working everyday to address the problems in the cannabis community as they apply to mental health from lack of education and stigma to untrained mental health providers. We’ve made it our business to provide you science backed info, vetted products, and qualified providers. We are dedicated to helping you learn if cannabis/CBD is a good therapeutic option, and provide access to to use it safely and responsibly. 

Laura Geftman, LCSW

HI, I'M LAURA GEFTMAN, LCSW. NICE TO MEET YOU...

I’m the founder of The Calm, Cool & Collected as I’ve changed my mind about cannabis and believe you should, too. I suffered the tragic loss my father amidst the opioid epidemic, and I’ve come to believe cannabis will be the answer to opioid epidemic and so much more. So I’m helping therapists and their clients understand how cannabis and CBD could be added to their mental health toolboxes.
As an accomplished psychotherapist, healthcare marketer, and content producer, I’ve consulted for various cannabis & CBD businesses, provided commentary for media sources including BuzzFeed, Parade, Lift & Co, and continuing education for the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals, and Rutgers University. I currently reside in Philadelphia. I’ve been awarded the title of “Best Dog Aunt Ever” by more than a few owners, love experimenting with food, and I’m getting better at cooking every meal, every day.

HERE'S THE TEAM...

Jerry Opthof

Jerry Opthof

Dr. Opthof is a cognitive behavioral forensic psychotherapist practicing in New Jersey. He's a member of the American Counseling Association. He has counseled individuals with addictive disorders such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual, and computer addictions.
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Angela Kliks

Angela Kilks

Angela is most interested in the everchanging tech field. She attended Grace Hopper Celebration- bringing women in computing together. Originally interested in coding & programming, she's now into cyber security & graphic design...not to mention great coffee.
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Angela Morrison

Angela Morrison

Angela is happy to put her creative writing skills to work to educate others. She lives in Philadelphia and often spends her free time playing video games at home with her fiancee and five cats or taking her dog on a hike.
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Aparna Dev

Aparna is a Neurobiology major entering her second year at Georgetown University. She is passionate about scientific research, human rights advocacy, and volunteer outreach. In her free time, Aparna loves to paint at her local creek and catch sunrises at the beach. 
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Ariel McKinney

Ariel is a Personal Care Assistant with the main focus clientele being behavioral health diagnosed individuals. Other than her family and writing, she is passionate about advocating and studying cannabis and it’s effects on mental health and addiction. In her free time she likes practicing kick boxing and listening to music.
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Bailey Voorvaat

Bailey is an Emergency Medical Technician and a psychology/criminology student at Florida Southern College. In her free time, you can find her taking care of her houseplants, hiking, and drinking lots of coffee. She, too, is passionate about mental health awareness.
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Carly Reuter

Carly works with foster children in Washington state. She believes art is a way to express what words sometimes can’t and is passionate about art through the lens of cannabis. She also would love to see the cannabis industry to be taken seriously!
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Caroline Platzman

Caroline Platzman

Caroline Platzman is a Behavioral Health Counselor working with adults diagnosed with schizophrenia. She is passionate about mental health, journalism, nonprofit advocacy, and public relations. Caroline is also a dedicated guitarist and artist in her free time.
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Clarissa Colondo

Clarissa is passionate about cannabis, ending the stigma around medical cannabis use, helping others see their full potential through storytelling, and public relations. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, trying new foods, and going to the beach.
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Dana Marshall

Dana is pursuing her dreams of ending the stigma around addiction & accessibility to treatment by studying counseling & health psychology in Boston. She’s passionate about creating safe spaces and in her free time, she enjoys cleaning, tennis, and biking. 
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Dax Cohen

Dax Cohen

Dax (she/her), a Philly native & Temple grad, is passionate about mental health, environmental advocacy, and social justice. In her free time, she likes to cook, listen to podcasts, and spend time with her pet snails. 
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Dillon Atkins

Dillon is a current student at University of La Verne achieving his Bachelor's degree in Psychology. He has a passion for the arts & mental health and plans to combine them in his career as an Art Therapist. Dillon also enjoys writing, playing guitar, and embroidering in his free time.
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Emily Calhoun

Emily is from Philadelphia where she's studying advertising art direction and tourism while contributing to our graphic design team. She aspires to create advertisements for tourism destinations all over the world.
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Gaby Schwartz

Gaby is a Northeast Philly girl by way of the Dominican Republic. With a bachelors and masters in marketing, Gaby has a wealth of experience in the beauty/cosmetic industry. She loves all animals and has 5 puppies to prove it!
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Jakob Degenshein

Jake is as an advocate for mental health and a strategic digital advertising specialist. Soon completing his marketing degree at University of Lynchburg, he’s pursuit of his MBA. He is passionate about coaching, track & field, cooking, mental health, photography, and animals.
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Jessica Christion

Jessica Christion

Jessica is an aspiring Marriage and Family Therapist to serve youth and their families. Her goal and passion is to spread mental health awareness through casual conversation and comfortability. She also enjoys writing poetry and has authored a book of poetry called Aliens Blood.
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Julia Forman

Julia is a Master of Public Health candidate at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is passionate about health research, equity, and education. In her free time, she loves to go on hikes, volunteer at her local rescue squad, and watch crime documentaries.
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Kayla Johnson

Kayla is a cannabis pioneer with 10 years experience. She's dedicated to educating others to understand the medicinal benefits of the plant. A patient herself, she enjoys toking and creating an array of different cannabis crafting projects in her downtime.
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Melanie Perez

Melanie Perez

Melanie is a cannabis patient and passionate about making a meaningful impact on the world around her. Strong, motivating, and intelligent, Melanie wants to be a part of changing the way people see them. She’s from Fall River, Massachusetts where she lives her girlfriend and two guinea pigs.
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Narinka Guichette

Narinka Guichette is passionate about mental health, behavioral psychology, social justice, and criminal justice- all of which she’s studying at Emmanuel College. In her free time, she enjoys reading and singing.
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Rebecca Herron

Rebecca is driven to assist others in learning to care for themselves. She's studying biobehavioral health and integrative medicine in Philadelphia. In her everyday life, Rebecca lovingly cares for her dog, cats and plants.
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Sarah Klersy

Sarah is an aspiring licensed mental health counselor studying psychology at Florida State University. She is intrigued by the alternative treatments being used to help patients with their mental health. In her free time, Sarah loves listening to music and practicing photography.
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Charlie Suter

Charlie is all about health promotions as he finishes up undergrad and is heading to grad school. He enjoys track & field, tutoring, and spending time with his family, friends, and dog.
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Kerry Hill

Kerry is an expressive arts therapist-in-training and cannabis patient. She believes the world would be a better place if we worked less and laughed more. In her spare time she likes to draw, take long walks, and listen to music. She lives in Philadelphia with her partner and their dog, Louie.
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Sophia Carestia

Sophia Carestia is a college senior studying developmental psychology. She is passionate about helping those who suffer from mental illness and struggle with addiction. Sophia hopes to be a positive influence on as many people as possible throughout her life.
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Selin Kilic

Selin Kilic

Selin is studying psychology at Florida State University and aspires to become a licensed clinical social worker. She looks forward to learning more about cannabis as a treatment for mental health patients. In her free time, Selin loves to take her dog to the park.
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Hannah Sadock

Hannah Sadock

Hannah is a Philly girl who hearts the city’s progressive cannabis movement. Her personal cannabis journey shifted her mindset as a Marriage and Family Therapist and social advocate. Hannah enjoys crocheting and believes it’s more important to “make love and not war.”
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