offers cannabis + mental health online education for providers and patients. With cannabis legalization sweeping the nation, PTSD, opioid use disorder, anxiety, and other various mental illnesses are amongst the most common qualifying conditions for the medical use of cannabis. 

Mental health diagnoses are best treated by psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists. Finding the right provider is an important step towards proper treatment of all mental health conditions. 

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.

The Calm, Cool & Collected is dedicated to filling these gaps in medical cannabis care as it applies to mental health. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists all need learning opportunities to best support their clients, and their clients need to be able to depend on their providers to support their needs regarding cannabis/cbd.

Laura Geftman, LCSW

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

I’m the founder of The Calm, Cool & Collected as I’ve changed her 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.

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if you are:
• under 25 years old
• taking any medication 
• at risk for heart disease
• family history psychosis
• family history of mood disorders
• family history of addiction

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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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Ally Galanty

Ally Galanty

Ally is a Sr. in health communications at Grand Valley State University. She's passionate about holistic medical approaches and strives to serve as a voice for those who have felt failed by traditional medical approaches. A lover of dogs and beach days, Ally is always a sucker for a nice sunsets, too.
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Ana Betancourt

Ana is most interested in helping communities heal and strive to by helping improve their nutrition and mental health. She would like to change the world by ensuring that healthcare is affordable and accessible to everyone to prevent the rates of chronic diseases from rising.
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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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Ashley Owusu

Ashley is working to make a difference, raise mental health awareness, and promote "Black Excellence" in minority communities. Her passions include cooking, writing, and helping others. She manage My Black Mentality- her online shop.
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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 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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Luke Cardozo

Luke is the first Canadian on the team! He comes with a ton of SEO, marketing, and finance experience. Here he hopes to help people to be happy & comfortable in their own skin. He is an aspiring hedge fund manager and loves sports, cars, and art.
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Lydia Moore

Lydia is a cannabis industry professional with experience in the Maryland market. She is passionate about women's rights, cannabis education, and nature therapy! In her free time, she enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with her cat, Juniper, and hamster, Sage.
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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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Nina Violi

Nina is an aspiring writer from the suburbs of Philadelphia. A triple threat- she has also been singing, dancing, and performing forever. She enjoys listening to music, attending concerts, makeup, and traveling.
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Rebecca Dayan

Rebecca is an aspiring content writer living in Washington, D.C. She is passionate about reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction. Beyond writing and activism, she loves vintage fashion, playing guitar, and snuggling with her cat Mazzy. 
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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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