Every time I connect with Raequel on a call together or on a lunch date, I think of this quote by Melissa Etheridge,

“Once I overcame breast cancer, I wasn’t afraid of anything anymore.”

It’s this burst of life that she lives by that makes her an undeniable ally for cancer patients and she’s not afraid to tell you, “I had cancer; cancer did not have me!”

In her own words...

Holistic Living can improve quality of life. The quality of my life has benefited and I share my story as an example.

Creating a balance of the mind, body, and spirit. Establishing daily practice routines that promote self-care, family time, eating more nutritiously, meditation, keeping physically active, journaling, having a massage, building community support, alleviating stress has numerous benefits.

My greatest passion is using my voice to serve as an agent of change: empowering my community as experts on their own bodies while setting and achieving health goals. And building new habits and making the most effective decisions and choices for oneself. I aim to provide the highest-quality health and wellness education, resources, and support to all in need.

Pushing through pain, trauma and overcoming the effects of any disease holistic living offers powerful tools to thrive. Right now, we must all work together to bridge the inequity gaps.

I pledge the oath to women like myself living with a cancer diagnosis and always lend my passion to empower through informed wellness opportunities.

I am encouraged every day and I live in complete gratitude always.

Hopegrown proudly welcomes, Raequel K. London!

What is your personal story and mission that motivated you to work with cannabis?

Growing up in Seattle at a young age, I saw cannabis used as medicine. When my husband and I started to research treatment options for my breast cancer diagnosis we learned about apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells from cannabis treatments. We immediately added cannabis to my treatment and abundant living plan.

Do you think cannabis education for medical professionals and healthcare providers is lacking?

Yes, it goes without saying. The industry has been geared towards recreational use of cannabis. All of the licensing has put recreational on the forefront. We have not been able to focus more on the medical side where the seriously ill do not have access to it due to the Schedule One (federal) status of cannabis.

Health care facilities are afraid to lose their medicare benefits from the federal government. The research is not adequate enough and the education is not there yet to back it.

What kind of cannabis research is needed that hasn't been covered yet?

There needs to be more research done in every area here in the United States. One area where it is evident to do research, is on the genetics of the plant. The actual DNA of the various strains. Why is that one strain working very well? What is it's profile and why?

Where do you see your coaching training making an impact in the cannabis industry?

My impact will be on the high quality of services I provide to each and every one of my clients. I want my impact to be reflected in the advancement of the quality of the services provided to patients who have a doctor’s approval for the use of cannabis.

What is the best advice you can give to a first-time cannabis user?

Great question Mieko! I educate all my clients on the health benefits of cannabis and have them consider these three points:

1. What are the symptoms of the medical condition you are trying to treat?

2. What ingestion method would you prefer (edibles, tinctures, vaping...)?

3. Dosage is different for everyone. Be patient in the process.

About London

Raequel K. London

Early Childhood Education School Teacher

Certified Cannabis Consultant

Cancer Advocate

Health & Wellness Educator

Sharing my journey beyond a cancer diagnosis

Mrs. London served as Education Delegate when I and a delegation including the City of Pasadena Vice Mayor at the time traveled to Dakar Plateau, Senegal. Exploring the possibility of becoming a Sister City with Pasadena California.

She also served as the Chair of Business and Economics when the Honorable Mayor Alioune Ndoye and his delegation visited the City of Pasadena. To establish the historic and first official African Sister City relationship with the City of Pasadena California.