Moto Perpetuo Farm in Forest Grove, Oregon was founded in 2016 by partners David Hoyle, Dave Tyson, and Tom Grubbs. With a focus on quality and sustainability, Moto Perpetuo combines organic farming practices with innovative technology.
The Lil’ Mamas President Celia Behar recently went public about her own experience using cannabis to treat postpartum depression after the birth of her second child. In an interview with Yahoo! News, Behar described using cannabis to ease her depression and anxiety, finding it to be more effective than pharmaceutical treatments.
‘This Is Our Chance’
Immediately after the article went live, thousands of mothers around the world contacted Behar, sharing similar stories and seeking advice on using cannabis to treat a range of illnesses and medical conditions.
“Cannabis has been life changing for me as a person and as a parent,” said Behar. “The Lil’ Mamas is committed to moms, and after sharing my story and receiving the feedback I did from other mothers, I knew this issue was crucial for so many women.
“This is our chance to break the stigma around this natural resource and normalize its use,” Behar said. “We are so thankful that farms like Moto Perpetuo take these issues as seriously as we do and that we have the voice to support them.”
“No one should have to treat any kind of physical or mental condition in secret,” Behar said. Behar struggled with postpartum depression after the birth of her first child 10 years ago.
Behar described the feeling as “despair”: uncontrollable fits of crying, thoughts of hurting herself, and the upsetting realization that she was experiencing postpartum depression, reports Jennifer Garson Uffalussy at Yahoo! News. “I called my doctor right away and she put me on Prozac,” Behar said.
“I knew it was a Band-Aid,” she added. She went off the drug but then had problems with anxiety, for which she sought counseling as well as pharmaceuticals including Valium, Xanas, and Ativan, before trying for a second pregnancy.
Returning To Her Roots
After the birth of her second child, Behar said, she didn’t feel “despondent” or anxious initially. But once she stopped breastfeeding, the old feelings came rushing back, and felt as if they had doubled
“Then the insomnia started as well, which left me exhausted and would lead to more anxiety, rage, and depression,” she said. “I could never get my emotions to regulate with my thoughts.”
That’s when marijuana came back into Behar’s life.She had started smoking pot at 14, and had continued to smoke occasionally after college. But when she and her now ex-husband started trying to have a baby, she had quit.
‘Have You Tried Cannabis?’
After having her second child, she ran into an old friend, Tom Grubbs, now a partner in Moto Perpetual Farm. When she opened up about her problems with PPD, anxiety, and her desire to stay away from the pharmaceuticals she had been prescribed in the past, Tom asked, “Have you tried cannabis?”
“No, I’m a mom!” she recalls replying. “When he asked me that, I was offended. Moms drink wine. Moms don’t smoke pot. Moms are supposed to be asexual and not exciting.”
Grubbs explained that he meant no harm; he just thought it was worth considering as a way to ease her symptoms. After Behar thought more about it, she saw now harm in trying. After all, she’d had good experiences with cannabis in the past.
‘Levels Me Out’
So, Celia got some weed, seven years after having last smoked it. She hid her stash, not even telling her then-husband. And she found that if she toked up at night, her insomnia simply went away. She’d wake up rested, content, and calm.
“Cannabis levels me out like nothing else ever has,” Behar said. “It makes my brain and emotions sync. Cannabis has made me a better parent.”
Partner Tom Grubbs described The Lil’ Mama endorsement as “an enormous honor” and a “stamp of approval” on the farm’s mission to help people who are suffering.
“During this time when our culture’s attitudes about cannabis are in the midst of such an immense sea of change,” Grubbs said, “this feels monumental both for us and for the perception of cannabis as a whole.”
One of the most established uses for medical cannabis has been in cancer treatment.
In 2016, Celia Behar’s sister was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, and Moto Perpetuo Farm has provided products for her care, working in tandem with her chemotherapy treatment. Behar’s sister and her doctors saw improvement in appetite and pain management, which they directly attribute to her cannabis use.
Celia Behar has started a YouCaring page to help raise funds for her sister’s treatment and care.
Medical cannabis physician, Dr. Junella Chin has been prescribing cannabis products at her California and New York clinics for more than 15 years.
“I have seen firsthand just how much medical marijuana can benefit patients,” Dr. Chin said, “improving their quality of life and alleviating suffering, with less side effects compared to other prescription medication.
“I support a mainstream moms’ networking group taking a public stand on safe access to cannabis, including supporting a cannabis farm,” Dr. Chin said. “It is inspiring to see an empowered group of women take charge of their own health.”
With this symbolic “note from your mother,” The Lil’ Mamas said they are hoping that more women will take charge and demand safe, legal access to cannabis products, as well as more medical research into the plant’s potential health benefits.