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Let’s Talk Bodies: Cannabis and Chronic Pain


May 20, 2020 • 7:00 pm PDT

KCRW Member Perk:Fringe Benefits with Donation $30+
Zoom link sent directly to attendees

Event begins at 7:00pm PDT. Zoom link will be sent directly to attendees 30 minutes before the event.

As states move to legalize marijuana, it remains a controversial topic, especially when it comes to treating patients medicinally. But one thing is certain: Cannabis is less addictive than opiates when it comes to pain management. That’s why in the U.S., the most common use of medical marijuana is to control chronic pain.

KCRW’s Bodies podcast is hosting a discussion with two marijuana advocates about how medical marijuana has been effective in their own lives. Our guests will talk about how they came to use cannabis, from treating Crohn’s Disease to Endometriosis. 

Do you use cannabis medicinally? Are you curious about what products are most effective? Come with questions and anecdotes for our guests.

This event is free with registration, with optional donations. A donation of $30 or more will enroll you in KCRW’s Fringe Benefits membership level (normally available at the $60 level and above)!

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.


Lara Parker is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles. She currently works as a deputy director for BuzzFeed.com and is the author of Vagina Problems, her debut collection of essays about living with endometriosis and related pelvic floor conditions which goes on sale October 6th! When she isn’t talking openly about her chronic pain or her vagina, she’s watching 90 Day Fiance with her dog Pepper. 

Mary Pryor is the co-founder of Cannaclusive, a collective focused on inclusive marketing and business advocacy in the cannabis industry, New York Chapter President of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, and she serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Tonic CBD and Tricolla Farms. She currently serves on the board for Possible Plan, a Cura Cannabis social equity effort and serves as an advisor and judge for Eaze Momentum Accelerator. She advises three cannabis and non-plant-touching companies: Kanna, Dieux Skin, Flor De Maria Chocolates. Mary participates in speaking engagements nationwide to share her expertise in digital innovation. In 2014 she was recognized as SXSW’s Innovator of the Year. She is a proud native Detroiter and graduate of the University of Michigan.


Kristen Lepore is the managing producer of Bodies. She oversees podcasts at KCRW.