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Beth Schwartz – Editor

Beth Schwartz – Editor

You know your mom would walk across water for you, so it only seems fitting that you should give her the gift of floating on air this Mother’s Day. There are endless ways to show mom just how much she means to you on May 13, but I have ferreted out the ultimate pampering experience. One that involves coddling those biomechanical marvels that get her through her daily routine, so she can continue to do her mom thing.

This otherworldly treat involves babying her tootsies with the fruits of another mother. Mother Nature has given us a gift called cannabidiol (CBD). It’s a little-known plant-based elixir that offers a host of healing properties, acting as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent while combating inflammation, pain, anxiety, spasms, arthritis and fibromyalgia. CBD brings its star healing power to the ‘Walking on Air’ pedicure offered at Totally Tiffany Nails, Named for her clients’ reaction to the luxuriant CBD pedicure, Tiffany Kambouris started offering the popular pedi at her Las Vegas nail salon about six months ago. “All my clients say we are just walking on air after getting a CBD pedicure,” explains Kambouris, who discovered the beneficial properties of CBD following a car accident a year ago.

No longer interested in continuing to take opioids and using a heating pad, Kambouris was searching for an alternative when a friend told her about CBD. She tried it and became a true believer in its medical benefits. This discovery led Kambouris to toy around with the idea of putting a CBD pedicure on her salon menu of services and it has proven popular with her clientele.

Totally Tiffany Nails’ signature 50-minute ‘Walking on Air’ pedicure begins with a satisfying sugar scrub to exfoliate skin and prepare it to receive all that rich and healing CBD that’s soon to come. To follow is the cooling sensation of a soothing mint hydration mask slathered over your legs and feet. The next step is when CBD makes its grand appearance.

Choosing from two Apothecanna CBD lotions, pedicure recipients can either select the brand’s Circulating leg and foot cream which Apothecanna describes as a warming formula that causes blood flow to instantly energize and activate your body. Or they can choose the brand’s Relieving body cream which is made with anti-inflammatory plant extracts for cooling and invigorating and is encouraged for use on sore muscles, swollen joints and distressed skin. The pedicure’s grand finale is an entrancing hot rock massage before your toenails receive a pretty coat of color.

Although it’s a proven commodity at her salon, Tiffany still occasionally meets objections from clients who fear they will test or “pop” for marijuana on a drug test. There is no THC or tetrahydrocannabinol in either CBD or Apothecanna products and when you take a drug test, the aim is to detect THC in your body, not cannabis.

I can attest you will be walking on air for the rest of the day and into the next after one of these pedicures -- making it the ideal gift not only for mom, but also for yourself. So, relax and let the pampering (with a side of floating) commence.

elevate and celebrate,


Educate with a more informed understanding of the benefits of medicinal cannabis

When we decided to start Elevate Nevada it was a result of a wholehearted belief that an instrumental component of the medicinal cannabis debate was missing from the overall discussion. The stigma of cannabis was preventing people, who are/were suffering with major diseases or general illness, from learning about and trying marijuana alternatives that would aid in healing their bodies in an all-natural way.

We believed the market was missing a forum for discovering the positive aspects of medicinal cannabis. We wanted to create this publication to better educate the community about medicinal marijuana as another option to combat pain and illness — specifically an option that is all-natural and removes the toxicity of pharmaceuticals from the equation. In today’s world, doctors prescribe medicinal cannabis as a treatment for everything from sleeping disorders, aches and pains to PTSD and the effects of medical treatments such as chemotherapy.

With Elevate Nevada we endeavor to create a resource that presents the educational aspects of medicinal cannabis — a subject that is rapidly gaining interest in Nevada. This interest stems from the fact that as of this year, state law allows for legal dispensaries as well as the cultivation and testing of cannabis for treating medical conditions.

Our motivation to start Elevate Nevada also came from personal experience. Several of the Elevate team had family members who suffered from diseases and could have experienced great relief if medicinal cannabis had been legal and available to them. When you care about someone and are watching them suffer, every option is on the table and so we wanted to create a forum for people to investigate the option of medicinal cannabis and make informed decisions for the sake of their loved ones.

We hope you leave this site educated and with a more informed understanding of the benefits of medicinal cannabis.

Guy Burtuzzi - Publisher

Guy Bertuzzi – Publisher

Socrates so sagely said: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new.”

Change is here and I honestly never thought I would see cannabis, marijuana, dope, weed, pot, grass or whatever you like to call it become legal in my lifetime. But here we are Nevada–breaking ground and building the new.

For the people who are still on the fence or on the other side of the fence about the legalization of cannabis, this is your chance to understand, educate yourself, explore and learn the powers of the healing properties of this plant. Even though we use verbiage like recreational and adult-use, cannabis is still preventative medicine. Just in the last few weeks I have experienced its medicinal benefits.

In my recent travels around the state getting to know people in the industry, I was lucky enough to meet Marina and Jackie from CBD for Life, which is a line of cannabidiol (CBD) infused pain management and beauty products. elevate editor Beth Schwartz swears by CBD for Life products, remember the line from our January 2016 cover? Beth was so delighted with the results of CBD her enthusiasm resulted in the headline: “Forget smoking cannabis, we should be smearing it all over our bodies.” It was my turn to try the wonders of CBD topicals and golly gee whiz Beth was onto something. (Editor’s note: Just shaking my head over here.)

I decided to try it for an issue that has plagued me my whole life from when I was 13 years old and chunks of my scalp were falling out. Kids were making fun of me and teasing me that I had lice. I didn’t have lice, it was the beginning of a lifelong battle with psoriasis, which is on several areas of my body including my elbows and hands.

Until recently people would ask me why I had white paint on my elbows, that’s how severe psoriasis affects me. I was telling Jackie about my psoriasis and how it makes me feel a little insecure, and because I had tried everything I was doubtful anything, including CBD, would work. Jackie instructed me to loofah my problem areas and use CBD for Life’s face and body cleanser and lotion several times a day. She was right! My psoriasis looks better than it ever has–well, there’s really not much to see anymore just fresh pink skin. CBD doesn’t cure it, but you cannot see the flaky white skin, or traces of psoriasis on my hands or elbows right now.

Because it was such a transformative experience for me, I just sent my dad some Pure CBD for Life Rub for his arthritis, and he reported back, after being doubtful, that it is indeed helping. So, whatever your feelings are on Nevada’s laws and the legalization of cannabis, keep an open mind. Stop fighting the old and focus on the new because, and I hope you don’t, someday you or someone you love may need the healing benefits of cannabis.

Salute, Guy