When my dad finally found relief from his pain using medical marijuana I knew I had to learn more and share my knowledge with the world.
Janice Newell Bissex grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts and raised her own family in the very same town - yet her life has taken her in many different directions along the way. She graduated with a degree in food and nutrition from the University of Maine at Orono, received her MS from Boston University, and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
"I have been fortunate to have some amazing jobs," said Janice. Her career has taken her from an internship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, to the halls of political power as a dietitian for the U.S. Senate Restaurants in Washington, D.C., and decade-long stints at Boston Harbor Hotel and as a cookbook author, food blogger, and radio podcaster at Meal Makeover Moms.
Janice also recalls working in nutrition software sales back when she had to lug around an old Apple II computer with two external floppy disk drives to give client demos. "I've had a varied career because I like to try new things, and as opportunities presented themselves along the way I always went after them," said Janice.
Her latest venture might be the most unusual and unexpected of all.
After her dad finally found relief from his pain using medical marijuana it became Janice’s mission to help others suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, autoimmune diseases, IBD/IBS, and other debilitating conditions find relief using cannabis and CBD. She completed training at the Holistic Cannabis Academy, and now advises clients on access, proper cannabinoid ratios, dosing, best consumption methods, and cooking with cannabis at Jannabis Wellness. She partnered with a Colorado manufacturer of organically-grown medicinal grade hemp to provide phytocannabinoid-rich hemp CBD products for her clients under her Jannabis Wellness label.
Janice has a true passion for volunteering. She says it started at a young age and continues to this day. "I've always been that way, going back to my teenage years, when I traveled to rural Tennessee to build an outhouse for a family that didn't have bathroom facilities," Janice said. "Since that time, I have always been involved in my community, church, and schools. I like to give back, since I've been pretty fortunate in my own life."
Janice was a founding trustee of a local 1500-student charter school and served on her city's traffic and cable commissions. She teaches Sunday school, serves at her local food pantry, and was part of a group that founded a local chapter of Donate Life in her town. Donate Life is a national organization that raises awareness about the importance of organ donation.
The list of organizations she supports and serves leads to the question, does she have free time for hobbies?
Honored as a 2015 Cabot Community Celebrity, Janice loves spending time with her husband, Don, and their two daughters, 19-year old Leah and 26-year old Carolyn. She also enjoys yoga, taking walks, kayaking, and snowshoeing, but her favorite pastime is hosting get-togethers with friends and family in her recently-renovated kitchen. Janice is bringing her husband as her guest onboard!