When Karen Sheady began medical treatment for breast cancer in 2013, she endured painful burns and blistering from radiation therapy, a treatment that uses high-powered beams of energy to kill cancerous cells.
Now the Missoula, Mont., resident has developed a product to help other patients counter the pain and blistered skin from radiation.
Lost Remedy’s Burn Formula is one of a dozen cannabidiol (CBD)-based products that Sheady manufactures and sells. She uses organically grown “carrier oils and therapeutic grade essential oils in combination with organic and lab-tested CBD oil from hemp” to create lotions and balms.
CBD is a natural compound in hemp and cannabis plants that is said to reduce pain and inflammation. It doesn’t cause intoxication; a different compound in these plants, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is associated with psychoactive properties.
“I developed the product for myself, and it was a blissful success,” said Sheady, 65, from her Missoula manufacturing facility. Her career as a journeyman tool and die maker led to metal-