The Forrest Initiative

About the Program

TJ’s Gardens is proud to introduce The Forrest Initiative, a center dedicated to serving the needs of under-resourced families in our community. This important program was originally founded in 2014 as the TJ’s Kids and Families Program, but it has since evolved into an organization with a much broader mission. The Forrest Initiative’s mission is to help families source CBD oil at no cost for their children in dire need of this life changing oil. Cannabidiol (aka CBD) oil is a natural, non-psychoactive product derived from cannabis plants. Because there is no psychoactive quality that makes you feel “high,” this product is given to people suffering from seizures, anxiety, insomnia, neuropathic pain, ulcers, and other medical symptoms. 

The founders of TJ’s Gardens, along with a few parents looking for alternative medicine for their children, realized that there was a substantial need for affordable pediatric solutions within the cannabis industry. Prices of CBD oil, especially from high quality sources, have recently skyrocketed in some areas within the past few years. In response, TJ's Gardens unanimously voted to offer their medicinal CBD oil at no cost to children with their medical marijuana cards. Although the program was quite small to begin with, it has now grown to include over 100 families as more parents are seeking affordable alternatives for their children. 

The Initiative originally began with one child, Forrest, hence the namesake. Forrest started on a low dose regime of this non-psychoactive cannabis oil to treat his seizures after his pharmaceutical medication did not help him. Forrest was suffering from extremely negative side effects as a result of the pharmaceutical medication, so his parents decided to seek a different route. Forrest has now been completely seizure free for the first 6 months since his original dose of CBD oil, and he gets to experience a significantly improved quality of life. Therefore, we believe that this special gift needs to be shared with other families in need of this oil. The Forrest Initiative continues to greatly improve the lives of both children and families across Oregon by constantly striving to grow the program to help as many families in our community as we can. Please contact TJ’s Gardens today about how you can contribute to this special program. 

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