Philanthropist, Visionary, Humanitarian, Cannabis Activist, Entrepreneur & CEO
Valentia Valentine (Piccinini) is a highly successful and accomplished professional. A native of California, Valentia began her career in the commercial real estate industry where she served businesses throughout the Central Valley for over 25 years. Valentia has spent a lifetime giving back to the many charities and she has become synonymous with philanthropy on the Monterey Peninsula. Valentia has raised over $14.5M for Make-A-Wish and other local non-profits on the Monterey Peninsula including: Multiple Sclerosis (CCQLP), Parkinson’s, Hospice Giving, Kinship Center, Monterey County Food Bank, Women’s Gathering, CASA, Transitional Veterans, Boys & Girls Club, Rancho Cielo, California Partnership for Youth (CPY), and many other local organizations.
In 1989, after suffering from symptoms that her doctor first thought to be a brain tumor, Valentia received the diagnoses that would forever change her life: Multiple Sclerosis, an unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. This was a devastating diagnosis for an older mother and career professional. But Valentia refused to be a victim of the disease and instead, began to learn as much as she could about MS and treatment protocols. From traditional Western medicine to Chinese Herbal medicines, Eastern philosophies as well as mind and body practices, Valentia became a self-taught expert and holistic health advocate. Her efforts focused on ways to minimize MS symptoms, slow the progression of the disease and reduce the possibility of serious relapses.
By 2010, Valentia was bed-ridden, and her body was deteriorating from the chemotherapy exposure, a modality that was being used in the UK for MS patients, as well as from the progression of her disease. After four broken bones and a torn rotator cuff, Stanford hospital suggested she go to Santa Cruz to obtain her Medical Cannabis recommendation card. Valentia was shocked, and truthfully horrified due to the stigma of using a drug that was typically associated with “stoners” in the 70s. She was concerned about her ability to function as a mom to her children and did not want to jeopardize their or her own overall wellbeing, due to the stigma. However, after months of research, she began to read case studies of other MS patients and their success in mitigating some of the more serious side effects of the debilitating disease. Many of these studies were conducted in Israel due to the United States stance on marijuana. Her daughter Alexandria remembers: “I was in high school when my mom got even sicker than she had ever been. We took her to the Mayo Clinic to see lots of doctors and I truly thought that her time was up. Then, when Mom tried cannabis as a last resort (it took a while to get her to loosen up to the idea), I remember coming into her bedroom and seeing her standing up. Slowly but surely, she was her old self again. It was nothing short of a miracle.”
Valentia’s experience with medical cannabis was nothing short of remarkable. While she struggled with the stigma and shame of a drug that was associated with the “Just say NO” campaign, she couldn’t deny the amount of relief she was experiencing: less pain, more manageable inflammation, improved sleep and most of all, improved mobility. Although she never smoked a joint, she found great relief using alternative methods of delivery including tinctures, topicals, capsules, edibles, and concentrates. Once confined to a wheelchair because of the crippling effects of MS, her energy and zest for life returned as she was engaging in life more fully– she was walking again with a walker and now with only a cane. Valentia was
compelled to educate and heighten awareness for the local patient communities and felt a passion and determination to open a cannabis focused wellness center to help free others from the pain, anxiety and sleeplessness coupled with various disease states.
The significant results of Valentia’s usage of cannabis coupled with her intrinsic nature to help others, she realized that she needed to give back and change the public perception of medical cannabis. She attended conferences in CO, WA, OR, Israel, and panels at Stanford, USC, UCLA, became a voracious reader on the subject, and a member of the NCIA, CannMed, National Hemp Association and Women Now Association, but she felt compelled to do more.
After nearly a decade, Valentia’s determination to educate the community dealing with chronic pain started her cannabis activism and she worked tirelessly to open the first medicinal cannabis dispensary in the City of Monterey. After being defeated in 2010 and 2014 by the Monterey City Council, Valentia applied for the first Mutual Benefit Non-Profit Corp from the State of California to sell cannabis by in-home consultation and delivery. Pioneering medical cannabis with the State of California, she opened Synchronicity Holistic in September 2014 and became dedicated to bringing top quality lab tested medicine and care to Monterey Peninsula’s patient community, including children and seniors.
Synchronicity is a trusted and convenient provider of cannabis-based medicines and holistic health solutions focused on safety and improved quality of life for its members. After nearly a decade, Valentia’s dream had been fulfilled. Synchronicity Holistic’s outreach programs have demonstrated true altruism with her selfless concern for the wellbeing of the vulnerable and often marginalized members of her generation: the senior patient community. Our team consists of pharmacists, nurses and patient educators to help you take the mystery out of which products will provide you the most effective remedy for your personal needs.