- Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi Takes Fans Inside Her Battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis
- GG Defends Her Health Struggles in an Instagram Message for Her “Doubters”
- The Reality of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Behind the Scenes of Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi’s RA Journey
- A Quest for Effective RA Treatment
- Treatment Trial and Error
- Trying, Trying — and Trying — New Treatments
- Medicinal Marijuana Can Help Relieve Pain
- Living With RA in the Public Eye
- Dealing With RA Fatigue
- #FuckRA: Communicating via Social Media
- Daily Struggles and Successes with RA
- Eating to Avoid Flares
- How to Endure RA
- Shahs of Sunset’s Golnesa ‘GG’ Gharachedaghi’s 6-Year Battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis – and Why She ‘Turned to the Bottle’
- ‘Shahs of Sunset’ reality star starts chemotherapy | Miami Herald
Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi Takes Fans Inside Her Battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Shahs of Sunset fans have witnessed Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi’s painful journey in treating her rheumatoid arthritis. GG’s health issues have often been a controversial subject among the rest of the Shahs squad, with some questioning the legitimacy of her illness. But GG wants you to know that her condition is very real and something that’s very difficult to deal with.
GG shared a graphic video of a recent visit to the doctor in which she had bodily fluid extracted from her knee. “So… today I woke up and my knee wasn’t working,” GG captioned the video on Instagram. “A few times a year I get extractions of inflammation taken from my joints.”
GG sounds like she’s in pain in the video. “It hurts very badly right now,” she narrated the clip. Her doctor can also be heard encouraging GG, saying, “A little pain for long-term gains.”
GG Defends Her Health Struggles in an Instagram Message for Her “Doubters”
But the Shahs pal is staying strong in the face of her illness and those who doubt it. “So to everyone who judges us because we don’t ‘look’ sick, all I can truly say is F*** YOU! We deal with the pain of these diseases every second of every day,” GG also wrote in the post. “But I made a conscious decision that I will never let this disease take away my happiness and I want to be a voice for many of you. Life is an amazing opportunity we’re given but sadly many people take it for granted. To my warriors out there… the battle is tough but YOU must be tougher.”
Watch GG do some healing in her embattled relationship with Reza Farahan at last season’s Shahs reunion, below.
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Shahs of Sunset star Golnesa ‘GG’ Gharachedaghi is used to letting her life play out in front of the cameras, but for the last six years, the reality star has been secretly battling Rheumatoid Arthritis.
GG, now 35, was diagnosed with the disease when she was just 29-year-old old, and despite the fact that she sometimes can’t even hold her cell phone for very long, the Bravo star told ET’s Lauren Zima she’s become good at hiding the pain.
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“I’ve done a great job putting on this mask, but there’s a time when I go home and I’m alone and there’s no more mask. It’s me and my life and my disease, and that’s when the battle is real,” she revealed. “Right now sitting with you, my pain level is about a five or a six. There’s days where it’s at a 15 or 20.”
“That’s the sort of battle I was dealing with last year, and all throughout filming. My last season I was in a horrible place — I had never felt just so physically paralyzed, she said. “Like, I couldn’t do anything, so I did what a lot of people do to self-medicate: I picked up a bottle and just kept drinking.”
After spending the last five years “trying to find the right fit of medication,” GG is now undergoing chemotherapy to treat the disease, which she admits she didn’t take seriously at first. Gharachedaghi’s struggle with the disease was magnified by her history as an addict.
“I was an addict,” Gharachedaghi explained. “I have 11 years drug free. I started using drugs when I was 11 and a half, and it kind of progressed very, very fast and I was a full blown addict .”
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“I played around with everything,” she said, before naming cocaine and marijuana as her drugs of choice. “One took me up, one took me down…It was really bad. A lot of things happened in those years that I haven’t fully been able to ever publicly talk about.”
“When the alcohol abuse picked up last year, I knew this pattern and I knew what was happening. I recognized it,” she admitted. “I said, ‘Okay, well if I don’t stop it now, this could eventually lead to a few lines of coke, it could lead into a lot of other dangerous things.'”
One of those dangerous things GG lists is one scary night in particular, as she seemingly considered suicide.
“I was literally sitting on the ground in my living room, one empty bottle of Titos vodka here, a bottle of wine here, and some gin. And on the other side, I had knives,” she recalled. “It just came down to — you fight or flight in this moment. ‘What do I do in this moment?’ And I downed the rest of that wine and picked up the phone. I called my friend and said, ‘I need you now.'”
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GG got treatment, and is now motivated to give back, working with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on a charity event to raise money for kids with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.
“I didn’t want this disease to be something that I’m submitting to,” she said, revealing that three and half months ago she was diagnosed with a second autoimmune disease. “Thinking that I can pass this onto my kids, or even if I have kids I can’t hold on to them for too long…I just keep envisioning if my child is just crying and I literally have no strength to hold my child for any longer — it’s just something that’s been really weighing on me for the last couple years. At this age I should be starting a family, and I’m even debating if I should anymore.”
GG went on to reveal that her own childhood is still too painful to discuss.
“It’s a little personal,” she said on what led her to addiction at such a young age. “I’m kind of dealing with so many other personal little demons right now and my health — it’s like a whole different thing. Hopefully one day I will be able to discuss … Something has to be going on. Something’s not right. So hopefully one day I’ll open up on that.”
The Shahs of Sunset season five reunion wraps up on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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The Reality of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Behind the Scenes of Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi’s RA Journey
A Quest for Effective RA Treatment
I’ve seen a bunch of different rheumatologists over the years, and I still haven’t found a treatment plan that completely works for me. I feel like I’m a test tube in a lab. When I was first diagnosed, I took an alternative approach because my mother is such a health freak and she’s against Western medicine. I tried Chinese medicine, herbalists, and nutritionists. But I was in such agonizing pain, I was afraid those treatments wouldn’t work fast enough.
Treatment Trial and Error
I convinced my mother that I needed to be treated by a rheumatologist, and he told me about one drug that was also used as a chemotherapy treatment. It was as if someone slapped me, and my mom started crying. They started me on weekly etanercept (Enbrel) injections — a biologic drug — and for about two and a half years I had about a 30 to 45 percent decrease in pain and inflammation, but then the treatment stopped working altogether.
Trying, Trying — and Trying — New Treatments
After that, I tried Actemra (tocilizumab), which didn’t help at all. Then I tried weekly injections of methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall), and I received Rituxan (rituximab) infusions every three months. That combination of drugs really worked, but it only lasted for a year and a half. The inflammation started spreading—and fast. I was told I’d developed costochondritis, which is inflammation of the rib cartilage, and they put me on heavy doses of prednisone for that. I stopped taking the prednisone after one month because of concerns about steroids long-term side effects, and now I’m trying Xeljanz (tofacitinib). I’m not sure how that’s working yet, because it hasn’t been in my system very long.
Medicinal Marijuana Can Help Relieve Pain
For the last six months, I have been using cannabis, and there are some non-psychoactive strains that have eased my pain significantly. I’ve even been able to sleep through the night. The improvement has been so remarkable that I’m working on creating my own medicinal cannabis product to help other people with autoimmune diseases.
Living With RA in the Public Eye
I’m glad I have an outlet to talk about rheumatoid arthritis. A lot of people who have it feel ashamed or embarrassed because RA has the word “arthritis” in it, and that word is also the reason so many people don’t understand what’s wrong with us. It’s a very individual disease, and it’s easy for people to judge. Even on my show some people thought there wasn’t anything wrong with me and that my disease was all in my head. The people closest to me know the truth, but it kind of sucks to be doubted.
Dealing With RA Fatigue
People hate it when they’re sick with a fever and stuck in bed and can’t get around. The exhaustion feels the same when you have RA — your cells are at war, and pain and limited immobility is every second of every day for us. I’m always tired, but some people just assume I’m lazy.
#FuckRA: Communicating via Social Media
In the autoimmune disease world, I have a lot of social media followers. I try to be a strong advocate and tell people not to let the disease get the best of them. And at the same time, other people say I’m lying about my health problems. What am I supposed to do? Should I enjoy my life and not let this disease rule me, or should I just stay in bed and act like a dying person so people get it? It’s almost impossible for me to get away from the judgment. But within the autoimmune community, we connect with one another and that really helps. Initially I received the followers because of people watching my story on Shahs of Sunset. But what made my following grow was that I communicate with people. It’s almost the only time on Instagram that I actually respond to comments. I began the hashtags #FuckRA and #BraveWarrior which I now see so many people using in this autoimmune world.
Daily Struggles and Successes with RA
My RA affects my life quite significantly. I can’t do things most people my age can do, like just sitting on a plane or in a car. My legs need to be elevated at all times, but I don’t allow it to stop me from doing what I want to do. After I visited the RA division at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and saw babies who were suffering, I realized I really didn’t have a right to complain.
Eating to Avoid Flares
There are certain foods I try to stay away from to avoid flare-ups. For me, carbs, gluten, tomatoes, and eggplant aren’t great. But it would be difficult for me to go on a completely clean diet because I don’t cook and I eat out every day. Pilates and swimming are absolutely amazing. I work with a trainer who tells me how to strengthen certain muscles without putting too much pressure on my other joints.
How to Endure RA
It’s hard for me to give a simple message about how to get through this. It’s a hard, hard disease. It’s painful and it causes a lot of changes in your life. But everyone has his or her own set of problems, and we all have to figure out a strategy that works for us.
Shahs of Sunset’s Golnesa ‘GG’ Gharachedaghi’s 6-Year Battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis – and Why She ‘Turned to the Bottle’
When Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2010, she brushed it off – after all, how serious could an illness she’d never heard of be?
As it turns out, very – and now, six years later, no one knows that better than the Shahs of Sunset star herself, who for the last nine months has been undergoing a combination of infusion and chemotherapy to treat the auto-immune disease – a chronic inflammatory disorder that largely affects the joints as the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s tissues.
“It’s very confusing when you’ve never heard of a disease before and all of a sudden you’re supposed to in one second accept that you have it,” Gharachedaghi tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. “I can’t lift things the way a 35-year-old should be lifting things. I can’t hold my phone for long periods of times without my hands going numb or shaking. I can’t sit in the car for too long.”
“You’re tired all the time,” she adds. “It doesn’t matter how much you sleep – you’re always tired.”
For years, Gharachedaghi says she was “in denial” about her illness and what she needed to do to treat it. But finally, in 2015, after trying every other form of treatment possible to no avail, the Bravo star was forced to accept that she would have to undergo chemotherapy – and that’s when things got even tougher.
“I wasn’t mentally ready for it,” she says. “I turned to the bottle for pain and mental management. I was drinking a lot. And when I say ‘a lot,’ I mean I was literally waking up in the morning and downing a bottle of vodka … I just wanted to numb out.”
“I would just drink and drink until I couldn’t feel my body,” she continues. “Because you know, when we drink, it’s like we can do anything – we’re invincible. So I was dancing on tables and then I would wake up the next day and not be able to walk for the whole day. But those moments felt so good to me when I was in them that the following day didn’t matter. I just wanted to feel that numbness again.”
Gharachedaghi, who has previously struggled with drug abuse but is 11 years clean, says after some time, she began to notice a worryingly familiar and “very scary” pattern.
“It became obvious that it was a problem,” she says, explaining that she eventually checked herself into a treatment center earlier this year. “I just wanted to be able to cope without using alcohol.”
“The spiritual retreat really changed me,” Gharachedaghi says, who completed the retreat about five weeks ago. “You’re out in the wilderness, you just meditate from morning ’til night, you do spiritual counseling, you do a lot of self-work.”
“It’s all about cleansing the liver and the soul,” she adds. “I’m learning different ways of living. It’s a different lifestyle. It’s been an amazing transition for me.”
And now that’s she’s started her weekly chemotherapy treatments, the reality star says “physically, it’s more okay than I thought it was going to be.”
“I have a lot of weave in my hair,” she adds with a laugh. “I try not to pay attention to what’s falling out – I’ll just get more weave put in.”
And despite her Shahs costars constantly calling her diagnosis into question being a major plot line on this season of the show, Gharachedaghi says she’s learned to see the silver lining in their “pathetic” doubts.
“I should be grateful to these people. They gave more attention to RA! Now more people know what RA is, they’re Googling it,” she says. “Like, wow, this disease that so many people have never heard of is now getting so much attention. That’s amazing.”
As for why they doubted her in the first place? Gharachedaghi chalks it up to a desire to stir the pot.
“This disease is something they’ve known from day one that I’ve had, and all of a sudden, the more and more attention I was getting – that’s where it started. They wanted their storyline to jump in on it,” she says. “The issue was – and is an ongoing pattern season after season – whenever Reza goes against someone, he takes all his puppets along with him. So right now, because the mustache is against me, the others kind of wag their tails, like bitches.”
But don’t expect her to fight back – at least, not the way she used to.
“I mean, don’t get me wrong – that fire is still inside of me, and the fire will definitely show up when it needs to, but let’s just say I’ve buried the knives,” she says. “If a situation ever occurs, I know now how to use my words instead of my fists.”
Shahs of Sunset airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.
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Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi arrives at the So Sexy LA Event at SKYBAR at the Mondrian. Rich Fury Rich Fury/Invision/AP
Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi is finally getting help for her severe rheumatoid arthritis. The Shahs of Sunset star revealed on Instagram that she was undergoing chemotherapy and spreading the word to help others with the debilitating inflammatory disorder. “I want someone to look at me and say ‘Because of you I didn’t give up,’” wrote Gharachedaghi, 33, who has been suffering with chronic pain for the last five years.
Selena Gomez revealed she also underwent chemotherapy for lupus.
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Actress Ali Landry is breaking her silence about the deaths of her in-laws, the father and brother of the former beauty queen’s director husband Alejandro Monteverde. Juan Manuel Gómez Fernández and his son, Juan Manuel Gómez Monteverde, sustained traumatic brain injuries and had been dead for several days two weeks after being kidnapped, according to a statement from Mexican authorities. On Landry’s WhoSay page, the 42-year-old mother of three wrote: “The events surrounding my family were tragic and what has happened will profoundly affect our lives forever.”
GG Gharachedaghi isn’t just battling her ex in a quickie divorce — RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal that she’s still facing health problems, too!
“Last season there was some questioning about illness, but this season there’s no doubt that she definitely has unfortunately a very difficult, disgusting hereditary disease,” her Shahs of Sunset costar Shervin Roohparvar told Radar of her battle with rheumatoid arthritis. “It’s an autoimmune disease and it sucks.”
Roohparvar, 36, added that he believed his costars thought she was “blowing out of proportion a little bit” last season because they misunderstood Gharachedaghi’s intentions, saying: “I don’t think she’s necessarily blowing it out of proportion with malicious intent, but I think she was going through a difficult time with it so in her mind it became this obsession and this huge thing for her. It became bigger and bigger and bigger in her own mind.”
“It’s going to be a lifetime battle for her and she still has to get her treatments,” the entrepreneur said, noting some days are better than others for her.
“She isn’t in as much pain as she was a year ago,” he concluded, adding that the 35-year-old “lives around the corner” from him so they spend time together frequently.
Last summer she revealed that her rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis was “confusing,” telling PEOPLE that she was “in denial” about her disease and that she “wasn’t mentally ready for it.”
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Golnesa Gharachedaghi, known to millions of fans as “GG,” is the breakout star of the hit Bravo reality television series Shahs of Sunset. The hit show features the captivating lives of six young Persian-American Hollywood socialites. Produced by Ryan Seacrest, the show came out in 2012 and is now going into its 7th Season debuting August 2nd. GG is known for her fiery temper, and I personally find her the most entertaining character to watch on the show.
GG’s life is like an open book, exhibiting her love of knives, her exotic cat, her recovery from addiction, her battle with rheumatoid arthritis and her whirlwind romance that ended in divorce that she’s currently going through. Now for the first time on a network reality show, we get to see her launch her new legal cannabis product line in California on national television.
Streaming goliath, Netflix has launched cannabis shows like Cooking on High and Disjointed, along with documentaries that, by the time they come out, are already dated and obsolete. For last the 5 years, I’ve heard of cannabis reality shows being filmed and pitched, some even featuring the Edibles List team. But never have we actually seen cable television allow cannabis content to air, aside from CNN’s Weed documentary and MSNBC’s mini series Pot Barons. Notable mentions include Kris Jenner eating edibles with her mom in 2014 on E!’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Tamar Braxton going into a dispensary and picking up a copy of Edibles Magazine™ on Braxton Family Values on WeTV.
This is the first time in history a reality TV star who is famous for being themselves is launching their own entire cannabis line. GG not only has a platform of loyal fans to spread the word to, she herself is a true medical cannabis patient, using cannabis to treat her rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
“It took almost two years to find out it was rheumatoid arthritis. It started with my hands, and then it was my knees and then it was my shoulders. I think at that point I decided I needed to see a rheumatologist. It wasn’t for maybe, 8 years later that I use cannabis as a form of treatment. I was 27 when it started happening. It started there. My fingers were the size of sausages. I had surgery on this finger, you can see the jigsaw line. I had so much steroids injected to keep the swelling down, that they couldn’t inject anymore, so they had to open it up.,” GG said.
She points out that autoimmune disorders are typically genetic. “My dad got diagnosed with a form of rheumatism, probably two and a half to three years after I got diagnosed. So, if it comes from anywhere it’s coming from my dad.”
In many cases with a chronic pain illness like RA, the condition can be misdiagnosed. GG was spared the hassle of the wrong medications for the wrong illness. “Rheumatoid was definitely the first prognosis and diagnosis, before that it was tendonitis, bursitis, and all this other stuff. They were so easily injecting the corticosteroids in every part of my body and didn’t realize it was an autoimmune .”
When I asked her what other remedies she tried, she said, “I tried everything, holistic, from Eastern to Western. I did it all. But it took me a long time to come to cannabis, because I was an addict. And I got clean in 2005, so it was scary for me thinking, ‘If I have this, oh my gosh, is that going to do this to me’ But I listened to my mom, because my mom forced me to do this. And here it is, this is what I’m doing, helping people.”
Her mother has never smoked a day in her life, which shocked me for someone wholeheartedly promoting its medical benefits. “She read online. She heard about it because it’s natural, she started really researching. And that’s what I tell my followers, research, do your own research, and you’ll learn. She just believed in the benefits.”
GG’s mom convinced her to research the anti-inflammatory benefits of cannabis and then she went to a cannabis doctor. “My mom took me to Dr. Frankel. He’s located in Santa Monica, California and he’s known to be an M.D. that was treating his patients with cannabis. Unfortunately, Western medicine wasn’t really allowing that at the time. He created his own practice. So my mommy took me to him, and he taught me how to dose, how to look for strains, and do all that stuff.”
What is Chemotherapy supposed to do for Arthritis patients?
“The amount of dosage that someone with RA gets of chemo is very different than someone with leukemia or cancer. In those cases, the chemo comes in to kill off all the cells, so the cells can renew themselves. With my case, it basically goes into shock. We need to shock the cells and put them in order. But you know, in the process, your entire immune system goes down to below zero, because you already have an autoimmune. Now you’re giving it medicine, that makes it even lower. So it was really hard, I was suffering a lot. A lot of throwing up, a lot of gaining weight, losing weight, mood swings. I resorted to alcohol. This saved me in a lot of ways,” GG said.
What’s your favorite way to medicate?
“I think it’s kind of personal. I think it’s personal for everybody. For me, it’s smoking. I’m from the day where that’s the only way we knew what to do with pot, we smoked it. So that’s more familiar for me. For me, it’s just smoking it. But that’s why we made so many different varieties, so you can choose, do you want a drink, do you want an inhaler, do you want to vape, do you want the actual flower? So, I think it’s just kind of a personal thing.”
We have powderized the THC and cannabis and put it into the juice, so this way, it metabolizes a lot faster in the body. So, you know, you won’t get that lingering kind of feeling and also feel it a little bit faster. I would like to have edibles as well one day. I just hear more people being a little fearful sometimes of edibles, because they’ve had a bad experience. We really have to get the right dosing, because I don’t want people to say anything bad about my brand. I want to make sure it’s perfect. So when that happens we can offer edibles.
Have you ever had the feeling of “Feeling Too High?”
“I didn’t like it. I had a chocolate, and then I had an entire bottle of CBD water. I was at a cannabis convention, High Times, a couple years ago, and it was one of those things where you can’t make it go away. You know, you do the head shake, to try to make it go away, it was like that.”
What’s been your favorite part of the process thus far in launching WüSah?
“It’s been a long time because, as you know, and as a lot of people out there know, it’s just a very difficult industry. The cannabis industry becoming newly legalized in California is awesome, but we got to make sure it’s done right. The process is tricky, and you want to make sure you’re doing everything the right way. It really took a lot, we really talked to a lot of people. We had a lot of meetings. We really wanted to know who we were dealing with. Where’s our flower coming from? What’s the process, what’s the breakdown? We wanted to make sure we’re not lying to anyone. It took a long time, but hey, don’t most works of art take a long time.
A lot of people, I think, rely on their celebrity as we have seen with certain companies now, that maybe they thought they could get away with whatever and their design and packaging is cool. Our design and packaging, as you can see, is so simple, it’s so soft and Zen. It’s about what the medicine is doing for you.”
How did you pick the name WüSah?
“It was the last word I agreed upon in my head that would be the name for this. I went a million, a gazillion names. I think the hardest process is naming something, but it suits me, it suits the product. Everyone knows me as this, you know, fiery personality. About two years ago, I went away and got some spiritual healing. I introduced cannabis into my life, and I calmed down.
I just love the word. It’s such a hip new word because of the movie Bad Boys where Martin Lawrence says, “Wusah….” I was like, this is a great word. Why not? It works for me, it works for the product, it works for society.”
Did you smoke weed in high school?
“Yes. The first thing I ever had was pot at 11 years old. I was young. I was a special child. I stopped using when I went to rehab in 2005. At the time, it was considered a drug, and at that time, no one had the proper education about what cannabis did. None of us did. I wasn’t smoking at that time because I thought it was healing me in anyway. It would just calm me down. So I quit everything in 2005 and I just started up again 2 years ago.”
What do you say to people that call Cannabis a drug?
“As someone who is not just an outsider starting a cannabis business, but as someone who has finished rehab, then checked herself into LMU (Loyola Marymount University) and finished with a degree in The Bio Psycho Social Behavior of an Addict with a Dual Diagnosis, I can sit here and very confidently say that addiction is up to you on how you want to go about it. If you know, that in your head you’re going to say, if I have this, I’m going to have to do that, you’re already weak, we know that. It’s a mindset. For me, this is now my medicine. I need this. I can’t function without it. I can’t. This is not a drug. This is not a toy.”
What can we expect to see when the new season debuts on August 2nd?
“From beginning to the end of the season you’re going to see me going through the struggles and what not to do. A lot of people know, I’ve never had a job before in my life, so embarking on one of the most difficult industries was very challenging. Thank God I have my partner who has my back. Thanks homegirl!
People will see how difficult it was. It was a challenge, because I was so passionate about it, and I didn’t give up. I didn’t give up when those challenges kept coming at me, this law, that law, this law. I kept going.”
What’s been the craziest or favorite thing done on Shahs of Sunset?
“I think my favorite thing was… I just had surgery on my hand. I was in a really bad, dark place at that time in my life. I was taking a lot of pills and drinking a lot of alcohol. My friends knew that so they said they wanted to take me on an intervention. Obviously I didn’t know, I thought we were going camping, which is my absolute favorite thing in the whole wide world. I’m in a bit of a wrapped-up hand, they take me to a campground. It’s an intervention. The next morning I have to wake up and do one of those massive obstacle courses to show team leadership, we’re here for you, we’re here to support you. With my hand in a cast, I managed to literally get half way through. It was an awesome moment for me. Watching that, it was awesome because I got my mind right when the season had aired, so I was able to see how dark of a place I was in, and I was able to pull through. It kind of gave me motivation. It was very therapeutic.”
Any Regrets on the Show?
“The scumbag that calls himself my husband.”
How do you feel about marriage now?
“I never believed in marriage. I absolutely never believed in it. I was under different circumstances with him, I did something and it blew up in my face. I still don’t believe in marriage, and I still can recommend a really good divorce attorney.”
Is your RA under control now?
“My doctor says that by end of summer I’ll be in remission. The arthritis is under control. My doctor says, ‘Whatever it is you’re doing, just keep doing it. Just keep doing it.’ He won’t specifically say cannabis, because he’s a Western doctor. We’re not there yet with doctors. We will be soon.”
What do you think the Future of Cannabis is?
“You can’t call something medicine that’s causing another illness. You can’t say come have this to heal and now you have to heal something else. When you have a situation from pesticides being ingested, I’m sorry but cannabis can’t help you anymore. That’s a whole different situation. I would like to really see, the state, the government, whoever it is that controls this, that we understand we can’t grow with pesticides. We need to grow organically. We can’t promote healing if we’re hurting people.”
What do you think about the states that don’t test for pesticides?
“It’s so silly that it should even be mandatory. Test it, test it, test it. See what’s in it. Question your product. I always tell people research your product, research your brand, research your strain, find out where it is, what it is. It’s all about education.”
What products are in your initial line?
• Refresh Watermelon Pomegranate Mint Cold Pressed 8oz Organic Juice, 10mg THC/10mg CBD
• Cannabis Inhaler which is 10mg THC per puff/pump
• Disposable WuSah Vape Pen – 300mg THC oil
• Jar of Seven ½ Gram Hybrid Pre Rolls, totalling an eighth of an ounce of flower.
One last question, what does “Golnesa” mean?
Golnesa translates as The Flower Lady.
(We literally laugh out loud together as she realizes for the first time the double meaning involved with her name!)
GG continues to undergo chemotherapy for her RA, until she is weaned off completely by next year.
From one female entrepreneur to another, I know how hard it is to launch a cannabis brand. GG seeks to empower and encourage females to be their best.
“We have carefully developed our supply side relationships. Greenstone Distribution has partnered us with Honeydew Farms one of the largest family owned cultivators in the state. Honeydew has decades of experience in organic farming practices and regenerative living soils. With the difficult state testing requirements Greenstone and Honeydew are part of only a few companies to currently have ample supply of clean tested cannabis. We are working on specific cultivars exclusive to Wusah that you can only get through our brand.”
Find out more about her brand at: WüSah.com #Wusah #Shahs
Follow her on Instagram @gg_golnesa
Tune in August 2nd for the 7th season premiere, Thursdays on Bravo 9pm PST.
B. Le Grand
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