PAPA’S CHAMPS: Emily Kretzer

by Cyrus Sepahbodi |

We believe that cannabis is an individual experience that can change lives. Part of our mission is to unlock the power of the plant, empower our customers, and celebrate individuals who have made our products their own. Today we’d like to celebrate one of our heroes: our newest Papa’s Champ, Emily Kretzer. Emily is a Los Angeles based TV Host/Presenter and Filmmaker. She is also a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and harm reduction in the music and entertainment community. 


Emily is incredibly passionate about advocating for mental health awareness, specifically about Major Depressive Disorder and the roles of anxiety and stress on health. She has incorporated CBD into her daily life as a means to help alleviate stress and improve her emotional well-being. 

“I work in the Film and TV industry where I am often faced with high stress situations and environments. A lot of my work is very physical and hands on, though which rewarding can also be a huge battle for me. When I’m in the field – be it presenting, directing, or producing – I need to be able to have the stamina to make it through long hours and not crack under pressure.”

“Depression and anxiety can both be so physical – I’ve felt it from the difficulty of simply getting out of bed in the morning, to remedial tasks being inexplicably painful to carry out, to the invasive symptoms of a panic attack. For me personally, I’ve found that a combination of therapy, medication, diet, and holistic treatments has been the most effective approach in treating my depression and anxiety. While there’s no cure to either, knowing I have the ability to help myself is what allows me to move forward in my life and feel grateful for my continued healing and my future. For these reasons, I am so passionate about encouraging others to fight through the mental health challenges they may face, and be champions for awareness in their own lives and the lives of others.”


For the past two years, Emily has worked with the Los Angeles based group Community Meeting to help educate people and end the stigma around mental illness. As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety throughout her own life, Emily utilizes CBD as a natural remedy.

“At the onset of a panic attack, I use the 30:1 Releaf Tincture. It’s my favorite product from Papa & Barkley as well as the best natural remedy I’ve found when it comes to soothing and alleviating my anxiety. One droplet of the Hemp Tincture in my morning tea has also been a huge game-changer for me. It relaxes me and helps to combat many of the physical symptoms of depression that I experience daily.”


Incorporating Hemp CBD into your daily health and wellness regiment is a great way to alleviate stress and improve your mental health. People from all walks of life are discovering CBD every day, using it as a means to decrease stress, manage discomfort, and even shorten recovery after workouts. The medicinal qualities of CBD helps with muscle inflammation, aid in sleep, and mitigate stress when used regularly. It works by activating the endocannabinoid receptors located within the body. 

“It’s so important to check in with yourself and know your limits and triggers, and the reality is that sometimes rest and self-care are the best options when you’re going through it. However, Papa & Barkley’s products have absolutely been instrumental in helping me function on a regular basis. Integrating CBD into my daily routine has positively affected my mental health, my mood, and my performance at work. It’s a little pick-me-up that reminds me to keep going.”