What We Do

We are blessed to live in a state where plant medicine is legal! We have embraced this opportunity to bring quality medicine to the patients of Montana. Each plant receives only the purest organics and natural microbials during the growth process. Final products are cured and processed simply and effectively to ensure the integrity of the medicine is seen through.


James Lockard - Dreamer

When James was in his 30s he was at work as a fabricator and was rolling carts around and all of a sudden he collapsed on the floor; the muscles in the whole left side of his body were in a spasm so deep that his left shoulder muscles started to separate and tear. This started a long road of doctors and searching for answers. Eventually it would all lead to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. With a multiple sclerosis diagnosis the doctor started prescribing the normal mix of medications used to treat m.s., If you know anything about m.s. you know that for some people it can be very painful. The mix of medications used oftentimes will numb the pain to help people cope with the disease. For James it did help numb the pain from the m.s. but it also made him feel numb or as he would describe it, in a bubble all the time. For reasons unrelated to m.s. James ended up moving to Montana in 2008. When James went to his initial appointment with his new primary care physician they had a conversation about what medications he would need if the current ones stopped managing his pain as sometimes they didn't always work to the level of pain relief he needed. The doctor informed him that the next step would be morphine and he would most likely not make it past 18 months and a good portion of that 18 months would be spent in a wheelchair. The doctor then proceeded to ask James if we was aware of the laws in Montana and the fact that plant medicine is allowed here with a medical card and suggested to James that he get one. After getting a medical card James started to grow for himself with the help of a blessed network of people that were helping patients at that time to get started growing to keep their medicine costs down and be medicinally self sufficient. Since then James has been able to eliminate almost all of the prescription medications and has been happy to have a more effective way to relive pain that also allows presence versus numbing. They gave him 18 months on prescription medication, he's going strong with plant medicine for over 13 years now.

James has a deep love for chemistry and alchemy, especially when it comes to growing the plants. Ancient Alchemy took root when James committed to expanding his level of growing beyond just himself to others as well. Combining his love for the ancient arts and his drive to help people manage their pain, James' dreams took hold as the heart, soul and life behind Ancient Alchemy.


Shaylene Lockard - Owner

When Shaylene was a young girl, she found herself in pain and her parents took her to the doctor seeking answers. They ran tests and took blood samples, sometimes the results yielded minor things but there was never an explanation for the deep pain she was experiencing. This went on for years. Needing relief from the pain she relied on ibuprofen regularly to get through. As she got older she started drinking alcohol to manage the pain as well, even if all it offered was numbing, it was better than the full amount of pain.

Shaylene was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in her mid-twenties. Seeking a way to deal with the nerve pain and knowing that using ibuprofen and alcohol to treat pain wouldn't work long term, James offered Shaylene his knowledge about the plant medicine and pain management. With James' guidance and plant medicine Shaylene has been able to manage her pain successfully without having to utilize ibuprofen or alcohol.

When James' dreams of expanding to growing and processing medicine for other patients materialized, Shaylene supported him and committed to being the leader and forefront of Ancient Alchemy. Shaylene hopes to help others through Ancient Alchemy the way that James and his medicine has helped her.

Gale Patrick - Head Grower

Gale has a passion for the sacred plants and is always eager to learn new things about their growth and development. The success of each of the plants holds deep reward for Gale. He understands that nature, if nurtured, will flourish.

Gale believes we are the bridge between modern and ancient medicine, all holds a place in balance. Gale loves meeting new patients and teaching them how plant medicine can better their life.