Is CBD for me? Why I started a CBD company.

Some people may wonder why I decided to start a CBD company. 

In 2012, my husband was diagnosed with a malignant glioblastoma brain tumor. After 4.5 years of clean MRIs it came back, twice. With 20 rounds, and counting, of chemo under his belt, the last MRI was clean yet again.

Image on the right (March 2017) shows the regrowth in white (bottom left of hole). Image on the left (May 2017) shows clean MRI.

Cannabis has helped me return to optimal health and wellness after escaping the rigors of the executive suite in the healthcare industry.

Cannabis has helped my friends – mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, athletes, professionals, grandmothers, and grandfathers. Normal people turning to a different approach for a solution.

For me, it started in the summer of 2016. With the topic of cannabis rumbling around in California for many many many years, I was rather late to the table. But I was in healthcare, corporate America. And cannabis nor marijuana definitely is not talked about, or at least wasn’t being talked about in the hospitals I was in. Maybe because it could help the patients in the hospital. But that is another story. Regardless, it was on my mind. For my husband had seizures. Not grand mal seizures but petite mol. This meant that at random times, roughly once every 60 days, his face would begin to clinch, his arm would go numb, and his ability to speak clearly, and in sentences one could comprehend, would escape him. In the 60 minutes or so that would lapse, his brain would need to “reboot” as we call it. This isn’t something new. This is our normal.

Baseball was life. A World Series Champion at the age of 25, I now was watching as a 31 years’ young man, healthy, in a flash, from thriving to fighting for life. This changed my perspective on things. A year after we were married my husband was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. No, I would rather not talk about the words associated with this diagnosis. Insert GBM or glioblastoma into Google search and the absolute worst shows up. Well we decided to not let the Google results sway what we thought was possible. Instead, we waited for the one year anniversary of clean MRIs and then we moved from St. Louis, MO to a warmer climate in Southern California. I picked up the pace with my career to help support us and he began to balance his quality of life.

For four years, we lived in eight week segments, with an MRI providing the reassurance that all was well. And then it happened, it showed up again. In September of 2016, the area of the brain known as the cerebellum, started to appear blurry on the MRI. It was strange because the original tumor was in the left frontal lobe, no-where near this area of new concern. Immediately, thoughts ran through our heads of the worst possible thing. It’s incredible the crazy thoughts you have in these circumstances. One thing I knew for sure, I needed to walk away from my 9-5. It wasn’t for me anymore. No longer did I want anything in my life to make me wake up and realize I wasn’t living my best self. I wasn’t doing what I loved.

Chris works for 101 ESPN radio out of St. Louis and balances his life with a weekday sports talk radio show from 11-1 PST. He enjoys golfing 3-4 times per week. He works out often, attempting at times to return to the ball field…..I’m kidding. Travelling and adventure are his escapes and provide a change to the day-to-day. Travelling also keeps us moving forward, not staying stagnant in our circumstances. Overall his quality of life is even keel, with his love for baseball still a high priority. I, on the other hand, rose out of bed at the crack of dawn and hustled, meeting upon meeting, confined to an office. I ran a clinical genetics laboratory and returned home after dark. I wasn’t healthy. It wasn’t long term. It wasn’t me. For months, I would bring home this message to my husband, “I’m only there for the money. I want my own company in the health and wellness space. I’m not health and wellness right now and I need to get back to it.” It drove me nuts. I knew how much working out meant to me, yet, when I got home from work the last thing I wanted to do was go to the gym. I knew recharging my mind was essential but I couldn’t let go of those projects at work with deadlines. They ran circles in my mind. My mind. The essence of my success in all things in life. I don’t like it altered – by anything. Until cannabis.

So in December of 2016 and in November of 2017, our worst nightmares happened, the tumor came back. I guess you can say we were prepared or semi-prepared after the MRIs started shifting in September. But you are never REALLY ready for that moment. We had changed to a ketogenic diet in September, and executed it poorly. We ate out often, not at the worst restaurants, but definitely not where we were sure it was grass-fed, antibiotic free, hormone free, and organic. We ate bacon. Man was it good, until it wasn’t. Until the cancer returned. This was the only change we made in four years. And this I believe triggered the return. Although we will never know for sure, we switched back to incorporate foods that were alive, heavy in the plant department, ensuring all meat was antibiotic and hormone FREE and ORGANIC. And we added cannabis. Good cannabis, clean cannabis, lab-tested cannabis.

By combining my knowledge obtained through an 8-year career in healthcare, networking with some of the greatest cannabis researches and cultivators, and of course, historic high school knowledge, I realized that while cannabis is still coming out of the darkness, the products we consume sometimes are riddled with pesticides, mold, fungus, mildew used or contaminated by the farmers during grow. Processed sugar, refined flours, and unhealthy ingredients counterbalance the beneficial properties of the cannabis products, rendering them “harmful”, in my opinion. Or, even worse, ingredients are not shown at all. How could a patient, or anyone for that matter, ingest this?

This would be my mission. To provide cannabis products – clean, pure, and free of toxins, with whole ingredients that matter. To improve the quality of life for anyone looking for a solution. Whether it was someone with an illness or someone stressed from everyday challenges of life, parenting, caregiving, or work. With a belief that self-care is the greatest form of healthcare, I decided to build a company with a drive from my soul, a hip vibe, a reason for existing, and a commitment to ingredients that matter.

Welcome to Mowellens.

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