“I personally use, test, evaluate, and write thoughtful product reviews on all of the products that I recommend to our Visitors and Members at Cannabis Animus.” -Ted

 

First, I’d like to sincerely thank you for taking the time to look into our platform here at Cannabis Animus. It is the result of what started as a labor of love, and grew to be much more.

I hope you have time to check out our About Cannabis Animus page too, but as the author and publisher, perhaps you’d like to know a bit more about me.

No rags-to-riches yarn… no bs stories or attempts at image-making here.  No beautiful offspring with which I can proudly pose.  Nevertheless, I do sometimes feel like the luckiest man on Earth, so to speak.

Since a youngster, I’ve lived in one of the most beautiful and fun places in the country to live, work and play.  I’m fortunate to have remained in good health despite my many attempts at self-destruction.  I was fortunate enough to circumnavigate the globe by sea, and spent a small fortune pursuing my bliss racing just about any ‘velocipede’ I could get my mitts on.  I’ve also been blessed with a most loving family, the sweetest gal on Earth, and some of the best friends and ‘nephews’ one could ever ask for.

Both my natural parents were college professors by profession.  My mom being a fine artist (drawing, painting, printmaking) and art historian, and my father a botanist (plant anatomy) and “creative evolutionist”, I think it’s fair to say that I possess a reasonable genetic foundation for this wonderful journey through the Internet’s world of Cannabis politics, economics, and science.

My wish is that you find my sincere affection and deep appreciation for the natural sciences and the visual arts reflected on these pages.  I figure I’ll get better at it as I go.

Back in the day, my academic experience earned me a BA degree in Economics & Business Administration followed about 15 years later with an MBA – both from Chapman University in Southern California.

One of my favorite Grad School ‘take-away’ memories was best expressed by my marketing professor’s bemused chortle after I, a mere salesman, confidently stated that my post-graduate “mission” was to bridge the historic yet seemingly ‘un-bridgable’, or at least abyssal divide, between corporate-level sales departments and their corresponding marketing departments.  In retrospect, I suppose my albeit waning idealism was more of a “vision” statement.  Ahem…

In any event, I was now armed with this newfound and extremely expensive knowledge you see.  Well, my marketing professor got the joke anyway and the last laugh.  It didn’t take me long to realize that the joke was on me.  My LinkedIn page will suffice as fodder I’m sure.

Over the last few years, I’ve experienced what every true “business person” should have the opportunity to experience… a sweat equity start-up!  Going on almost 3 years, our little company remains one of the only one’s surviving the challenge of effectively monetizing both Guest and Enterprise Wi-Fi networks.  I hope there remains something to be said for persistence.  (knock-on-wood sound)

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Along with my apparent mental afflictions developed over time from decades of sales experience, I developed skin cancer at a relatively young age due to fair-skinned Viking lineage and my life-long exposure to more southern latitude’s sun and sea.  Subsequently, I have developed a much deeper appreciation for the “weed” that’s been so maligned by our Federal government’s initial prohibition and ongoing “War on Drugs” diversion.

Topical Cannabis products containing both THC and CBD in combination with different products have been extremely helpful in reducing the amount of actinic keratosis (pre-cancer) and basal cell carcinomas which must be excised from my skin before they “metastasize” and grow into malignant nasties.  I’ve had over a dozen excisions just in the last 2 years.

I also suffer from the typical symptoms of osteoarthritis.  Know what I’m sayin’ amigos?  I’ve had both hips replaced with titanium ones, and I’ll swear on a stack of whatever you’ve got that nano-sized CBD (cannabidiol) is a Godsend for people like me.  My daily use of nano CBD water and other CBD products as well have changed the quality of my life significantly – and without the psychoactive effects from THC.

Not that there’s anything whatsoever negative about the psychoactive effects of THC mind you.  It too contributes to relief of chronic neurologic pain, and muscle relaxation.  While CBD relieves anxiety and mental stress as well as chronic pain.  Both assist in bringing our body’s endocannabinoid system more toward a condition of “homeostasis” or balance – naturally, safely and without worry of physical addiction.

After years of reading well-documented research and double blind, clinical studies conducted worldwide, I’ve added nano CBD products into my daily regimen to get a more amplified effect from the CBD.  I now take for granted what I call the “short term” relief benefits of cannabidiol, but I’m anticipating much longer-term improvement in my general health and psychological well-being from conservative daily doses.

I look forward to the days ahead when Cannabis products become demystified, decriminalized, and remain possible for anyone to grow and produce – especially at home.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that without our own ability to grow and consume fresh, raw cannabis… we will never reduce the cost of healthcare in America – much less improve the quality of healthcare.

But for this to happen, we need to remove the hood of ignorance from so many heads.   The task ahead is to create the production, distribution, political, and regulatory infrastructure that a fair  and legal Cannabis industry will require.

This is my sincerest wish for us all, and also the passion that drives me today.