Janice Bissex said:
“Women tend to take on the caregiver role in life and are in the perfect position to help others understand the benefits of CBD and cannabis, whether it be parents, children, friends, or colleagues.”
Describe yourself and what you do.
I am a holistic cannabis practitioner and registered dietitian nutritionist. I help people who suffer from anxiety, pain, insomnia, and other debilitating conditions find relief using cannabis and/or CBD. I have sourced organically grown, full spectrum hemp CBD products that I market under my Jannabis Wellness label. In addition to CBD and cannabis consulting, I also advise clients on lifestyle and dietary changes that can help improve their health and wellness.
When did you get started working with cannabis?
I had no experience with cannabis – heck, I grew up in the “just say no” generation – and had no idea of the extensive medical benefits. When my dad finally found relief for his pain using medical marijuana, after taking traditional pain medications with terrible side effects, I was, frankly, shocked. I decided I needed to learn more and share my knowledge with others, so I did training at the Holistic Cannabis Academy in the history and science behind cannabis. The more I learned, the more amazed I was, and the angrier I became that this medicinal herb is not available to everyone who needs relief from pain, anxiety, and so much more. It has become my mission to educate others, including medical professionals and consumers, on the health and wellness benefits of cannabis.
What is your personal cannabis origin story?
My journey started with one word: “wow.” That is what my dad said after a few puffs on his new vape pen. I had driven him (in severe pain) to a dispensary to access medical marijuana. We returned to his home and he took his first puffs. He stood up and said, “Wow.” I said, “Are you dizzy?” and he replied “No, I’m not in pain!” I could not believe it. After two years of debilitating pain due to multiple spinal fractures, no one had ever suggested cannabis, and that was the one thing that finally offered him relief.
What is your Superpower?
My ability to connect with people.
What has been your greatest obstacle in this industry or with your business to date?
One major obstacle is that both Square and Paypal have shut me down from using their credit card payment systems, perhaps due to the federal legal status of cannabis. There is no one to speak with to explain that my products are hemp-based and legal. This inability to take credit cards is a challenge for all the people who purchase my Jannabis Wellness products on my website and at events. I can only accept cash, checks, and Zelle for payment. Hoping that this changes soon.
I had no experience with cannabis – heck, I grew up in the “just say no” generation – and had no idea of the extensive medical benefits.
What is your advice for women in the cannabis industry?
Women tend to take on the caregiver role in life and are in the perfect position to help others understand the benefits of CBD and cannabis, whether it be parents, children, friends, or colleagues. Women need to remember that we are in a great position to take on leadership roles in the cannabis industry. We women need to use our superpowers and step up to take on leadership roles in the cannabis industry.
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