Ozzie Ozkay-Villa said: “As far as this industry goes, it is not a walk in the park and it is our responsibility to be transparent with each other. I don’t think we are serving anyone by sugar-coating, and that speaks for everything from motherhood to entrepreneurship.”
Describe yourself and what you do.
I’m a community builder and storyteller. I love bringing people together over common interests and lifestyle choices. I’m also a mother, a doula and a wife…my family is my biggest support system. Oov Lifestyle is a media company and a community that empowers, educates, and entertains those curious about plant medicine. We curate relatable content and experiential events.
When did you get started working with cannabis? What is your vision for your professional cannabis endeavors?
I started exploring in 2016. When my youngest was about three I began re-introducing cannabis into my daily life as a way to manage anxiety and depression, but also as an alternative way to relax after the kids were in bed. It made such a huge difference in my day-to-day life. I’ve always been very open about our unconventional choices in parenting, and I truly saw this as just a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals and alcohol. So really it started as my desire to share the journey and empower other moms to try it as well.
That is my ultimate vision: To empower others to explore and experience new ways to enhance their daily lives physically, mentally, and spiritually.
What is your personal cannabis origin story?
It actually goes back to my first pregnancy. I knew I wanted to have an intimate and loving birth experience and someone recommended I watch a documentary called The Business of Being Born. My husband and I were blown away by all the knowledge we gained about birth and the current model of care. It really opened our eyes up to a whole new world, much beyond birth and parenting. We started adopting a more holistic lifestyle and making more natural choices with food and everything we put into our bodies.
We had two beautiful home births, which ultimately led me to become a doula and support other mothers. I also founded a group called “Alternative Mothers Group” and just dove headfirst into the natural birth and parenting world.
To us, cannabis is just like any other supergreen but with added magical properties. We utilize it daily as any other supplement and sharing that story with my community just organically grew, and word started to spread. I went on to host educational gatherings in my home and things evolved from there. Having Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (the producers of The Business of Being Born and their newest release Weed the People) on the cover of our first magazine and interviewing them in person was such a full circle moment, it still gives me goosebumps.
What is your Superpower?
I think my superpower is that I don’t give up and am not afraid of a challenge. I always tend to take the road less traveled and choose experiences that are going to push my soul to grow and reach new heights. I want to always be learning and expanding in some form, and in order to do that you often have to step way outside your comfort zone. It’s not easy, so enjoying the journey is a must.
What has been your greatest obstacle in this industry or with your business to date?
Haha…there will ALWAYS be an obstacle right? I just think as we get more seasoned in dealing with them, they take less of a toll on our emotions. With each one you get a little bit smarter, more resilient, and a lot stronger! There will always be fires to put out, you just get better at managing them and choosing which flames need to be put out first.
“That is my ultimate vision: To empower others to explore and experience new ways to enhance their daily lives physically, mentally, and spiritually.”
What is your advice for women in the cannabis industry?
I hope that women continue to reach high in this industry and that we exercise our innate ability to work collaboratively. I believe that women are going to change the world, and we are going to do it by banding together and lifting each other up. As far as this industry goes, it is not a walk in the park and it is our responsibility to be transparent with each other. I don’t think we are serving anyone by sugar-coating, and that speaks for everything from motherhood to entrepreneurship. There is plenty of room and a lot of support, but you’ve got to be willing to enter with your eyes to the sun.
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