I will not stop fighting for legality until cannabis is covered by health insurance as everyone should have access to this healing plant. –Megan Lyman, Cannibabe
How would you describe yourself and what you do?
I am a creator and healer using what tools I have been blessed with to help as many people as possible. While holistically healing myself, I found a passion in creating a plant-based lifestyle, free of chemicals, free from toxic ingredients and harsh western medications. As my heart grew closer and closer to the cannabis plants and its versatility, naturally I created Cannibabe which has given me the ability to share with my friends and family across the country.
When did you get started working with cannabis? What is your vision and mission for your professional cannabis endeavors?
After healing myself using cannabis, I knew my life’s mission was found and I needed to promote the plant the only way I knew how: to start sharing. I started working for a holistic doctor where my daily life was quickly surrounded by the plant and all ways of healing using the plant. My vision for cannabis is that it will someday be looked at the same way we look at Western medication options. I will not stop fighting for legality until cannabis is covered by health insurance as everyone should have access to this healing plant.
What is your personal cannabis origin journey?
In 2016, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and decided to reject Western medication options. I decided to do some research. After finding many medical journals studying people in Israel using high doses of THC suppositories to heal their bodies internally, I had a fire lit within my soul and I had so much hope cannabis would heal me. I was living in Florida at the time – cannabis was illegal – and quickly packed up my bags and moved with my dog across the country in pursuit of the legal use of medical marijuana cannabis and a doctor who might be able to help. I found an amazing doctor in Southern California and after two months of daily suppositories, I was completely cured of Ulcerative Colitis. Tight then, my passion grew, and I dropped all preconceived negative ideas I had grown up to learning about the plant. After deciding I wanted to dedicate my life to honoring the plant that healed me, I jumped in head first. I was hired to work as the personal assistant for the doctor that had treated me. I learned everything there was to know about cannabis: the true power of the plant, how it grows, its original roots and history, how it effects the Endocannabinoid System, and followed medical studies in Israel. I learned how to write medical journals, how to trial new products, working with patients, how to create products from a solid to oil, anything and everything I could learn. I was ready to absorb. Once CBD became federally legal, I knew it was my chance to start sharing my personal story of healing with cannabis without the risk of legality.
What is your Superpower?
I believe my superpower is my organization skills. Whether it’s my workspace or thoughts in my head, I have always been very good at compartmentalizing and organizing my thoughts and ideas along with my car and house. Some might consider it obsessive-compulsive disorder, but I always like to look at the bright side of things, therefore this is my superpower!
What has been your greatest obstacle in business to date – and how have you overcome it – or are you still working on tackling it?
As many readers may already know, the CBD industry has been waiting for regulations from the FDA since legalization in December 2018. Because the FDA’s lack of regulation, it has enabled a new market where we have seen an over production of CBD products flood the market.
I believe one of the greatest obstacles I have experienced thus far has been fighting through all the ‘hype’ the industry is getting mixed with the lack of education.
That has been a big obstacle when trying to promote the true benefits of cannabidiol. I don’t believe the industry is oversaturated with products but more or less oversaturated with laziness, bad branding and marketing, privileged uneducated sellers, and a major lack of creativity. There are so many misconception and misunderstandings on how to properly use CBD with companies making endless claims. When CBD is used properly, with the correct potency, the results can truly be considered as unbelievable, as a miracle. It has been my passion since before starting Cannibabe to educate and promote the true benefits of the cannabis plant and then best ways to use it. Cannibabe is just my platform. I have learned to block out all the noise and have confidence that whoever is meant to listen, will be here. And since then, Cannibabe has continued to flourish.
What would you like women to know about entering the Cannabis industry or exploring Cannabis?
This is a brand new industry and there is so much space for growth. If you are interested in entering the industry, don’t look at the industry and try and fit in. Look at the skills you already have and bring them to the industry – photographer, marketing manager, event coordinator, warehouse worker, blogger, lawyer, etc. – because this industry is just starting to blossom. We have a need for so many entrepreneurs. I believe the industry is male-dominated because for decades cannabis was illegal and was risky to work with and considered “too dangerous” for a female to be around which is insane.
My hope with legality is that the negative stigmas surrounding cannabis will continue to decrease, and we will see more and more women join this male-dominated industry.
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