“The kind of conversation I like is one in which you are prepared to emerge a slightly different person.” -Theador Zeldin
For as long as I can remember, conversation and telling stories has captivated me. I’ve been insatiably curious about human experiences. I want to know, what exactly is it that makes people genuinely happy, successful and amazingly resilient? Why do some people struggle while others find a way to thrive, often despite the most challenging circumstances?
I am also passionate about a multitude of seemingly unconnected things: snowboarding, photography, permaculture, entrepreneurship, creativity, spirituality, travel and philanthropy, just to name a few.
After an array of jobs from firefighter to actor to sales rep here in the U.S. and abroad, unsuccessful business ventures and a lot of angst trying to outsmart the cliché “ To be successful in life you need to…”, I realized that my unusual combination of interests and skill sets are my strength, and not a liability.
When the VA diagnosed me with PTSD, I gave up creating concepts for companies selling things I didn’t believe in and moved onto a 45 acre off-grid property and started from scratch.
I began homesteading, put in a spring box for water, solar panels for electricity, an outhouse, outdoor shower, garden, you get the picture. This is where I started this leg of my journey. After a couple years of taking my VA prescribed PTSD cocktail of pharmaceuticals I realized I had lost touch with myself and the ability to feel things.
Prozac was the main drug that was crushing my spirit and I wanted off. Every time I tried to ween off of it with the help of my psychiatrist I did great for the first week or two, then the downward spiral of suicidal thoughts would eventually force me back on the drug. So I started researching ways to break the cycle of addiction. When I found the 2008 German report titled The endocannabinoid system: emotion, learning and addiction, the light bulb came on. I started making cannabis formulations first with THC dominate strains and then with CBD dominate strains. It took roughly two years before I came up with the right formulation that allowed me stop taking Prozac forever. It was about this time my pops was diagnosed with prostate cancer, so I began making a formulation to help fight that.
Then a friend called and asked if I could make something to help her endometriosis, and another friend asked for help getting off of Oxycontin, and the phone calls kept coming. So I started cultivating a dozen different CBD dominate cannabis strains in my garden and Two Trees Botanicals and Humboldt Oil Company were born.
Please contact me today for more information, to book me to speak at your event or to consult on a project.