Ceres - the goddess of agriculture
Esoteric - having specialized knowledge
This is a video prepared to show a grow from start to finish (minus harvest). The colours on this plant are truly remarkable.
This is the same grow but a full version of 5 minutes with narration and captions. It is a very simple video but not to mistake the complexity of the cultivation process (if you want to do it properly with respect of the plant, it requires some knowledge and I believe a real desire to "connect" to what you are giving life to and how to best care for it during its life).
Raw unedited video of "My Story into Cannabis"
Raw unedited video of "My Story into Cannabis"
I grew up on a farm out in the country about an hour away from a major city. However beautiful it is to be completely surrounded by trees and open farm land, to breathe in those fresh country smells (when not catching a waft of manure), and hear that dead silence void the intermittent crow, hawk, coyote, or squirrel, life on the farm wasn't as glamorous as it may sound.
My dad upon advice of his brother suggested he get into hog farming. Talk about trying to build any self confidence while smelling like manure all the time. From the age of around 12 I was doing chores, feeding and watering rabbits, horses, sheep and of course, hogs. I believe the farm environment instilled within me with a deep love of nature. I don't think anyone who doesn't immerse themselves around nature can build as great a respect for life and living things. Maybe this is what disconnects man from source - the disassociation from plants and living organisms and living systems like the very life support systems man is eroding at an increasingly expeditious pace?
Nonetheless, having this strong connection to source with a love and respect for life, I believe is one of the characteristics which has me destined on this path to teach about health and health care while explaining how cannabis fits into the human health equation.
How did the farm relate to health and health care?
My dad would spend time in the corral with the hogs. This intimate association to the hogs was paramount in shaping my life. Dad would notice the hogs would get long wire like hair, their hooves would curl, their gestation periods would change, litter sizes would decrease, they would always seem hungry. So, dad started thinking there was an issue with the feed and started to test it. Government testing would show the feeds being purchased were toxic. Further testing for the four different companies dad would purchase feed from, each test identified a toxic or deficient nutrient calibration. The nutrients and bioavailability thereof was affecting every aspect of the herd and therefore affected our livelihood.
When I was 17 years and 18 years old, I was starting to write letters to lawyers, the law society, the media, to bring awareness to this malfeasance. The end result was the courts ruling on the side of the corporations that committed the commercial infraction. This was an eye opener and it left a lasting impact where I understood the importance of nutrients in a proper form and proper balance to assure health of a living organism.
Growing up on a farm and being an athletic kid, I had my fair share of injuries early in life. I had at least 5 concussions. When I was 17 I cracked vertebrae in my neck from a hockey hit. When I was 24 years old I had a motorcycle accident that had me totally disabled for 2 years with most of my time spent lying flat on my back. The pain levels were so high, so consistent, I needed to take a host of prescription pain killer opiates from my doctor. The anti-depressants, the sleeping pills, the pain killers led to an addiction to these opiates and a very difficult time regulating sleep and getting off sleeping pills.
So, the farm and the understanding of nutrient / elemental interactions, the letter writing trying to find a way to save our farm, the cracked neck, the motorcycle accident, the addiction were the foundation of understanding health in a different manner than most can or do out of a forced necessity.
The feelings of guilt and shame of being a burden on others, the loss of confidence, the loss of identity, the loss of function and contribution left so much of a low sense of self it led to making very poor choices. It is only due to reflection or contemplation of the past that one can truly make distinction between the injury and what the mental health component is on being "disabled."
The motorcycle accident left a permanent residue with periodic health effects that led to intense head pain - the result from the years of neck trauma. So the disc herniation in the lower back and dealing with WCB left incredible frustration with a requirement to change my work, and through this desperation choose to help a "friend" build his company when I would be defaulted on my income leaving me in poverty and in such a state of depression it almost cost me my life.
In 2012, I herniated a disc in my neck and from that day forth, was dealing with horrible head pain (levels of 7 and 8, even 9 out of 10 on a daily basis), intense dizziness that affected walking and almost constant nausea. I was back on the hardest opiates again to try deal with this disabling pain. My neurologist and doctor were supportive of my pursuit of permanent disability. I just didn't want to accept this as a way of being and a state of being so I was on the hunt to find a way to improve my health.
I started to study alternative therapies with a particular interest in homeopathy and plants. The more I read about plants, the more fascinated I became. I wanted to learn as much as possible about plants so remembering just how difficult it was trying to transition back to life when attempting to recover and resume a degree of "normal living" at the time of the motorcycle accident, I knew I needed to try find a way to transition back to life in a much better manner than I did back then (the tough guy, stubborn and attempting to push through the pain and addiction which led to forcing myself into unreasonable conditions that promoted failure after failure). Insanity would be to try the same thing, so attempting to avoid insanity, I decided to try go back to school to study plants, thinking if I can do full time school, there may be a change to rebuild my life and find a degree of normalcy.
School was an incredible challenge. I moved on my own to a new town knowing no one. Had no help in case my health regressed. I ended up finishing a year of horticulture school - an amazing accomplishment from only a couple short years prior where I was facing permanent disability.
After school was done, I tried to do some volunteer work with a desire to test myself to see if I could work and generate an income to be self-sustaining. This was an incredible challenge and there were days missed due to pain, dizziness and nausea that still persist to this day.
In July of 2018 I was offered a full-time position to join a licensed producer of cannabis (Sundial Growers Inc.) under the ACMPR in Canada. With some horticulture experience, I was directed to the cultivation team and shortly thereafter was promoted to a team lead specializing in the nursery. There I was able to observe the plants from cloning stage to vegetative stage and learning all the aspects of what the plant needs to grow in this environment. It is fascinating and soon one comes to understand just how complicated horticulture and the growing of cannabis (or plants in general) can be. From the quality of light to allow for photosynthesis, the temperature, humidity, pH, ECs, growing media, fertilizers used, etc., few can truly understand cannabis unless they have specific horticulture experience or experience cultivating the plant.
So, the injuries, the farm, the pain management, the opiates led me to horticulture school and a first job in seven years. But before deciding to go to school, the real inspiration was watching documentaries on plants and starting to gain a far greater appreciation for them. Through my studies I began to learn just how everything in nature operates in a synergistic environment.
Eventually, my plant studies came to learning about cannabis as a pain relieving alternative. I wasn't much for illegal drugs but knew it was being used for medicinal purposes so I asked my doctor to try cannabis as a pain relieving medication. We tried the synthetic version first with horrible results - the reaction was incredible messing with my emotions to the point of feeling many emotions all at one time - very uncanny experience once and only once! I was having adverse reactions to the opiates I was taking, so I needed to find some relief. I decided to try the actual flowering plant under a "medical prescription." I purchased so many different varieties to see what would, if any, work best for me. Eventually, I discovered a couple plants that I could vaporize that offered a far greater relief than the opiates. As a result, I wanted to find out why cannabis was a better alternative and how it worked in the body.
My approach to cannabis may be somewhat different than others simply due to the fact that my understanding comes from research, study, health experiences, first hand growing and using experiences, a fair professional background and a willingness to find out the why's and how's with consideration of epigenetic, quantum physics, neurology, chemistry, living water and soil systems, along with a passion and desire to live a life on purpose. Plants are a passion pursuit and believe my experience have me living life with passion and on purpose for the first time in my life.
Having taken as many drugs (medically prescribed) as I have (including overcoming an addiction that is no simple proposition for anyone, let alone someone trying to do it alone with will of mind as I did), I know the effect on the brain and the effects on cognitive function. This is something I really quite dislike, the impairment of mind. What I found was that in order to deal with the neuropathy and pain I experience, that I need a THC product that does in fact impair mind. So, I realize that cannabis in its use in health care provides an alternative to pain killer prescriptions, and likely a healthier alternative (but time will tell on that when the research catches up to the market). I also know that when dealing with a neuropathy or using cannabis recreationally, it does impair mind and this impairment prevents cognitive function as one does when operating on full faculties. For me, when my pain levels amplify along with the dizziness and nausea, it is difficult to walk and I need to take some cannabis and lie down. This doesn't allow me to work as a job description requires and if it is impairing me and my ability to fulfill work as needed, I promise you that others using it on the job are putting themselves and others at risk as well.
So, having first hand knowledge of cannabis horticulture, a greater understanding and appreciation of plants and the synergistic relationships surrounding plants, an understanding of health and the importance of mineral / element interactions for efficient cellular metabolism have established an incredible foundation from which to draw from and teach others what cannabis is.
Outside of these experiences, a few other areas of passion come into play that allows me to offer insights about cannabis a little more in-depth than others.
My professional background is mostly that of insurance / risk management / commercial underwriting, finance / investing, and entrepreneurship. During this time I have taken courses related to political science. I have spent countless hours in the law library to fully understand the workings of the public commercial system under registered persons. I have an interest in neurology and brain development. I have a passion to know aspects of chemistry as it relates to compatible elemental binding. I have very much enjoyed learning aspects of quantum physics. I have also studied aspects of living water and soils, cymatics and resonance frequencies, mineral interactions, and geology.
All of what I have learned has brought me to a point where I believe my proficiency related to the cannabis conversation is above average to the point of writing a book that I hope to complete in 2019.
To conclude, after all my experiences with health and health care, my farm experiences and connection to nature, my studies in horticulture and experiences dealing with cannabis (growing to responsible use), and my professional experiences and studies have essentially destined me to be a leading resource on the cannabis topic.
I am passionate about helping others and as passionate about living a life driven through a greater understanding and connection to nature / source of creation. While cannabis has significantly helped me to move closer to living a life with a degree of "normalcy" (with serious daily health challenges), I know that cannabis is far more than a product to help mankind in its pursuits of improving human health and helping to treat ailments. Cannabis is an incredibly diverse plant with substantial industrial application potentials. Therefore, it is vital to recognize that cannabis means many different things with the potential for many different applications, so attempting to bastardize a plant as a result of one molecule that has psychoactive effects is lunacy.
The truth of the matter is, cannabis has a place in society. Studies and understanding can prove its necessary research and continued support of research, yet, there are risks that arise from its cultivation and resultant use. This is where my experience can take the information companies need to move forward amidst the cannabis conversation.
Welcome to my company - Ceres Esoteric Inc. (Ceres is the goddess of agriculture; Esoteric is to have specialized knowledge). Ceres Esoteric Inc. is an industry leader as a result of experiences that allow for a deeper analysis of the plant and its potential applications.
Welcome to Ceres Esoteric Inc.