"My main thought was that I would have to find a natural way to get on with it."
On December 1st 2015 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which means that I have a degenerative autoimmune disease affecting the nerve endings in my brain and spinal cord.
My first prominent thought (which, I can assure you, was not blasé) was that there’s no point of crying over spilt milk: I’ve always been an ‘everything-happens-for-a-reason’ kind of person and so I will find a natural way to manage my symptoms and get on with it.
I wasn’t able to accept any of the ‘disease modifying’ pharmaceutical drugs I had been offered, so, through extensive research and reading I discovered cannabidiol (also known as CBD). CBD oil has changed my life – easing a lot of the painful and frustrating symptoms of MS.
The more I researched the diversities of the cannabis plant and its medicinal extracts, the more excited I felt. This knowledge is invaluable and has changed my life. Through having MS I have discovered something that I am truly passionate about and have found, in CBD, an industry where I really feel I can be my authentic self and really help others.
In 2016 I started making balms infused with CBD by hand, in small batches, for friends and family. The feedback I was getting was amazing and soon people I didn’t even know started to get in touch to buy some. Since then, we have developed our first range of 6 products, each one made from natural ingredients and all containing CBD.
Ohana has given me the opportunity to embody everything I care about, using nature to help others whilst protecting the earth, into a range of products. We believe that what you put on your skin is as important as what you put into your body and in a time when synthetic chemicals and pollutants are increasingly becoming a part of our everyday lives it’s our mission to help people understand what they put into their bodies and the importance of natural ingredients.
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