This Fortune 500 Entrepreneur Quit His Job To Create Medical Cannabis That Treats Epilepsy
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Aging isn't easy, and one of the worst aspects of it is having a sharp mind trapped in a body that is wearing down and getting harder to use.
That's what David Sparer, a brilliant entrepreneur, found himself experiencing. He had debilitating arthritis - so much so that simply walking up a staircase was a challenge.
A close friend of his who founded a cannabis company, The Clear, located in Los Angeles, thought he might have a solution for Sparer's arthritis: cannabidiol, or CBD.
The day after his first CBD treatment, Sparer was up and moving with less pain than at any time in the previous decade.
At that moment, Sparer knew that CBD was his way forward. Suddenly his career at a Fortune 500 company didn't seem that significant, so he left his position to go to work for The Clear.
Part of it was motivated by his own struggles, but another motivating factor was his 28-year-old son.
His son had lived with epilepsy since the age of 2 and now also takes The Clear's CBD tincture to manage said seizures. But his family's CBD success stories didn't stop there.
His 88-year-old mother is on board now too, swearing by a CBD balm to help manage the pain of her arthritic knee. His brother, suffering from stage III Hodgkin Lymphoma, has also found comfort and relief from The Clear's products.
"We know the many different conditions that are helped by CBD, but the thing that's crazy is that this is one molecule," Sparer told LA WEEKLY. "It's really exciting stuff for us to be involved in."
The Clear is involved with some really inspiring work. It has provided multiple products to two East Coast universities for research into CBD.
One is an FDA-approved double blind epilepsy study and the other is a study of how CBD functions in our brains.
It hasn't always been this easy to study CBD and cannabis in general. The Drug Enforcement Agency only 12 months ago eased restrictions on studying it.
CBD, which is nearly completely non-psychoactive, is still classified as a Schedule I substance with "no currently acceptable medical use," rendering it illegal in all 50 states in the eyes of the federal government. But Sparer's family would attest that there absolutely is a medical use.
"Marijuana has been around for a long time, but like a lot of other things, once it's prohibited then it loses the ability to be researched appropriately," said Dr. Kamyar Assil, a pain specialist at Ventura Orthopedics. "I think we lost many years of being able to use a potential agent that naturally grows out of the ground."
Assil states that about 10-20% of his patients use cannabis in some form or another for relief, but he can only prescribe medications like Tylenol and Naproxen, which are both known to damage organs. He can also prescribe opiates which run a high risk of abuse.
In California, where The Clear calls home, CBD and all cannabis products are considered illegal and are unregulated until Proposition 64 goes into effect on January 1st, 2018.
But The Clear is ahead of the game. Sparer says they have a team of scientists overseeing production and carefully regulating dose strength and labeling their products accurately.
"If we're going to treat a serious illness, we need to know that the product is good and we need to know the molecule is good to treat that particular thing," says Sparer. "And most doctors aren't going to touch anything until the FDA puts their stamp on it — that's just the way it is."
People born in January are hard workers with strong opinions and you're not afraid to let people know what you think. They tend to be stubborn and don't enjoy being managed.
They tend to be good leaders, given their persistent drive to succeed.They have trouble listening to directions.
Face it, many of us have real high standards in our daily life and it's pretty much agreeable for all of us that we end up with a partner that suits us just right.
As it turns out, our zodiac signs can determine a lot about our dating life, and our relationship deal breakers.
You're self-assured and a goal-oriented person and need to be surrounded by people with similar traits. If you're not quite so driven, you're likely not an ideal match for Aries.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Before falling in love, you need to work on building up your self confidence, and getting over your fear of judgement. Begin building up your self confidence by starting conversations with new people.
It's important that you become your own person before getting into a serious relationship, so you don't become an exact copy of the person you're dating.
Relationships are a lot of work. You have to be able to recognize your own desires and needs as well as your partner's in order to make things flow harmoniously.
One of the best places to look for insight on how to be the best partner you can be is the zodiac. Each zodiac sign provides a small glimpse into what it's like to be them.
Read below to find your partner's sign, as well as the best way to build a relationship with them!
It's hard to believe how far transportation technology has come in just a few years. At the beginning of the 21st century, cities around the world were choking due to extremely polluted air, and efficient public transit only existed in the most densely populated cities.
Today, concern for the environment has driven development of cleaner and greener transportation systems, and public as well as private groups are working hard to connect cities like never before — for example, Elon Musk is hard at work on a hyperloop that would make the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles just 30 quick minutes.
When it comes to figuring out just exactly who you are and what it is you should be doing in this world, looking to the stars for answers isn't a bad thing.
Every single person on this planet is unique and different than the next in some way, shape or form. Some of us possess a great deal of creativity and are only happy when working with our hands.
In the U.S. alone, there are more than 12.5 million boats. From small fishing boats on inland lakes and rivers to giant cruise ships and yachts sailing the high seas, Americans love their boats. After all, a day on the water, with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face is an enjoyable pastime.
Unfortunately, it isn't great for the environment. Every time we take a boat out on to the water, it contributes to environmental harm.
The year has only just begun and yet people across the world are already gearing up for the biggest astronomical event to take place in North America in almost forty years.
On Monday, August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States, darkening skies from the West coast all the way to the East coast.
The most isolated nation on Earth holds many secrets.
North Korea, otherwise known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a unique nation for all the wrong reasons. It is easily the most backward, isolated country on the planet.
Because of this isolation, information about the nature of the country, and the regime in power, is scarce and often not widely known.
Human psychology is a truly fascinating subject. It's something that's always interested me since I was a child.
Many things about psychology come off as simply being common sense, but it's when you really dig in and understand the roots of why we do things, we truly begin to understand ourselves.
On a subconscious level, we interpret colors as having various different meanings, moods and emotions.
Have you ever wondered why so many fast food restaurant chains have chosen to use yellow and red as their colors? It's because the color combination of red and yellow makes us think "fast" and "gotta go."
Did you know that every single thought and feeling that you have in your mind manifests itself physically in your body in some way, shape or form?
This is why the body releases various different chemicals based on our mood or how we're feeling at the time, whether it be feel-good chemicals from being happy, or stress hormones from being anxious.
Pink Himalayan crystal salt is something that has popped up in the mainstream over the past few years, so there's a good chance you've heard of it and know what I'm talking about.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm here to tell you all about pink Himalayan salt and why it's so great for you, especially when compared to sea salt and regular table salt.
People will always have their own opinions as well as their own reactions to whatever you say to them.
However, it's a good thing to know a thing or two about that persons zodiac before you decide to confront them about something you know is going to upset them.
Ancient Chinese legends describe the world, as well as the entire universe, being tied together by five elements: Water, metal, earth, fire, and wood.
Without a balance with all five elements, chaos is free to do whatever it wants. We must treat ourselves the same way as the five elements are since they are the essential building blocks for our world and many others scattered throughout the heavens.
We are all aware of the four common blood types we already know which are O, AB, B, and A. The reason why blood types are different in the first place is because each of those blood types depends entirely on the proteins within the blood.
However, with a newly discovered blood type that is RH negative could potentially mean that you could be a person who has alien DNA.
When you take this test you will be able to see what the emotional age you truly belong to based on which color you claim the brightest out of two different answers.
There is only one correct answer and that is entirely dependent on the way you see which color is darker and which is the lightest. The test consists of looking at a variety of shades of red, blue, and yellow.
Love is one of those things that almost every person on this planet is searching for.
Some of us want it so badly that we get swept up in the initial stages of romance, blinded by feelings of lust, affection, and desire. There's no better feeling in this world than finding a person who loves you just as much as you love them.
Understanding an Aquarius in love starts with one recognizing that it only refers to Aquarius that have the planet Venus.
Having Venus in Aquarius makes a person quite special. They take on an unconventional, almost rebellious persona that chooses to express love openly and flirtatiously.
Many of us have had that one friend or roommate that just didn't think it was necessary to take showers or maintain their personal hygiene. After a while, it gets pretty gross.
You start to emit foul-smelling body odors, your hair becomes super greasy, and sometimes your skin will start breaking out simply because of all of the filth accumulating on your epidermis.