I didn’t grow up around cannabis. My education and prior work experience have kept me far from it, but after close family friends, Barry and Joy Lambert, told me how cannabis saved their granddaughter’s life, it got my attention.
After graduating from West Point, I served on active duty as an Apache pilot in the U.S. and Europe. After receiving my MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, I spent the next 15 years as a senior executive in the financial services industry. During this time, I sat on multiple boards and was a Responsible Officer for the company. As you might imagine, cannabis was never on my radar.
I was so inspired by the Lamberts’ story that I knew I had to get involved. I began to research and understand the true benefits of medicinal hemp and, more importantly, the gap in education and acceptance that exists in most parts of the world today.
In 2015, the Lambert family made an unprecedented donation of $34M to the University of Sydney for research into the therapeutic uses of medicinal cannabis. This resulted in the Lambert Initiative, an Australian first in the field of medicinal cannabinoids – both in its breadth and depth of research innovation.
Over the past several decades, pharmaceutical companies and the healthcare system have lost sight of the patient. We have become too reliant on prescription medications. In order to change the economic structure of the healthcare system, we must focus on proactive versus reactive care.
At Ananda Hemp, we believe Mother Nature provides the best architecture for wellness and healing. We simply take the best parts of the plant that she has provided, including the vast array of cannabinoids, terpenes, essential fatty acids, and other phytonutrients, and balance them in simple, easy to use formats.
What makes the future of cannabinoids exciting to me is the unknown. Period. While we know that it works for so many different conditions, we also know so little about it on a relative basis.
At the end of the day, it’s about the people we serve. I am incredibly inspired by the stories I hear of people whose lives have been touched by our company. That’s the thing I appreciate the most.