Arby Barasso’s journey to CBD and cannabis as natural remedies for pain looked like a lot of people’s.
At age 50, he had three hip replacements, receiving his first one before he’d reached his mid-20s. In his teens, he’d already been active as an entrepreneur. But after fracturing and dislocating his hip, his mobility — and, it seemed, his entrepreneurial prospects — were limited. To mitigate the pain, he turned to pharmaceuticals — ”whatever the doctor gives you, you kind of just take” — and by his second hip replacement surgery, he’d become addicted.
“The addiction kind of blinds you,” he says. “You’re a slave to the pills. It’s just automatic. It’s nothing that you choose.. It’s like it grabs you when it wants to grab you, and it doesn’t let go.”
After running into trouble with the law, Arby objectively knew that he needed to confront his addiction, but the reality was that he struggled to shake it. Until his friend and business partner introduced him to CBD. Today, Arby is co-founder of Green Roads and a pioneer in the hemp industry. On this episode of Good Dudes Grow, Gary and Arby discuss Arby’s path to hemp entrepreneurship, why pharmaceutical dependence is such a problem in the U.S., and where he sees the industry going next.
What You’ll Learn:
- How Arby kicked his pharmaceutical addiction
- How we can ensure the plant stays in the people’s hands (and not in Big Pharma’s)
- Why Arby thinks the hemp industry can help solve some of the planet’s climate problems
- And much more!
“I’m very positive and bullish in this space, even though we’re going through a really tough 2020. But I’m always going to be bullish because I think natural alternatives are really what the future of this country and the globe is going to be.”
— Arby Barasso
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Gary Roberts is the founder and CEO of Pure Body Zen, a company based around creating and selling high-quality CBD products that work to heal mind and body alike. Gary considers hemp-based medicine a calling, and his organization, along with the world-class team that runs it, reflects his passion.
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