Sometimes the opportunities for personal growth come in the strangest of forms. When life lead us to create Canna-Fusion, a unique, small business that makes top quality cannabis salve that may relieve pain, we had no idea what the journey would entail.
An interesting thing happened in 2015. Marijuana became legal in our home state of Oregon. My husband, Jim who is an avid gardener has always been fascinated with marijuana, so he grew some plants for friends/patients. I wasn’t so keen on the whole idea. I told him, “Weed is just not my plant.” I had no interest in it. By the end of summer that had changed completely…That same year I also sustained a significant back injury. I searched for a variety of ways to alleviate my pain. Opioids were simply not an option because of their many side effects. Other natural modalities just didn’t seam to be doing the trick either. I felt stuck.
After legalization went into place I decided to explore the use of cannabis salves for pain and minor first aid. To my surprise they worked wonders, particularly when combined with essential oils. After some extensive medical research, I began creating different formulas and fine-tuning my processing. I gave samples to friends and family in order to see what their results would be. They experienced great pain relief also and requested more. The calls and emails kept coming in and I knew we had a formula that was different. Voila!… Canna-Fusion was born.
Now, just over 3 years later, not only have my personal thoughts toward Cannabis changed, but my knowledge about topical cannabis has evolved exponentially. It was quite a process learning about CBD to THC ratios, the importance of the entourage effect, and how terpenes play a major roll in cannabis infused wellness. It was all quite fascinating and ultimately lead me to creating a unique line of topical cannabis products that are sought out by many throughout the state of Oregon. Canna-Fusion now offers 2 types of cannabis salve for pain, cannabis infused oils, and a massage oil. We will soon be re-stocking Canna-Fusion topical cannabis products at several Oregon dispensaries. The Canna-Fusion movement is growing, so be on the look out!
It has always been our deepest desire to get you started on your journey toward complete wellness. Unfortunately, this desire has been sideswiped time and time again over the last few years. Canna-Fusion has been going through a rather lengthy licensing process because of multiple factors: lack of infrastructure in the industry, evolving rules and regulations, and lack of staff at the government level due to growth of a new industry. Sadly, this has kept our products off the dispensary shelves for some time. For those who have been through this process yourselves, you know what a difficult and drawn out process it can be. While we can now see light at the end of the tunnel, to be honest, it has been pretty rough.
As we all know, hard work and perseverance pay off though and the opportunities for personal growth are vast when you stick through tough times. Remaining true to our vision and our heart’s desires has been key. Through this entire process there were times when we just weren’t sure about what the future of Canna-Fusion held. Would we be able to stick it out, both financially and emotionally? Would we ever be able to get these products to the marketplace again? Would our dream of sharing this medicine with others ever become a reality? At times, it seemed like the answer to all of this was a solid “No”. We felt very alone. But when we would hear from customers about how our products changed their lives for the better and they wanted more, we’d get re-inspired. Anyway, it is not in our blood to quit. We have persevered and are pushing forward until Canna-Fusion is back on the shelves. We are happy to say this will be sometime very soon.
While we are still in the home stretch, this process has already been a huge eye-opener for us. Though it has been an extremely bumpy and long road, we have grown so much as a business, as a couple, and as individuals. By staying true to our desires, moving forward when at times it seemed impossible, and by always remaining committed to our vision, we have seen what we are truly capable off. Life is full of uncertainties. We can never truly know what lies ahead. But when we approach our goals with passion and a deeply seated belief in G-d and ourselves, anything is possible.
Challenges can change us for the better. They can open us up to new possibilities and encourage us to move into our fullest.
When we learn to navigate situations that may be new, uncomfortable, or even outright unpleasant, we are ultimately evolving. We went into this business to help others, yet we are keenly aware that it is helping us on many levels. Since devoting ourselves to this business, to this line of cannabis infused topical products, to this medicine, we have witnessed many positive shifts within ourselves. We are now ready to pursue this endeavor to the end with a certain amount of ease and grace. Moving forward when you want to throw in the towel isn’t always easy. However, when it comes to attaining something that you really want in life, the reward of following through and succeeding is pretty darn sweet. Definitely something worth striving for.
For all of the cannabis community out there experiencing the ups and downs of this industry, we hope that you too have had the chance to grow (no pun intended). Again, as long as we are learning we are evolving. And as long as we are in this for the right reasons, G-d will give us strength and provide us with a path to success. We are beyond grateful to be bringing Canna-Fusion to the masses and we are grateful too for the lessons learned along the way.