Many celebrities have been joining the CBD bandwagon by either using CBD-based products or getting into the CBD business themselves. Among several popular stars, another celeb who recently entered the cannabis industry is Anthony Sullivan, the celebrity pitchman, who gained fame for starring in several OxiClean commercials with his late friend Billy Mays.
Sullivan has recently opened a hemp farm in the vast lands of Plainfield, Vermont. His 8-year-old daughter suffers from a rare genetic disorder which has drastically affected her health. Sullivan’s investment in his 116-acre field, MontKush was born out of his curiosity and need to find an efficient alternative for his daughter’s medication.
Sullivan said over the years, the symptoms have aggravated and created more challenges in maintaining Devon’s health. He explained that the minute they’d solve one problem, another would crop up. Devon’s ailments even interfered with her everyday activities, affecting her sleep cycle and eating habits. Her eyesight and balance were also slightly off and two years ago, she started having seizures.
After a neurologist prescribed an anti-seizure medication for Devon to help mitigate the seizure-like episodes, Sullivan soon noticed that the side effects of the medication were simply too much for a little girl to handle. Sullivan said Devon had lost 20% of her weight and the medication just wrecked her body overall. She lost her personality and was absolutely exhausted.
Sullivan admits that there came a point where he was willing to stop the anti-seizure medication that was adversely affecting his daughter and thought of quitting his job in case she had a seizure. He further adds that it is not a relatable scenario for everyone but he empathizes with any parent that has a child with special needs.
After trying multiple medications and running out of powerful treatments that could aid their daughter, Devon’s mother suggested they give a chance to CBD based medicines.
CBD or cannabidiol has recently been trending in the US for its medicinal benefits. It is a non-psychoactive compound in nature with anti-inflammatory properties. Many people believe that CBD can be used to alleviate the symptoms of severe diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, Tourettes and even Alzheimer’s.
Sullivan admits he was reluctant to rely on cannabis for his daughter’s treatment but he took a leap of faith looking at the anti-seizure medications she’d been taking. CBD is a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis plants. According to the US government, the hemp-derived cannabinoid with a maximum of 0.03% THC per unit is legal to use for recreational purposes.
So far, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved only one CBD based medication known as Epidiolex, an oral solution, used for treating two rare and severe forms of epilepsy. Many people take CBD based products to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress and muscle pain. However, there is a lot of work that needs to be done on the research and scientific front of CBD.
Despite the lack of evidence and research about CBD, companies have been jumping into the consumer market, flooding it with plenty of products that talk about CBD and its medicinal value. The FDA has warned several companies for the use of unsubstantiated claims of their CBD products for treating cancer or anxiety.
Sullivan recalls that soon after Devon stopped her anti-seizure medication and began with CBD, her symptoms reduced drastically and her personality came back!
Last year, Sullivan had visited a hemp farm in Vermont, owned by a friend. While he didn’t think of anything initially, but once he stepped into the fields, he had a sense of epiphany, a moment of clarity, says Sullivan. He said it felt peaceful, tranquil, magical. All one could possibly see was hemp, fresh and pure.
This triggered Sullivan into thinking that growing hemp is how he wants to spend the next chapter of his life. Many men end up buying a sports car, but Sullivan bought a hemp farm instead.
The CBD industry is envisioned to hit $16 billion in the United States by 2025. Since then, Sullivan has been working hard to buy property, equipment and getting out on the farm to grow hemp by his hand to eventually turn it into cannabidiol.
Sullivan is putting in hours of effort to grow hemp for his daughter’s medication. With each plant growing, Sullivan gets a step closer to his dream. He says he is really fired up for his fields of hemp and is passionate about this project.
The day he’ll be able to give his daughter the medication she needs, is going to be the greatest day of his life, said Sullivan.