Brain Injuries & The ECS

Chances are, you're familiar with the respiratory system and the cardiovascular system, but what about the Endocannabinoid System? Today, we're diving into a must-have guide on understanding your body's Endocannabinoid System, its interaction with medical cannabis, and the intriguing connection it has to brain injuries.

Q:What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?

According to Harvard Health Publishing, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a vital network in our bodies that is responsible for maintaining balance and regulating important processes. It’s made up of three components: endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), and enzymes. 

  • Endocannabinoids in your body are similar in structure to those found in cannabis. They usually interact with two cannabinoid receptors: CB1 located in the brain and CB2 found in immune tissues. 
  • Cannabinoid receptors play an important role in controlling functions like pain sensation, immune response, and inflammation. 
  • Enzymes in the ECS control how much endocannabinoids are made and broken down, which keeps their levels balanced.1

Overall, the ECS acts as your body’s regulatory system, making sure that your body’s functions are in balance, including pain control. According to The American Journal of Psychiatry, we’ve only recently discovered the endocannabinoid system, but have made huge strides in the last few decades to understand its role of balance for overall health and well-being.

The ECS, Cannabis, and Brain Health:

Recent research has found that cannabinoids can help protect the brain and promote healing. CBD, in particular, has shown to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain, which can prevent damage to neurons from things like brain injuries and slow down conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.3

Cannabinoids also have the potential to help the brain grow new cells. This means cannabinoids could improve brain recovery and function after injury. However, more research is needed to fully understand how cannabinoids work in the brain and how they can be used as treatments for brain conditions.4

Conclusion:

As research continues to understand exactly how cannabinoids work in the brain and if they can really help with brain conditions, we’re eager to find out what this means for those affected by Brain Injuries. Learning about the ECS and how it interacts with cannabis is a big step forward in understanding our health better. 

To learn more about Brain Injuries, visit The Brain Injury Association of Ohio!

References: 

  1. Peter Grinspoon, M. (2021, August 11). The endocannabinoid system: Essential and mysterious. Harvard Health. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-endocannabinoid-system-essential-and-mysterious-202108112569 
  2. Haney, M. et al. (2022b, January 1). Cannabis use and the endocannabinoid system: A clinical perspective. American Journal of Psychiatry. https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ajp.2021.21111138#:~:text=Endocannabinoid%20signaling%20also%20plays%20a,and%20reinforcing%20effects%20(10)
  3. Singh, K. et al. (2023). Emerging Therapeutic Potential of Cannabidiol (CBD) in Neurological Disorders: A Comprehensive Review. Behavioral neurology, 2023, 8825358. https://doi.org/10.1155/2023/8825358 
  4. Alline C. et al. The anxiolytic effect of cannabidiol on chronically stressed mice depends on hippocampal neurogenesis: involvement of the endocannabinoid system, International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, Volume 16, Issue 6, July 2013, Pages 1407–1419, https://doi.org/10.1017/S1461145712001502 

Spotlight – Justin

At Mavuno of Ohio, our Brand Ambassadors are not just individual personalities; they act as the embodiment of our values, passion, and commitment to your health and wellness. Meet Justin, whose warm personality and extensive knowledge allow us to connect with you on a deeper level

Q:As a Brand Ambassador, how do you see your position contributing to increased representation and diversity within the cannabis industry?

I think our going into the community and spreading positive news about cannabis in a black-owned business helps a lot with diversity because there are very few of us in it.

Q:What advice would you give to those aspiring to be in the cannabis industry?

The advice I would give someone is to never stop researching and discovering new incredible things that cannabis can do. Don’t limit yourself; go get it!

Q: How has cannabis positively impacted your life?

Cannabis has a positive impact on my life because it helps with stress and pain.

Q: As an advocate for cannabis education, what key messages or information do you feel are important for people to know?

Cannabis helps the body achieve homeostasis. Additionally, cannabis could potentially heal better without combustion of the flower. And, don’t be a stat chaser!

Q:How do you engage with the local community, and are there any community-focused initiatives or causes that are close to your heart?

I engage with the community with my genuine personality, and the event that I found the most fun was the Fireside Chat event hosted by Harvest last year.

Q:In honor of Black History Month, can you tell us about a figure from Black history who has inspired you?

There are many black figures who inspire me because they are all strong, but the one who inspired me the most was MLK. Despite the hatred and ignorance, he still found a way to bring peace and unite races for the greater good.

Q: What's your go-to cannabis strain, and what do you love most about it? Any special memories or experiences associated with it?

There are many strains that are my favorite, but I’m going to say Sour Blue Diesel by Buckeye Relief because it has a fresh taste, not too high in THC, but always pretty good on terps. I had a good experience with SBD when I was in pain; this strain tends to help alleviate pain because of its CBG content.

Q:What's the last show you binge-watched?

The last show that I binge-watched was ‘The Brothers Sun,’ an American Chinese series on Netflix. It’s a pretty dope show.

Q:If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be and your superhero name?

The superpower that I would have is telepathy, allowing me to read minds and move things with my mind. My superhero name would be ‘BrainStorm’.

Q:What's your dream vacation destination?

Tokyo, Japan!

Q:If you could have any animal as a pet, real or fictional, what would it be?

Appa, the flying bison from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Q:If you could master one new skill instantly, what would it be?

How to flip $1000 into $100,000.

Spotlight – Dalen

Meet Dalen, our dynamic Inventory Specialist at Harvest of Athens! With a keen eye for detail, Dalen plays an important role in ensuring our inventory management is nothing short of seamless. Join us in welcoming Dalen to his new role as he keeps our operations running smoothly and makes sure there’s precision in everything!

Q: With the start of a new year, what aspect of your role at the dispensary are you most excited about?

I’m most excited to be able to listen for new customer recommendations and continue to innovate our online menu, giving more accuracy and more detail on our products.

Q: What was your proudest moment from your work at Harvest in the past year?

My proudest moment would have to be receiving this promotion from Dispensary Associate to Inventory Supervisor within my first 6 months of work. When I came to Harvest I knew I was with good people who saw my potential, and that I could be successful with the fantastic team we’ve assembled.

Q: What's one thing you wish more people knew about the benefits of medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis comes in all forms, from flower, to oils, topicals and tinctures, drinks, gummies and even chocolates. Medical cannabis edible items can also be dietary-restriction friendly such as the vegan diet. This leaves lots of room to experiment with different forms of the same substance in order to best fit your day-to-day needs.

Q: As you start inventory management, what strategies have you found work the best?

What I’ve learned throughout my time as Inventory Supervisor, is that everyone has a different strategy to accomplish the same organizing goal, and putting the team first means that everyone has less work to be done so long as we’re all working together. My personal strategy though, is slow and steady wins the race. 

Q:Is there an unexpected item that is selling out the fastest?

I definitely have to give it to the Riviera Creek Infused Riv sticks, they’ve been in and out of the store faster than anything else, and in my experience, nothing else touches that level of potency at that price!

Q:Winter is in full swing. Do you have any favorite cannabis products or strains that you recommend for relaxation or cozy evenings?

This winter is a COLD one, so I’d recommend settling down at night with a nice cup of the UBGOOD hot cocoa mix and a Kiva chocolate bar in order to best enjoy the season. Though the Butterfly Effect infusion powder mixed into tea still is a nightly go-to.

Q: What would you be voted “Most Likely” for in a Harvest Yearbook?

Most likely to join a band.

Q:If you could teleport anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

I’d go to Okinawa, Japan, although I’d need to bring my grandma with me since it’s where she grew up, I’d really love to see all of Japan using the public train system in a single trip. 

Q:What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions?

Exercise more, drink more water, and save money but don’t deprive.

Q:Would you rather always be cold or always be hot? Why?

I’d rather always be cold, because I can always bundle myself up but I can only un-bundle myself so much before someone has to call the police.

Q:What’s something you couldn’t live without?

I absolutely couldn’t live without my animals. I have two cats named Oatmeal and Tofu, and an Australian shepherd named Oliver.

Q:I think I’d choose to be Naruto Uzumaki, pretty self-explanatory, if you know you know.

Title : “Did I Ever Wake Up?” Genre : Sci-Fi Fantasy Thriller.

Spotlight – Jared

Harvest of OH’s Dispensary Associates are known for their friendly dispositions and vast knowledge of the industry and products. Jared is an outstanding team member thanks to his ability to connect with our patients and ensuring that the work he does is exceptional every day.

Q: As we wrap up 2023, what lessons have you harvested from your journey working in the medical cannabis industry this past year?

Medical cannabis patients come in wide varieties, with different wants and needs and knowledge levels. So I don’t assume or recommend products based on my tolerance and taste, without first getting a baseline feel for the patient’s experience with cannabis products.

Q: What's your secret sauce for staying in the loop about all the products we have on our dispensary shelves?

Asking questions! Whether it be a co-worker, Brand Ambassador from another company, or our patients themselves. That way, I have more of a broad knowledge and not just first-hand experiences since cannabis can affect people differently. I was always told the dumbest questions are the ones you don’t ask!

Q: What’s the absolute highlight of being a Dispensary Associate?

For sure our regulars! Being able to chat frequently and give recommendations, then receive feedback on the next visit of said recommendations, in order for us to better serve them is amazing!

Q: What is your favorite Harvest memory that brings a smile to your face?

In all honesty, finding out I got hired. Cannabis has been a part of my life for a while now and I really wanted to get into this industry– that way I would be able to interact with and help people on a day to day basis.

Q: Reflecting on your journey at Harvest from the beginning until now, in what ways have you personally evolved?

Just by getting my foot in the door at Harvest, I feel as if I have brand new windshield wipers, and I’ve got a clear vision of where I’d like to go in this industry and my future.

Q:With the recent passage of Issue 2, what exciting developments do you hope to witness at Harvest of OH in the coming years?

The development of recreational dispensaries is something I’ve experienced in various states, and it’s a whole different ball game. It’ll be interesting to see how Ohio approaches the industry, allowing dispensaries to have dual licenses for both medical and recreational sales and operations.

Q: If you had the power to bring one mythical creature to life, which one would you choose?

I would choose a Pegasus.

Q:What’s an awesome hidden talent you have up your sleeve?

Dance move : The worm. Party trick : Juggling.

Q:If the seasons were constant and never changed, which one would you prefer to experience all the time?

I would say spring.

Q:Throughout your life, what has been your proudest achievement?

Being a good/fun uncle. Cheesy? Yes. But I genuinely love being “Uncle Bub” or “Ubba” for short. I could go on and on about my nieces and nephew!

Q:What’s a song that’s been playing in your head recently?

Gold on the Ceiling by The Black Keys

Q:If you were to write a book about your life, what would the title be, and what genre would it belong to?

Title : “Did I Ever Wake Up?” Genre : Sci-Fi Fantasy Thriller.

Spotlight – Allison

Our new Post-Harvest Manager, Allison, has a proven track record of excellence at Harvest Grows. Allison’s passion for quality, along with her deep understanding of the industry and cannabis production, means so much to us and brings something truly unique to our cultivation site.

Q: November brings Medical Cannabis Awareness Week. What do you want people to know about the medical cannabis industry?

I believe that there is still a big misconception surrounding medical marijuana. What I would like people to know about the industry is how important it is to our patients and how many individuals it truly helps. There are so many people still serving life sentences for the criminalization of marijuana, and it’s truly heartbreaking.

Q: As you step into your new position, what goals are you most excited to implement?

First, I’m most excited about enhancing teamwork throughout the whole facility and making sure everyone is on the same page so we can work as a solidified unit. Second, I’ve set a personal goal to learn as much about everything and anything that I can. I want to gain as much knowledge as possible in this industry, in every department, and gain many new skills. Third, I would like to improve performance on the cultivation site—more specifically, quality, quantity, and overall work environment.

Q: What is the unique strength that our cultivation site has?

I think the unique strength this cultivation site has is our team. We have such dedicated and hard-working individuals here who are truly invested in the industry and in getting quality products to patients. Our staff takes things in stride and makes sure to bring their best selves to work every day.

Q: Have you run into any unexpected challenges that actually turned into great learning experiences?

I’ve had my fair share of bumps in the road while working through different positions in the company and learning new skills and processes as I go. I like to take everything as a learning experience, so I believe I wouldn’t have as much knowledge and understanding as I do now without learning from the challenges that I’ve faced. I’m always eager to learn more about this industry and new ways to improve my work or the day-to-day workflow of the facility.

Q: What is the team dynamic at Harvest Grows like? How have you seen it develop since you’ve started?

Coming from the restaurant industry to Harvest Grows, the team dynamic here is very refreshing. It’s more like a close family environment with less stress and hassle. Anyone I’ve ever encountered at Harvest Grows has always been so kind and welcoming since the day I started. I was very nervous at first to come into a new industry and meet new people; however, that feeling was eased within a few hours of my first day. Everyone I work with is very goal-oriented and hard-working, so we all just come together to complete whatever task is needed and still have fun at the same time.

Q: Which developments in the medical marijuana industry during the past few years have you found most exciting?

One recent development in the industry that I have found most exciting is medical marijuana and its effects on cancer cells. I’ve read a lot about how researchers are finding through animal and human trials that when using phytocannabinoids, which have anti-cancer properties, they were able to reduce tumor growth rates in patients suffering from aggressive types of brain cancer.

Q: If you could meet anyone in this world, alive or deceased, who would you choose to meet? Why?

If I could meet anyone in this world, alive or deceased, it’d have to be Bob Marley. Ever since I was a young child, I always believed his music to be so soothing yet powerful. He was such a wise and humble human, and he was an avid advocate for marijuana and for people.

Q: What are your must-have items for travel? Why?

My must-have items for travel would be: twice as many clothes as I need (just to be prepared because I’m always indecisive about my outfits), road snacks to keep you from getting hungry, and music. Music is probably the most important thing for me to have because you must have your own personal concerts to keep yourself entertained.

Q: What fictional character do you relate to the most?

The fictional character that I relate to the most would probably be SpongeBob! It’s always been my favorite cartoon since I was a kid, but I relate in quite a few ways. I consider myself a positive person like SpongeBob, and I’m constantly laughing at something. Another way I can relate to him is through my love for this career. I love my job, and I’m always excited to come to work and to learn something new. We also share the same birth month and cancer horoscope!

 

Q: If you could change your voice to any accent, which accent would you choose?

If I could change my voice to an accent, it would probably be just a normal city accent. I was born and raised in West Virginia, so I’ve always been told how thick of a country accent I have.

Q: Are there any foods or recipes you’ve been meaning to try?

I would really like to try this recipe I got from a tik-tok creator. This guy recreates dishes from the tv show Soprano’s and he made Carmella’s famous lasagna so I want to make it myself.

Q: If animals could talk, what species do you think would have the most to say?

If animals could talk, I think that dogs would have the most to say. They are such energetic, innocent, and loyal animals. Most follow their owners everywhere and always want attention and to be included. They get to experience so many things with humans, and I feel like they already judge our every move, so I think they would have so much to say.

Spotlight – Kris

Every day, we strive to keep our company on a successful path, with our strengths and opportunities only rising to meet a bright future. Meet our Chief Financial Officer, Kris, who works tirelessly to support Harvest of OH and all of its activities.

Q: What do you believe Harvest of OH’s biggest strengths are?

I think our biggest strength is that we see each other as family. We are always willing to help out and support our team in any way that we can whether it’s business or personal.

Q: What have you discovered about the industry since taking over as CFO at Harvest of OH?

The industry is very volatile, especially in Ohio. There are great months where patients visit our shops multiple times a month and there are slower months where we may see a regular patient once a month.

Q:How do you identify the determinants of growth in a medicinal marijuana company?

I make sure to look at revenue and patient count to see growth.

Q: Where do you anticipate the medical marijuana market going in the future?

I anticipate that we will see the marijuana market remain stagnant in the US for some time. Big change in an industry like this usually come in small, incremental wins. Unfortunately, I still think we have a while to go before the entire country treats marijuana the way states like California or Colorado do.

Q: Are there any professional experiences that have helped you prepare for the role of CFO?

My college experience at Howard University in Washington DC and positions at JP Morgan Chase in New York really set a great foundation for me in terms of my finance knowledge and leadership skills. In college, I was able to meet with many executives of Fortune 100 companies, present case studies in different countries, and was able to intern at three different companies. That led to a career on Wall Street where everything is faced-paced and volatile, just like the marijuana industry in Ohio is.

Q: What advice would you give to other financial professionals working in the marijuana industry?

Pay great attention to your margins!

Q: Who was a huge positive influence in your childhood?

My mom was a huge positive influence in my childhood. Seeing her take on industries that you typically don’t see a lot of Black women in, such as construction or cannabis, and succeed has been inspirational to so many people–me included. It drives me to be motivated to succeed.

Q: October is National Wellness Month. Are there any wellness habits you want to incorporate into your life?

I really want to get into meditation, but I’m never able to just sit in complete silence and turn my thoughts off. I hear it’s really beneficial, even if only doing it for a minute or two a day.

Q:What is something that will never go out of style?

Jordans!

Q: What is something that will never go out of style?

Hmm, I’m not sure.

Q:11) If you could speak another language fluently, which one would you choose?

Japanese. I went to Japan earlier this year and really loved the vibe of Tokyo and Osaka. I was about the same height as everyone there too, so that was a plus. I also respect that they don’t really speak English over there.

Q: What movie or tv show always makes you laugh, no matter how many times you watch it?

Wolf of Wall Street. 10/10 movie. Leo was robbed for that Oscar!

Spotlight – Maurice

Our Brand Ambassadors work to create an amazing patient experience filled with knowledge and a friendly atmosphere in our dispensaries, as well as getting the best content to you on our social media channels and blog. Maurice's amazing work at Beavercreek to keep patients informed about great, high-quality items truly contributes to the success of Harvest of OH.

Q: What makes you proud to work for Harvest of OH?

Working at a family-operated, female minority-run medical dispensary allows me to take pride in promoting diversity and inclusivity while providing essential healthcare services to the community I serve. Also, I’m proud to help patients receive personalized care that caters to their unique needs on a day-to-day basis.

Q: What does being a Brand Ambassador mean to you?

Being a Brand Ambassador to me means representing our business values, which are building connections in our community and sharing my knowledge to educate patients and creating a positive and welcoming atmosphere for them.

Q:Which personality traits do you possess that help you as a Brand Ambassador?

Excellent communication skills, approachability, enthusiasm, empathy, and a genuine passion for helping others.

Q: You’ve worked on various projects as a Brand Ambassador. Which was your favorite?

My favorite project has been the Harvest Week Influencer Box Giveaway!

Q: What is the best part about working in medical marijuana?

One unique aspect of working with medical marijuana is navigating the complex and evolving legal and regulatory framework surrounding its use, distribution, and research.

Q: Can you name something (projects, events) that you would like to experience here at Harvest of OH? If so, what?

I’d like to experience educational workshops on medical marijuana, patient support groups, and a giveaway to loyal patients.

Q: What’s the first thing you would do if you won a million dollars?

I would spend my perfect free day starting off with taking my dog Blu on a walk! That’s always first, lol! Then I would make a big breakfast. Medicate and go explore either a new park or one of my favorites with some friends! Some days I don’t like to do too much; just being in nature would suffice!

Q: Which book, TV show, or movie had the most influence on you growing up?

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Q:If you could only eat one thing for a week, what would it be? Why?

It would be fruit. I love fruit!

Q: If life were a video game, what cheat code would you want to use most?

A cheat code called Art Universe. When used, you could transform everything, including yourself, into different art styles like impressionism, surrealism, and abstraction. It’s like living in a world where reality is a canvas and you’re the artist, constantly painting new scenes. This cheat would let you turn life into a moving work of art, blurring the boundary between what’s real and what’s creatively imagined.

Q:What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Embrace uncertainty and change. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Q: Can you describe your perfect day?

Enjoying a relaxing day with family and friends—listening to music, creating art, and being medicated.

Spotlight – Jenasis

Leading a team while coordinating interactions with patients is difficult work, but our Shift Supervisor, Jenasis, surpasses expectations brilliantly! From providing support to acting as an example for everyone in the Columbus dispensary, Jenasis’ work is incredibly important to all of us.

Q: What is one aspect of your work that you would like to improve?

One aspect of my work I would like to improve is becoming more knowledgeable about products to be able to inform patients! This is my first industry job, and although I was a patient before and have used products, there is still so much to learn!

Q: How do you envision Harvest of OH evolving in the future?

I think of flourishing success! I see so much happening for this company, especially in the near future with Ohio potentially becoming recreational. I am honestly beyond blessed to be a part of this journey with HOC, and to really see it evolve is amazing. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!

Q:What actions do you take to assist your team in your role?

I first identify any problems when assisting my team. Then, I ponder the best resolution for the issue based on Harvest rules and regulations that I’ve learned from my superiors. Lastly, I always stay transparent with my coworkers and patients, and I have patience for the patients. Knowledge is power!

Q: What influence has working in the medicinal cannabis industry had on you?

The influence that working in the cannabis industry has had on me has already been so impactful on my life. I have nothing but passion for cannabis and the supportive things it can do. Knowledge is power, so having the power to educate the uneducated on the benefits of medical marijuana genuinely brings me joy! I feel like a doctor and a teacher all in one! Not only that, there are so many opportunities for growth, and the fact that I am able to contribute to such a new and evolving industry is a great feeling!

Q: What steps do you take to establish good leadership skills? Please tell us about it.

The steps I take to establish good leadership skills are to stay transparent when it comes to communication, no matter what! Other steps I take are encouraging personal and professional growth, always asking for and giving direct feedback, and keeping a positive attitude goes a long way. Connecting with my team as well!

Q: What is your reaction to pressure and stress? What do you do when things don't go as planned?

My reaction to pressure and stress is to simply remain positive! Being positive in stressful situations can boost problem solving and help you see the options for a better solution, while thinking negatively will narrow your view! Also, taking a deep breath and always keeping yourself grounded will go a long way in stressful times!

Q:How would you spend your perfect free day?

I would spend my perfect free day starting off with taking my dog Blu on a walk! That’s always first, lol! Then I would make a big breakfast. Medicate and go explore either a new park or one of my favorites with some friends! Some days I don’t like to do too much; just being in nature would suffice!

Q:What would you invent if you could create one new object to make your life easier?

I would invent a teleportation machine! The amount of gas I would save would be amazing!! LOL, and not only that, but I would never be late again! A win win!

Q:In your life, who do you seek guidance from?

In my life, I seek the most guidance from my momma. Throughout all the things she has gone through, she still remains resilient and optimistic, and that is something I will forever be grateful for! I also really do appreciate my friends who are there for me and give me great guidance; that’s what friendship is for, after all!

Q: Text messages or phone calls? Why?

Text messages! I love to always have what was said because you can’t keep a phone call, unless it’s a voicemail! But with messages, they’re always there!

Q:What do you like to spend your money on?

What I like to spend money on first would be my bills! But other than that, food, new dog toys for my dog, and, of course, Harvest Flower!

Q: What is your least favorite housekeeping task? Why?

My least favorite housekeeping task would be dishes! It can get a bit icky lol but thankfully we have dishwashers now!

Spotlight – Donte T.

With the arrival of summer, our Dispensary Associates are dedicated to bringing the sunshine to all of our locations. Meet Donte, who ensures that our wonderful Athens patients feel welcomed and well-informed!

Q: What is the most interesting aspect of working in the cannabis industry?

The most interesting aspect is, by far, seeing how far cannabis has come as an industry and all of the different ways there are to medicate properly.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to a new Dispensary Associate, what would it be?

My advice I would give to a new associate is to just do your thing and have fun with the job!

Q:Which of the three Harvest of OH summer strains is your favorite (Apple Banana Sundae, Orangu Tang, or Phunyunz)? Why?

Easily Phunyunz; I love the effects it gives as well as its great taste.

Q: How do you believe you influence your Athens team on a daily basis?

I believe that the influence I bring is very positive. I come in every day trying to make sure that the team and patients have great days. 

Q: What is a skill you learned while working at Harvest of OH that you did not expect to have?

Patience is the key skill I learned while working in the dispensary.

Q: How do you engage patients throughout their visits?

I make them feel like we are family, and I just make sure they have had a good day. If it is an online order, I make sure they do not want to add anything to their order.

Q:What is your current obsession?

My current obsession would have to be finding new ways to make money.

Q:What ice-cream topping is your favorite?

I’m just a simple man. Throw some sprinkles on it and call it a day.

Q:Where would you travel if you were offered an all-expenses-paid trip? Why?

If I could travel anywhere, it would be to The Bahamas. It’s just a place I have always wanted to go.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Early bird

Q:What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

Taking the dog out. 

 

Q: What would you be famous for if you could only be known for one thing?

I want to be famous for helping others around me succeed.

Hire a Veteran Day Danny C.

Veterans are always honored at Harvest of OH, and they experience our gratitude through fantastic, daily discounts! Although Hire A Veteran Day occurs only once a year, we encourage veterans to be hired on a daily basis. Danny Couch, our Dispensary Evaluator, works hard to improve all aspects of the dispensary experience at each of our locations and ensure that efficiency is a top priority at Harvest of OH.

Q: What do you like most about working at Harvest of OH?

I really appreciate the family atmosphere and the personal care shown in service by every employee, from the budtenders to the cultivators to the leadership and everyone in between.

Q: What advice do you have for other veterans in the workplace?

My advice would be to use your resources to your advantage when coming out of the military—check with your local government offices to see if there is an opening. You have an edge if you’re a veteran, which led to me getting a position at the post office when they discovered I was a veteran.for our patients.

Q:As a veteran, what does working in medical marijuana mean to you?

It allows me to help other people the same way I was helped by the goodness of cannabis. Working in cannabis gave me the ability to spread the word about how it can help by telling other people my own story.

Q: In what ways do you feel medical marijuana can help other veterans?

I swear by the use of cannabis for pain; it really helped with my back pain, and I would recommend it to all veterans and anyone else for pain management.

Q: How long were you in the military?

I was enlisted for 4 years before I was discharged in June 1980 as an E-4 Senior Airman.

Q: What branch of the military did you serve in?

I served in the Air Force.

Q:How has your time in the military prepared you for the workforce?

My job in the Air Force was in supply, and I was trained to be an inventory management specialist. I worked in the computer room distributing computer reports, key-punching, and changing and maintaining reports for different documents. At my later jobs, it really helped me out with inventory and stocking shelves.

Q:What was your first job coming out of the military?

My first job after discharge was in auto parts sales, and I took computer programming classes in the evening.

Q:What did you learn about yourself during your time in the military?

I joined at 17, so I learned to grow up. Being in the Air Force taught me about life and how to work. I was a shy kid—not that talkative—so I had to work on my communication skills. I also learned more about my strengths. I could do a lot more than I thought, and I was stronger than I thought. During my time at the post office, I didn’t think I would make 2 weeks, but I ended up working for 35 years. After a few months, I got used to it. It gave me an inner toughness I didn’t know I had.

Q: What are some fun things you and your friends did together while in service?

For fun, we had a recreation center where I loved playing pool and ping-pong. We also played football and basketball.