An Interview with Amanda Hughes-Munson, Founder of Higher Education Texas
A #community is a social group, large or small, that has something in common albeit values or religion. And, it shares a sense of place, including virtual space via social platforms. Whether its face-to-face or Facebook posts, educating people about the plant, and its benefits are key elements to the #cannabis community.
The stigma around #cannabis often leaves people unsure how to #educate themselves without being discovered. Amanda Hughes-Munson, founder of Higher Education Texas and educator at Dallas Fort Worth Academy of Cannabis Science, offers people a nurturing group on Facebook to talk or ask questions.
With a background as a medical esthetician, her passion for wellness and education helps shape the #Texas cannabis industry by providing intimate services for cannabis curious folks to educate, empower and engage for a better quality of life. Keep reading to learn more about how this #TX420PIONEER plans to seek out more education opportunities to change hearts and minds about the cannabis community!
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Let’s Get Lifted!
Sweet or salty?
Drops or Salve?
If you could add anyone from the cannabis industry to Mount Rushmore who would it be; why?
Although I was tempted to say Jack Herer for his passion and drive, I have to say, Professor Raphel Mechoulam, an organic chemist in Israel known as the “Father of Cannabis Research.” His 1963 discovery, synthesis, and isolation of cannabinoids led him to the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System. Watch the documentary “The Scientist.”
Dabbing into business!
How did you get started; why?
I am a Licensed Esthetician and instructor. I love teaching cosmetic chemistry and consider myself a chemistry and natural medicines geek. When I dove deeper into fully understanding why and how cannabis was helping so many mental and physical health conditions, I was on fire to learn more and spread the news!
What services/products are offered?
At Higher Education Texas, I love to help through education, support, and caregiving. I speak to groups and individuals of all walks of life, struggles, and curiosities.
What are your hours of operation?
No set hours, I work by appointment, event, email or phone consultation.
What have been some of your greatest accomplishments?
I graduated from DFW Academy of Science and knew that was an important step in my commitment to this new career path! I have seen my knowledge and assistance help so many people to feel better! This is the most rewarding feeling I have ever felt and it reoccurs! Seeing someone feel empowered to help themselves or someone they care for is glorious!
I must add that being a single mom to a (now adult) child that is kind, smart, witty, multi-talented, ambitious and compassionate is an accomplishment I am also proud of.
What can customers expect?
Detailed and accurate information in a relateable format. Compassion, patience, and fun!
Tell me about a time when you had to overcome a major roadblock. How did you approach the situation?
I am a 49-year-old female. There have been some roadblocks! Mid 2017, I was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. I was partially relieved as I had not felt well for over a year and wanted answers. The common disorder was greatly affecting my life, personally and professionally. I am a person that will not take a pharmaceutical drug without weighing all my other natural options. I spent the next 10 months, trying many things. After my 1st doc fired me for not following her repeated advice, I persevered with my alternative treatments and followed my instincts. I found a new doctor that reported to me that my thyroid numbers were finally well within normal range, which I had expected because I felt so much better! This new doctor was also open to hearing the things I had done to improve my health, including cannabis. I approached this health situation by listening to my instincts and my body as I knew there would not be an easy fix.
What excites you the most about being an industry pioneer?
The compassion and ambition the people in this industry have to bring full cannabis access to the state of Texas in spite of the huge obstacles we face! The determination each of us has and the support we lend is like nothing I have experienced before. I come from a spa background. Spa people are intimate, nurturing souls so I was so enthusiastic to find compassionate people in the cannabis industry!
What’s Next for you?
I am gearing up for a total career change! As medical cannabis expands more in Texas, I plan to work less in my spa and seek out more education and caregiving opportunities with doctors, dispensary employees, and patients. I am also enthusiastic to combine my two areas of expertise into a Cannabis skincare line!
Pass it around!
What’s some advice you would give cannabis-curious folks seeking reliable and accurate information?
Educate yourself. I have a FB group that has accessible and interactive information, Higher Education Texas; ProjectCBD is a wonderful source; ASA, Americans for Safe Access has been a wonderful source for me. When I found the ASA group and the website, I truly felt I had found my Cannabis People! Read, ask questions, immerse yourself into the subject!
What’s some advice you would give someone wanting to enter the Texas cannabis industry?
Find your specific niche within the industry and focus on that. Maybe it is legalization, lobbying, and politics; maybe it is patient care; dispensary work; extraction and testing; education; cultivation; marketing. Network with like-minded people and watch for the MAGIC!
Where do you see Texas with legalization in 2019?
It seems likely that we will see further decriminalization in Texas, which is long overdue and has bipartisan support. I feel very hopeful that the TCUP (Texas Compassionate Use Program) will expand to include more people with medical needs (physical and mental) and I hope to see the limits for THC in these medicines not be so limited. I would like to see our legislators do their duty by representing the majority opinion of their constituents and allow doctors to make the decisions best for their patients.
What’s the #1 thing people can do to advocate for legalization?
Contact their local State Reps to voice an opinion on legalization. Do not stop until you have delivered your thoughtful and respectful message. Help your Texas neighbors do the same. Remember, the Reps work for us!
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