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Meet Dana Thompson of Calm Sunshine in Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Thompson.

Dana, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
First and foremost, I am a Karate Sensei with over 25 years in the martial arts industry. I own a Shotokan Karate business and rely on my mental and physical well-being to be successful. In my spare time, I can be found in the surf off Sunset, Topanga, or Bay Street.

However, all of this was jeopardized in the fall of 2014 when I took a horrible fall down a set of stairs that not only shredded both quadriceps but also tore them away from my knee caps. After months in straight-leg metal braces and being confined to either a hospital bed or wheelchair, I seriously doubted my fate and wondered how I would ever regain normal function again.

That debilitating accident resulted in chronic pain and inflammation that is still part of my daily life. I turned to CBD which gave me tremendous relief and was a welcome alternative to the copious amount of opioids I had been prescribed. This in turn, inspired me to learn more about the cannabis industry, which resulted in me enrolling in Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California (recognized as America’s first cannabis college). Not only am I a CBD advocate, but I am extremely knowledgeable about all things cannabis. My personal journey from tragedy to triumph would not have been possible without the copious whole-body benefits of CBD. That is what inspired me to start my own business that would not only offer high-quality products but focus on educating others so they too, can make CBD a part of their daily regimen.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Generally, it’s been a smooth road. The main struggle involved is self-doubt. My business is self-funded, which means I wake up and go to bed thinking about my success. Learning the retail industry after decades of coming from a service-industry has been eye-opening to say the least. There is also a constant need to stay abreast of all legal developments regarding cannabis and hemp.

Calm Sunshine – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Calm Sunshine is focused on education and access to quality information and products that contain Hemp / CBD. We believe that natural relief can be achieved with CBD products. Calm Sunshine’s goal is to reach people with information FIRST–so that potential consumers can make an informed decision based on science. We offer in-home “CBD Wellness Events” to help educate existing and future customers in a relaxing environment among friends and family. Aside from education, another thing that sets us apart from other companies is we offer discounted CBD. We want to be competitive. But also allow anyone to be able to use our products without breaking the bank.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Believe it or not, my success is measured in other people’s happiness. I consider myself a very happy and kind person. When I see that products I’ve recommended to people have given them relief from pain, enhanced sleep or minimized anxiety and stress, that is what makes me happy and feel successful.


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