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She Was Bedridden With A Nerve Injury. Then She Discovered Cannabis And A New Business Idea.
When Andrea Brooks was struck with a disabling injury, cannabis turned her life around in more ways than one.
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Founder and CEO
October 28, 2019 6 min read
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In 2010, Andrea Brooks, who is a serial entrepreneur and lobbyist for social change with a passion for health, wellness, and design, was hit with debilitating nerve damage on the right side of her body. What she thought was a minor injury that might require a few sicks days transpired into a chronic condition that left her bedbound for over a year.
After cannabis played a crucial role in her recovery, Brooks was inspired to enter the space as an entrepreneur. Building on her previous experience working with NGOs around the world on program development, she now applies her expertise to her latest venture – Sava, a digital platform providing e-commerce solutions for curated, high-quality cannabis goods.
This is her story.
Tell us about the injury that changed your life.
I was bed-bound for a year and a half. I stopped working and stopped all of my volunteer work. I needed help from friends to cook and to do the most basic tasks, like washing my hair. It was a bleak, dark time, and I couldn’t see a way out. Deep depression set in.