Loren DeFalco, CFP, is a Partner of CB1 and our Head of Research. Loren cured himself of epileptic seizures through a regime of CBD and cannabinoids nine years ago and continued to research ECS through medical journals and scientific developments. His intimate understanding of the ECS system and nutraceutical arena makes him an ideal choice to lead research efforts.
Prior to joining CB1, Loren was President of LAD Capital, Inc., a Vice President and financial representative at HSBC, and a Vice President of Financial Planning at MetLife Resources, after starting his career as a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Long Island University.
I’ve spent the better part of my time since 2008 learning everything I could about the endocannabinoid system. I was driven to this material in search of a solution to my own health issues that I could not find a solution to, as the prescription medicine I was being prescribed was not working for my conditions.
In 2008, I had a massive seizure at the airport while waiting curbside for my ride home after a business trip. I woke up in an ambulance and had no idea where I was or where I had come from. It was quite scary. I went to a neurologist who ran tests on me. I was told that I had a “seizure disorder” and would need to take anti-seizure drugs or I would not be allowed to drive my car.
This was all very disturbing as I felt broken. The medication began to take its toll on me right away and the side effects were debilitating. The solution I was provided for the side effects of the medication was…MORE medication. I ended up taking five different prescription drugs that caused my body to break down even more to the point that I was no longer able to work.
I decided that it was time to take matters into my own hands and I started to research to find alternate ways of handling my new situation. This is when I came across the endocannabinoid system. My discovery was nothing short of revolutionary for my mind and body. I started to learn how diet and cannabinoids influenced disease in the body and completely changed my lifestyle. I started on a diet that was based on making sure I was balancing the omega 6 and omega 3 levels in my body as well as ingesting cannabinoids through hemp plant seeds and other sources.
Six months after I started my new lifestyle, focusing on the endocannabinoid system, I was cleared by my neurologist after my EEG showed no more seizure activity in my brain. Finally, I was able to shed all of my prescription drugs. Not only did my seizures stop, but I started to experience relief from other physical issues that I had been dealing with, such as sleeping issues and arthritic knee pain. This was amazing to me and I strived to learn more about this system that I had never heard of before and that had only been recently discovered.