MADE FOR PATIENTS, BY PATIENTS.
Our Story begins when Ethan, a 13-year-old baseball player and cowlick tamer, got sick. A case of strep throat changed everything. Soon after his initial sickness, Ethan began to develop obsessive compulsive behaviors and thoughts accompanied by debilitating tics and repetitive movements, today known as PANDAS, the reason for the panda in our logo.
Life dramatically changed for Ethan and no one had any answers as to why. His parents tried everything to help. With good intentions, they turned to their doctors, who prescribed Ethan a list of pharmaceutical drugs. But the side effects outweighed any benefits. After a 10-year quest following the traditional pharmaceutical approach, Ethan knew he had to take responsibility for his own health.
After finishing school, he stopped taking his prescriptions and felt like he was back to square one. Searching for peace, he moved to Colorado to pursue a career in agriculture. Soon functional health became a lifestyle, and Ethan was introduced to the medicinal benefits of hemp- which at the time was still a misunderstood plant.
Eager to find a natural solution for his own symptoms, Ethan discovered the benefits of hemp CBD. For the first time in his life, he saw immediate relief. CBD helped him relax, refocus, and leap back into his life. With roots in Virginia and a background in science and technology, Ethan wanted to create a natural solution for people like him. Today, Ethan is committed to his community and to helping others who struggle with similar life-altering symptoms.
"It was the first time that I had ever experienced relief from my symptoms without the myriad of negative side effects that decorate the labels of modern pharmaceutical drugs. Fifty milligrams of Cannabidiol enabled me to relax during those difficult moments, take a deep breath, refocus, and move on with my life. From my perspective, CBD was a miracle."
Ethan Pompeo, Founder
What causes PANDAS?
The strep bacteria are very ancient organisms that survive in the human host by hiding from the immune system as long as possible. It hides itself by putting molecules on its cell wall so that it looks nearly identical to molecules found on the child’s heart, joints, skin, and brain tissues. This hiding is called “molecular mimicry” and allows the strep bacteria to evade detection for a long time.
However, the molecules on the strep bacteria are eventually recognized as foreign to the body and the child’s immune system reacts to them by producing antibodies. Because of the molecular mimicry by the bacteria, the immune system reacts not only to the strep molecules, but also to the human host molecules that were mimicked; antibodies system “attack” the mimicked molecules in the child’s own tissues.
Studies at the NIMH and elsewhere have shown that some cross-reactive “anti-brain” antibodies target the brain—causing OCD, tics, and the other neuropsychiatric symptoms of PANDAS.