Carlos Balagot took an interesting route to cannabis entrepreneur. Carlos has 11+ years experience as a scientist in the Biotechnology industry in both start-up and big pharma environments. His solid cGMP skills in vaccines and biologics product development, assay support, and documentation helped provide key go/no go data to advance preclinical and commercial regulatory submissions. However when his son was diagnosed with Autism he made a decision to leave the job he loved in order to spend more time with him. With no experience whatsoever Carlos started a real estate investing business and was successful enough to make enough passive income to focus on his son. It was in researching treatments for Autism that he first came across cannabis CBD oil. Supposedly a strain, Charlotte’s Web, helped decrease seizures and alleviate some of the symptoms associated with Autism, like repetitive behaviours, sensitivities, and delayed speech and social interaction. However it was hard to find how these oils were being produced, what exactly was in them, and what if any quality control or testing was being done. So Carlos decided it wasn’t really something he wanted to put into his son at the time.
Fast forward a couple of years and Carlos is lifting weights, trying to do a deadlift, because he’d been watching too much Crossfit games on ESPN and boom he burst a disc in his lower back. He hobbles to the doctor and they put him on all these hard opiods and steroids which really didn’t help. He was about to go on a trip to Tahoe and knew he couldn’t sit for that long so he said let me go ahead and try some of these CBD pain meds because these opiods aren’t working, and within 15 minutes his pain was gone. And this is with zero high.
That’s when Carlos started really researching opportunities in the cannabis space and he soon realized his background in clinical lab testing was an absolute, essential need in the industry. On top of that CA going recreational in 2018 provided even greater opportunity so Carlos has been blazing ever since getting his lab going.
With increased regulations and more and more states garnering acceptance, Carlos’s hope is that more research and more money will be put into a plant that has the potential to not only help children on the spectrum and alleviate opiod addiction, but be a better alternative of care for people as well.
Spectrum CannaLabs wants to focus on reliability, integrity, standardization, and protection. We want to help educate consumers. We want to hire minorities like ourselves to run things. And we want to work with cannabis providers whose values align with ours.