We had the good fortune of connecting with Ogadinma ‘Dr. Oga’ Obie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ogadinma ‘Dr. Oga’, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I have a background in emergency medicine. I am also a clinical herbalist. I love herbal and allopathic medicine equally and began merging both health practices. After receiving my board certification I was asked to work with a budding medical marijuana company in Oakland, CA. I moved there and began exploring cannabis to give business advice. In the process, I discovered the medicine and then the endocannabinoid system. My mind was blown to bits. From there I built an endocannabinology practice and eventually opened The Hemp Works(.)™ with my business partner in 2021.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I practice the art of medicine. I am what I call a curious clinician. As such, I work with patients to help them discover, or re-discover, their own curated answers to their deeply personal questions. This. Is. Medicine. The are of caring for health, also known as healthcare. This wasn’t necessarily an easy art to master. My challenge was in finding the path for myself. Now I teach others how to guide patients and I teach patients how to guide themselves. It’s amazing work!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The Brays Bayou Trail! I would start at Keegan’s Bayou in Southwest Houston and take them all the way to where it enters Buffalo Bayou at the Ship Channel. All 31 miles would definitely take a week! We would totally eat picnic basket dining, self made by us. We would make our meals with foods from different farmer’s markets, meal prepping the day before each trip. We would stop at various spots along the trail, deviating at places like the JCC, Hermann Park and good old downtown Houston.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to shout out to my business partner, Angela Aguirre, who co-created The Hemp Works(.). I would also like to shout out to the Association for Cannabis Health Equity & Medicine and Texans for Safe Access, two patient-focused organizations whose boards I serve on.
Instagram: @thehempworks, @droga_hemplife
Other: Clubhouse: @droga
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