a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Olivia Mannix.
Olivia Mannix is an entrepreneur and cannabis & psychedelics business pioneer. Olivia is the intuitive leader of marketing and the business revolution. She founded one of the first ancillary cannabis companies, Cannabrand in 2013. She also founded several other companies including a tech SaS platform and sales application. She recently founded the first female psychedelics biotech company for women’s health: Felicity Pharma. Olivia is one of the only women-CEOs in this space.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Our readers would love to “get to know you” better. Can you share your “backstory” with us?
Iam a serial entrepreneur — I’ve started several companies in the cannabis space and now have Felicity Pharma, in the women’s health and psychedelic sector.
I am passionate about creating business in emerging markets and doing work to help others. The psychedelic industry has a vast landscape of opportunity for helping many health ailments. Women’s Health is also a space that needs support and innovation. Women have been traditionally underrepresented in healthcare because of biological factors. Felicity Pharma is specifically working with women to advance solutions in this sector.
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Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career? What were the main lessons or takeaways from that story?
I have been lucky enough to be alive during the creation of major industries such as cannabis and psychedelics.
Psychedelic medicine is absolutely fascinating. These plant-based (and also not plant-based) medicine can heal so many people who have mental and physical illness.
The most interesting thing has been my career progression. I have taken a lot of risks to get where I am and pave the way in uncharted territory. I never in a million years thought that I would own and operate a women’s health company with a focus on psychedelic medicine. Being able to work alongside prestigious academics, physicians and scientists is truly an honor and a privilege.
The lesson and take away is that you can do anything you put your energy towards. It is not easy, it’s actually very difficult, but if you believe in yourself and work at it everyday you can get there.
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
The biggest mistakes I’ve made were rushing the process with my businesses, not being patient enough, and scaling too quickly. Doing these things will make you crumble. Unfortunately, many mistakes (in business and in life) have to be learned the hard way.
Let’s jump to our main focus. When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
There has been little to no innovation in women’s health in over 30 years besides oral contraceptives. Women have traditionally not been used in clinical trials because of their reproductive systems and hormones creating difficult variables to track.
There is a plethora of women’s health issues that are unaddressed and underrepresented. It is time for there to be a more general dialogue about real women and their issues. Women should feel safe to talk about their issues and know there are solutions coming to them.
We are focusing on women’s needs, using them for clinical trials, and developing solutions with innovating psychedelic medicine.
Psychedelics have been proven to help with ailments such as depression, anxiety, alcoholism and physical pain like fibromyalgia. It’s incredible that psychedelics, which have been used for centuries by indgenous tribes around the world, are not able to be used to develop RX drugs.
The way that psychedelics work are that they change the chemical makeup of your brain through neuroplasticity (when neurons become malleable) and neurogenesis (new neuron growth). This process creates new pathways, in how emotion, and pain, are perceived and can greatly help people transform.
Can you share your top five “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing? Please give an example or story for each.
- To me, the number one thing you need is to be happy and feel good in your body. This is about accepting your past, all your mistakes and flaws, and unconditionally loving yourself. In order to do this, you must dig deep into your subconscious mind and figure out why you’re subconsciously blocking yourself. There are traits and beliefs that you do not associate with all the time, but come up in your life, such as lack, or illness.
- Having a daily spiritual practice is critical to “feel good” . This can consist of mediation, journaling, setting intentions, saying affirmations and ultimately having control over your energy and what you create. I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years, which is a great place to start, if you are trying to get into a better routine. Yoga is incredible for stretching your ligaments and muscles, keeping your body flexible as you age, as well as breathing. Breathing and working on breathwork is crucial for health.
- I am also really into Biohacking and doing the healthiest things for my body possible. Several times a week, I use a Cryotherapy chamber, red light therapy, and an infrared sauna at a local health club. All of these help with cell regeneration and detox as well as anti-inflammation.
- Water! We are never really taught how much water we should drink (at least from my experience, “8 cups a day”) Water is the essence of life and health, and afterall we are about 60% water. Water is vital for regenerating your cells and just making you feel great. It is also important for “clearing your energy.” I find myself drinking several refillable water bottles at least a day, throughout the day. Also, drinking spring, alkaline water vs tap water can make a huge difference. Adding a pinch of pink himalayan sea salt to your water helps you retain the water, so you are not just passing it though.
- I also try to eat mostly plant based if I can, and minimal dairy when possible. I often go on Kitchiri cleanses (Ayurveda). Tumeric for example, is an incredible spice/supplement for decreasing inflammation.
Sure, I like to indulge in sweets and alcohol from time to time, because you need to enjoy life and have fun!
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
I think sharing wellness information, educating people on what they can do to better their health and wellness hacks are very important!
The movement I am starting is with Felicity Pharma! We are creating FDA approved drugs as well as bringing light to the benefits of psychedelic medicine.
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Thank you for these fantastic insights. We greatly appreciate the time you spent on this.