I had the pleasure of interviewing Angela Ardolino.
Angela is a certified cannabis specialist and holistic pet expert who has been caring for animals for over 20 years. Angela owns and operates Fire Flake Farm, her animal rescue farm, as well as her two locations of a natural pet salon and shop, Beautify the Beast, and is Founder of CBD Dog Health, which offers high quality, all-natural medical cannabis products designed specifically for pets.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Angela also founded the House of Alchemy, LLC, Miami Children’s Theater, and Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine. In 2013, Angela was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and knew that she needed to find alternatives to the toxic medications being offered to her. After hearing of the benefits of CBD oil and experiencing the life-changing results first hand, Angela set out to destigmatize medical cannabis and CBD oil so she could spread awareness around its holistic healing powers.
After Floridians voted to legalize medical cannabis in 2016, with Angela on the forefront fighting for legalization, Angela sold Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine and hosted the Canna Conference, an educational event to bring together doctors, veterinarians and patients to learn about the positive effects of medical cannabis. Angela has earned a professional certification in Medical Cannabis for therapeutic use from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine, and is an Accredited Terpene Specialist by Cannabinoid Medicine Studies. She is additionally active in Society of Cannabis Clinicians, Women Grow and United for Care, and an advocate for safe, natural, ethically grown hemp and medical cannabis for human and animal use.
Today, to see Angela on her rescue farm surrounded by animals, is to truly see her in her element. Looking at this furry, joyful family, you would never suspect that Angela and her pets were once full of aches, pains and anxiety. Angela is the mother to Odie (12-year-old mini-schnauzer), Nina (8-year-old Doberman), Jolene (7-year-old mutt), Maza (7-year-old mutt), Rhemi (8-year-old poodle), Potato (15-year-old shih tzu) and Miss Daisie (15-year-old black lab), plus 4–10 more dogs, 23 ducks, 19 chickens, 9 geese, 1 bunny and a pig that she is fostering or boarding at Fire Flake Farm.
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