Each week we highlight entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry for our viewers to learn more about the leading cannabis executives of our time. This week, we highlight Priya Mishra of Hempvati.
Meet Priya Mishra
Priya Mishra is India’s first female cannabis activist who was a celebrity manager until cannabis revived her from the death bed. She was diagnosed with lymph node tuberculosis 3rd stage and the allopathy medicines weren’t working rather making her situation worse. Cannabis saved her life within 4 months flat when the doctors said it would take years for her to come back to normal if she survives this.
In our interview with Priya Mishra, we asked a variety of questions to learn more about the Hempvati, and what it takes to build a startup in the cannabis industry!
DCN: Priya, congratulations on being featured as this week’s entrepreneur of the week and for all that you do! Can you please share with our readers your elevator pitch for Hempvati?
Priya Mishra: Hempvati is working towards getting easier access for medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp in India as an attempt to help the country become greener- quiet literally!
We council medicinal cannabis patients, consult business houses which are in medicinal cannabis & industrial hemp looking to venture in the Indian and the Asian market. We sell 100% legal Hemp products.
DCN: What ignited the spark in you to launch your business?
Priya Mishra: Being an Indologist by education gave her an upper hand in looking for more information about cannabis in her own country and its ancient medical system – Ayurveda & siddha along with Chinese and Buddhist medical ways. I knew instantly I had to help erect the back none of our ancient medical system or it would continue being called the quack system.
DCN: When you finally decided that you wanted to launch a business in the cannabis industry, what was your experience like when telling your family and friends? Were they supportive?
Priya Mishra: My family was surprisingly very supportive inspite of not having a massive global exposure but as they saw their daughter better than ever they knew it was right. On the other hand- I lost a job, because they thought cannabis was a drug, I lost my boyfriend, stoner friends stuck around but everyone left.
DCN: What are some challenges you faced early on and how’d you beat them?
Priya Mishra: The Indian cannabis activism is lonely beyond ? there are none but just companies developing their products keeping the people away from the knowledge and the government away from the truth to monetise.
The government is open to learn and gain advance tech but none of the companies are sharing. Forget the people- I was open to the government from day 1 and to my surprise they were supportive.
DCN: How did you come up with the name of your company?
Priya Mishra: Hempvati comes from the word Hemp which means Ganja & Vati which means She who has the wisdom
DCN: What did you give up to get where you are today?
Priya Mishra: Stable career, a fiancé, a decent bank balance are a few things which I gave up but only to gain peace everytime I close my eyes to sleep.
DCN: What is the best piece of advice you can give to others looking to launch a company in the cannabis industry?
Priya Mishra: Do your research on the plant before jumping in, half information is more dangerous than no information.
DCN: What’s the hardest part of founding and running a startup?
Priya Mishra: Funds!
DCN: Is there anything that surprised you about being an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry?
Priya Mishra: Being the only woman in the Indian cannabis industry taught me it’s going to be a lonely ride until I meet my global sisters.
DCN: How do you stay balanced?
Priya Mishra: MEDITATION, trekking, reading
DCN: What book has inspired you the most?
DCN: Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most?
Priya Mishra: Ellementa and Women Grow
DCN: How can we as an industry continue to make a positive difference in society?
Priya Mishra: Education & awareness is the key. About 70% of Indian population is still unaware of cannabis being a medical & industrial boon.
DCN: Thank you, Priya, for sharing your story and offering such real and insightful advice to DCN readers!
For those looking to learn more about the Hempvati, please check out, www.hempvati.com