Son Creates THC-Infused Lemonade to Help His Mother with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Symptoms

July 17, 2023 ·

A Massachusetts man found inspiration in his mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and created an alternative to THC. The popular product, known as The Best Dirty Lemonade, is now available in dispensaries across the state. This heartfelt endeavour began when a devoted son, Omari Anderson, sought to assist the person he loved most.

In 2013, Omari’s mother, Jacquelin Rickerby-Anderson, affectionately called Lady J, received a devastating early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis at 53. Though saddened, Omari had noticed changes in his mother’s behaviour, so the diagnosis didn’t entirely surprise him. “Whenever I visited, my mother would fail to recognise me. I reached a point where I had to stop referring to her as ‘mom.’ She lost her appetite and struggled with sleep,” shared Anderson, reflecting on those difficult times.

Determined to alleviate his mother’s Alzheimer’s symptoms, Omari set out to create a soothing remedy. His mother had always enjoyed sweet treats, and he recalled how she would bring a pitcher of freshly squeezed juices when they played basketball outside during his childhood.

Given his familiarity with cannabis, Omari recognized the potential benefits of THC in dementia. However, he knew his mother wasn’t inclined to consume it traditionally. This led to the invention of The Best Dirty Lemonade, a drink infused with a mild dosage of THC.

Omari receives assistance in bottling and selling the product from NETA, a Massachusetts-based marijuana business. He expresses immense pride in being part of the legal cannabis industry.

“I feel a strong sense of responsibility as our lemonade brand continues to expand, soon reaching 11 stores across the state,” Anderson acknowledged. He acknowledges the weight of this responsibility, as he is aware that mass incarcerations persist and individuals continue to face life-altering consequences due to marijuana-related arrests.

According to a 2020 report by the ACLU, between 2010 and 2018, there were 6.1 million arrests related to marijuana. The report reveals that marijuana usage is roughly equivalent among African Americans and white individuals, yet African Americans are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for possession.

“It was the resilience of Black and brown communities that sustained the cannabis industry,” Anderson pointed out. Now, through his brand, Omari is honouring his mother’s memory and contributing to her lasting legacy.

“I often say that this lemonade emerged from a tragedy. Although I have physically lost my mother, I feel her presence with me on this journey,” Anderson shared with heartfelt emotion.

From Home Kitchen to Dispensaries: Launching The Best Dirty Lemonade

Omari Anderson’s quest to alleviate his mother’s Alzheimer’s symptoms led him to create a unique concoction, The Best Dirty Lemonade. What started as a personal mission quickly evolved into a successful business venture. Anderson realised the potential of his THC-infused lemonade and sought to share its therapeutic benefits with a broader audience.

Partnering with NETA, a reputable Massachusetts-based marijuana business, was a pivotal moment in the journey of The Best Dirty Lemonade. This collaboration gave Anderson the necessary resources, expertise, and compliance to bring his homemade creation to dispensaries. The lemonade underwent rigorous testing to ensure consistent quality and potency, meeting industry standards.

With all certifications and regulatory approvals, The Best Dirty Lemonade debuted on dispensary shelves. Its unique blend of flavours and low-dose THC infusion attracted the attention of those seeking relief and curious consumers. The demand for The Best Dirty Lemonade skyrocketed, turning it into a sought-after product.

Anderson’s lemonade brand symbolizes hope, offering relief and reminding people of the power of innovation and determination. The success of The Best Dirty Lemonade is a testament to the transformative impact of a son’s love and a mother’s inspiration, as well as the potential of alternative therapies in improving the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s and other conditions. The journey from Anderson’s home kitchen to dispensaries statewide highlights the resilience and success that can arise from a deeply personal mission.

Collaborating with Cannabis Businesses

Omari Anderson’s journey to launch The Best Dirty Lemonade as a commercial product was significantly boosted through his collaboration with NETA, a well-established Massachusetts marijuana business. This partnership was pivotal in the brand’s development and subsequent success.

Recognising the complexity of cannabis regulations and the need for industry expertise, Anderson sought a trusted partner. NETA’s extensive knowledge and presence in the marijuana industry provided invaluable support and resources. With access to NETA’s production facilities, The Best Dirty Lemonade was manufactured to meet rigorous quality and consistency standards, ensuring a reliable product for consumers.

NETA’s established distribution channels and strong relationships with dispensaries also allowed The Best Dirty Lemonade to reach a wider audience. Leveraging NETA’s marketing and sales expertise, Anderson positioned his lemonade brand competitively within the cannabis market. This collaborative effort not only propelled the success of The Best Dirty Lemonade but also contributed to the growth and legitimacy of the legal cannabis industry as a whole.

Anderson’s partnership with NETA is a testament to the power of collaboration and the significance of aligning with experienced industry players. By joining forces, they transformed Anderson’s heartfelt mission into a thriving business venture, establishing The Best Dirty Lemonade as a sought-after product in dispensaries statewide. This collaborative effort showcases the importance of building solid relationships within the cannabis industry and leveraging collective expertise to bring innovative, high-quality products to market.

The Cannabis Industry’s Responsibility

Omari Anderson, the visionary behind The Best Dirty Lemonade, is acutely aware of the social injustices deeply rooted in the cannabis industry. As his lemonade brand experiences success, he embraces a profound responsibility to address these injustices and contribute to meaningful change. One of the primary concerns he aims to confront is the issue of mass incarcerations stemming from marijuana-related offences.

Anderson is acutely mindful of the glaring disparities in arrest rates, as the 2020 ACLU report underscored, which revealed the disproportionate arrests of African Americans for marijuana possession despite comparable usage rates to their white counterparts. He emphasises that the cannabis industry owes its survival to the resilience of Black and brown communities, who have historically borne the disproportionate burdens of the war on drugs.

Harnessing his platform and the growing popularity of The Best Dirty Lemonade, Anderson strives to raise awareness about these ongoing injustices and advocates for fair and equitable treatment. He wholeheartedly acknowledges that the success of his business comes with the duty to support initiatives that address mass incarcerations, advocate for criminal justice reform, and work towards fostering a more inclusive and just cannabis industry. Anderson endeavours to effect positive change through his unwavering commitment and advocacy and ensure that the cannabis industry catalyses social transformation.

Bottom Line

Omari Anderson’s creation of The Best Dirty Lemonade in response to his mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis demonstrates the power of personal inspiration. Anderson turned his homemade treatment into a popular THC-infused beverage available in dispensaries around Massachusetts thanks to the help of partnerships, particularly with NETA. Along with his business success, Anderson accepts responsibility for addressing the inequities that plague the cannabis sector, such as mass incarceration and racial inequality. Anderson aspires to have a positive influence through his devotion to activism and reform, ensuring that his lemonade brand provides relief to individuals and helps a more inclusive and equitable cannabis market. (Full Story)

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