You’ve landed on Sebastian’s Journey website, documenting the journey of San Deigo-based Sebastian Guthery. Here, you will learn about the philosophies and philanthropic nature of the serial entrepreneur.
Background and History
As a business leader and entrepreneur, Sebastian D. Guthery has enjoyed the prosperity of several multi-million dollar business ventures. Industries include botanicals, autos, investing, and niche eCommerce products. At an early age, he discovered the power of setting goals and working hard to attain them. Coupled with this time-honored work ethic & passion for giving back, success has come at a premium for Guthery.
His efforts in the ethnobotanical industry are his greatest achievement. Through nonprofits and advocacy initiatives, he has helped bring positive awareness to a growing negative stigma on kratom. In addition to founding several kratom websites, the is also the leader of the Kratom Trade Association. This is where he focuses his efforts on research, awareness, and the community of kratom enthusiasts. He makes his home in the San Diego area of California and attends San Diego State University to further his advancement of knowledge.
As a young man growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Seb dabbled early in the business world. His first project was established at the age of 10 when he borrowed $250 from his mother.
That first venture was a smashing success. He earned back the money he had borrowed, generated enough funds to attain his goal of attending summer camp, and turned a healthy profit in the process. Next, he turned his attention to the needs of stray animals. His efforts turned to a growing issue he personally experienced while traveling: The stray dog population on the streets of Thailand. He started a non-profit organization which rescued dogs and found loving homes for them. By working with pet adoption centers and families, he was able to connect hundreds of dogs to the care they needed.
In 2004, Guthery founded Edens Ethnos. The company has become the world’s leading importer and retailer of ethnobotanical products, including kratom. Long prized in its homeland for its medicinal properties, kratom began to be imported into the United States in the early 2000s. Today, kratom is used by over five million Americans. Many in the medical community support continued research on this natural alternative to prescription drugs.
It wasn’t long before this natural plant material earned the scrutiny of regulatory government agencies. Particularly, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Food and Drug Administration. The DEA have over the years proposed an importation ban on kratom and the constituents of Mitragyna speciosa, the evergreen tree kratom is derived from. Mitragyna is closely related to the coffee plant, and two active chemical compounds in the leaves exhibit both stimulant and analgesic properties, depending on dosage. Kratom has been valued for centuries in countries like Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, where the plant is native.
Edens Ethnos set out to provide consumers with the highest quality of botanical products. The company’s stringent quality control standards and product testing protocols serve as a model in the ethnobotanical industry. Quality starts at the source, and the company scrutinizes every shipment to check for contaminants like mold, insects, and debris. From there, state of the art processing and packaging equipment is utilized to preserve the essence of each botanical product. It is this commitment to outstanding quality that has set Edens Ethnos apart from its competitors. Consumers give high marks to the products Edens Ethnos carries, including their exclusive Maeng Da kratom strain and premium Bali blend. Sebastian and his talented team of professionals work to ensure the continued availability of kratom and many other natural products.
The Kratom Trade Association
Faced with the possibility of an outright federal ban on kratom products, Seb knew he had to move quickly to protect the interests of the herbal community. He established the United Kratom Association (UKA), now known as the Kratom Trade Association or KTA, which has worked with other advocacy groups to fight restrictions and bans on kratom importation and distribution.
The group’s primary function is to advance scientific research in an effort to support, promote, and protect the herbal community’s access to kratom. Since it began to appear on the U.S. herbal market, kratom has been poorly understood, even though it has a long track record of medicinal applications in its native homelands of Southeast Asia. The KTA works closely with legislators and legal professionals on the state and federal levels, ensuring that science forms the foundation for any decisions about the legal status and medical application of kratom. KTA is known as a powerful advocacy voice, protecting consumer rights as it works to secure continued access for patients who rely on kratom to overcome severe health challenges.
Government agencies were reluctant to fund research into the properties of M. speciosa. Rather than to understand it, these agencies sought to ban kratom as a drug of concern. In fact, the DEA proposed to classify kratom as a Schedule 1 Drug, potentially putting it into the same category as LSD, heroin, and MDMA. Schedule 1 Drugs are considered those with a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical application. In the midst of such kneejerk regulatory actions, the KTA has generated its own research funding, helping ethnobotanists and medical researchers to gain a clearer understanding of the uses of this natural plant. In turn, this advanced understanding has energized the herbal community, helping to bring different voices together to stop ban proposals.
During a recent public commenting period opened by the Food and Drug Administration, nearly 40,000 vocal supporters of kratom responded, including members of the law enforcement, medical, and scientific research communities. Thanks to the KTA and allied organizations, kratom continues to be available to consumers. On the state level, several states have banned kratom, while others agreed to keep kratom legal for adults. Again, KTA and its supporters were instrumental in preventing this natural botanical substance from becoming illegal in states like Tennessee and Kansas.
Without the leadership of Guthery and the KTA, government agencies may have succeeded in their ban. Hampering continued access to kratom products. Further, his passion of helping to preserve kratom through a combination of education, advocacy, and public support will continue to be a priority. And lastly, he has demonstrated that he is a valuable participant in the ongoing legal battle.
What is Sebastian’s Journey?
The journey is described as “a spiritual recollection of my dedication to giving back and sharing found wonder with others.” Often observed of Sebastian is his willingness to share and uplift others. As you may know, he owns several businesses.
Within, what he calls “tribe consciousness” is incredibly important to how he gauges successes. Keeping his employees uplifted, strong, free-thinking, and always learning.
In his journey, he’s undertaken a variety of personal and spiritual growth measures. What’s different about Guthery is his eagerness to share his higher level of consciousness with others. He will go out of his way to gift it to you. “Take this course, try this workshop, try these alternative forms of health and wellness,” he will often say. “Life is about sharing and experiencing amazing things. Everyone deserves that opportunity.”
A real-life example of Sebastian’s passion for helping others is Hemplogica. After researching, discovering, and testing for himself the power of CBD, he knew he had to do something. CBD is one of the active chemical compounds in medical marijuana and has been researched by the medical community as a potential alternative treatment for a wide variety of diseases and health concerns.
He witnessed the calming effect CBD had on children with epilepsy. And came to learn that thousands worldwide had no access to this life-changing product. “Replacing heavy medication with CBD can make a huge difference,” Guthery states. Sebastian joined forces with two experienced members of the medical marijuana retail community to launch Hemplogica.
Conventional prescription medications may help to mitigate some of the symptoms and frequency of epileptic seizures, while for others, even the strongest pharmaceuticals are insufficient to gain control over the disorder. Some of those conventional prescription drugs contribute to unpleasant side effects, which many patients cannot tolerate. CBD, on the other hand, has demonstrated incredible results with no unpleasant side effects, and products containing pure CBD extracts have the ability to change lives in a positive manner.
For each purchase made on hempolgica.com, the company will donate 100 mg of CBD to a child with epilepsy. This has life-changing ramifications and is a testament to Sebastian’s helping nature and his ability to identify elegant solutions to common problems, then implement the business model needed to succeed. You can learn more about their program here.
In with the new
A recent journey he plans on expanding upon in 2018: luxury car rentals that anyone can afford with his newly-established company out of San Diego. While he enjoys driving fast cars, he knows 99% of people will never drive one. “Everyone deserves that f*** yeah feeling,” the entrepreneur says. “These luxury car companies don’t want you to have it. I want to change that.”
In addition to his plethora of eCommerce businesses he manages, his current ventures reside in real estate investments (Guthery Investments LLC), advertising (Eleven Eleven Advertising), and of course luxury car rentals (Luxury Car Rentals LLC).
Who knows where the next journey will lead Seb, but with the goal of sharing the message with others will always be a priority for him. Be sure to follow his blog to stay up with the latest.