Seibo Shen, the founder of VapeXhale, a cannabis vaporizer and accessories manufacturer and supplier, has been practicing martial arts since he was four-years-old. “I’ve been a small guy my whole life, so my father wanted me to have some skills, and started me in martial arts at a very young age,” Shen told CannEpoch.
Shen competed in Karate as a child and by the time he was a young man in high school, he was competing in boxing. After that, life took hold, Ethnic Studies and Sociology at UCLA, then Law School at Santa Clara University (he wanted to be an immigration attorney), then kids, and although Shen didn’t compete for some time, he remained highly active, running, swimming and going to the gym.
It wasn’t until Shen was 38 that he rekindled his love with martial arts, but what took so long? “Initially, I’d stopped due to pain from several injuries. I had been a stuntman in my late teens through to my early twenties working on films like The Grinch, video games like Mortal Kombat and I was a background dancer for artists like Madonna,” he says. “After college, I worked in a law firm but realized it wasn’t for me. I wanted a different quality of life. So, at 27 I took a commission-based position at Jigsaw, which would later be bought out by Salesforce, and become known as Data.com,” Shen took up positions at four other software companies over the next several years– all of which went public or got bought out.
“In 2010 I incorporated VapeXhale for the cannabis industry, and in 2014 I launched it. My previous boss was my first investor. I thought I’d make a few extra thousand dollars a month with its launch but it won best product and other accolades, and before I knew it, VapeXhale was my full-time focus.”
But, how did a martial artist/stuntman from law school with a background in the data management industry end up launching a vaporizer manufacturing and supply company which has now recorded sales of over seven figures? “As I mentioned,” begins Seibo, “I had a lot of injuries from my stuntman days. When I experienced the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabinoids, both proactively and retroactively, I realized how I could keep my joints lubed up, avoid swelling and start competing again. So, I did,” he says.
“I had a lot of injuries from my stuntman days. When I experienced the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabinoids, both proactively and retroactively, I realized how I could keep my joints lubed up, avoid swelling and start competing again. So, I did.”
– Seibo Shen.
“The THC component really helps zone me mentally for training and the CBD, as I explained, is medicinal for my joints and injuries. It’s a little bit of trial and error. What helps me zone may make another person unfocused. You must find the right dosage for yourself personally. For me, I need to “not” think about who is carpooling the kids tomorrow and the twenty thousand other things I have on my mind. For another person, they may need to feel fully aware and don’t want to zone out distractions. It’s very personal, but there is a fit for most people.”
When Shen says what cannabis used correctly could do for pursuit in the martial arts field, the inspiration was ignited to launch VapeXhale and perpetuate those benefits for anyone who found them useful.