Beyond the Buzz: Adam Nelson laser focused on joy and happiness |

Beyond the Buzz: Adam Nelson laser focused on joy and happiness

Adam Nelson
Matt Stensland

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — With cannabis not legal in Minnesota, Adam Nelson traveled to California and Colorado to find relief from a crippling disease that was wreaking havoc on his body in his 30s.

“I was given a diagnoses that I would have six to eight months left to walk,” said Nelson, who today has the title of “head alchemist” at the Billo marijuana business on the west side of Steamboat Springs.

Early on, Nelson thought the pain he was experiencing was just a part of getting older.

He was initially diagnosed with multiple sclerosis before doctors ultimately decided he had Lyme disease, which is contracted by humans through deer ticks.

The autoimmune disorder resulted in lesions on Nelson’s spinal cord and brain.

For a year, antibiotics were injected directly into Nelson’s heart.

“When I was recovering from that, someone suggested cannabis,” Nelson said.

The misfires occurring in Nelson’s brain created unbearable pain. He described it as the stinging feeling someone will get when they place their frigid hands under hot water.

“I literally felt that symmetrically down my body for a really long time,” Nelson said.

He initially started taking indica cannabis to sleep and regain an appetite. He added CBD and started feeling really good.

Nelson brought his expertise to Billo a year ago, and the business caters to both the medical and recreational users, including those without a lot of experience.

He said Billo’s mission is to “increase joy and happiness and reduce pain and suffering.”

“There is so much information to get people into that exact spot they want to be,” Nelson said. “We’re all about making cannabis fun again.”

Billo’s retail shop sells a variety of cannabis products, and Nelson said they toured a dozen production facilities before choosing to sell buds from Verde Natural Cannabis in Denver and LoCol Love in Boulder.

In April, Billo harvested, for the first time, its own crop of cannabis from 14 different strains at its production facility in Steamboat.

“We are laser focused on joy and happiness,” Nelson said. “That seems like a beautiful thing.”

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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