This week we sat down with Rachel Grano, the creator, and founder of Mother’s Hemp, a small batch, hand-made CBD wellness company.
Lift your bliss
What is the inspiration + vision behind “Mother’s Hemp”? Tell us all about it!
Mother’s Hemp just celebrated its one-year CANNAVERSARY! I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on how far I’ve come in a short time and where to go from here. A lot of my inspiration has been my health and how plants, most specifically, cannabis, renewed my quality of life.
I suffered from fibromyalgia and was on a long list of prescription medications that were making my symptoms increasingly worse. After becoming pharma-free and eating a diet free of processed foods and refined sugars, I can be the active Mother I had longed to be for my daughter. At the root of it all, my daughter Josephine inspires me to stay on track with my health plan so that I can keep up with her busy five-year-old life!
The core of my vision at Mother’s Hemp is education. Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Changing the way people think about healthy.
After having such success with cannabis, I felt the need to scream it from the rooftops! I wanted everyone in pain to know that there was another option despite what their doctors have told them. I was curious as to why cannabis worked so well when years of doctors and thousands of dollars in medical bills didn’t. I began scouring the internet for resources, ordered several books, and I indulged myself into learning about the all-powerful endocannabinoid system.
In the beginning, stages before I knew what Mother’s Hemp would become, I started showing up at events and hosting free workshops to teach others here in my rural community of Brasstown, NC, what I had learned.
I soon found everyone was also asking for product recommendations. I’m quite the “do-it-yourselfer” and had already been making my products for myself and my family at home. I quickly realized this could help finance my passion for teaching others.
I have recently been working on making educational videos starting with the five frequently asked questions about Mother’s Hemp Plain Jane CBD Oil published on the website at getmothershemp.com. You can also follow me @mothershemp
Also, keep an eye out for a very special project that I’ve been working on alongside a close friend and fellow cannabis advocate that will be launching in the new year, focusing on building community nationwide and providing education around plant medicine.
What’s it like as a mom in cannabis? How do you overcome the stigma, and what advice do you have for other moms who are facing criticism for their consumption choices?
At first, I was pretty scared. I live in a prohibition state in a rural town, and I feared how others, including my daughter’s school, and even law enforcement, would perceive my business. I began having the conversation around cannabis with more and more people and to my surprise, found them to be very receptive to cannabis. People might surprise you, and if we let our fears create judgments against ourselves, then we are projecting the stigma onto ourselves! I am proud to say, my local community has widely accepted me, and that has allowed me to help so many people! Word of mouth is huge in small communities, and it has helped to popularize my brand locally.
To the mom scared to venture outside the cannabis closet, don’t for a second let someone else’s misconceptions about plant medicine deter you from what you know is best! The best armor is education, and if you can educate yourself, then you can pass that knowledge to others, and we can continue to un-do the years of political propaganda that fuels the fears of those who don’t know. So, research and teach those around you, and you will soon find you have more people in your camp than you thought!
All ingredients we source are organic and earth-friendly when possible
What are your most popular products + Where can our readers find you?
I would have to say my Plain Jane CBD Oil and Mystical Muscle Salve are two of the most popular items on the menu. The Plain Jane CBD Oil comes in different strengths and sizes to fit most people’s needs. The Mystical Muscle Salve is a topical oil-based salve that works deep into the muscles, joints, and nerves to offer lasting pain relief.
These two work well when used together! I have recently bundled them both, along with a hemp joint for pain relief that’s out of this world! I have received amazing feedback about these products and how they have substantially changed the lives of so many people. I am a sensitive soul, and I cry tears of joy with the success stories of those I can help.
If you could invite three people to dinner, dead or alive, who would you invite and why?
David Bowie, because he has inspired me to embrace my weird and be my bold self. I would invite Abraham Hicks to bring the secrets to the dinner party. And last but not least, I would like someone not of this world to attend, another soul from a far off galaxy to entertain us with tales of their travels through space and time.