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Plant Power: Starting a CBD Company as a Black Woman

“Being a divorced mom, I always want to “be in the game,” and ultimately, I want my daughter and young African American females to see that you can have a corporate career but also have something that is yours and build a future.”

Swaay has this amazing 1st hand account from Carla Lewis, CEO of Brooklyn Hempology, on the trails and tribulations of starting her own CBD company as a divorced woman of color. Check out the exceprt below, and do make sure to read the whole story. Carla’s story is all of our stories right now, and we couldn’t be happier to help share it:

I didn’t seek entrepreneurship in the THC-Free CBD business at first. It was something my partner, who is an addiction physician, nudged me towards while working in corporate America. When the coronavirus hit, we saw our friends and family suffering from anxiety and stress due to job loss, staying at home, lack of exercise, and uncertainty. We knew we had to do something to help, without relying on medication. If you go to a doctor and complain about anxiety, stress or depression, he/she will probably recommend medication as the first line of treatment. They bypass natural remedies, because they don’t teach about them in medical school. That is where the problem lies with most people. We identified a problem where doctors did not look at viable alternative treatments and we wanted to change that.

Being a divorced mom, I always want to “be in the game,” and ultimately, I want my daughter and young African American females to see that you can have a corporate career but also have something that is yours and build a future.

If our various medical problems can be tackled without medication, would someone be willing to at least try it? I believe absolutely, why not? Why suffer or become addicted to pain meds when something as simple as applying a salve to the area of pain can help? Antidepressants and antianxiety medications have many side effects and can change your personality. I learned that you can change your life gradually — small changes can have a big impact on living a happier, more fulfilling, more successful life. Our products are geared to help you make those changes. That’s where Brooklyn Hempology came about.

I gained great experience working as a senior executive in the cable and digital worlds and always felt the need to solve problems and create. I want to take charge and use the passion and purpose that my partner and I have to create that niche market but make it a high-end cool brand. You must take risks and be in the game to win. Being a divorced mom, I always want to “be in the game,” and ultimately, I want my daughter and young African American females to see that you can have a corporate career but also have something that is yours and build a future. Women now have opportunities that were never available to our mothers. Our moms would cater to the family while our fathers went off to work. I appreciated how my mother took care of our large family and never complained, but I always knew she wanted more for me and my siblings. She instilled values of hard work, responsibility, and dedication in me to look beyond just where I am today but instead look to a future that I control.

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