The more women in this business, the better we say
My London reports….
Two mums who made friends at the school gates joined forces to launch a cannabis oil business worth around £125,000 from their kitchen table.
It came after cannabidiol (CBD) oil made Samantha Day, 49, feel like the “dark cloud” marring her life had lifted, following breast cancer in 2017.
She then recommended it to her friend, Lorraine Clarke, 51, who had been struggling with her mental health.
Since first trying it in 2018, the friends, of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, have become such converts that they have joined forces to start their own CBD oil business Hapi Hemp – produced without the psychoactive agent THC that makes illegal cannabis users high.
Former PA Samantha, who has three children, Matthew, 19, Michael, 17, and Megan, 15, with her contracts manager husband Gareth, 49, said: “People are shocked when we tell them we sell CBD oil. Our teenagers think we’re some sort of drug dealers, but the benefits speak for themselves.
“For years, I experienced low moods and extreme tiredness, to the point where I could barely bring myself to get off the sofa.
“But within days of taking CBD, my energy levels were boosted, and my low moods disappeared – it felt like I had a rebirth. Neither Lorraine nor I have much business experience, but we both believe so passionately in CBD and want to help other people.”
Samantha and Lorraine, who works in publishing and lives with her sons Oliver, 17, and William, 15, from a previous relationship, first became friends in 2014, after chatting at the school gates.