Two mums, whose passion for spreading goodwill led them to start their own business selling CBD products, have celebrated three years in business.
Friends Samantha Day and Lorraine Clark had both experienced ongoing struggles in their lives, their love of CBD helped them see things in a new light and led them to start their own business, hapihemp – which is going from strength to strength.
The determined duo have put their hearts and souls into growing their business – which now sells CBD capsules, CBD drinks, CBD topicals, CBD oils and CBD patches – and have shared their stories in the hopes of helping others.
“Lorraine and I believe so passionately in CBD and want to help other people who are looking to get started with their CBD journey,” said Sam.
“I came across CBD oil while researching online. But, much as the reviews were good, I was just a bit too scared to actually try it straight away.”
You must be aged 18 and over to purchase and consume CBD in the UK.
Founding any business can be hard work, and unfortunately for Sam and Lorainne, they had to overcome many challenges before they become successful entrepreneurs.
Former PA Sam had battled breast cancer in 2017, which left her with low moods and extreme tiredness, to the point where she could barely bring herself to get off the sofa.
She has also spent a decade dogged by other debilitating health problems, from endometriosis, a hysterectomy, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and sleep apnoea.
Then, in another devastating blow, Sam found a lump after waking up in the middle of the night in late June 2017 with a pain in her right breast – which a biopsy at Peterborough City Hospital confirmed was stage three cancer.
After eight rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, the 5cm tumor shrank and, in early 2018, Samantha had a lumpectomy and four weeks of radiotherapy.
Once her radiotherapy finished, Sam was finally told by doctors that the cancer had gone.
Lorraine had been battling her own demons after suffering three tragic miscarriages and a heartbreaking stillbirth in 1999.
The experiences sent her into a deep depression and even though Lorraine was taking a high dose of anti-depressants, she continued to struggle with her mental health.
“The experience triggered awful panic attacks,” said Lorraine. “I’d be out walking and would suddenly have this horrific feeling that something terrible was going to happen.”
Her low mood was compounded by the fact that she also has premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) – a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), symptoms of which can include feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, anger and tension, difficulty concentrating, tearfulness, lack of energy and even suicidal thoughts.
By 2017, Lorraine decided to have a hysterectomy, but while recovering, she contracted a viral infection which left her bedbound in hospital for seven weeks and the sense of panic returned.
Luckily, both women were able to overcome their health orders and maintain a positive outlook for the future.
They decided to invest their time and efforts into hamihemp, and watched it grow and flourish as a business.
It was around this time that Lorainne was amazed to learn about Sam’s new-found love for CBD and despite early skepticism, she agreed to try it.
“Sam was just so passionate about it – it completely won me over,” she said.
“I had read a lot about CBD, yet at this time CBD wasn’t as readily available as it is now. I had tried a small bottle I had found in a shop but the taste made me gag so it was put to the back of the cupboard!”
Passionate about sharing their interest in CBD products, in February 2019, the women joined forces and set up their own business, hapihemp.
Sam explained: “We were determined to bring the business to life. We tapped up our friends, family and credit cards and managed to stump up £5,000 each to invest.
“We didn’t want to create just CBD oil – we wanted to create something with a more holistic approach, for women, that was more personal and made people feel safe and happy to use.”
Lorraine added: “At this time there were not many topical CBD products available either, we personally experienced them as very effective, and we are both passionate about the power of essential oils. So for us CBD and essential oils was a no brainer! We tried and tested so many blends with various essential oils to create a CBD bodycare range of our own.”
hapihemp is now thriving and was even chosen as one of the top 30 leading female-led CBD companies in the UK in 2020 by news site, Cannabishealthnews.co.uk.
Lorraine said: “We are extremely proud of all our products, everything we sell goes through vigorous testing and we believe in everything we do. All of our topical CBD products are blended with some powerful essential oils as we are passionate about the plants.
“We sell all sorts of CBD oils and teas, which are blended with rosemary, chamomile and lemon balm.”
She added: “We are just two mums who had an idea and a lot of drive and passion. CBD transformed our lives and we hope to help many others do the same.”
And Sam claims that the oil has helped her to move on from her challenges and focus on the future.
She said: “Since I started taking CBD oil, people have started seeing me as a working mum.
“It’s daunting to start a new business in your late forties – but with Lorraine by my side, I always knew we’d make it work.”
To find out more about hapihemp, click here.