How Two High-Performance Athletes Are Challenging Cannabis Stereotypes

Rachael Rapinoe and Anna Symonds are working to bust up myths and lay a new foundation.

Rachael Rapinoe, sister of U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe and the CEO of Mendi, an Oregon-based, women-owned CBD company, is clear about her vision.

“We want to be the world’s most trusted sports CBD brand,” Rapinoe tells The GrowthOp from Oregon. “That’s where we want to go.”

That journey is a long way from her past as a professional soccer player. For much of Rapinoe’s life, her view of cannabis was largely negative and not at all associated with athletics. “I grew up in the ‘just say no to drugs era’, and believed all of the propaganda that I was hearing about cannabis,” she says.

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