Hi! My name is Suzy and I am the founder of CBD Fountain, a boutique hemp beauty and wellness brand based in Central Oregon.
Just like many entrepreneurs, I created CBD Fountain to solve a problem: my back pain. My story goes like this… way back in high school, I was a cheerleader. One fateful day, when we were trying to do a pyramid and the girl I was putting up did not know what she was doing, I got a serious back injury. Somehow she wound up in a split, forcing my hands behind my shoulders. I did not know it at the time, but I had pulled some deep muscles in my low back and hips. While I tried to just walk it off, over the course of 6 months I went from being a 16-year-old athlete to what felt like an old lady. I could not get up out of a chair without pushing myself up with my arms.
I was in constant pain, whether I was sitting, standing, or laying down, and had developed sciatica. The worst part was, no one could help me. The doctor gave me a prescription for muscle relaxers, which did nothing. The chiropractor adjusted my spine, but the injury was to my muscles and soft tissue and that is what needed attention, which is often ignored. On a desperate whim, I agree to see an acupuncturist, knowing I had nothing to lose because I could not go on like this. The doctor had a massage therapist in her office and those two modalities together healed me in a month. It changed my world forever.
Because so much time had passed, my low back had become a weak point in my body and if I did not take care of it by stretching, getting bodywork, and strengthening my core, or if I was very stressed, it would spasm on me and put me out of commission. So throughout college, I continued to get acupuncture and became very curious about bodywork and how it had managed to make me feel normal when no one in Western Medicine had even come close.
This experience taught me to trust in my own body and I became passionate about natural healing and wellness.
Years later, while pursuing my passion for acting, I decided to become a licensed massage therapist and energy worker as my side hustle. I developed a private practice and I truly loved helping people feel better. No one was ever unhappy to see me at their door!
But you can only practice massage for so long as it was hard on my body.
Towards the end of my practice, I had stumbled across a cannabis topical that I had heard might help me with the back pain that would return now and then. I remember it was expensive, sticky, and smelled bad. Plus, it did not help with my pain at all.
Hemp CBD started to be a thing and because my back was in a stubborn spasm, I decided to get some, put it in an organic body lotion that I could spread all over my back, hips, and neck, and see if it would help. I it the way I would want it to be if I was a customer buying it: organic ingredients, scented with essential oil (which I often used in my massage practice), and good quality.
After about 15 minutes, I felt the pain that had been pulsing in my back start to fade away. It wasn’t like a pain killer, it just melted. I thought, could this all be in my head? Having graduated with a psychology degree, I knew all about the placebo effect, but I had not told myself that this would work, I just hoped it would. And with the placebo effect, you have to be told “this will provide this result.”
I decided to experiment. I made more lotion in different scents and gave it out to friends, family, and clients willing to try it. They all had different aches and pains, from bulging discs to carpal tunnel, torn meniscus to frozen shoulder and beyond. There was not one of them that didn’t feel relief and CBD Fountain was born!
My body lotions were my flagship product and after many hours of research as to how and why Hemp CBD and other cannabinoids help us with virtually no side effects, I have developed 45 different products that meet my standards. If I wouldn’t buy it as the discerning consumer that I am, then I would go back to the drawing board.