The sharing of experiences of motherhood brought them together as friends; their mutual appreciation for cannabis in the lives of mothers blossomed into a lifelong partnership that became what Mothers Mary is today.
Since trying cannabis at age 27, Jordana has found that cannabis drastically changed her life. After struggling with finding the right antidepressants, being bedridden by pregnancies, and long bouts of postpartum depression, Jordana found that cannabis helped her find balance within her lifestyle and mental health. Driven by fear of stigma and desperation for support in the pre-legalization era, Jordana created a cyber support group for other mothers who could relate to her situation. The community expanded faster than she could have ever imagined.
One of those early group members was Annie, who after self-medicating with cannabis for years for mental health, turned to medical cannabis after becoming a mother for the second time during a struggle with postpartum depression and found it made all the difference in her care. With diverse experience stemming from the pharmaceutical industry in advertising and training, Annie knew she had something valuable to contribute to the lives of cannabis-using mothers.
The first meeting of Jordana and Annie came at the perfect time. Attitudes towards cannabis were different then; with cannabis prohibition came a taboo about using cannabis, and users were often categorized as lazy, unproductive hipsters. Never mind having these stigmas applied to mothers! As young mothers, working professionals, and medical cannabis users, together Jordana and Annie sought to put a new face to cannabis while being a useful resource for education and awareness around legal cannabis use. The Mothers Mary group was rebranded and was registered as a social enterprise: a hub for support and access to unbiased information about cannabis in this new era of legalization.
Mothers Mary is a stigma-free zone, where women and mothers can connect to each other and share their stories about motherhood, while getting support and reliable information about cannabis from a supportive group of Ambassadors, cannabis educators, and cannabis industry partnerships.
When Jordana and Annie aren’t working on Mothers Mary, they are taking care of their toddlers (both have two kids 3 and under!), maintaining their homes, spending time with their husbands, and working hard to pay the bills.