People come and go in our lives but the memories always remain. For Bridgett Davis, founder of Big Momma's Legacy, that person was her great great grandmother. Rachel "Big Momma" Richardson was the epitome of comfort, security, and happiness in Bridgett's life. A nurturer and giver, Rachel Richardson was the heart of the family. As the years went by Bridgett reached a point in her life where she was searching for alternative methods of healing. So, she turned to her great great grandmother's recipes for essential oils and salves. A total lightbulb went off. Why not incorporate cannabis? Bridgett soon started sharing her creations with her mother and grandmother. They were an instant hit. Bridgett knew it was time to share her beloved great great grandmother's recipes with the world. BGM Legacy is the embodiment of Big Momma’s kindred spirit in the form of home-made, all natural cannabis salves and essential oils. Made with generous helpings of pure shea butter, raw coconut oil, and essential oils – BGM Legacy is committed to family-run, natural, and original products.
In the beginning, what inspired you to get involved with cannabis?
What inspired me to get involved back in 2013 I underwent some life challenges and I was looking for some alternative remedies vs traditional methods of healing.
I started recreating some of my Great Great Grandmother’s recipes using Essential Oils and incorporating herbs. One day a light bulb came on in my head and I thought – why don’t I incorporate cannabis into the salves? So I began researching different herbs and making salves and tinctures for my family and friends.
Can you tell us a little bit more about the story behind Big Momma's Legacy?
My Great Great Grandmother Mrs. Rachel Richardson was my inspiration for my company. She was a woman who embodied family, love and, of course, good food! I was blessed to spend a lot of time with her growing up.
As a child, I can remember being sick and her taking care of me. One of my fondest memories of her is when she would cut oranges in half and sprinkle a little sugar on them, then she would serve it to me on red China plates. I don’t know how but I always felt so much better! I wanted the world to know my Great Great Grandmother and experience her legacy through her salves and tinctures.
How has cannabis influenced your life?
Cannabis has influenced my life in such a positive manner. I honestly feel this plant is here to help heal and restore our families and communities. I am honored to be able to educate and share the many benefits of this amazing plant.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
What I enjoy most about this business, is re-educating folks on the benefits of this amazing plant. I have talked to people from all over the US and other countries and it’s pretty universal, everyone had a Grandmother, Abuelita, Nana, etc who used natural remedies for just about everything.
A lot of cultures also soaked cannabis in alcohol overnight to use for medicinal purposes. I love learning about how other cultures used cannabis in their medicine, to me, it's a way of connecting us all together.
If you could offer an aspiring cannabis entrepreneur one piece of advice, what would it be?
One piece of advice I can offer is Habakkuk 2:2 “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it”
Name the top 3 skills every cannabis entrepreneur needs
The top three skills every cannabis entrepreneur would need is to be personally connected to the plant, have a love of people, and the ability to be present.
What are some of the biggest challenges you've faced in launching a cannabis company?
Some of the biggest challenges have been the legal side for sure. Trying to figure out where my company fits in the new regulations coming up can be complicated.
I’m starting in unchartered waters so it's always challenging when you don’t know what to expect. However, I am ready for the Green Ride.
Do you have any tips for maintaining a work/life balance?
Maintaining some form of balance is a MUST!! LOL I mediate early every morning and do my yoga and I focus on Gratitude.
I also love to do Spa days with my favorite book at least 2x a month. I cut my cable off many years ago, so the money I would spend on the idiot box, I use to restart and love on myself.
Name the top 3 benefits of using cannabis topicals
There are a lot of benefits to using cannabis topicals. First, it does not create a psychoactive effect like vaping or edibles. Number two, cannabis topicals are known to help with inflammation and pain relief. They also can be applied often and in most cases will not interfere with other medications. Thirdly, cannabis topicals are discreet. No one knows you are medicating.
How can cannabis improve women's health?
I would love to see more research done on Women’s Health and Cannabis. I believe cannabis could be beneficial for Menopause, Fibromyalgia, Insomnia, Parkinson’s disease and countless other diseases that should be researched.
I’m glad to be living in a time when folks are coming around and opening their eyes to this amazing plant.