Our Founders

Laura Brenner

Founder & Product Oversight Manager

As one of the founding partners and main inspiration for Sugar and Kush, Laura now oversees all quality control of Sugar and Kush CBD oil products and their development.

Early Life

Laura Brenner is one of the true pioneers for promoting the benefits of CBD to the world. In 2013, at the age of 31, Laura learned she had stage 3 ovarian cancer. Doctors told her they found tumors on one of her ovaries, uterus and diaphragm. Being a strong willed woman of faith, she refused to let the diagnosis bring her down and actively began researching natural alternatives that could enable her body to heal. She became a vegan and adopted an entirely holistic and natural lifestyle. One vital natural herb she discovered came from the hemp plant, CBD.

Just 90 days after her diagnosis, Laura’s doctors informed her that she had entered into remission. Her story spread and people from around the world reached out to her for help. At that time stigmas surrounding the hemp plant were still prevalent and the benefits of CBD oil were generally unknown. Laura began to feel that she had been diagnosed for the specific purpose of spreading awareness about how alternative medicine helped her. She found that CBD oil could help balance the body and manage a number of challenges that many people in her situation would face. These were some of the main CBD oil benefits she discovered:

  • Relief from everyday stresses
  • Support for healthy sleep cycles
  • A sense of calm and focus
  • Supports relaxation

Now, being cancer free, Laura continues to use CBD oil as a part of her maintenance program. Here is a quote from Laura about how CBD helps her sleep.

“It enables me to get a good night’s sleep which allows me to keep my immune system in tip top shape.”

While CBD oil continues to play a vital role in Laura’s life, it is only one piece of the puzzle that enables her to keep her body in optimal health.

The Beginning of Sugar and Kush

After considering how little the world seemed to know about CBD and the profound impact hemp oil had on her, the idea of starting a company that offered a natural holistic CBD oil to the world came to her. She went to some of her closest friends and her husband to talk about it.

“I told them I wanted to help people on a much larger scale than I am able to do now. So I thought, how do I reach millions of people with this message of healing? When I was studying CBD, I knew it could restore the body. I said, ‘Guys lets do this. Let’s start a company.’

“When you have cancer you should not be consuming sugar. Sometimes you feel like you are missing out. We developed Sugar and Kush CBD products with little to no sugar so you can have your sweets too. I wanted to hit every aspect of everyone’s life. Our products are also great for diabetics and people following the Keto diet. I want to make sure we are including everyone in the world so that all can enjoy it and I don't want anyone to feel left out. Sugar and Kush is for everyone.” ~ Laura Brenner

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Danielle Papajan

Founder and Operations Manager

Danielle Papajan is an entrepreneur and has worked in corporate sales throughout her career. She is a founder of Sugar and Kush and uses her specialized skill sets in business operations and sales to propel Sugar and Kush forward.

Early Life

When Laura Brenner came up with the idea of starting a company that would spread the benefits of CBD to the world, Danielle Papajan was one of the first of her friends to hear about it. As her best friend, Danielle was devastated to hear about Laura’s diagnosis and equally astonished and relieved by Laura’s rapid recovery. Inspired by Laura’s testimony of how CBD oil helped her fight off cancer, Danielle started putting CBD tinctures under her tongue to treat her own autoimmune diseases.

Danielle struggles with Hypothyroidism and Celiac Disease. Both conditions are associated with her immune system and can cause chronic pain and thyroid hormone imbalances. Both conditions have also been associated with a deficient endocannabinoid system and Danielle has found that CBD oil helps with both balancing her hormones and reducing inflammation throughout the joints in her body. She has also had blood tests returned showing she has tendencies towards Crohn’s Disease, a condition that can cause intense and painful inflammation in the digestive system. Endocannabinoid receptors are plentiful in the digestive tract and CBD for Crohn’s Disease has been one of the most promising benefits of CBD thus far.

Sugar and Kush

After Laura Brenner told Danielle about her aspirations to start a CBD oil company, Danielle took the first business trip to California to help guide Laura. One of the businesses that Danielle had started as an entrepreneur involved food products like smoothies and she figured she may have some insights into the operations of a business focused on CBD for wellness.

Through her years of networking in college and the business world, Danielle helped Laura make the necessary connections to launch Sugar&Kush CBD. Today, Danielle continues to develop the growth of Sugar and Kush by traveling regularly as a sales specialist for the company. CBD oil also helps her with the stresses and pains of constant traveling and networking.

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