In 2017, a doctor wanted to put Garrett and April's daughter on prescription drugs because she was having night terrors.
No way. No chance. No how.
They started Root Bioscience instead.
"My dad committed suicide when I was twenty-one.
I knew it was coming. It was obvious. He was spiraling and needed help. But I didn’t care. I was mad. He’d broken my trust. He deserved whatever he wanted to do to himself and I was going to let him. I even made fun of him when he didn’t get it right the first time.
I blamed myself for a long time. Part of me still does.
But it wasn’t my fault.
Call his demons whatever you want. The doctors had plenty of names for them. And plenty of prescription pills.
Lithium. Zoloft. Prozac. Xanax. All of them. I couldn’t keep up.
That’s where there is fault.
The pills. The “medicine”. They scrambled his brain.
Fast forward twenty years. My wife and I are sitting with a pediatric therapist. Our oldest daughter had been having night terrors. They started after she saw a graphic cartoon at a friend’s house. Before long, she was having panic attacks at the mere thought of bedtime.
Pediatric Therapist: “Well, there’s this drug…”
Us: “Oh, hell no.”
Root Bioscience was born that day. We needed a choice.
Root Bioscience was built because we've had some very bad experiences with pharmaceuticals.
It was built so we will have a choice.
It was built so you will have a choice."
CEO | Root Bioscience
David is Chief of Palliative Care for the Duke Health System and authored Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana. He knows a thing or two about helping people.
Mort specializes in non-profit development and corporate philanthropy. He keeps us focused on the social and environmental impact our business has on our community.
Celeste is a chemist who managed research and development for Burt’s Bees after holding similar positions at Chanel and Elizabeth Arden. If we can think it, she can make it.
John led Burt’s Bees and Seventh Generation before establishing One Better Ventures. He helps us remember sustainability is no longer optional.
Mark led ArunA Bio, a leader in stem cell research, and BioDelivery Sciences International, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on pain. He pushes our stretch goals.
Our growers and their families have worked their farms for generations. They share our
commitment to sustainable agriculture practices and are the reason Made in North Carolina means something exceptional. They do far more than supply us with the plants that drive our process. They are our friends and neighbors, and they are true partners in our business.