Our Origin Story; How it All Began

Although cannabis has existed since before the dawn of civilization, and humans have been using it for more than 5,000 years, it wasn’t until recently that research and clinical trials have begun to reveal the true power of the plant. But here at Black Rain, we’ve long believed in the healing effects of cannabis, and more specifically cannabidiol (CBD), even as the medical establishment has been largely silent about the subject.

It started when Claude, our founder, learned his aunt had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite the lack of scientific research into CBD at the time, Claude knew he could apply the healing powers of the cannabinoid to assuage his aunt’s pain and expedite her recovery. After months of experimenting with batch after batch of CBD creations, Claude’s determination led him to develop the ideal formulation: 10mg of medicinal-grade CBD paired with flavored and unflavored alkaline water to revitalize and rebalance the body’s natural functions.

Claude’s aunt loved the delicious, juicy taste of his new creation, and soon, her body began to bounce back from the breast cancer. We’re blessed to say that through the strength of her will and the healing powers of CBD, Claude’s aunt won her battle with breast cancer.

Fast forward to early 2017: a time when leading institutions were beginning to conduct cannabis-centric clinical trials and once-unsubstantiated claims about CBD started appearing in medical journals. That’s when Claude decided it was the perfect time to share his curative concoction with the world. In March of that year, Claude worked with his family to establish Black Rain, a CBD-based wellness company.

Headquartered in Oakland, California, Black Rain is paving the way for Black-owned wellness firms by providing the type of relief and recovery that cured Claude’s aunt. Our mission is to help people enjoy healthy lifestyles paired with effective usage of CBD. Our first product is an alkaline water that’s filtered 14 times before it’s infused with 10 mg of CBD, which may inhibit cancer cell growth, act as a neuroprotective, reduce inflammation, and provide relief for any number of ailments.

All Black Rain products are batch tested to ensure safety, quality, and the correct dosages. And each of our production facilities holds the highest certifications concerning quality control. We only use the most potent extracts, and we never compromise on effectiveness. Plus, our products taste amazing and have distinct flavor profiles you won’t find anywhere else.

Whether it’s keeping patients off of addictive opioids or treating those who suffer from epileptic seizures, we believe CBD products provide a safer alternative. Black Rain is already being enjoyed by everyday warriors including veterans and cancer survivors as a way to celebrate their strength and live powerful lives. Start incorporating the benefits of CBD into your life by trying Black Rain today!

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Nothing has ever been more important to me than the health of my family. So after years of seeing my loved ones suffer from the debilitating effects of cancer, I embarked on a mission to relieve them of their pain. When my research led me to learn about the healing properties of cannabidiol (CBD), I began exploring ways to infuse the restorative compound into a delicious drink my family would love. Fast forward to today, and my once-ailing family members are sprinting along the road to recovery, while I myself am serving as the founder and CEO of Black Rain.

I am thrilled to have my family members as part of the Black Rain revolution, and I’m working hard to help more people in our community enjoy long, healthy lives by incorporating Black Rain into their wellness routines. When I’m not working, I am privileged to play an active role in my hometown of Oakland, where I have made positive civic contributions for more than 15 years.


As Black Rain’s business manager, my responsibility is to establish and strengthen relationships with our company’s partners and consumers. I am dedicated and passionate about our product line, as we work tirelessly to market our brand across multiple outlets. My passion is working in my community and shaping the lives of Oakland’s youth. I was born and raised in Oakland, where I continue to reside with my husband of 24 years. I am a mother of three and also have one adorable granddaughter. I am also among the most avid Raiders and Warriors fan to ever walk the earth.


A relatively new transfer to the realm of CBD, I joined Black Rain after spending 17 years in the field of finance. I began my career as a mailroom temp and worked my way up to vice president for two of the biggest names in the industry. More recently, after drinking Black Rain for a couple of weeks, I decided to invest in the company at the partnership level. Now, as Black Rain’s chief financial officer, I am responsible for overseeing present and future business concerns, including cash flow, credit management, and customer service.

I’m passionate about health and wellness, and I am committed to growing Black Rain’s business and continuing to help others experience the benefits of CBD. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, running, traveling, and spending time with my friends. I also love volunteering for deserving causes and I often adopt families from the surrounding area during holiday times.