She Survived a Mass Shooting but Found Solace in the CBD Business

After narrowly escaping the Las Vegas massacre, Lauren Lerch struggled with acute PTSD. Then she discovered CBD.


In 2017, Lauren Lerch went to a music festival in Las Vegas with some friends. It was supposed to be a fun weekend with the girls, listening to some of their favorite country bands. But what started as a good time ended in a nightmare.

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High above, a sniper barricaded himself on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. He began shooting at innocent concert-goers for 12 hellish minutes, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more. While they watched people fall all around them, Lauren and her friends were able to escape alive. But the trauma of the event remained long after the concert.

Lauren suffered from debilitating PTSD and anxiety. The slightest loud sound caused her to dive for cover. A friend turned her onto CBD, and within a few weeks, her life began to change. So much that she decided to open her own Your CBD Store franchise so she could share what she learned with others. Lauren now runs three stores and plans on opening a fourth soon. You can hear her incredible story on this week's episode of the Green Entrepreneur Podcast.




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Jonathan Small is editor-in-chief of Green Entrepreneur, a website and magazine focused on the cannabis industry. He is also an award-winning journalist, producer, and podcast host of the Green Entrepreneur and Write About Now podcasts and the founder of Strike Fire Productions, a premium podcast production company with clients such as SAG-AFTRA and Purely Elizabeth. He had held editing positions at Glamour, Stuff, Fitness, and Twist Magazines. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, TV Guide, Cosmo, Details, and Good Housekeeping. Previously, Jonathan served as VP of Content for the GSN (the Game Show Network), where he produced original digital video series.