The need for Mendi as a solution for plant-based recovery is rooted in the struggle to find healthier tools for managing pain, stress, fatigue and sleep in pro sports. When CEO + founder, Rachael Rapinoe, decided to hang up her cleats from soccer in 2010 it wasn’t because she wanted to retire. She simply wasn’t finding a natural alternative to replace the addictive prescriptions and OTC drugs that she became subjected to, holding her back from feeling her best.
Mendi launched in 2019 as a solution to this widespread problem not just in pro sports but throughout the U.S. Every day, millions of active people–especially women–struggle with the ability to feel their best and are being held back by stress, fatigue, sleep, pain and general wellness. Mendi exists to help you thrive naturally by creating plant-based essentials for whole body recovery.
Our CBD products are designed to be part of your everyday recovery kit. Keeping you feeling your best, naturally. Using the power of plant-based ingredients, unique formulations, the highest-quality hemp extracts and locally-sourced plant compounds we’re expanding what’s possible in our industry.
I am both a natural born athlete and competitor in soccer, basketball, track and field, swimming, biking, running -- you name it, I’ve done it. I have pushed my body to the limits, experienced many injuries and opioid use over the years, and have come to understand that smarter, healthier full body recovery can lead to a much more fulfilling life.
During my quest to find trusted, natural, non-toxic hemp wellness tools that met my standards as an elite performance coach and health specialist, I became inspired to start Mendi. With a simple yet powerful goal in mind, I started creating products to empower athletes and active lives to feel their best physically and mentally while building a safe, approachable, compassionate and bold brand championing women and marginalized communities in the cannabis, sports and cultural landscape.
My background in sports science, fitness, wellness, ecommerce, brand building and advocacy work led to Mendi. My team and I strongly believe in working side by side with our product, sports science and chemist teams to use the highest quality ingredients, unique formulations and sourcing premium hemp extracts right from our back yard here in Oregon.
Yours truly, Rach