By Sheila Julson
When Summer Garcia opened Rapha Health and Wellness in September 2017, she had a vision to offer more than just retail cannabinoid (CBD) products. Now known as Rapha 180, Garcia’s business reflects that everyone is on a different health journey. Through individualized health consultations, she offers advice on healthy diets, exercise, the power of positive thinking, and which CBD products, vitamins and supplements work best for customer’s needs.
Garcia is Native American and had always believed in natural healing. After overcoming her own health struggles, as well as seeing her family members suffer from various physical and mental health issues, Garcia was inspired to open her own business helping others. She’s working toward a bachelor’s degree in psychology and had worked in education for 17 years.
“We’re not against Western medicine at all, but there are so many natural remedies already on Earth that can work,” she says. “I have a welcoming, safe space to talk with customers about diet, exercise and neuroplasticity, and I truly believe that if we learn to focus on the positive instead of the negative, we will get a lot farther.”
Although CBD oil products are all the rage right now, Garcia is not afraid to tell a customer they might not need it to accomplish his or her health goal. “CBD might seem like a trend, but marijuana’s medicinal properties have been used by many cultures for hundreds of years. A lot of people are jumping on this, since we’re all reaching for something that will make us feel better, but some sellers and producers of CBD advertise it as a cure-all liquid, and that’s not the case,” Garcia advises, “you’re still responsible for your health. Taking a CBD tincture is not going to help a diabetic that still eats sugar all the time.”
Garcia adds that some companies are making CBD tinctures that are not the best quality because they want to cash in on the CBD demand. “Those companies ultimately will not last,” Garcia predicts, “but the businesses that really want to help people will be the ones here to stay. I often get asked what will happen to CBD products if Oklahoma legalizes recreational marijuana, but that will not hurt my business at all. CBD is a huge component of healing, and when partnered with tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC, the hallucinogenic component of the cannabis plant) it offers benefits that are phenomenal. CBD is still doing well in states like Colorado that have legalized recreational marijuana.”
Rapha 180 carries CBD tinctures, gummies, edibles, vapes, topicals and capsules for adults, children and pets, sourced from Oklahoma-based Can-Tek Labs. “They’re known for their quality and pureness, and owner Ryan Early is passionate about providing a full spectrum, organic non-genetically modified product with quality carriers. It’s key to find a lab that respects the plant and leaves the product in the best raw state as possible, and to not put profit over someone’s life,” Garcia says. She’s also a distributor for Can-Tek Labs, so she can provide their product to local pharmacies, retailers and practitioners. Rapha 180 offers free monthly classes to further educate people about CBD, such as the benefits and how to read a CBD lab report for quality.
Garcia’s husband served in the United States Marines and is an Iraq War veteran who suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This inspired Garcia to offer wellness classes specifically for veterans suffering from PTSD. The classes provide a safe forum for veterans to talk about their emotions, and they are provided with informational material and resources. The next class is at 6:30 p.m., Monday, September 24.
Rapha 180 offers red light therapy by appointment, and they carry vitamins and herbal supplements by an Oklahoma producer, as well as soaps, lotions and body care products made by a local goat farmer. “We wholeheartedly support small, local business and keep everything natural and small-batch, so our products are traceable,” Garcia enthuses. “We love Moore and want to be part of the community—not just a store in the community.” Soon she will bring in local musicians to offer acoustical performances, as well as local painters, sculptors and artists in Native American arts. Those events will take place after hours on Friday evenings.