“Dr. K” Opens Austin’s First Female Black-Owned Cannabis Business

When her father was diagnosed with mesothelioma, Dr. Kirsten Shepard, a licensed chiropractor and massage therapist, sought alte
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When her father was diagnosed with mesothelioma, Dr. Kirsten Shepard, a licensed chiropractor and massage therapist, sought alternatives to the opioids he was prescribed.

"I was searching for whatever, whoever, anything that would help with his nausea, lack of appetite, and the pain that it caused. I knew about cannabis – I spent three years in L.A. before coming back to Austin in 2008 – but I was very naive about it. I thought everybody was like Snoop Dogg – they just wanted a legal way to smoke, you know? I didn't think about compassionate use until I needed to think about it."

Shepard, also known as Dr. K, is the founder and CEO of TrueStopper, one of Austin's first female Black-owned cannabusinesses. In addition to advocating for more opportunities for women and BIPOC founders and more market transparency, she created a line of regenerative hemp-based products that are "triple-tested by ISO-certified labs."

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