ABOUT THE CHEF
Bobbi’s Baked was created as a way to share the sacred gifts of Cannabis with the world. The inspiration for this came from the personal experience of the founder, Bobbi-Lee Williams.
Born in Loveland, Colorado and uprooted to Tennessee at the age of 12, she felt a deep sadness and sense of loss that were to remain with her for many years. As she tried to navigate a new life in a hyper-religious environment, she began to lose touch with the joy and creative freedom she had enjoyed in Colorado. Over the years she learned to turn pieces of herself off in order to fit in with the narrow minded, anti-secular community.
By the time she got to high school, this self-denial had begun to manifest physically as chronic gut-pain and severe migraines. Western medicine’s response involved several pharmaceutical drugs and the exact opposite of authentic healing. While her emotional barometer was being dulled with anti-depressants, neurological drugs weakened her mental capacity and her gut was destroyed by prescription opiates. These major side effects created a host of additional problems that were left to fester as she fell deeper into despair and addiction.
Her journey with Cannabis began as a Western Kentucky University freshman where she found she loved the elevated feeling and social nature of sharing the plant with friends. At the same time, her struggle with chronic pain was becoming harder to ignore. She made it through her junior year before buckling under the weight of a growing health crisis.
By the age of 22 she was on 9 different pharmaceuticals and had been to rehab twice. She felt lost, without purpose, and was spiritually desolate. College was put on hold as she numbly experienced the effects of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual toxicity. At that point Cannabis was just another way to stifle the pain and depression. A full-blown mental breakdown and three weeks in a locked psych ward in December 2011 marked her true bottom. It also created space for the birth of something new.
By what she considers a divine miracle, she conquered opioid addiction and was eventually able to finish her undergraduate degree in Chemistry. As she began the long road of pharmaceutical detox, she started to have panic attacks when consuming Cannabis. Stubborn refusal to let go of yet another familiar substance led to a spiritual breakthrough wherein she discovered the powerful healing aspects of the sacred plant medicine.
She combined Cannabis and Hot Yoga and experienced a deep re-connection with her higher self. Through this practice she started to heal her body, mind and soul. It also helped awaken her to her higher purpose. This was when she began to play with infusing Cannabis into food and discovered the great joy of the edibles experience.
During the darkest times, baking was a solace for Bobbi that also brought joy to others. As she recovered and started to consider what her professional career would look like, she decided that she would use her chemistry degree and love for baking to share Cannabis medicine with as many people as she could. She attended the French Pastry School in Chicago to further prepare her for this endeavor. Happily, this commitment to Cannabis brings her great satisfaction and the sense of purpose she missed for so long. Now, at age 30, she has transformed her life by going on a quest for the beautiful, for that which feeds the spirit of the human being. During this journey, Cannabis became her ally instead of another numbing agent.
While she was suffering from the side effects of a Big Pharma diet, the medical Cannabis movement in her home state gave her hope that there was real relief being offered by the plant medicine. She witnessed the transformation on the state’s patients as well as its economy and became convinced that embracing this plant medicine is the way forward for safe, effective, and revolutionary change in modern healthcare. She feels that legal, non-stigmatized access to the plant will help to reduce the number of opioid overdoses in America. We live in a society where the death toll of a legal drug is at epidemic proportions. The time for change has never been more crucial if we are to continue to evolve as a species.
Bobbi’s intention is to help relieve your physical pain while soothing the entire being in a natural and nutritious way. She has found the Cannabis plant to be a gift from Mother Nature and hopes that you will find comfort and strength from it as well.