Warren Bobrow=WB: Please tell me about where you are from?
Jim Higdon=JH: I matured in Lebanon, Kentucky– about an hour south of Louisville.
WB: How would you describe it to someone who is not from Kentucky, or the closest they got was in a glass of whiskey!
My grandmother was born in the home on the Maker’s Mark distillery home that is now the welcome center for visitors on the Bourbon Trail.
WB: What brought you to the hemp organisation?
JH: My hometown, in addition to being at the heart of Kentucky bourbon culture, likewise happened to be the headquarters for an outlaw band of marijuana growers understood as the Cornbread Mafia. That work led me to the chance to release Cornbread Hemp.
WB: Why a Marijuana product?
JH: My career course led me directly to this moment. Since of my book-writing background and my track record as a cannabis journalist, I was perfectly placed to make the leap into business side with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.
WB: What was your path to the plant?
JH: I avoided the plant in high school. While studying abroad, I turned 19 in Amsterdam. After that, things weren’t the same.
WB: Do you have a mentor? Who is it?
JH: In 2018, I profiled Trey Zoeller of Jefferson’s Bourbon for Entrepreneur Publication
WB: Why Cornbread Hemp? Cornbread Hemp brings the Kentucky cannabis customs of the Cornbread Mafia into the light of day by dropping the “mafia” and including Kentucky-grown hemp products made to the standards of the USDA accredited organic program. Through the Cornbread story, we created a brand name narrative that stretches back to the very first Kentucky hemp crop in1775 In this method, we have access to a brand story that more carefully resembles a legacy bourbon brand name than an unreliable CBD company.
WB: How do you make your cornbread? Do you utilize Anson Mills grains?
JH: If we’re talking cornbread, I always start with a corn-only, gluten-free batter. For dessert cornbread, I dollop in spoonfuls of blackberry preserves.
( Ohhhh, creamed corn …)
WB: What is your 6 and twelve-month plan?
JH: We are currently in a fundraising round on Wefunder, nearly halfway to our goal of raising $400 K. In the next few months, we will release this capital through digital marketing channels to continue our national reach, along with presenting new items into our lineup like USDA natural full spectrum vegan CBD gummies.
WB: What markets do you want to penetrate?
JH: Cornbread Hemp is completely placed to be the market leader from Chicago to Atlanta. As we grow this year, our area is the lower Midwest and upper South that extends from Chicago to Atlanta, consisting of Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Nashville. To our knowledge, we are the only brand name to use USDA certified natural CBD products within 300 miles of Chicago. The Second City is a high priority for us.
WB: What barriers do you deal with?
JH: Like all CBD brands, our primary obstacle is the saturated environment we find ourselves in that is a result of a lack of FDA guidelines, which keeps significant sellers on the sidelines. This absence of policies likewise develops a discouraging mosaic of compliance as specific states step up to fill the void, however not in any unified way.
WB: How do you anticipate eliminating those obstacles?
JH: The FDA will release policies when it does.
WB: Preconceptions about weed?
JH: All the items at Cornbread Hemp are full spectrum, which indicates they contain a legal dosage of not more than 0.3%THC. One obstacle we continue to face is that numerous of our prospective customers are blocked from attempting complete spectrum hemp items since of work environment drug screening, even though complete spectrum CBD products are completely legal.
WB: Do you have a preferred food memory from childhood?
JH: I need to have still been in first grade when my mother baked a cake for our Catholic parish turkey social in November.
WB: Do you cook? If so, have you ever cooked your grandparents‘ recipes?
JH: I barbecue steaks like my grandfather taught me: do not flip a steak till the juice starts to poke out of the top. Turn it simply long enough to warm up the other side and pull it. Perfect medium-rare every time.
WB: Do you have a preferred restaurant (pre-covid-19) where is it? Kind of food?
JH: When visitors come to Louisville, I take them to Hammerheads. Located inside the basement of a home on a property block of Germantown, it was a speakeasy throughout Restriction and then a neighborhood bar for years till it ended up being Hammerheads about 10 years earlier.
WB: What is your passion?
JH: I am a writer who is committed to advising all Americans, however especially ladies over 45, that hemp has actually always belonged of American culture, and that the 50 years of the Drug War was a distortion of our true relationship with the plant. Until the end of World War II, hemp had actually belonged of American dominant culture, however the politics surrounding the Vietnam War pushed hemp into the counter-culture. My enthusiasm is to assist individuals understand that hemp has actually constantly been with us. With this knowledge, people can understand that utilizing hemp-derived full spectrum CBD products isn’t risky or deviant or naughty, but rather as American as cornbread.