Warren Bobrow=WB: Please inform 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 somebody who is not from Kentucky, or the closest they got was in a glass of scotch!
My granny 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, also took place to be the head office for an criminal band of marijuana growers known as the Cornbread Mafia. In Between 1985 and 1989, seventy men from central Kentucky were apprehended on 30 farms in 10 specifies with what the authorities stated was 200 lots of cannabis. I disappeared to school to end up being a writer, initially to Brown and then to the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. I then returned home to compose the conclusive story on the Cornbread Mafia as a narrative nonfiction book. From the book’s success, I ended up being a reporter covering cannabis policy for POLITICO, the Washington Post, and other outlets. That work led me to the chance to introduce Cornbread Hemp.
WB: Why a Cannabis product?
JH: My career course led me directly to this minute. Because of my book-writing background and my reputation as a marijuana journalist, I was perfectly positioned to make the leap into business side with the passage of the 2018 Farm Expense.
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 exact same.
WB: Do you have a mentor? Who is it?
JH: In 2018, I profiled Trey Zoeller of Jefferson’s Bourbon for Entrepreneur Magazine
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 certified natural program. Through the Cornbread story, we created a brand 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 tradition bourbon brand name than an unreliable CBD business.
WB: How do you make your cornbread? Do you use 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 protects.
( Ohhhh, creamed corn …)
WB: What is your six and twelve-month plan?
JH: We are currently in a fundraising round on Wefunder, nearly halfway to our objective 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 introducing brand-new items into our lineup like USDA natural complete spectrum vegan CBD gummies.
WB: What markets do you want to penetrate?
JH: Cornbread Hemp is perfectly positioned to be the marketplace 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 understanding, we are the only brand to use USDA accredited natural CBD items within 300 miles of Chicago. The Second City is a high concern for us.
WB: What barriers do you deal with?
JH: Like all CBD brand names, our main barrier is the saturated environment we find ourselves in that is an outcome of a lack of FDA guidelines, which keeps significant merchants on the sidelines. This absence of policies also produces a discouraging mosaic of compliance as private states step up to fill the void, but not in any unified way.
WB: How do you prepare for removing those challenges?
JH: The FDA will provide policies when it does. In the meantime, our CBD items are accredited organic by the USDA, which is the only federal firm that gives its seal of approval to hemp instilled products. In terms of limiting risk of contamination and communicating credibility to customers, there’s no substitute for the USDA organic seal.
WB: Stigmas about weed?
JH: All the items at Cornbread Hemp are full spectrum, which implies they contain a legal dose of not more than 0.3%THC. While that’s not very much, studies show that it plays a very essential function in the entourage impact. Our company believe the included THC assists the CBD items act more effectively in the body. One barrier we continue to face is that a lot of our possible clients are obstructed from attempting full spectrum hemp items because of office drug testing, even though complete spectrum CBD products are perfectly legal. This is simply one of the remaining stigmas about cannabis that we need to work through together.
WB: Do you have a favorite food memory from childhood?
JH: I must have still remained in very first grade when my mom baked a cake for our Catholic parish turkey social in November. I spent my cash at the cake wheel to recover the cake that my mother had made: a lemon poppy seed bundt cake with a drizzle icing. Why would I let another person win the cake that my mom made? It was tasty.
WB: Do you prepare? If so, have you ever prepared your grandparents‘ recipes?
JH: I grill steaks like my grandpa taught me: do not flip a steak until the juice starts to poke out of the top. Flip it just long enough to warm up the other side and pull it. Perfect medium-rare each time.
WB: Do you have a favorite dining establishment (pre-covid-19) where is it? Type of food?
JH: When visitors come to Louisville, I take them to Hammerheads. Found inside the basement of a house on a domestic block of Germantown, it was a speakeasy during Prohibition and then an area bar for decades up until it ended up being Hammerheads about 10 years back.
WB: What is your passion?
JH: I am a writer who is committed to reminding all Americans, however especially ladies over 45, that hemp has always been a part of American culture, and that the 50 years of the Drug War was a distortion of our real relationship with the plant. Until completion of The second world war, hemp had actually been a part of American dominant culture, but the politics surrounding the Vietnam War pushed hemp into the counter-culture. My passion is to help individuals understand that hemp has always been with us. With this understanding, individuals can understand that utilizing hemp-derived full spectrum CBD items isn’t risky or deviant or naughty, however rather as American as cornbread.