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 explain it to somebody who is not from Kentucky, or the closest they got was in a glass of bourbon!
My grandmother was born in the home on the Maker’s Mark distillery residential or commercial property that is now the welcome center for visitors on the Bourbon Trail.
WB: What brought you to the hemp service?
JH: My hometown, in addition to being at the heart of Kentucky bourbon culture, also took place to be the head office 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 profession course led me straight to this minute. Since of my book-writing background and my reputation as a cannabis journalist, I was completely positioned to make the leap into business side with the passage of the 2018 Farm Costs.
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 very same.
WB: Do you have a coach? Who is it?
JH: In 2018, I profiled Trey Zoeller of Jefferson’s Bourbon for Business Owner Magazine He’s the mad researcher behind Jefferson’s Ocean, which is bourbon aged at sea. In the course of interviewing him, I found out how he disrupted the bourbon industry with a new way of believing that connected with the marketplace in surprising ways. He’s a role model who taught me how to participate in company by resolving problems in innovative methods.
WB: Why Cornbread Hemp? Cornbread Hemp brings the Kentucky marijuana customs of the Cornbread Mafia into the light of day by dropping the “mafia” and including Kentucky-grown hemp items made to the standards of the USDA licensed organic program. Through the Cornbread story, we produced a brand name story that stretches back to the 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 use Anson Mills grains?
JH: If we’re talking cornbread, I constantly begin with a corn-only, gluten-free batter. Possibly I blend a can of creamed corn in there, due to the fact that why not? Then, I put the batter into a preheated cast-iron frying pan coated with bacon grease. As soon as the bottom crust is set, prior to putting the skillet back into the oven, I drop another stick of butter therein. For dessert cornbread, I dollop in spoonfuls of blackberry maintains. The secret is getting the frying pan cigarette smoking hot prior to pouring in the batter to set the bottom crust. When you’ve mastered that part, you can improvise in a great deal of interesting methods.
( Ohhhh, creamed corn …)
WB: What is your 6 and twelve-month plan?
JH: We are currently in a fundraising round on Wefunder, almost midway to our goal of raising $400 K. In the next few months, we will release this capital through digital marketing channels to continue our nationwide reach, in addition to introducing brand-new items into our lineup like USDA natural complete spectrum vegan CBD gummies.
WB: What markets do you wish to penetrate?
JH: Cornbread Hemp is completely 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 stretches from Chicago to Atlanta, including Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Nashville. To our knowledge, we are the only brand name to provide USDA licensed natural CBD items within 300 miles of Chicago. So, the Second City is a high concern for us.
WB: What barriers do you deal with?
JH: Like all CBD brand names, our primary challenge is the saturated environment we find ourselves because is an outcome of a lack of FDA policies, which keeps significant merchants on the sidelines. This lack of policies likewise creates a discouraging mosaic of compliance as specific states step up to fill the void, but not in any unified method.
WB: How do you expect getting rid of those obstacles?
JH: The FDA will provide regulations when it does.
WB: Stigmas about weed?
JH: All the items at Cornbread Hemp are complete spectrum, which means they consist of a legal dosage of not more than 0.3%THC. While that’s not quite, studies reveal that it plays an incredibly crucial function in the entourage result. We believe the included THC assists the CBD products act more effectively in the body. One obstacle we continue to deal with is that much of our potential customers are obstructed from trying full spectrum hemp products due to the fact that of workplace drug screening, although full spectrum CBD items are perfectly legal. This is simply one of the staying preconceptions about marijuana that we need to work through together.
WB: Do you have a preferred food memory from youth?
JH: I must have still been in very first grade when my mom baked a cake for our Catholic parish turkey social in November.
WB: Do you cook? If so, have you ever cooked your grandparents‘ dishes?
JH: I grill steaks like my grandpa taught me: don’t flip a steak up until the juice starts to poke out of the top.
WB: Do you have a favorite restaurant (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 home on a property block of Germantown, it was a speakeasy throughout Restriction and then an area bar for years till it ended up being Hammerheads about 10 years earlier.
WB: What is your enthusiasm?
JH: I am a writer who is devoted to reminding all Americans, but especially ladies over 45, that hemp has actually constantly been a part of American culture, which 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 belonged of American dominant culture, however the politics surrounding the Vietnam War pressed hemp into the counter-culture. My enthusiasm is to help people comprehend that hemp has constantly been with us. With this knowledge, people can understand that using hemp-derived complete spectrum CBD products isn’t dangerous or deviant or naughty, however rather as American as cornbread.