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 scotch!
JH: For a scotch lover, I can indicate the red wax on a bottle of Maker’s Mark and say, “I’m from there.” My grandmother was born in the house on the Maker’s Mark distillery property that is now the welcome center for visitors on the Bourbon Trail. If you’ve been to the Maker’s Mark distillery, you have actually been to my granny’s youth house.
WB: What brought you to the hemp company?
JH: My home town, in addition to being at the heart of Kentucky bourbon culture, also took place to be the headquarters for an hooligan band of marijuana growers known as the Cornbread Mafia. That work led me to the opportunity to launch Cornbread Hemp.
WB: Why a Marijuana item?
JH: My career path led me directly to this minute. Due to the fact that of my book-writing background and my credibility as a cannabis reporter, 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. Then, 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 Business Owner Publication He’s the mad scientist 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 brand-new method of believing that gotten in touch with the marketplace in surprising methods. He’s a role model who taught me how to engage in service by resolving issues in creative ways.
WB: Why Cornbread Hemp?
WB: How do you make your cornbread? Do you utilize Anson Mills grains?
JH: If we’re talking cornbread, I constantly start with a corn-only, gluten-free batter. Perhaps I mix a can of creamed corn in there, due to the fact that why not? I pour the batter into a preheated cast-iron frying pan covered with bacon grease. Once the bottom crust is set, before putting the frying pan back into the oven, I drop another stick of butter in there. For dessert cornbread, I dollop in spoonfuls of blackberry protects. The secret is getting the skillet cigarette smoking hot before pouring in the batter to set the bottom crust. When you’ve mastered that part, you can improvise in a great deal of fascinating methods.
( Ohhhh, creamed corn …)
WB: What is your six and twelve-month strategy?
JH: We are currently in a fundraising round on Wefunder, nearly midway to our goal of raising $400 K. In the next couple of months, we will deploy this capital through digital marketing channels to continue our national reach, as well as introducing brand-new items into our lineup like USDA natural complete spectrum vegan CBD gummies.
WB: What markets do you wish to permeate?
JH: Cornbread Hemp is perfectly placed to be the market leader from Chicago to Atlanta.
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 a result of a lack of FDA policies, which keeps major sellers on the sidelines. This absence of regulations also produces a frustrating mosaic of compliance as private states step up to fill the void, however not in any unified method.
WB: How do you expect getting rid of those obstacles?
JH: The FDA will issue regulations when it does. In the meantime, our CBD products are licensed natural by the USDA, which is the only federal company that gives its seal of approval to hemp instilled products. In regards to restricting risk of contamination and communicating credibility to customers, there’s no replacement for the USDA natural seal.
WB: Stigmas about weed?
JH: All the products at Cornbread Hemp are full spectrum, which means they consist of a legal dose of not more than 0.3%THC. One obstacle we continue to face is that many of our possible consumers are blocked from trying complete spectrum hemp products since of office drug screening, even though complete spectrum CBD products are perfectly legal.
WB: Do you have a favorite food memory from youth?
JH: I need to have still remained in very first grade when my mother baked a cake for our Catholic parish turkey social in November. I spent my money at the cake wheel to win back the cake that my mom had actually 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 delicious.
WB: Do you prepare? If so, have you ever prepared your grandparents‘ dishes?
JH: I grill steaks like my grandfather taught me: don’t 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 every time.
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. Located inside the basement of a house on a residential block of Germantown, it was a speakeasy during Restriction and then a neighborhood bar for years till it became Hammerheads about 10 years back.
WB: What is your enthusiasm?
JH: I am a writer who is dedicated to advising all Americans, however especially females over 45, that hemp has constantly been a part of American culture, which 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 been a part of American dominant culture, however the politics surrounding the Vietnam War pushed hemp into the counter-culture. My enthusiasm is to assist individuals comprehend that hemp has actually always been with us. With this understanding, people can understand that using hemp-derived complete spectrum CBD products isn’t risky or deviant or naughty, but rather as American as cornbread.