Cornbread Hemp’s USDA certified organic CBD oils in whole plant and distilled formulations. Both … [+] formulas are full spectrum, with the distilled formula at a higher purity level. Photo Courtesy: Cornbread Hemp Warren Bobrow=WB: Please tell me about where you are from? Jim Higdon=JH: I grew up in Lebanon, Kentucky — about an hour south…
Warren Bobrow=WB: Please tell me about where you are from?
Jim Higdon=JH: I grew up 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 bourbon!
JH: For a whiskey 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 your 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 grandma’s youth house.
WB: What brought you to the hemp business?
JH: My hometown, in addition to being at the heart of Kentucky bourbon culture, likewise happened to be the head office for an outlaw band of marijuana growers referred to as the Cornbread Mafia. Between 1985 and 1989, seventy guys from main Kentucky were arrested on 30 farms in 10 mentions with what the authorities said was 200 tons of cannabis. I went away to school to become an author, initially to Brown and then to the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. I then returned house to compose the definitive story on the Cornbread Mafia as a narrative nonfiction book. From the book’s success, I ended up being a journalist covering marijuana policy for POLITICO, the Washington Post, and other outlets. That work led me to the opportunity to launch Cornbread Hemp.
WB: Why a Marijuana product?
JH: My career course led me straight to this minute. Since of my book-writing background and my credibility as a marijuana journalist, I was completely positioned to make the leap into the 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.
WB: Do you have a coach? Who is it?
JH: In 2018, I profiled Trey Zoeller of Jefferson’s Bourbon for Business Owner Publication
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. Possibly I mix a can of creamed corn therein, due to the fact that why not? Then, I pour the batter into a preheated cast-iron skillet covered with bacon grease. As soon as the bottom crust is set, before putting the skillet back into the oven, I drop another stick of butter in there. For dessert cornbread, I dollop in spoonfuls of blackberry maintains. The key is getting the frying pan smoking cigarettes hot prior to pouring in the batter to set the bottom crust. Once you have actually mastered that part, you can improvise in a great deal of fascinating ways.
( Ohhhh, creamed corn …)
WB: What is your 6 and twelve-month plan?
JH: We are presently in a fundraising round on Wefunder, nearly midway to our goal of raising $400 K. In the next couple of months, we will release this capital through digital marketing channels to continue our nationwide reach, in addition to introducing new items into our lineup like USDA organic full spectrum vegan CBD gummies.
WB: What markets do you wish to permeate?
JH: Cornbread Hemp is completely placed 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 knowledge, we are the only brand to offer 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 discover ourselves in that is an outcome of an absence of FDA policies, which keeps major retailers on the sidelines. This lack of policies also creates a frustrating mosaic of compliance as individual states step up to fill the void, but not in any unified method.
WB: How do you prepare for getting rid of those barriers?
JH: The FDA will provide policies when it does.
WB: Preconceptions about weed?
JH: All the products at Cornbread Hemp are complete spectrum, which means they consist of a legal dosage of not more than 0.3%THC. One obstacle we continue to deal with is that many of our possible consumers are obstructed from trying full spectrum hemp items since of workplace drug testing, even though full spectrum CBD items are perfectly legal.
WB: Do you have a favorite 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 prepare? If so, have you ever cooked your grandparents‘ dishes?
JH: I barbecue steaks like my grandpa taught me: don’t turn a steak till the juice begins to poke out of the top.
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 property block of Germantown, it was a speakeasy during Restriction and after that an area bar for years until it ended up being Hammerheads about 10 years ago. Parking is a headache and the headroom in the dining area is dodgy for high individuals. It’s the sort of location you understand that every dollar you’re spending is on the food and not the decor. I recommend the smoked duck tacos and lamb ribs.
WB: What is your passion?
JH: I am a storyteller who is dedicated to reminding all Americans, but especially females over 45, that hemp has actually constantly been a part of American culture, and that the 50 years of the Drug War was a distortion of our true relationship with the plant.