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 explain it to someone who is not from Kentucky, or the closest they got was in a glass of scotch!
JH: For a whiskey lover, I can indicate the red wax on a bottle of Maker’s Mark and state, “I’m from there.” My granny was born in your home on the Maker’s Mark distillery home that is now the welcome center for visitors on the Bourbon Path. If you’ve been to the Maker’s Mark distillery, you’ve been to my grandma’s childhood home.
WB: What brought you to the hemp business?
JH: My home town, in addition to being at the heart of Kentucky bourbon culture, also happened to be the head office for an hooligan band of cannabis growers called the Cornbread Mafia. In Between 1985 and 1989, seventy males from main Kentucky were apprehended on 30 farms in 10 states with what the police said was 200 lots 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 became a journalist covering cannabis policy for POLITICO, the Washington Post, and other outlets. That work led me to the opportunity to launch Cornbread Hemp.
WB: Why a Cannabis product?
JH: My career path led me directly to this moment. Due to the fact that of my book-writing background and my reputation as a cannabis journalist, I was perfectly positioned to make the leap into the business side with the passage of the 2018 Farm Costs.
WB: What was your course 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? Cornbread Hemp brings the Kentucky cannabis traditions of the Cornbread Mafia into the light of day by dropping the “mafia” and adding Kentucky-grown hemp items made to the requirements of the USDA licensed natural program. Through the Cornbread story, we developed a brand narrative that stretches back to the first Kentucky hemp crop in1775 In this way, we have access to a brand name story that more carefully resembles a legacy bourbon brand name than an unprofessional CBD business.
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 therein, because why not? I put the batter into a preheated cast-iron skillet 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 maintains. The secret is getting the skillet smoking cigarettes hot before gathering the batter to set the bottom crust. As soon as you’ve mastered that part, you can improvise in a lot of interesting ways.
( Ohhhh, creamed corn …)
WB: What is your 6 and twelve-month strategy?
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 presenting new products into our lineup like USDA natural complete spectrum vegan CBD gummies.
WB: What markets do you want to permeate?
JH: Cornbread Hemp is perfectly positioned to be the marketplace leader from Chicago to Atlanta. As we grow this year, our region 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 name to use USDA licensed natural CBD items within 300 miles of Chicago. So, the Second City is a high priority for us.
WB: What obstacles do you deal with?
JH: Like all CBD brand names, our main challenge is the saturated environment we discover ourselves because is an outcome of an absence of FDA regulations, which keeps significant merchants on the sidelines. This absence of policies also produces an aggravating mosaic of compliance as private states step up to fill the void, however not in any unified method.
WB: How do you expect removing those obstacles?
JH: The FDA will issue policies 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, research studies reveal that it plays an exceptionally essential role in the entourage effect. Our company believe the added THC assists the CBD products act more effectively in the body. One challenge we continue to deal with is that much of our possible consumers are blocked from attempting complete spectrum hemp items due to the fact that of workplace drug testing, although full spectrum CBD items are perfectly legal. This is simply one of the remaining stigmas about cannabis that we have to work through together.
WB: Do you have a favorite food memory from childhood?
JH: I must have still been in very 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‘ recipes?
JH: I grill steaks like my grandpa taught me: do not flip 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 pertain to Louisville, I take them to Hammerheads. Located inside the basement of a home on a property block of Germantown, it was a speakeasy during Prohibition and after that a neighborhood bar for decades until it ended up being Hammerheads about 10 years back. Parking is a nightmare and the headroom in the dining area is dodgy for tall individuals. It’s the sort of place you understand that every dollar you’re spending is on the food and not the decoration. I recommend the smoked duck tacos and lamb ribs.
WB: What is your passion?
JH: I am a writer who is dedicated to reminding all Americans, however especially females 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 true relationship with the plant.