CHARLESTON, SC – Charleston Hemp Company, the first fully local, vertically integrated CBD (cannabidiol) product producer and marketer in the Lowcountry, has officially launched its first batch of locally grown, organic products and will soon expand its product offering with a second harvest.
The Awendaw-based company headed by farmpreneur David Bulick is one of 20 farms to participate in the 2018 SC Industrial Hemp Pilot Program by The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA). It is also an inaugural member of the South Carolina Hemp Farmers Association.
Charleston Hemp has a suite of wellness products derived from industrial hemp that Bulick grows, that can be used on humans and canines.
“At Charleston Hemp, we grow, mix and package everything right here in the Lowcountry; from seed to shelf,” said owner David Bulick. “We also partner with a medical botanist to ensure that our customers get quality products that deliver a full range of benefits.”
Bulick and his team have partnered with Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) doctor Mark Haman and others on this pilot program. They are currently in testing programs to create the best quality of CBD for the marketplace.
Growing markets for CBD in the U.S. include medically motivated boomers, holistic health and wellness aficionados and affluent consumers who want the best of cannabis products. Bulick was inspired to enter the industry when he witnessed the benefits friends and family had using CBD on themselves and their pets:
• CBD has been known to relieve pain
• CBD can decrease anxiety
• Cancer patients have used CBD to decrease nausea and induce appetites
• CBD is not psychoactive
• CBD oil has been known to help animals that suffer from anxiety, and bone and joint pain.
• It is impossible to get "high by smoking or ingesting CBD extracted from industrial hemp plants, as they only have minuscule traces of THC (<0.3%).
• Dosage depends on weight
• Hemp is not endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration
This marks the first year in nearly a century that hemp can be grown in the state of South Carolina, now one of 33 states permitting its industrial cultivation.
Bulick’s plans include expansion of his product line, partnerships with other growers, and providing educational events and activities throughout the region.