The story begins before my time, in 1937, when the Marijuana Tax Act was passed and world production of Cannabis peaked. Popular Mechanics magazine touted Hemp as the first US “billion dollar crop”. There were more than 25,000 recorded uses for Cannabis, and during the Hemp for Victory campaign during World War II, US Farmed Hemp was vital for making ropes, webbing, and canvas to be used on Navy Ships.
After the war, cannabis met its demise. Cannabis Farming licenses were evoked and the last hemp farmed legally in the US was in 1957.
My passion for Cannabis began, like so many others, after high school. I was a college drop out living close to Atlanta, GA and I used to attend NORML rallies and events in the area. I began to educate myself of the many uses and benefits of Cannabis, and, at the time, I never thought that people would be building careers around this fabulous herb.
Years later I founded Tattoo Goo, the first Tattoo Skin Care product line. Tattoo Goo was a huge success and and gave me some of my most memorable life experiences. With the success of Tattoo Goo, I moved to beautiful Colorado, and to my surprise, I put my passion for cannabis and my business experience in product development on a collision course.
Evolving Cannabis laws are allowing for legal US Hemp Farming. Since the passage of Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp cultivation in the U.S. is growing rapidly. The number of acres of hemp grown in 2017 was 26,000 acres across 19 states. It was more than double the number of acres from the previous year.
Inspired by my Apothecary experience with Tattoo Goo, I started working with a local Hemp Farm and began using his Hemp Seed Oil in homeopathic salves that I was creating at home. With a focus on transforming how people view and utilize cannabis, we began to create some of the most effective products that I had ever used.
My education in Hemp Seed Oil enlightened me that this is the Holy Grail of oils — rich in protein, fibers, and omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which are said to help expedite the body’s healing and recovery process. They’re also crammed with vital nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, calcium, and iron. If you’ve never heard of this before, it’s due to the cultural taboos surrounding cannabis use.
As I continued to learn more about the make up and many uses of cannabis, my mentors continued to highlight elements like Cannabidiol. CBD is one of over 100 compounds in Cannabis. CBD is a potential treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, MS, epilepsy, depression, alcoholism, and PTSD.
CBD itself is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants protect our skin from free radicals such as UV rays, environmental pollutants and help fight the effects of aging. I thought what a great way to incorporate it into your everyday life. The US Farm Grown Hemp Seed Oil infused with additional CBD compound allowed us to develop an innovative formula that is perfect for everyday use.
It was at that moment when I realized that we were actually creating some innovation. Any US product made from Hemp or with hemp oil, since 1957 was manufactured with imported Hemp. I was manufacturing a Hemp product that was US Farm Grown Organically. It was at this moment that Ameri-Canna Brands was born.
I began to see that we were innovators of “everything old is new again”. In the early 40’s, it was US farm to US manufacture to US retailers to US consumers. Full circle American made as I call it. My family on my mothers side were farmers, my family on my fathers side were Factory Workers from the 40’s until my father retired. This really spoke to me.
Since the late 50’s, US agriculture has been in decline. In the late 60’s you begin to see manufacturing jobs moving overseas. By 2014 manufacturing as a share of the economy accounted for less than 9%. At Ameri-Canna, we have created an opportunity where we can contribute to fixing this.
At Ameri-Canna, we create products using only the finest US Farmed Hemp. We support and advocate for American farmers and believe that growing hemp in the United States will provide a profitable, fast-growing crop for US farmers. We believe, and are set out to prove, that growing hemp in the United States will help farmers, in addition to creating manufacturing jobs in the production of Cannabis-based products.
At Ameri-Canna, we support and advocate for American manufacturing and believe that we as companies have a duty to create US manufacturing jobs, so we choose to manufacture our products in the US. We also choose to use US Manufactured and designed eco-packaging. We are American Made through and through. We are Ameri-Canna.
Our goals are simple: educate people on the many benefits of the Cannabis plant. Provide the highest quality Hemp products at affordable prices. Create a company, brand, and line of products that exemplifies responsible business practices. We care deeply about our environment and protecting the planet. We understand the huge impact we can have on our country and the earth in supporting US Farmed Hemp, buying locally when possible, buying organic when possible, and in practicing responsible business from start to finish.