Nicole Burnette, owner of Queen Hemp Company, is our guest for episode two of the Carolina Cannabis News podcast.

Queen Hemp Company is one of more than 400 farms licensed under the N.C. Industrial Hemp Pilot program, though it was the first farm licensed in Charlotte, N.C.

In this episode we discuss what it’s like to grow hemp indoors, what it means be a “vertically integrated” company and we get into a little hemp history, too. We also talk about the importance of knowing what’s in your cannabidiol (CBD) products. (Ask for lab results, y’all!)

Read: History of Hemp, Part I: Asia

We also mention Hurricane Florence which was bearing down on the Carolinas at the time of our recording. We are happy to report that Queen Hemp Company, which grows inside, did not lose power. Burnette says that she’s thinking about the farmers on the coast who didn’t fair as well.

Another update since recording: Queen Hemp Company products can now be found at Pet Wants, in Charlotte. And Queen Hemp CBD honey is now available at Caudle Creek Farms.

And, Burnette tells us, she’s close to announcing another retail partnership in Charlotte. Follow Queen Hemp on Facebook and Instagram to be among the first to know.

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This episode is sponsored by Mitty’s CBD Cafe, located inside Vigor in Southend Charlotte. The podcast was recorded at Crash Studios and produced by Bridget B. Sullivan, who also took the photos. Thanks to songwriter Jon Watts for the song, “Don’t Give Up.”

Documents mentioned in the podcast:

A 1937 letter from the American Medical Association to the U.S. Congress opposing cannabis prohibition.

A 1938 Popular Mechanics magazine article about the “promise of hemp” for farmers. (And here’s a summary of that article.)

A 1972 report from the Shafer Commission, an investigative body appointed by then Pres. Richard Nixon. In the report, which you can read here, Nixon was advised to decriminalize cannabis and remove it from the Schedule I drug listing. Nixon, of course, ignored that recommendation.

Carolina Cannabis News editor, Rhiannon Fionn (left), and Nicole Burnette, owner of Queen Hemp Company at the taping of this podcast episode.

Listen to our first podcast episode with guest N.C. state Rep. Kelly Alexander, Jr. (D-107, Charlotte).

BY Rhiannon Fionn

BY Rhiannon Fionn

Editor & Publisher

Rhiannon Fionn is an award-winning journalist based in Charlotte, N.C.