29 Dec HempMeds® 2016 Year in Review
HempMeds® was wildly successful in its mission to extend access to cannabinoids to everyone.
This year we raised awareness of the benefits of CBD both here in the U.S. and internationally, revamped your customer experience with us, offered you a number of new product choices, and even brought CBD hemp oil to those who previously couldn’t access it.
This year, HempMeds® continued to build our relationship with the Hope4Harper non-profit organization with the similar goal of raising awareness of and funding for medical research. 2016 began with heartbreak when Harper Howard, the namesake of Hope4Harper, passed away due to unforeseen complications. Harper’s parents, Penny and Dustin Howard, acted quickly in donating Harper’s cells and tissue to medical research.
Part of Harper’s donation was sent to the Muotri Lab at UCSD. There, Dr. Muotri, a foremost expert in stem cell research, is using Harper’s brain and tissue donation to explore and hopefully treat genetic neurological disorders like Harper’s. HempMeds® lent the Howards our emotional support during the family’s bittersweet first visit to the Muotri Lab this April to see their daughter’s contributions.
In September, on a beautiful late summer day, HempMeds® sponsored the 5th Annual Run4Hope. Held each year to raise funds for neurological research, this was the first Run4Hope since Harper’s passing and poignant reminder of the need for research into conditions like Harper’s.
Although Harper’s wheelchair was empty (adorned lovingly with her picture and her tiara and sash from winning Miss Texas Princess Covergirl last year) she was held in everyone’s heart through the entire event. The event raised nearly $20,000 for research into CDKL5 and similar neurological conditions. Donations to this year’s Run4Hope will help continue Dr. Muotri’s much needed research. In light of Harper’s passing this year, it is ever more critical to Hope4Harper and HempMeds® to ensure the necessary research into neurological diseases is being undertaken.
Also in September, as a lead up to the November election, HempMeds® invited the local cannabis community to downtown San Diego for a unique opportunity to meet the city attorney candidates and develop their knowledge of the industry at the Association of Cannabis Professionals’ forum.
The event featured candidates Mara Elliot and Robert Hickey, who took time separately to address the crowd and discuss the implications the city attorney race has on the San Diego cannabis community. The crowd was eager to question the candidates about how they would manage the existing medical and newly legal recreational cannabis industries.
Part of our effort to raise awareness for CBD hemp oil products has been to exhibit our products at cannabis, health, and business to business conferences across the country and internationally.
HempMeds® garnered major media coverage in the first half of the year for their participation at both the New York and Los Angeles Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo, one of the premier cannabis events in the U.S., from sources like NBC, ABC, and Fox 5 News.
During the first week of August, the cannabis industry descended on HempMeds®’ own backyard as the Southern California Cannabis Conference and Expo came to the San Diego Convention Center. Hosting a crowd of over 3,000 attendees, HempMeds® went all out to welcome the industry to our town, and our team met a steady stream of visitors eager to learn about CBD to our booth all weekend long.
Then in September, our team headed the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for the Supplyside West business to business expo. There, our HempMeds® specialists educated wholesalers and business owners about the benefits of CBD.
HempMeds® looks to continue to be active at business to business, healthy lifestyle, and cannabis centric events around the country and internationally in 2017 to further solidify our role as industry leader.
Updated User Experience
In July, we launched a fresh new website for our customers. This new website makes navigating for answers and purchasing our products easier than ever before.
We also added an enhanced education section to provide you with the material you need to make informed choices about your CBD routine. In these posts, we teach you the differences between our products, reveal the functions of the endocannabinoid system, and even provide creative recipes for taking our hemp oil products.
HempMeds® also launched an updated online store, clarifying the differences between our products and simplifying the purchasing process, saving you time and making sure you are happy with your purchase.
We even added a chat element to our website, allowing you to speak live with a knowledgeable HempMeds® specialist to ensure you get the answers you need when purchasing our CBD hemp oil products.
New Products in the HempMeds® Store
This year, HempMeds® introduced several new products to our online shop, including the market’s first hemp oil products with no detectable THC, a complete line of anti-aging skin care products, and an innovative hemp oil vaporizer pen.
HempMeds® once again set the bar for the cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil industry in early 2016 with the introduction of Real Scientific Hemp Oil-X™ (RSHO-X™), a hemp oil product designed to have no detectable amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound in cannabis that gets users high.
First created to fit Mexico’s strict import regulations, RSHO-X™ is now available for purchase nationwide in the U.S. and over 40 countries, bringing cannabidiol with no detectable THC to an eager market.
RSHO-X™ has already become the popular choice in CBD products for athletes, active and retired military, first responders like police, firefighters, and EMTs, and anyone else subject to a drug screening or just looking to avoid even trace amounts of THC.
Also this year, we added the Cannabis Beauty Defined® line of anti-aging skin care products to our store. Designed as a complete skin care regimen, Cannabis Beauty Defined® products are formulated with a proprietary blend of botanical extracts and CBD hemp oil for a nourishing, deep moisturizing daily use beauty line.
Bottled in attractive packaging that fits in even the most discerning of bathrooms, these luxury skin care products include a cleanser, exfoliant, moisturizer, toner, serum, and more to drench your skin with healthy, smoothing moisture to leave it looking youthful and radiant.
Finally, HempMeds® introduced an innovative new way to get your daily CBD. HempVĀP®, our line of CBD vaporizers, provides users with an unadulterated, natural CBD vaping experience, by combining sustainable CBD hemp oil, natural flavoring, and polyethylene glycol for consistency.
HempVĀP® comes in a variety of flavors for a smooth, enjoyable vaping experience. Our hemp oil vapes are available in strawberry, honeydew, papaya, and naturally unflavored, as well as three specially prepared herbal extract blends: Vitality, Inspiration, and Peace. Our HempVAP® vape pens make taking your CBD with you wherever you go easier than ever. Our super-slim vape, about the size of a ballpoint pen, slides discreetly into your pocket or purse for vaping on the go so that a serving of CBD is always just an inhale away.
Latin American Expansion
Following on the success of HempMeds® Brasil in previous years, HempMeds® continued their expansion into Latin America in 2016, exporting our products to five new South and Central American countries for the first time.
To open the year, HempMeds® Mexico was established to service a growing number of patients in Mexico looking to access CBD oil products, making our RSHO-X™ the first cannabis-based product ever imported into Mexico. Beyond providing top quality CBD products to customers in the country, HempMeds® Mexico acts to educate health professionals and regulators, as well as assist customers navigate the approval process to gain import authorization for our products.
Similar to the way we helped to open Brazil and Mexico to our RSHO™ hemp oil products, we sent our products to Paraguay, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina for the first time this year. As the year comes to a close, HempMeds® continues to eye potential new markets in Latin America to get our CBD oil products into the hands of those who need it the most.
The Same Trusted Source for CBD
With all the progress HempMeds® made this year, one thing continued to be constant in 2016: we have remained Your Trusted Source for CBD.
We build trust by offering only the highest quality products to our customers. Our CBD oil products are all made with non-GMO hemp that is grown in Northern Europe free of herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers. We were the first in the hemp oil industry to institute a strict Triple Lab Tested™ standard for all our products, verifying their potency and purity at three points in our manufacturing process.
However, to us, being your trusted source for CBD means more than just providing you with safe, reliable CBD hemp oil products. Trust means being transparent with our manufacturing practices, giving you the information you need to choose the right hemp oil products, and answering all your questions to ensure you fully enjoy your experience using HempMeds® CBD hemp oil products.
We thank you for your business this year and hope that you will continue to make us Your Trusted Source for CBD in 2017.