From Australia to Kentucky: The Ananda Hemp Story
Today’s post features Ananda Hemp. Nature’s Breakthrough is an educational resource for The Hemp Haus, and Ananda Hemp products were the first CBD products recommended by The Hemp Haus. They are currently one of the few CBD product lines sold through The Hemp Haus. Why? Because The Hemp Haus owners are very selective about the products they sell. If they can not stand behind them 100%, they will not consider allowing them in their store, let alone selling them to a customer. Ananda Hemp produces a full spectrum CBD product that can be verified in quality and origin.
After reading Ananda Hemp’s story, you’ll understand why it’s a product The Hemp Haus can stand behind. After all, The Hemp Haus co-founders use Ananda Hemp’s full spectrum CBD for their own therapeutic and preventative health needs—that’s how much they believe in it!
The Best of Both Worlds
This is the story of how a reputable Australian hemp company and 8th generation Kentucky farmers came together to bring industrial hemp production back to the U.S.
Ananda Hemp’s parent company is Ecofibre Ltd., an Australian genetic development company. With 18 years of operating experience, it owns the world’s largest private cannabis seed bank consisting of over 300+ cultivars and ascensions gathered from nearly every continent around the world. They have a high level of certification per the U.N. Singles Convention, which allows them to legally transfer their proprietary genetics from Australia to the U.S. with DEA import permits.
In America, Ecofibre went to work side by side with Kentucky farmers, including 8th generation tobacco farmer, Brian Furnish. Mr. Furnish is the Director of Farming & Global Production at Ananda Hemp, but he handpicks local farming families to help move the production of hemp forward in America. These kinds of partnerships can only ensure a future for industrial hemp that is built on a solid, honest, expert foundation.
Laying the Foundation to Bring Hemp Back
Ananda Hemp was able to lay that foundation for industrial hemp’s production in the U.S. by accomplishing several “firsts.”
- First to Change Legislation—Brian Furnish worked alongside Senator Mitch McConnell and others to pass the 2014 Farm Bill, specifically section 7606, which allows hemp to be grown. Mr. Furnish has also been working with Kentucky Congressman James Comer to completely remove hemp from the DEA’s controlled substance list.
- First legal hemp farm in the U.S.A.—Since the passing of the 2014 Farm Bill, Brian Furnish is the first farmer licensed to grow hemp in the United States. 100% of Ananda Hemps’ products are grown and processed in Kentucky, outdoors, without pesticides or GMOs.
- First to import genetics and hemp seeds—After the 2014 Farm Bill was passed, Ananda Hemp was the first company to import hemp seeds legally into the U.S. For nearly 20 years in Australia, Ananda Hemp's geneticists, scientists, and farmers worked to isolate superior hemp strains. They have now brought those strains to Kentucky.
- First in research-- Ananda Hemp and its partners have donated—and continue to donate—more money to hemp-related research than any other organization in the world.
Quality: The Ultimate Priority
All Ananda Hemp products have been tested at least three times before they come to the shelf, for potency, contaminant, and quality. Consumers can go to their website to look up their product’s batch number to see its certificate of analysis.
Ananda Hemp grows all of its hemp outdoors in the Kentucky soil and has never used pesticides or chemicals on its crops. Industrial hemp is a naturally hearty crop that is resistant to plagues and pests and should never require the use of chemicals.
Parent Company Comes to the U.S.
In 2018, Ananda Hemp’s parent company, Ecofibre, decided to pull their cannabis farm out of Australia and come to the U.S. Why? Because the laws regarding medical marijuana (including hemp-derived CBD) in Australia were too restrictive. The company felt that the U.S.’s laws were much more progressive and would continue to be.
But there’s another story behind the move. Barry Lambert, a major financer and now chairman of Ecofibre has a granddaughter that has suffered from severe seizures caused by Dravet’s syndrome since infancy. Hemp-derived CBD is the only thing that relieves her condition. In Australia in 2018, it was still illegal for her or any child with intractable epilepsy to take CBD.
Mr. Lambert has generously donated millions to help facilitate the research of medicinal marijuana. Along with Ecofibre and Ananda Hemp, he believes that America is the place to make real, effective strides with industrial hemp and medicinal marijuana.
The Nature’s Breakthrough educational resource is just one of the ways The Hemp Haus practices its sincere commitment to and passion for educating people about CBD and helping them find the right, high-quality product based on their needs.