A local business is in the weeds with new products to make it easy to incorporate healthy, therapeutic hemp into your everyday lifestyle. Read on for more.
You’ve probably heard about the health benefits of hemp, but are leery to try. That’s the inspiration behind why Queen City Hemp was created, says CEO Nicholas Balzer.
“We know that in the current unregulated alternative health and wellness industry, products can have ingredients and effects you don’t expect or want,” Balzer says. “Our goal is to set the industry standard in transparency and quality, and we ensure every product has the exact ingredients listed and delivers the precise potency promised, each and every time. Infusing social change through science.”
Queen City Hemp manufactures a variety of CBD products derived from therapeutic hemp. The business was formed in October 2015, and their first product, manufactured in Over the Rhine-based Findlay Kitchen, was available in May 2016. “We currently have three employees with efforts to bring on new hires in 2018,” he adds.
Balzer says he helped to co-found the business because he knew about the healing aspects of cannabis, but products delivering those benefits were not regulated or readily available.
“We wanted to bring our experience and integrity into the industry. Our philosophy is based on an understanding that hemp is a medicinal plant and should be treated as such,” Balzer says. “We want to be a voice of change and give a percentage of our sales to local communities and national charitable organizations that builds awareness of the healing benefits of products like ours. Additionally, a percentage of our sales are donated to scientific research related to the alternative health and wellness community.”
Queen City Hemp offers a variety of delivery systems of the cannabis: sublingual tincture, vape e-liquids, topical salve and their newest product, an infused seltzer water.
Success, for Balzer, is measured by their client feedback. “We have amazing people that reach out to use with testimonials on how our products have elevated their quality of life,” he says. “These stories never get old and are at the center of why we do what we do.”
Balzer loves what he does and looks forward to going to work everyday. “We believe in our quality of products and believe in the healing properties of hemp,” he says.
Balzer also feels that Queen City Hemp is important for the community of Cincinnati. “More and more people are seeking natural products. They may be suffering from an overwhelming amount of side effects from pharmaceuticals or are desperate for something that works,” he says. “There is no one-size-fits-all for starting cannabinoid therapy. We spend the majority of our time on education with our retailers and one on ones with individuals surrounding the benefits and legalities of hemp-based CBD products.”