A local couple was inspired to live a healthier, more natural life. So they started their own CBD business that offers a range of products and also supports area farmers. Read on for their story.
Christian Watt’s mother was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2015. She watched her mother go through the grueling chemotherapy and radiation treatments and knew there had to be a better way.
“I started reading blogs about CBD and the benefits for cancer patients, those dealing with chronic pain, and anxiety,” she explains.
From there, she became increasingly interested in plant-based self-care, and an increased need to teach about the benefits of these products like CBD.
Thanks to the passage of the Farm Bill, Watt, alongside her husband Chad, went on to launch Kentucky Botanical Co. a retail outlet with four locations in Northern Kentucky dedicated to spreading knowledge about plant-based care.
“We specialize in Kentucky-grown, non-GMO, full-spectrum CBD products, including but not limited to, tinctures, salves, lotions, and edibles,” says Watt. “What started out as a dream to bring awareness to the community and share our love of the hemp plant, became a family that grew really quickly.”
The Watts are focused on creating and carrying Kentucky-grown CBD products for Kentucky Botanical Co because they want to keep products as local as they possibly can while celebrating the farming tradition of the Commonwealth.
The products created with the farming partner creates products that are pharmacist-formulated to ensure the quality of the product without making them too complicated.
“We are committed to not adding any flavors or fillers to our product,” says Watt. “It is our opinion that the natural compounds are terpenes from the hemp plant is all that we actually need to enjoy the true benefits.”
The Watts didn’t stop with just CBD as they also work with several vendors from around Kentucky, including Garden of Eten, Sage Co., and Indigo Sundries.
“Indigo Sundries has been with us from the very beginning making some amazing lotions, all natural soaps, herbal salves, infused oils, and plant-based scents,” adds Watt.
The total line-up of products from Kentucky Botanical Co includes: full-spectrum CBD products such as tinctures, capsules, salves, lotions, and edibles; isolate CBD products with zero THC including tinctures and gummies; CBD bath bombs, CBD pet products such as tinctures, treats, peanut butter, and soft chews; Garden of Eten Botanicals & Elderberry syrup; other plant-based soaps, lotions, salves, and more; and local artwork available at some locations.
Kentucky Botanical Co is one of the few stores in Northern Kentucky that sources its products within the state. “We like to call it from seed to sale,” says Watt. “The entire process occurs in the same facility – from extraction to bottling – then it comes straight to our locations.”
Additionally, the mission behind Kentucky Botanical Co isn’t just a CBD store. “We want to promote a healthier, more natural lifestyle,” says Watt. “We use sustainable products in every aspect of our business that we can – and put them in to make sure that while we run our business, we are also making the best choices for the environment.”
Its dedication to helping its customers feel better is also part of the reason why Kentucky Botanical Co has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has been recognized by CityBeat as the Best CBD Retailer and Best New Store in their 2020 Reader’s Choice Poll.
The four locations for Kentucky Botanical Co are located in Bellevue, Williamstown, Ludlow, and Florence.