Whether immersing himself in R&D, sharing his love for Bulletproof™ coffee with his team at CBD Essence, or pursuing a private pilot’s license, Don Ballou’s passion and zest for leading a healthy, active lifestyle — and helping others do the same — goes beyond his role as founder and president of NutraHemp, the premier source of pure food-grade hemp oil products found at CBD Essence Edibles.
It was Don’s childhood diagnosis of ADHD and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis that led him to start researching health and nutrition to discover the healing power of herbs and botanicals. For the past 30 years, the habit of continually improving his fitness and diet and researching nutrition has steered both his education and career, ultimately leading him to work with CBD and what he terms his “healthy calling.” Connecting his personal affinity for cannabis with his technical background and extensive experience in manufacturing, in 2014 Don launched his first eCommerce website. NutraHemp is now the parent company for several brands of legal hemp edibles and nutraceutical supplements, including CBD Essence®, HempsPets®, HempTaffy®, and HempChillPill®.
Don’s passion for natural living has meant his products only begin with the purest source of CBD oils: medicinal-grade, sustainably-grown, non-GMO hemp. With the fewest, freshest and purest ingredients possible, he makes proper colloidal emulsions in small batches, creating a highly bio-absorptive product to feed your endocannabinoid system with the active constituents and resins found healthful in hemp.
When Don isn’t studying or developing new products, working-out, or drinking a cup of Bulletproof coffee, he’s likely traveling, enjoying a round of golf, or spending time with his wife and three children at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida.