Ben James and Andy Loughney first met while playing music together at an improvisational jam session in Brattleboro, Vermont. This chance encounter, fueled by sounds and exploration, has been recognized as the genesis of Bravo Botanicals, their company that is dedicated to bringing premium and affordable Certified Organic Cannabidiol (CBD) products to the marketplace.
As a small start-up in a fledgling CBD industry, Bravo Botanicals has had to learn quickly about the many different elements involved in running a cannabis-related business. Bravo was fortunate to connect with Kria Botanicals of Burlington, VT early in their establishment as a premier hemp extraction company. Through this relationship, Andy and Ben have gained a lot of knowledge about processing technologies and how vastly different they can be. “Our partners at Kria perform a sub-critical CO2 extraction,” says Ben, describing how the pressure of the CO2 is altered so that it performs like a solvent that can be evaporated completely at the end. “This method is rare in the industry and means that our plant material never touches ethanol or alcohol and is free of chlorophyll and any residual plant waxes. The result is a full-spectrum, natural-flavored, super clean and pure oil that allows for complete expression of the hemp plant.”