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A Message From Our Founder

Friday, April 15, 2022 | By Carolina Pure

About the Founder

Which is me, Ben Erichsen. I was a stock trader for the better part of 20 years until 2018, when I first tried CBD. I had been plagued by constant back pain (sciatica) as well as osteoarthritis in my right shoulder. Nothing–natural anti-inflammatories, daily stretching, ibuprofen–made much of a difference. This went on for over a year until I bought some CBD isolate online after a friend suggested it. I was absolutely stunned when I woke up with no sciatica pain on the 4th day of my 100mg per day regimen. I learned a bit more about hemp and CBD and founded Carolina Pure with my brother based on my experience. (The shoulder pain didn’t go away right away but it did largely dissipate after a few months).

Now I spend the day working out of our FDA & NCDA-certified production facility in Wilmington, NC producing and developing products and often head from there to a baseball field to coach Little League & 12U travel baseball teams. I haven’t traded a share of stock in almost two years.

About Carolina Pure

There are a million hemp companies out there. I’m not discouraged by that fact. The rest of the world is starting to learn what I already know about CBD and the target market will eventually be everyone on the planet–my kids eat one of our gummies every day. But how to distinguish ourselves in a crowded market?

A nice label and website are a good start. Customer service that is guided by a philosophy of “always make things right with the customer” also doesn’t hurt. But where we really try to set ourselves apart is on price. When we launched, our prices were substantially below virtually every competitor I could find and they largely remain that way. The fact is that hemp just isn’t THAT expensive that you need to spend $100 on a bottle of CBD oil. We want to make money, yes, but we also don’t feel that CBD should be a wealthy person’s supplement, and we set our prices accordingly.

We do not sacrifice quality to be able to charge what we do. All our hemp is grown in the NC region by farms that abide by OMRI (organic) standards. Our facility isn’t certified organic so we can’t use the word on our labels, but what goes into our products is pure.

What’s to Come

I’m closing in on 500 words which is basically War & Peace in the context of a hemp newsletter so I’ll wrap it up. In future newsletters, I will highlight and talk a bit about one of our products, discuss upcoming products, share customer’s experiences, and keep you updated on Carolina Pure’s involvement in our NC community. We support several local non-profits and are partnered with a variety of athletes, artists and organizations.

I’m looking forward to discussing all of that and more with you! Please send any comments/questions to me at

Ben Erichsen
Founder, Carolina Pure

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What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?

There are many varieties of the cannabis plant. Both hemp and marijuana are of the species Cannabis Sativa. Hemp has much lower concentrations of THC (the psychoactive substance in marijuana) and higher concentrations of CBD while marijuana has far more THC and far less CBD. By law, hemp plants may contain no more than 0.3% of THC. For comparison, marijuana plants typically contain 5%-25% THC.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol ("CBD") is the most prominent of dozens of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. CBD is extracted from stalks, stems, and flowers of hemp plants and is non-psychoactive.

Is CBD legal in the United States?

Hemp-derived CBD is legal at the federal level in the United States following passage of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. However, some areas have laws that place certain restrictions on hemp so please reference the relevant statutes in your jurisdiction.

Does CBD make you feel "high" or "intoxicated"?

All Carolina Pure products contain less THC than the .3% limit set by the U.S. federal government. Currently, no Carolina Pure offering contains more than .15% THC.

What are the benefits of CBD?

CBD is currently being studied for a broad range of applications. While no health claims regarding CBD can be made until the ongoing studies are concluded, many consumers are finding CBD to be a valuable addition to their daily regimen for a wide variety of reasons. Contact us and let us know what it is you like about CBD!

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