Abbie Testaberg from the Kinni Hemp company, outlined for our group how she went from coffee shop owner to becoming someone who can speak both eloquently and scientifically about health and phyto chemicals.
Abby and her husband, Jody, make their home in River Falls and are owners of the Kinni Hemp Co.  
Abbie Testaberg from the Kinni Hemp company, outlined for our group how she went from coffee shop owner to becoming someone who can speak both eloquently and scientifically about health and phyto chemicals.
Abby and her husband, Jody, make their home in River Falls and are owners of the Kinni Hemp Co.  
Family health issues led Abby down a long road that ended with considering hemp and the oil extracted from the hemp plant called cannabidiol or CBD oil.
CBD oil is used for many purposes. New evidence suggests that the oil helps those with autism, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. A few years ago, parents of children suffering from severe seizures lobbied lawmakers to eliminate the legal gray area so they could use CBD oil to help control seizures.
At the Kinni Hemp Co., they’ve developed a mediumless aeroponic grow tray system. Roots grow to full harvest in 8-12 weeks. The couple is working with the Wisconsin Industrial Hemp Pilot Program and within the current regulatory framework to build a showcase to be able to demonstrate the efficacy of the process to others.
Abbie and Jody want to fuel research and development of additional processing, application and to-market possibilities for industrial hemp in order to maintain commodity value for farmers, who recognize the value of hemp and are eager to expand their farming practices.
Many uses
River Falls residents can purchase cold pressed unfiltered raw hemp-juice at the farmers market. It’s not a huge source of CBD, but it's considered a dietary supplement. It's high in magnesium, calcium, proteins and oils, and can be considered "another vegetable," and one that provides the elusive vitamin K. All this can add up to improved gut health, according to Abbie.
"The interaction between cannabinoids and other vitamins and nutrients are playing intricate roles in our bodies and contributing to our overall health and well being," said Abbie. "The more we know about this, the more we understand the synergy of interacting plants and how cannabinoids relate to various benefits."
From analgesics, plastics, biofuels, fiber for clothing, and topicals, the hemp plant can play a role in solving many challenges of life today. One of Abbie's goals is to help Western medicine meet Eastern medicine, and to bring scientific understanding to the magical understanding of this plant system.
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