Kona, Hawaii — January 28, 2019 – Steve Sakala, CEO of Mana Artisan Botanics™, is committed to educating the spa industry on the value of sustainable farming of CBD-rich (cannabidiol) hemp strains. Spas have embraced CBD in the treatment room and retail boutique for the diverse and potent health benefits, making it one of the biggest wellness trends for 2019. Sakala combines his 20 years of experience in regenerative and medical cannabis to help spa professionals sort through misinformation and get the facts about hemp, now available legally in 50 States due to The Hemp Farming Act of 2018.
Sakala operates Honaunau Farm in Kona, Hawaii, where he grows organic botanicals that act synergistically with CBD. In addition to his speaking engagements on sustainable and regenerative agriculture, Sakala is passionate about sharing what CBD is, how it’s different from THC found in marijuana, and what to look for in a high-quality CBD product.
“Spa directors are overwhelmed with all the CBD products that are coming on the market, and they want to know who can they trust,” says Sakala.
Five things to look for in sourcing a CBD product:
“My hope is that spas start demanding organic, sustainably-grown cannabis products. We want our farm and company to serve as a model and a force for good in the industry’” Sakala adds. “Given that cannabis acts as a phytoremediator (i.e. soil cleanser), it is disheartening that there hasn’t been more attention to the way cannabis is grown. I hope to see the increasing consumer demand for organic, healthy, foods translate to a similar demand in the cannabis industry.”
Sakala has been active in the political landscape of Hawaii’s regenerative agriculture movement for the past thirteen years. He has served as the president of the local chapter of Hawaii Farmers Union United, part of the oldest agriculture organization in the country. He has also spent time lobbying for sustainable agriculture in Washington, D.C., and in the Hawaii state legislature. In his efforts to support sustainable hemp legislation and cultivation in the State of Hawaii, Steve’s company Green Hawaii Genetics was awarded one of the first contracts to grow hemp seed strains for the state.
Mana Artisan Botanics™, Hawaii’s premier wellness-driven hemp company, handcrafts phytocannabinoid-rich products for endocannabinoid system (ECS) support. Based on the Big Island of Hawaii, the company offers artisanal, whole-plant hemp extracts, infused with pure Hawaiian botanicals. The Mana team members all share a deep desire for wholesome, healthful living, and their efforts demonstrate a commitment to regenerative agriculture, the local economy, and holistic health education. Mana Artisan Botanics™ products are Farm to Body & Infused with the Flavors of Aloha. For more information visit manabotanics.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Shimyrre Britt, Director of Product
Mana Artisan Botanics™
Nancy Griffin, Principal