RUHS Grad, Husband Launch Hemp-Extract Business

Communities / Sep. 7, 2017 9:06am EDT

Elmore Mountain Therapeutics, a whole hemp plant CBD-extract company in Elmore, began while Ashley Moore Reynolds was researching CBD (cannabidiol) after the birth of her second child.

Her postpartum anxiety was becoming unmanageable and rather than turn to pharmaceuticals, she explored CBD, she said, finding almost immediate relief.

CBD, the non-psychoactive cousin to cannabis, is made from hemp. The THC levels in CBD must be less than .3%, a trace amount. (THC is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, also known as marijuana.)

“CBD helps me feel like I’m in control. It has also done wonders for my ability to fall asleep and stay asleep,” she said.

“The effects for me were life-changing,” Reynolds said.

So much so, that she decided to start her own company.

Reynolds said CBD has been showing promising relief for menstrual cramping, migraines, chronic pain, digestive issues, and other conditions.

“You won’t feel ‘high’ or ‘stoned’ from taking CBD,” said Reynolds, who grew up in Randolph.

She and her husband Colin, started Elmore Mountain Therapeutics (EMT) earlier this year. Currently their product is made in Colorado with Colorado-grown hemp that goes through a CO2 extraction process and is then blended with an organic hemp seed carrier oil.

Their aim is to produce a Vermont made product, from seed to shelf, that exceeds industry standards.

But right now, Vermont’s cannabis industry is in its infancy and there is a relatively small statewide crop, Colin Reynolds pointed out.

Getting the word out is Ashley Reynolds’ responsibility: “We work really hard to break down social stigmas surrounding cannabis use and the industry as a whole.”

Their oil can now be purchased at Chef’s Market in Randolph.

Elmore Mountain Therapeutics is on Facebook; for more information, email elmoremttherapeutics@gmail.com or call 802-733-6284.

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