Listen in as three OG hempsters counsel what it takes to keep the faith — patents, bioavailability, testing, gummies, regenerative ag, GMPs, delta-8 — and other tips, tricks and lessons learned.

Todd Runestad, Content Director, NaturalProductsInsider.com

November 2, 2022

Unbelievably, it’s going on four years since the FDA held its first (and only) public hearing on the status of hemp CBD. While the industry has clamored for regulatory certainty, the FDA has given anything but. The result is a continuous gray area that has kept the big mainstream food and beverage players away, and many (most?) mom-and-pop supplement brands have withered on the vine. Still, the well-capitalized, quality-conscious, market-savvy players remain in it to win it. In this lightning round session, hear three OG hempsters counsel what it takes to keep the faith — patents, bioavailability, testing, gummies, regenerative ag, GMPs, delta-8 — and other tips, tricks and lessons learned.

About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director, NaturalProductsInsider.com, Natural Products Insider

Todd Runestad has been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. He is content director for NaturalProductsInsider.com and Natural Products Insider digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for NewHope.com, Delicious Living!, and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine and still covers raw material innovations and ingredient science.

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Specialty

Todd writes about nutrition science news such as this story on mitochondrial nutrients, innovative ingredients such as this story about 12 trendy new ingredient launches from SupplySide West 2023, and is a judge for the NEXTY awards honoring innovation, integrity and inspiration in natural products including his specialty — dietary supplements. He extensively covered the rise and rise and rise and fall of cannabis hemp CBD. He helps produce in-person events at SupplySide West and SupplySide East trade shows and conferences, including the wildly popular Ingredient Idol game show, as well as Natural Products Expo West and Natural Products Expo East and the NBJ Summit. He was a board member for the Hemp Industries Association.

Education / Past Lives

In previous lives Todd was on the other side of nature from natural products — natural history — as managing editor at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He's sojourned to Burning Man and Mount Everest. He graduated many moons ago from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.

Quotes

"There is not a colds-and-flu season. There is a vitamin D-deficiency season."

"There is no such thing as inclement weather. Only improper attire."

Link answers question, "When taking magnesium, should you also take vitamin D3 2,000 IU?"

"Cannabis is nature's most nearly perfect plant."

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