“Hemp in Onslow” is a multi-part series spotlighting the emergence of the local hemp industry and its potential impact on the veteran community.
When former U.S. Army paratrooper David Peed was searching for alternatives to treat back and neck pain, he discovered Cannabidiol (CBD), a legal, non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis.
The product made him feel better and reduced his prescription dosage. When he ran out of CBD, he ordered the same product again, but was disappointed with what he got.
“It didn’t look the same, it didn’t taste the same and it didn’t work the same,” David said.
So he tried another company only to find a similar outcome. That sparked the idea for him and his wife Nancy to start their own brand Meadowview Farms, a CBD oil manufacturing company and one of Onslow County’s most unique businesses.
“I got tired of not knowing what I was getting in the bottle,” David said. “Now I know this is about as real as it’s going to get.”
After the Farm Bill of 2018 removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, David attended a school in Colorado where he learned the ins and outs of processing cannabis, which is the genus of hemp and its psychoactive, federally-illegal relative marijuana.
David returned home to Jacksonville, built a hemp processing lab from scratch and launched Meadowview Farms Inc. in 2019.
Now, the operation is one of the area’s premier CBD oil extracting facilities specializing in what is called supercritical CO2 extraction, which David says produces a pharmaceutical grade oil.
“There are other processes people extract with, but by far CO2 is the cleanest (and) purest,” he said.
Extracting CBD oil from hemp is a complex process, but one David is passionate about. He also believes in the benefits of the product and what it could mean for veterans and people dealing with pain or prescription drug dependency.
“[CBD] addresses PTSD,” David said, who replaced 100% of his prior pain prescriptions with CBD. “It addresses pain, anxiety, insomnia. For the people that it works for, it does an awesome job. Does it work for everybody? No.”
According to Medical News Today, CBD is a natural alternative to conventional drugs with evidence to support its use for ailments including pain, anxiety, sleep disorder, migraine, PTSD, nausea, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, acne and Parkinson’s disease. In North Carolina, licensed hemp processors can extract CBD oil from industrial hemp, which contains less than 0.3% THC, the plant’s psychoactive compound.
While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved one form of CBD medicine to treat seizures related to certain conditions, CBD products are not FDA-approved and can vary across the market.
To ensure product quality and consistency, Meadowview Farms journals every step of their process from the acquisition of hemp, the history and makeup of the plant, to the extraction of the oil and the moment the product leaves the facility for the customer.
The company’s products, which include edible oils, topicals and pet supplements, are independent, third-party lab-tested and each contain a batch number code that can be traced back to what grower it came from and basically everything that was done to it at the lab.
“When he first started, I was 100 percent behind him, and throughout the whole process I’ve learned so much,” Nancy said. “I love to educate people now on the benefits of taking CBD and the benefits of getting off prescription drugs.”
The couple says they’d welcome officials out to the facility to learn more about CBD oil extraction and the potential benefits of hemp products, which are off limits in the military and…