Audria has always had a passion for wellness and nutrition. She has always believed that keeping the body healthy and strong is our greatest wealth. Seeing a relative suffer from a crippling form of mental illness and the adverse side effects the medication caused, pushed her to look for answers. Audria dug into trying to research different natural alternatives that would help alleviate her loved ones condition. This led to researching about the medical benefits of cannabis. Being from a strong religious background her initial reaction was that people were not to use anything cannabis related because like many, she believed it was a drug. Her views began to change and she saw that Hemp derived CBD was truly a gift to support the body's endocannabinoid system. The plant was helping people, not harming them. She began to understand that Hemp was giving many people hope and was restoring a measure of their life back.
Due to her knowledge about cannabis and its compounds, she was approached about employment in the first Hemp/CBD dispensary that was being set up in southeastern North Carolina in 2016. Unbeknownst to her she was the first "Hemp Tender" in the state of North Carolina. She could see the positive impact CBD was having in her husbands life. Audria decided to part ways with the dispensary and founded and formed Bethesda Hemp in 2017 with the intention of bringing a natural hemp product with a total chemical profile into the local marketplace.
Jason Simmons, a native of Wilmington, NC, is a former firefighter who Co-founded Bethesda Hemp with his spouse, Audria. They saw first hand the benefit of hemp derived CBD in the management of Jason’s chronic pain, inflammation and anxiety. He was left no longer able to work due to getting asthma while working in the fire department. After experimenting with different brands, they realized there were not any cost effective brands that could provide the relief they were looking for at an affordable price. So, they decided to create it. Jason’s role within the company is processing and managing social marketing.
A shout out to our contracted workers, Eric and Zach, who work at processing. We hope to expand and create permanent positions.
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