The Great Lakes Cannabis Co. story

Family-owned. Farm-grown. Integrity-first. These are a few phrases to sum up the heart of Great Lakes Cannabis Co. 

Even though our families have been friends for 20+ years, our story "officially" began in 2019 when our Master Grower/Processor, Josh, moved back home to Wisconsin after attaining a degree in Cannabis (yes -- that's a thing) and working on his own cannabis farm in Michigan. His brother-in-law's family was in the process of transforming their aging apple farm into a hemp farm.

With our skill sets and entrepreneurial spirits combined, we knew our family could add value to the Midwest's hemp industry with higher quality standards and a hands-on approach.

Our loved ones (us included) have faced battles with work stress, heartache, illness, mental health, chronic pain and the list goes on. Through life's many challenges, we have also witnessed the extraordinary benefits of CBD as a natural alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals or addictive substances. 

Because of that, we went on a mission to share the healing potential with others.

And here we are today!

CBD farm Wisconsin

Our business is growing and we will continue to honor our roots in family, friendship and farming. Check back for opportunities to grow with us!


What makes Great Lakes Cannabis Co. different?

Using organic farming practices, we produce safe and effective products to help our customers improve their well being. All of our product batches are 3rd party lab tested for pesticides, solvents, metals, and molds to protect you. This testing is on top of our own internal quality control, where we test for CBD and THC levels to ensure the compounds you need are in the product. 

Where does my extract come from?

We are proud of our Midwestern roots and do our best to partner exclusively with local growers, retailers, producers, and suppliers across the Great Lakes Region. The majority of our hemp in 2019 came from our own farm in New Berlin, Wisconsin using genetics from a seed company in Sussex, Wisconsin. All extractions and product manufacturing take place at our farm facility.

What is CBD?

CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol, a naturally occurring molecule found in the cannabis (hemp) plant. It interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) which regulates a wide range of biological functions.

Where is CBD legal?

Everywhere! With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD has officially been removed from the Controlled Substances Act and is legal to possess/consume/sell everywhere in the US. All hemp and hemp derivatives under 0.3% THC are compliant.

Where does CBD come from?

CBD is created in the cannabis plant, primarily in the flowers of unpollinated females. Along with other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, CBD acts as a natural antifungal, antibacterial, and insecticidal agent to protect the plant. Our CBD comes from Wisconsin.

What's the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil?

Simply put, CBD oil contains CBD and hemp oil does not. Hemp oil is created by cold pressing hemp seeds (similar to olive oil) and contains essentially no cannabinoids, and is also healthy for different reasons.

How is CBD different than THC?

CBD and THC are similar molecules, but they have different characteristics. CBD is not intoxicating while THC can have mind altering effects. Both interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) and can be used to treat a wide variety of ailments. Adjusting the CBD:THC ratio of products can help fine tune a product for a particular disposition (although most states limit the amount of THC allowed in products). CBD and THC are both formed in the hemp plant’s flowers.

How is hemp different than marijuana?

In terms of a genetic difference, there is none. Both have the scientific name of cannabis sativa. The distinction is purely a legal (and completely arbitrary) one. Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC while marijuana often contains 15-25% THC.

Why is CBD taken under the tongue?

Sublingual (i.e. under the tongue) delivery of CBD is one of the most effective methods of delivery. CBD is absorbed quickly in your mucous membrane and enters your bloodstream. Sublingual delivery is superior to swallowing your CBD (think capsules or gummies) because the CBD does not have to pass through your entire digestive system before being absorbed into the bloodstream. Additionally, your digestive system will partially break down some of the CBD ingested so you get less into your system and it takes longer.

Why are there different concentrations? What CBD strength do i need?

Our products list the total amount of CBD (in milligrams) in the entire container. The concentration (mg of CBD per mL) is also listed on our labels. All of our tincture products contain the same ingredients, just varying amounts of the hemp extract (containing the CBD). We typically recommend starting with the 500 mg tincture. Once a user has a good idea what their personal dosage is, it is often economical to move up to the 1000 or even 2000 mg tincture (fewer dollars per mg CBD).

How much CBD should I take at once? How frequently?

Every person responds differently to CBD, but generally speaking we recommend starting with 10-20 mg of CBD twice daily (morning and night). Users are encouraged to increase this dosage after a couple of days if they don’t experience any benefits. People with more severe conditions may consider starting with higher dosages (30-40 mg) and increase until a desirable effect is achieved. As with any substance, you want to find you minimum effective dose (MED).

What happens if i take too much CBD?

Side effects from CBD are minimal although we recommend consulting your medical professional before starting a CBD regimen. Users may feel slightly drowsy if significant amounts are taken. Even though CBD is not considered sedative, consuming large amounts of the other compounds found in the extract may induce this effect.

How long does CBD last?

Every person is different but generally users can expect 6-10 hours of relief. Some effects will be felt almost immediately but the “peak” will occur 1-2 hours from administrating and last multiple hours.

Should I use a tincture or topical product?

We recommend experimenting to find out what works for you! 

How does CBD work?

CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is responsible for regulating a wide variety of biological processes (sleep, appetite, immune function, pain response, and mood to name a few). Since the ECS controls so many different things in your body, manipulation of it can have profound effects. Most pharmaceuticals have one compound (i.e. drug) interact with one specific receptor which induces one specific effect. CBD and hemp extracts in general interact with numerous receptors in the ECS in a variety of ways making it difficult to attribute just one compound to one receptor and one effect. This is one of the major challenges in getting CBD products or any plant derivative through a clinical trial.

What do people use CBD for?

According to federal regulations, we are not allowed to make claims about our product. We can only recommend using it for general wellness. We encourage users to do their own research.

How is CBD extracted?

CBD can be extracted from hemp in a variety of ways. Processing companies most commonly use cryogenic ethanol, hydrocarbon, or supercritical CO2 to extract the valuable compounds (i.e. cannabinoids and terpenes). Essentially all hemp processing boils down to the following steps:

  1. Mixing a fluid (i.e. ethanol, butane, CO2) with the hemp.

  2. Letting desirable compounds leave the hemp and enter into the fluid.

  3. Removing the fluid and now extracted compound mixture from the now “spent” hemp.

  4. Removing the fluid from the extracted compounds creating what is known as Crude CBD Oil.

  5. Further processing may include distilling cannabinoids out of the Crude into a Distillate product.

  6. Even further processing can take this Distillate product to an Isolate product with 99%+ purity.

What is in my product?

All of our products use all natural ingredients (most of them organic). The hemp extract that we create must be diluted with other oils (known as carrier oils) which assist the CBD becoming absorbed into your body. All ingredients are listed on our product descriptions as well as on the label. The Full Spectrum Hemp Extract itself (found in all of our products) is what contains the CBD along with a plethora of other beneficial compounds. Minor cannabinoids (CBG, THC, CBC), terpenes, and wide variety of other plant components make up the extract. These other naturally occurring compounds are as follows: Amino acids, Carbohydrates, Vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), Fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), Trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), Beta-carotene, Chlorophyll, Flavonoids, Ketones, Nitrogenous compounds, Alkanes, Glycosides, Pigments, and Water.

Why is it important for products to be 3rd party tested?

The hemp plant is what is known as a bioaccumulator which means that it gradually absorbs substances in its surroundings. This is mainly water, nutrients, and carbon, however, if there are pesticides, fungicides, or metals, they will be absorbed as well. This makes hemp a wonderful plant to clean up polluted soil, but also makes hemp products potentially harmful to the end consumer. Additionally, most hemp products are in the form of concentrates where these harmful substances are also concentrated. This is why it is vital for any and all hemp products to be tested by a third party for anything potentially harmful. All of our products are third party tested to ensure a safe product.

Can I take CBD if I am pregnant?

Please consult with your healthcare professional.