Farragut resident Gil Azambuja, 54, wants to be known as the “CBD Guy.”
“What I’m trying to do is educate people about CBD and its benefits,” Azambuja said.
CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is a product from the hemp plant.
Azambuja is an advocate for Green Compass, a company in Wilmington, North Carolina, that grows and processes hemp and then bottles it for distribution to market as CBD products.
“It’s an organically grown hemp,” he said. “There are no pesticides or herbicides.”
The farmers who grow it are sixth-generation farmers who are not new to the process of organically growing plants.
However, Azambuja said he is not trying to market his company and himself to the public.
“Not being a regulated product, it’s like the wild, wild west,” Azambuja said. “Fifty percent of the hemp being sold in the United States comes from China.
“And you know as well as I do, the quality won’t be there,” he warned. “We don’t know what’s in it.
“Since it’s not regulated, what’s on the label doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s the product in the bottle All of (Green Compass’) products are third-party tested for verification of potency.”
Azambuja has just started launching his campaign for Green Compass. “I’ve been into health, wellness and nutrition for a long, long time,” he said. “I’m never sedentary. I don’t want to be a spectator.
However, “being a former athlete, I deal with a lot of aches and pains, he said. “Last year in April, I was hospitalized for misuse of Ibuprofen,” adding the Ibuprofen caused bleeding ulcers.
Looking back, “For the last 10 to 15 years I was taking about 2,800 milligrams of Ibuprofen every single day just to manage my pain. It tears up your stomach,” Azambuja said.
“What happened to me I wouldn’t want to happen to anybody,”
He first heard about CBD oil in October 2018 and researched it.
“What bothered me was it is unregulated,” he said. But when he learned about Green Compass, he ordered some CBD and tried it.
“It has changed my life,” he said. “I want to educate people so it can change theirs and so they can make an educated decision.”