Print
Entrepreneurs

Hemp Heyday: Wilmington Firm Expanding

By Cece Nunn, posted Feb 11, 2020
Adam Wooten, COO of Green Compass Inc., and George Wooten grow hemp in Columbus County for Green Compass, a Wilmington-based hemp products firm they helped start. (Photo courtesy of Green Compass Inc.)

A hemp products company headquartered in the Port City continues to expand, with research capabilities one of its latest additions.

Green Compass Inc., based in Wilmington with production and fulfillment facilities in Columbus County, has rented lab space at UNCW's Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina (MARBIONC) center.

The aim is to work with University of North Carolina Wilmington professors on finding out more about hemp’s benefits. Hemp is a variety of cannabis plant that’s used to make cannabidiol (CBD) oil and numerous other products.

Because of a state pilot program, "we've finally been able to grow hemp, but because hemp was always kind of put together with marijuana, there hasn't been much research on the plant that we really need to get a better understanding of the health benefits and textile benefits associated with hemp," said Sterling Cook Jr., CEO of Green Compass.

Cook added, “One of our main goals is to uncover as much research as we can so we can have some unbiased answers as to what really is in this plant so we can continue to make some of the best products out there from a CBD perspective.”

The network marketing company, which came about because of the vision of Cook’s wife, Green Compass president Meredith Cook (pictured with Sterling Cook at right), sells products throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

The firm calls the members of its sales force “advocates” and it has 7,000 of them, Sterling Cook said. Their farmer partners are Adam and George Wooten.

The company’s top products are tinctures, including CBD oil in an organic coconut oil base in 500 mg, 750 mg and 1,000 mg strengths.

“We also just came out with a skin care line that’s really taking off dramatically, and we’ve started our essential oil line that’s also taking off,” Sterling Cook said.   

He said the company is in the process of setting up various research projects.

Stuart Borrett, UNCW’s associate provost for research, said, “UNCW is looking forward to collaborating with Green Compass because there is a lot of research potential in our joint interest in natural products chemistry.”

Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Jane

It’s Child’s Play

Jane Morrow - Smart Start of New Hanover County
Cfss headshots parker robert webversion 21422121214

The Latest Solar Scams and What You Can Do to Help Stop Them

Robert Parker - Cape Fear Solar Systems
Untitleddesign4

Paving the Way to Better City Streets

Tony Caudle - City of Wilmington

Trending News

Riverlights Could Add 73 More Townhomes To Mix, Site Plans Show

Staff Reports - Apr 18, 2024

Game Over For Michael Jordan Museum At Project Grace

Audrey Elsberry - Apr 19, 2024

City Approvals Push Forward Plans For Former Wilmington Fire Stations

Emma Dill - Apr 17, 2024

Surf City Embarks On Park’s Construction

Cece Nunn - Apr 19, 2024

Taking Marine Science On The Road

Lynda Van Kuren - Apr 19, 2024

In The Current Issue

With Coffee And Cocktails, Owners Mix It Up

Baristas are incorporating craft cocktail techniques into show-stopping coffee drinks, and bartenders are mixing espresso and coffee liqueur...


Taking Marine Science On The Road

“My mission and my goal is to take my love of marine science, marine ecosystem and coastal ecosystems and bring that to students and teacher...


Funding A Food Oasis: Long-awaited Grocery Store Gains Momentum

With millions in committed funding from New Hanover County and the New Hanover Community Endowment, along with a land donation from the city...

Book On Business

The 2024 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2024 Power Breakfast: The Next Season