Providing a line of CBD-Rich Skin Care Products, Genetics and Extractions
HBK Topicals is a one-stop shop for those seeking natural relief for a variety of skin conditions. Eric Minor, sole owner and operator of Fresno, California. based HBK Topicals, combines a family tradition with compassion to deliver a line of CBD-rich and THC infused skin care products and genetics including; chap stick, lotion, creams, extractions and seeds.
When Minor’s daughter, Kora, was three years old, she was diagnosed with Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare skin condition. According to the Mayo Clinic, the disease causes the skin to blister — both inside and outside of the body — in response to minor injuries, heat, friction or rubbing. Though mild forms can improve with age, there is no cure. Therefore, treatment focuses on pain and wound management.
The Minors quickly found treatment options to be limited, and ineffective. The only available remedies contained harsh chemicals or oils, he explains, which did not help to alleviate Kora’s severe symptoms. “A lot of [creams or oils] are petroleum or oil based and make skin conditions worse.” This can actually make your skin too oily or too wet, he adds, finding a balance promotes healing instead of just covering up the situation.
So, Minor set out to create a holistic product of his own that would soothe his daughter’s symptoms. “Once we came up with our topical treatment, it basically cured her,“ he adds that after regular use, “She no longer has blisters. You cannot tell she has a skin condition.” He adds, “We decided to release it to the public once we saw the dramatic results we were getting from friends and family. We knew we had to get it out there.” In 2010, HBK Topicals officially opened for business.
The collection of pain relieving creams, lotions, and flavored lip balms are known to help with conditions such as Epidermolysis, Eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, tendinitis, muscle issues, burns, insect bites, cuts, headaches, tooth infections, reductions in scar tissue and pregnancy stretch marks.
The topical treatments combine natural ingredients such as coconut oil, cacao, shea butter, hash oil extracts, and eucalyptus and peach tree essentials oils to help penetrate the skin, describes Minor. His carefully developed hash oil — which contains high doses of CBD and low amounts of THC — creates a balanced, and therefore ideal, healing environment.
CBD (Cannabinoid) rich compounds are typically defined as having an equal CBD to THC ratio, or as CBD dominant, strains. These strains are proven to have many useful effects for a diversity of illnesses including pain, inflammation, autoimmune diseases, epilepsy, arthritis and nausea (to name only a few), as found by multiple case studies outlined by the International Association for Cannabis and Medicine.
The introduction of CBD-rich products, like those HBK Topicals’ specializes in, have only recently become readily available. However, scientific and clinical research shows that cannabis compounds offer significant medical benefits, according to the CBDProject.org, a California-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical uses of cannabidiol (CBD) and other compounds in the cannabis plant. The site describes that, “CBD-rich cannabis has a long history of being used to treat health problems. Queen Victoria used CBD-rich cannabis for menstrual cramps in the 19th century.” Yet, in recent years, CBD-rich strains were generally unattainable because “Generations of breeding marijuana for maximum THC and a strong ‘high’ had reduced the CBD to trace amounts in most cannabis strains in Northern California, America’s cannabis breadbasket.” In 2009, the discovery of CBD-rich strains in California brought more attention to the compounds’ powerful healing properties.
Minor stumbled upon these CBD-rich strains nearly six years ago, he describes. As a second-generation farmer with a natural green thumb and more than 30 years experience, he began breeding and providing plants with CBD-rich genetics for medicinal purposes. This, in turn, led him to create his award-winning line of botanicals, extractions, and topical treatments.
In order to ensure consistency and customer comfort, Minor’s products — botanicals and all — are tested by SC Labs in Santa Cruz, Califfornia, one of the first independent institutions dedicated to cannabis research. Minor uses the strain Cannatonic #6 (by Resin Seeds), which yields an 8:1 CBD/THC ratio and is lab tested at 16 percent CBD, .05% THC.
The results of Minor’s entirely handcrafted products speak for themselves. With customer satisfaction so high, it is no wonder the business has adopted the motto “#we make the pain go away.” The proof is in his potions, but Minor’s collections of awards surely illustrate the business’s commitment to quality and healing. HBK’s genetics have earned titles including: Best Overall Hemp Product (HempCon 2015), Best Overall OG at the Cali Dep Fest, and 2nd and 3rd place in the Emerald Cup’s CBD Topical Division.
However, the most valuable honor for Minor is knowing that he has helped to change so many lives so far. “The most rewarding experience is the consistent positive results we hear from people who use our products, and to know we have made so many friends over the years.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
HBK Products available online at: Shop.riotseeds.nl
Find HBK on instagram – @hbktopicals or on at Facebook.com/HBKtopicals
Look for HBK Topicals’ at the 2016 Emerald Cup in December.
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