A few days ago, Civilized published an article about Amy Van Dyken, a 6-time Olympic gold medal-winning competitive swimmer for the U.S. Olympic team who recently got involved in CBD advocacy. The athlete went on record about her support of CBD products shortly after she started using the compound found in cannabis, hemp and hops to treat the neuropathic pain she suffers – derived from a dreadful ATV accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down four years ago.

Over the course of the interview, Van Dyken made sure to clearly establish a distinction between CBD and common weed. "Because hemp-derived CBD products do not have THC in them, it is a legal thing to take," she told Civilized. This holds true for all forms of CBD, including cannabis-derived CBD.

CBD ≠ Weed

CBD products, unlike THC products, are non-psychoactive. This means they can be used by anyone, including children. In fact, the FDA recently approved a CBD-based drug for the first time, for the treatment of some rare forms of childhood onset epilepsy.

Three such kids are Kasey Price, Sarah Baker and Kristin Price. These teenage girls have been using CBD products to treat what they call a "collection" of rare autoimmune and auto-inflammatory diseases, as well as alopecia.

As Kristin told me during a recent conversation, hemp-derived CBD products have helped not only treat her autoimmune and auto-inflammatory diseases, but also grow her hair back. And the results have been incredible, she says.

Encouraged by the results, Kristin teamed up with her friends Kasey and Sarah, who also medicated with hemp-based CBD, and started Hoop Beauty, a hemp-derived CBD lifestyle brand geared toward teenagers and young adults.

Interestingly, Hoop Beauty isn’t Kristin’s first stratup. Despite her young age, she had founded another company before Hoop: her first venture was a non-profit that delivered over 1000 hats to children and adults across the United States in 2017 – Kristy's Kaps. Interested in getting some advice from this young entrepreneur, I decided to reach out again and ask her some follow-up questions.

Young But Not Dumb

So, what advice can Kristin share for other young women looking to get into the hemp or cannabis industry?

"This is the prime time if you are interested in getting into the industry," she said. "It all starts with an idea, so if you have something that you are passionate about, now is the time!"

"I have always been passionate about beauty products, but wasn’t quite sure how to incorporate that into my future. This opportunity came along when I discovered that CBD was giving me a big piece of my life back. I started reaching out to scientists around the world asking for the chance to work beside them in their labs to help prove that CBD could reverse alopecia."

"If I could just help one other teen like myself then it would be a success.

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Kristin mentioned that people have been very supportive of her and her friends’ foray into the business world. "[People] gave me so much hope and encouragement," she added. "They all gave me the confidence to realize that what I was doing was going to make an impact."

"If you don't reach out, then you will never know. The worst thing that can happen is someone closing a door, or maybe not responding at all. But that doesn't mean that the next door won't open." Wise words for a 16-year-old.

Fortunately, Kristin notes, there weren’t many challenges to overcome getting into this friendly, welcoming industry.

"I’m sure that will change at some point. I have been blessed to be surrounded by adults who truly care about me and my dreams. I shared my vision and they are working hard alongside us to help Hoop Beauty grow," she said.

'Ah, Kindness'

By means of conclusion, I asked Kristin to pick her favorite inspirational quote and explain why she liked it so much.

"Ah, kindness. What a simple way to tell another struggling soul that there is love to be found in this world," she responded, quoting A.A. Malee.

"I don’t see the point of being mean or putting someone down. We never know what someone else is going through or what they have on their mind at that moment. It is hard enough being a teen without having to deal with negativity or feeling like you don’t belong. I never want to be the person that makes someone else feel that way," she ended.

Kasey Price (17), Sarah Baker (16) and Kristin Price (16) are pictured in the image above, left to right. They are sharing their journey via Instagram (@hoop_beauty) and Facebook (@hoopbeauty). Kristin will also be speaking at the CBD Expo West in Anaheim, CA, in September, sharing a “Patients Perspective on Endocannabinoids and CBD.”