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Deborah Gestner, CBD USA Grown, Inc. President, CEO, and Founder: ‘I See Us as a Global Force Providing Great CBD for Everyone Everywhere’

thesiliconreview-deborah-gestner-president-ceo-founder-cbd-usa-grown-inc-19Above Water is poised with its price point and high-quality product ingredients to top $100 million in profits by 2020 with more than $500 million in sales slated when the Eastern and Western market offices are open. In addition to the World Operations Center at the Pittsburgh airport, we have offices in Moscow, Sarasota and Dallas.

Cannabidiol is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments.

Better known as CBD, it is one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, cannabis sativa.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs.

In light of the above-mentioned scenario, we’re thrilled to present CBD USAGrown, Inc.

CBD USA Grown is a worldwide distributor of Folium Biosciences, the largest vertically integrated grower of industrial hemp in the United States. CBD USA Grown offers a full line of 0.0 percent THC CBD goods, including bottled water, softgels, tinctures, balms, creams, cosmeceuticals, and animal health products. With a message of ‘Getting Healthy Not High’, the company aims to provide wellness and pain management products to the masses, while educating and instructing on the benefits and applications of hemp-derived CBD products.

The company was incorporated in January 2017 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

CBD USA Grown has embarked on opening their own dedicated stores. Some stores are franchises whereas others are corporate or distributor owned stores labeled ABOVE CBD. Some stores are already open in Pittsburgh, and others will be opening in May-June 2019 at the Pittsburgh International Airport; in Florida in Cape Coral, Punta Gorda, and Fort Myers; Raleigh, NC; and Somerset, NJ. Other stores will be located in West Virginia in Wheeling, Weirton, Follansbee and Moundsville. Call CBD USA Grown at 724-318-5001 extension 2028 for more franchise information.

CBD USA Grown has also started to coordinate their TV debut with Laurence Fishburne’s Information Matrix TV series on PBS which will feature CBD USA Grown and their interesting hemp story. Additionally, CBD USA Grown has partnered with William Shatner’s of Planet TV series that is in production today for a 2-part series about Hemp in America featuring CBD USA Grown and their family of companies. Both shows will air in the Summer/Fall 2019.

Deborah Gestner, CBD USA Grown, Inc. President/CEO/Founder, spoke exclusively to The Silicon Review. Below is an excerpt.

Getting Off the Ground

CBD USA Grown was started in response to the growing demand for quality CBD hemp oil products. Realizing quickly that the market and competitive companies were under-funded and poorly managed, Deborah Gestner set out to create the best possible corporate infrastructure for a new and growing product line.

CBD USA Grown selected the structure and corporate platform used today based solely upon a shared corporate need which is interactive between the various companies. One company feeds and serves the other companies’ needs thereby allowing for a full-service situation in the HEMP (Helping Educate Misinformed People) products and distribution business globally. “By locating in the Foreign Trade Zone in Pittsburgh, we’re able to distribute CBD hemp products in a manner that becomes the most cost-effective option for any hemp company in America.” Having secured a government lease at the airport for five years, CBD USA Grown is growing by leaps and bounds and will continue to grow as its European markets will open up in summer of 2019 when Above Water is launched in London.

First Product Launch: A Terrific Feat

CBD USA Grown’s first products were launched in 2017 (CBD pain balms, tinctures, soft gels) as a white label product from Folium Biosciences’ inventory of product options. “Soon, I realized that many of the CBD products on the market were sub-standard and just plain bad. Therefore, I started to formulate my own unique products.” In July 2017, Above Water was born in concept and with two years of research, formulation, testing, consumer testing, lab testing and formatting the process – Deborah successfully received full regulatory approval for her CBD WATER label, product, process and actual bottling of her product for the consumer market. Today, Above Water sells out in every store where it is delivered. Above Water is branded in all 50 states and patent-pending in the US Patent Trade offices. Above Water is the only broad spectrum 15 mg CBD product that is 0.0 percent THC that is on the market in the USA. Fully approved by the Colorado Department of Health and Environmental Services, Colorado Department of Environmental Services and Sustainability and the Department of Agriculture – Folium’s reach with CBD USA Grown’s product is now complete. Between the three government certificates for GMP and food certifications, this product has a full Kosher Certification from the Orthodox Union for the product, the plant, and the ingredients involved.


Above Water is poised with its price point and high-quality product ingredients to top $100 million in profits by 2020 with more than $500 million in sales slated when the Eastern and Western market offices are open. In addition to the World Operations Center at the Pittsburgh airport, we have offices in Moscow, Sarasota and Dallas.

Most importantly, Above Water was so successful that the retailers and distributors sold out in hours. Having this proprietary product available allowed the company to sell its additional CBD products to others without issue.

Factors That Make CBD USA Grown Stand Out

Five great assets are listed below in the order of importance:

Folium Biosciences – Its products and certifications provide CBD USA Grown with the platform to “compete globally” with the best products on the market.

Great Partners - Phil Luci, Roger Gestner, Lou Ruscitto, and Michael Ruscitto- all from Pittsburgh, PA
and Jane Robinson from Sarasota, FL. These partners have been Deborah’s rock to launching the company on her terms with great rewards and results. “I trust my partners and they trust me too.”

Great Staff – Finding good staff and people who want to share Deborah’s passion is key. It’s not about the resume, it’s about the drive and commitment to the company that is paramount to Deborah and her vision. “If you aren’t committed to the vision and our work ethic – then we would be glad to send you a Christmas card annually with our greetings from your former colleagues.”

Our Location – The Greater Pittsburgh International Airport is the only prime location that Deborah would consider. The availability of the Foreign Trade Zone made it critical for her success and marketing her product’s delivery availability. “The airport is one of the greatest assets the city has for any business on the move.”

Our Testimonials – The fact that staff and investors used CBD’s products personally and provided the base testimonials for the launch of each product made the initial success mainly word-of-mouth. CBD’s customers are its friends now. And they love it.

‘No Withdrawal, No Issues, No Pain, and No Problems’

“The simple fact is that the US government blocked the use of CBD and hemp products for decades, which could have helped or cured people – like my parents and friends, and allowed them to have a better quality of life. Today, with my own personal health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes – I have personally been a walking testimony as to how CBD works. I was on Tramadol for 19 years for pain and knee issues. Today I am 15 months Opiate and Tramadol free. No withdrawal, no issues, no pain, and no problems.”

“I am 100 percent off all pharmaceuticals and healthier than ever. I have the blood work and test results to prove it. Knowing that this product is allowed over the counter and is 100 percent natural allows me to provide this wonderful product to others who are plagued with health issues whereas pharmaceutical meds just complicate their issues more.”

“This product saves lives. It saved mine.”

Products To Be Launched

CBD USA Grown released ‘Above Water 15 mg’ ( in early April 2019 to the tri-state area in Pittsburgh. Shortly thereafter, CBD started shipping water all over the country. Regional distribution centers will be set up some time in the third quarter of 2019 for easier domestic distribution.

Future Arrangements: Sky’s the Limit

“I see us as a global force providing great CBD for everyone everywhere.”

Deborah Gestner: An Entrepreneur at Heart

Deborah Gestner is the President, CEO, and Founder of CBD USA GROWN, INC ( along with Greenleaf Golden Enterprises, LLC (, Above CBD Water (, Relax Naturally (, and KMA Holdings (

"We know that wellness is more than being free from illness – it’s a process of change and growth towards a better you. Our products will jumpstart that journey, and we’re here for you every step of the way.”