Founded in 2015 by hemp-entrepreneur and CEO Vince Sanders, CBD American Shaman is based out of Kansas City, Missouri and is one of the largest hemp derived CBD companies in North America. Using a team of dedicated researchers and doctors, the company has developed a series of organic, all-natural industrial hemp-based products with increased bioavailability aimed at improving people’s quality of life and promoting an overall healthier lifestyle for patients.

After Sanders’s uncle Dennis was diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage IV lung cancer in 2012 and given six months to live, Sanders identified what was important to him and became inspired to discover a solution that would prolong his uncle’s life. Curious about the medical benefits of cannabis, Sanders began his research, which led him to CBD. Although there wasn’t much U.S.-based information about the market, there was a plethora of scientific reports from Israel and Spain that gave him a starting point. Armed with knowledge, Sanders developed a crude CBD extract and after administering it to his uncle for 90 days, Dennis was in full remission. Despite his efforts, Dennis passed away due to unrelated complications, but the experience started Sanders down a passionate path of helping people that he would not turn back from. “It’s addicting,” he says.

Vince Sanders/ CBD American Shaman

Over the next few years, Sanders poured himself into the industry with the intent of “changing lives and turning people on to a homeopathic, plant-based option that is natural, therapeutic and far superior to pharmaceuticals, [without] any of the side effects.” Thus, CBD American Shaman was born.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 113 known naturally occurring chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, found in cannabis and hemp that imparts a sensation of calming relaxation and has no psychoactive properties. CBD is usually derived from Cannabis Sativa, which has two species, hemp and marijuana, although hemp generally carries a much higher percentage of CBD and extremely low levels of THC (less than 0.3%). Associated with a cascade of remedies, CBD has become well known for treating conditions including pain, inflammation, severe stress/anxiety, epilepsy, cancer, and a laundry list of other disorders.

In an effort to create a more affordable and shelf stable product, Sanders and his team harnessed the science of nanotechnology to improve their full spectrum, terpene-rich CBD emulsion. This process breaks down molecules to a billionth of their original size, making it easier for the body to absorb the compound into the blood stream, retain the microparticles for longer periods of time, and penetrate deeper into the body. This is known as bioavailability and is currently the most effective way of introducing a compound into the body, specifically the endocannabinoid system (structure of cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body). It produces a more uniform effect with greater surface area, making the product more consistent and predictable, which means you can take less of the product while retaining more of the benefits. Shaman specifically breaks its particles down to 50 nanometers, known as the goldilocks zone, using their particle size analyzer to ensure it connects to your receptors.

Vince Sanders/ CBD American Shaman

Shaman has infused this ‘cornerstone’ tech into all its products including water soluble products, tinctures, skin care/beauty products, edibles, capsules, pet products, and more—all created in their manufacturing facility and overseen by lead chemist, Jade Mitchell. Responsible for R&D and quality control, Mitchell uses a High-Pressure Liquid Chromatography System (HPLC) to accurately break down, analyze, and quantify every batch of CBD before processing, ensuring the compound is consistent, of the highest quality, and free from pesticides, heavy metals, and other impurities. “We’ve manipulated it as softly as we can […] ensuring the integrity of the plants profile is upheld,” says Sanders. “Our goal is to be as close to nature as possible.” 

CBD American Shaman also works with medical director and chief medical officer Dr. Jesse Lopez, a traditionally trained trauma surgeon who has over 27 years of experience in the medical field and has long incorporated holistic treatments and natural supplements into his practice. Based at one of the two Shaman clinics, Dr. Lopez educates and advises leadership of the company on questions and concerns regarding the clinical benefits of CBD while lending expert support and documented validation from the medical perspective.

Inspired by the demands of his patients seeking a more natural remedy to support a healthier lifestyle, coupled with the company’s progressive transparency, Dr. Lopez joined forces with Shaman at the beginning of 2018 with the intention of regulating their CBD treatment from a supplemental perspective. “CBD is a health supplement like any other, like vitamin D or C, and an individual should have access to it from a supplemental perspective,” says Lopez, adding that “personally, I believe in plant medicine. I believe that plants have healing properties […] but from the traditional, practical perspective, we need to get back to calling it a supplement, rather than a medication.”

Vince Sanders/ CBD American Shaman

Through this lens, the company can provide therapy assistance and preventative advice to patients, looking at the entire aspect of their condition, “yielding immediate results by utilizing natural holistic supplements that can support their overall health and homeostasis,” says Lopez. And although “CBD is one of the main tools in our tool belt […] the team prefers to take a more scientific approach to narrowing down symptoms in order to create a treatment plan based on the individual needs of each patient.” This is what truly sets CBD American Shaman apart from other companies in the industry: understanding the concept of modern-day wellness and the desire for people to naturally combat ‘dis-ease’ in their lives.

Of course, there are still a host of challenges in today’s CBD industry. From untested, uncontrolled production of inferior products with limited bioavailability, to overpriced merchandise, to misinformation and negative stigmas, CBD is in a limbo of authenticity and honest information. “The biggest challenge facing the CBD industry today is that it is associated with THC […] CBD does not have the psychoactive components that THC does and is not marijuana,” states Lopez. Once this misconception is overcome, more people will have access to the miracle of CBD, with the potential to improve their lives using natural, homeopathic, plant-based remedies that have been part of our culture throughout human history.

In addition to both of Shaman’s physician staffed Kansas City clinics, the company has over 300 franchise locations throughout the country with more on the way. They also offer online ordering, ensuring availability to any and all in search of alternative relief they can trust, with the science to back up the results. So, if you find yourself reading this article, it is not a coincidence: it is the synchronicity of connecting with the right information in the right place at the right time. This is the Shaman Way.

“Changing lives and turning people on to a homeopathic, plant-based option that is natural, therapeutic, and far superior to pharmaceuticals, [without] any of the side effects.”

—Founder and CEO Vince Sanders, CBD American Shaman


Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid found in both hemp and marijuana that connects with naturally occurring receptors spread throughout the human body and is clinically proven to assist in pain management, anxiety, cognition repair, seizure reduction, and so much more.


Nanotechnology refers to molecules broken down to a billionth of meter in size, making it easier to be absorbed by the body. Imagine a basketball on your floor full of BBs. Alone the basketball has little surface area, but if the BBs spill out, your floor would be covered by them, allowing for a greater surface area to be covered.


Bioavailability refers to the percentage of a substance that can be absorbed by the human body, and measurement of the rate it reaches its area of activation.

Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system is a biological system composed of neurotransmitters and receptors spread throughout the central nervous system that regulates cannabinoids and the effects of cannabis/hemp.


Homeopathy is a medical alternative based in the belief that the body can heal itself with the aid of natural supplements, minerals, and organic substances.

Vince Sanders/ CBD American Shaman

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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.

CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.

2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?

Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. organic hemp seedsTypically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?

The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.

5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?

colorado growing operationWe feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.

6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?

Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.

7. What is the best method of use?

For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.

8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?

There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.

9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?

Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative CBD Oil Extractside effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.

10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?

As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.

When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.

The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.

For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.


11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?

In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.

12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?

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Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.

13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?

No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.

We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor thereCannawell.

14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?

Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†

Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.

15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?

We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. mjna message boardWe also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.

16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?

We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.

17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?

CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.

Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.

18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.