The Cannabis Equipment News team recently traveled to the Wisconsin Cannabis Expo held in Milwaukee on June 4. At the show, we had an opportunity to interview equipment manufacturers, cultivators and new product developers to learn more about what they bring to the cannabis industry.
RA!, a CBD product company based in Wisconsin, was born out of love for a pet and the desire to care for them.
Founders Richard Bowman and Alla Tsypin said when their beloved American bulldog, Polar Bear, was diagnosed with cancer, the conversation quickly turned from treatment to maintaining quality of life. Tsypin, a professional herbalist, and Bowman were already taking CBD, and together, they decided to try it for Polar Bear.
Veterinarians are not allowed to recommend CBD for pets because of federal regulations, but Bowman and Tsypin said they believe the treatment provided them with another four and a half months with Polar Bear.
“At the end of the day, cancer doesn’t care and a dog can’t lie. And we started to realize that if we can do this for a dog and it’s doing such wonderful things for ourselves and our family, why can’t we bring this to other people?” said Bowman.
Tsypin said RA! uses all Wisconsin-grown hemp and Wisconsin-based manufacturers for the company’s products, which include CBD fruit chews, oils, salves, tinctures, topical gels and moisturizing creams. At the show, RA! debuted a tattoo balm designed for helping heal fresh ink.
Besides running their business and lifestyle brand, Bowman and Tsypin said they are hoping to spread the word about the health and wellness benefits of hemp.
The next Wisconsin Cannabis Expo, presented by the Shepherd Express, will be held Nov. 19, 2022, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.