Five Illuminating Questions With Hemp Educator Cait Curley – Forbes

Five Illuminating Questions With Hemp Educator Cait Curley - Forbes

Cait Curley at NoCo Hemp Expo in Denver, an event that attracted 10,000 people.

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Cait Curley is part of the new age of cannabis/hemp entrepreneurs. Cait was so focused and passionate about pursuing her work within the cannabis arena, she uprooted her life and moved from New York to Denver where cannabis is legal to make her dream a reality. An educator, entrepreneur, social media influencer, marketing specialist, and content creator, Cait has developed her path from years of working in  the cannabis industry. She’s used her past experience in health sciences to navigate the underground cannabis world while educating the masses and finding new ways to connect with the hemp community. 

You may not know as much about the many uses of industrial hemp as Cait, but I assure you that her outspoken demeanor will intrigue you into wanting to learn more. In fact, you can start learning now by checking out her Instagram account, featuring a wealth of information. Now, without further delay, may I please offer you Cait’s illuminating answers to my five questions. Cheers! WB

Cait uses her platform to educate 22.9k followers about hemp and its many applications. You can follow her on IG: @cait_curley.

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Warren Bobrow=WB: Where are you from? Born/raised? What did you do before moving to Colorado? Where have your hemp related travels taken you lately?

Cait Curley=CC: I was born and raised in Binghamton, NY. Before I moved to Colorado with the intention to dive in and deeper connect with the cannabis industry/community, I was a practicing Hearing Instrument Specialist in Syracuse, NY. My job was to test, diagnose, treat hearing loss and perform long term rehabilitative care with my patients. Recently, my hemp related travels have taken me all over the United States. In 2019, I have traveled to Washington D.C, New York City, Upstate New York, Dallas, New Orleans, Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles and Nashville. 

WB: What ignited your passion for hemp? What role do you play in the hemp industry? How can hemp create a positive impact on the present and future?

 CC: My passion for hemp stemmed from my overall passion for cannabis. When I moved to Colorado, I was in serious cannabis information download mode. I was learning so much about the plant from surrounding myself with so many educated and passionate people. I attended a gathering for the Industrial Hemp Research Foundation and found myself amongst a group of people who had a unique love for the plant. Every person/hempster in that meeting really cared about the planet and how this plant could help save it, make it healthier. From there my love for industrial hemp exploded— I was obsessed with learning more about it, meeting and befriending pioneers, and figuring out how to play my part in the hemp industry puzzle.

 Everyday, we’re evolving. In this moment, I’m involved with the media, education and advocacy of the plant. I have found my own unique way to contribute. Hemp truly is a savior to the current conditions of the planet. One major way hemp can have an impact is by having current and future hemp farmers utilize organic regenerative agricultural practices. Conventional farming and industrial agriculture is a huge contributor to environmental issues and hemp can play a major role in reversing that.

Cait Curley at a hemp cultivation site in Colorado.

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WB: Do you cook? If so, who taught you? Mother? Father? Television cooking shows? Anything that brings a tear to your eye when you eat/drink it? If so, why? Do you have a favorite cannabis inspired dish you’d like to share?

 CC: I can cook if there is a recipe for me to reference! I have some standard healthy dishes that I’ve mastered, but beyond that I need a recipe. My favorite recipes and meals come from my mom. If there’s a meal that makes me emotional in a way that I’m deeply connected to it, it would be my mom’s mashed potatoes, gravy chicken and corn or her spaghetti, homemade red sauce and meatballs. I feel like a bit of a cannabis sinner saying this, but I’m not in love with cannabis infused food. I think at some point when I give it more attention and care, I’ll be intrigued by it…but for the time being I prefer consuming flower. With that, I do try to consume hemp oil and hemp seeds daily for protein as well as taking full and broad spectrum tinctures.

Cait at the The 7th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo.

Photo credit: Conor Dugan

WB: What did you want to be when you grow up? (When you were a kid.) Where do you see yourself and your work in a year? Five years?

 CC: When I was a kid I wanted to be the star of Riverdance, Lord of the Dance. I began Irish dancing at an early age and looked up to Jean Butler as if she were a god. I would watch tapes of her for hours and hours, pretending to be her. These days, I have several really exciting projects that are close to being finished. I have been working on the ideas and concepts for years and I’m so excited to finally release them to the world. In a year, my brand will have evolved beyond media and you will see products and collaborations being released. In five years, my world will have drastically changed and I say that because the cannabis/hemp industry is moving so quickly. What is now will be so different in a year, let alone five years. It’s my duty to fight for a sustainable and healthy planet, and that’s what I intend to do.

 WB: If you could be anywhere in the world, right now, where would that be? Doing what?  

CC: If I could be anywhere in the world right now I would be in Israel. I was raised Catholic and although I don’t necessarily follow the faith anymore I’m still intrigued by the traditions of the ancient world. The history, architecture and energy that runs through those grounds are incomparable. I’m actually quite fascinated with the Old Testament and would love to explore Jerusalem and The Dead Sea, then travel to Egypt to experience the pyramids. There is also a strong connection with cannabis innovation and science in Israel— another area of the industry I would love to explore. Next up is an African Safari.

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