We’re manufacturing high quality hemp products you can trust.

About Us

In a market inundated with poor-quality and imported CBD products Blühen implements Good Manufacturing Practices and FDA-level quality assurance protocols as well as third-party testing to assure its partners and consumers that we’re bringing a consistently top-grade and trustworthy product to the marketplace.

Our industrial hemp processing facility is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, and it’s projected to be fully operational by the end of 2018. Once it is, Blühen Botanicals will be the largest hemp biomass processing and extraction facility in Tennessee and one of the largest in the Southeast. We will be capable of processing 2,000 pounds of hemp biomass per day with the potential to rapidly scale output beyond that capacity to create jobs and help put Tennessee farmers back to work.

CBD is one of many compounds known as cannabinoids in the hemp plant, and is extracted from the biomass. One of its most exciting applications is in the use of high-performance wellness and cosmetic products, which Blühen plans to produce and bring to market by 2019.

In addition to extracting CBD oil from industrial hemp biomass to produce high-quality consumer products, Blühen Botanicals consults with their farming partners to develop best practices for high-yield crop production, conducts genetics research and development on industrial hemp, and sells wholesale CBD crude oil distillate, isolate and THC-free full-spectrum oil.

Who We are

Joe Fox

Managing Partner/Co-Founder

Before launching Blühen Botanicals, Joe spent 18 months traveling across the country to visit grow facilities in Washington State and Colorado, and spent thousands of hours networking with industry experts to learn everything possible about the growing CBD industry. As a Knoxville entrepreneur known for his realty business and rehab and development projects, he’s passionate about building sustainable industries to elevate local and regional economies. To that end, he’s engaged an expert team to bring the Blühen vision to fruition.

Cody Seals

Farming Operations Director

A plant and soil science graduate from Middle Tennessee State University, Cody is nearing completion of a cannabis and industrial hemp-focused master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. An expert on industrial hemp, he helped structure the state chapter of the National Hemp Industries Association and serves on the board of the Tennessee Hemp Industries Association. Cody will officially join the Blühen team in November 2018.

Erich Maelzer

Director of Horticulture/Co-Founder

Erich has 23 years experience as a grower, and operates a popular YouTube channel with more than a million views. He has grown plants in every medium and prides himself on being a deep-water culture and grow lighting technology expert. Erich’s passion for horticulture and leads grow forums led to a partnership with Joe in 2016 to begin planning what is now Blühen Botanicals.  

Matthew DeBardelaben

Farm Advisor

Matthew is an experienced farmer, an innovative project-manager and community-builder who most recently acted as sales executive for Synergy Business Environments. His experience in both the U.S. and China as well as his community involvement offers Blühen a unique combination of skills. Matthew’s a proud member of the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and serves on the board of Knoxville’s CBID Development Committee, to name just a few.