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.

Our Team

Joe Fox

As a Knoxville entrepreneur known for his realty business and rehab and development projects, Joe Fox is 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. For Joe, work doesn’t feel like… work… so you could say entrepreneurship is his most fulfilling hobby. But when he’s not pouring over business plans and building teams, he can be found home in Knoxville spending time with his kids, testing new recipes, or at his drafting table, working on building design and home-flipping projects.

Cody Seals

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

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

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.

Matt McMillan

Matthew is a systems-driven process thinker with a BA of Science in Industrial Engineering from UT who has an understanding of the importance of delivering a repeatable, quality product and experience to the end-user. He has spent 8 years in craft beer brewery industry with a focus on startup and operation and, as a partner at Hexagon Brewing Company, he oversaw and systematized all operations from equipment acquisition, to buildout, to bookkeeping. Matthew is a self-diagnosed foodie, glutton for learning, loves to travel, and spends whatever “free time” he has left, reading.

Matt Clinton

Hailing from Nashville, “Extractor Matt” has been growing since 2009, extracting since 2013, and managing different aspects of operations along the way. His background in audio science makes him extremely sensitive to even the tiniest details, and that, combined with his experience in production management, inventory control, and growing and extraction, makes him the perfect fit for our Extraction Director role. Matt is passionate about mastering new technologies and communications, and when he’s not playing with our super nerdy equipment, you can find him mastering audio files and quenching his thirst for good music.

Joe Fox

As a Knoxville entrepreneur known for his realty business and rehab and development projects, Joe Fox is 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. For Joe, work doesn’t feel like… work… so you could say entrepreneurship is his most fulfilling hobby. But when he’s not pouring over business plans and building teams, he can be found home in Knoxville spending time with his kids, testing new recipes, or at his drafting table, working on building design and home-flipping projects.

Cody Seals

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

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

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.

Matt McMillan

Matthew is a systems-driven process thinker with a BA of Science in Industrial Engineering from UT who has an understanding of the importance of delivering a repeatable, quality product and experience to the end-user. He has spent 8 years in craft beer brewery industry with a focus on startup and operation and, as a partner at Hexagon Brewing Company, he oversaw and systematized all operations from equipment acquisition, to buildout, to bookkeeping. Matthew is a self-diagnosed foodie, glutton for learning, loves to travel, and spends whatever “free time” he has left, reading.

Matt Clinton

Hailing from Nashville, “Extractor Matt” has been growing since 2009, extracting since 2013, and managing different aspects of operations along the way. His background in audio science makes him extremely sensitive to even the tiniest details, and that, combined with his experience in production management, inventory control, and growing and extraction, makes him the perfect fit for our Extraction Director role. Matt is passionate about mastering new technologies and communications, and when he’s not playing with our super nerdy equipment, you can find him mastering audio files and quenching his thirst for good music.

Joe Fox

As a Knoxville entrepreneur known for his realty business and rehab and development projects, Joe Fox is 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. For Joe, work doesn’t feel like… work… so you could say entrepreneurship is his most fulfilling hobby. But when he’s not pouring over business plans and building teams, he can be found home in Knoxville spending time with his kids, testing new recipes, or at his drafting table, working on building design and home-flipping projects.

Cody Seals

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

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

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.

Matt McMillan

Matthew is a systems-driven process thinker with a BA of Science in Industrial Engineering from UT who has an understanding of the importance of delivering a repeatable, quality product and experience to the end-user. He has spent 8 years in craft beer brewery industry with a focus on startup and operation and, as a partner at Hexagon Brewing Company, he oversaw and systematized all operations from equipment acquisition, to buildout, to bookkeeping. Matthew is a self-diagnosed foodie, glutton for learning, loves to travel, and spends whatever “free time” he has left, reading.

Matt Clinton

Hailing from Nashville, “Extractor Matt” has been growing since 2009, extracting since 2013, and managing different aspects of operations along the way. His background in audio science makes him extremely sensitive to even the tiniest details, and that, combined with his experience in production management, inventory control, and growing and extraction, makes him the perfect fit for our Extraction Director role. Matt is passionate about mastering new technologies and communications, and when he’s not playing with our super nerdy equipment, you can find him mastering audio files and quenching his thirst for good music.