Review: Mana Artisan Botanics

Good things come from Hawaii: Pineapple, cane sugar, macadamia nuts, coffee. And of course, high-quality cannabis (remember Maui Wowie?). As you might suspect, the Aloha State is far ahead of the rest of the U.S. in terms of cannabis culture. So it’s no surprise that a Hawaii-based company has developed premium cannabidiol (CBD) oil products, using better-than sustainable farming methods.

Mana Artisan Botanics produces CBD oil products on the Big Island at Honaunau Farm, where they combine locally grown ingredients, such as turmeric, macadamia nut oil and passion flower, with Colorado-grown hemp (they will be growing their own hemp on Honaunau Farm as soon as permitted). With a commitment to crafting pure, chemical- and pesticide-free whole-plant botanicals, Mana’s small-batch CBD oil formulations include:     

Founder Steve Sakala (interviewed here on the Kannaboomers Podcast) has been in the cannabis industry for 20 years, cutting his teeth as an activist working on California’s first medical cannabis initiative in 1992 (alongside the legendary Jack Herer) and later on Proposition 215. He also has extensive experience in agriculture, having served as president of the Hawaii Farmers Union. Today he uses regenerative farming techniques at Honaunau Farm,where he grows many of the ingredients use in Mana Artisan Botanics.   

We tried the Hawaiian Turmeric Hemp Oil with MCT coconut oil, and found it clear and golden in color, with a light taste and lingering flavor of sweet vanilla.

According to the company’s web site, all Mana Artisan Botanic products are tested for purity, potency, CBD levels, pesticide residue, heavy metals and other contaminants at lab facilities such as Steep Hill Labs, Hawaii and Hawaii Pharm using state-of-the-art testing methods. There are not published test results on Mana Artisan Botanics website; we asked them why not, and they said their lawyer advised against it. But they did offer to send us some results.