Tennessee Hemp to Fuel Rob Gronkowski’s CBD Brand

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. A hemp processor in Tennessee has entered into an agreement to provide former NFL star Rob Gronkowski’s CBD brand with extract.

Landrace Bioscience, a company based in Chattanooga, is working on innovative ways to extract CBD from hemp to be used in consumer products. They will provide extract not only to CBDMEDIC, a brand backed by Gronkowski, but also to CBD CLINIC. Both brands are owned by Abacus Health Products LLC.


Landrace Bioscience is a relatively new company, having formed just before the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (farm bill) was passed. For a new company, having Abacus’ brands on board is a significant milestone.

“This partnership not only validates our preeminence as a leader in our own right but also showcases our strength as an innovation-centered and solutions-based company that guides new and existing brands with their hemp-related product development needs,” Landrace Chief Executive Officer John DeMoss told Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Landrace also will help design products specifically for Gronkowski. The former New England Patriots’ tight end has lobbied the NFL to amend its substance policies and allow players to heal and train with CBD. Gronkowski underwent nine surgeries during his playing career. He believes CBD was instrumental in his recovery. 

After stepping away from the playing field, Gronkowski “immediately made CBDMEDIC part of my recovery,” he said at a press conference in August. “And now for the first time in more than a decade, I am pain-free. And that is a big deal.