About CBD Essence

Meet the Team

Suzie Salah


Wife of Don Ballou, Student at University of South Florida majoring in Psychology & Nutrition, joined CBD Essence in late 2017, with 10+ years of experience in healthcare, health & wellness, and nutrition.

Don Ballou

Founder & Chief of Manufacturing

B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology founded CBD Essence in 2014, life-long experience in health & wellness, nutrition, & health food research. CBD, he personally names is his healthy calling.

Robert Emma

Managing Partner

Started with CBD Essence Inc. in 2017. Career Entrepreneur & technologist with 2 successful exits as well as 8 years of experience in start-up operations, marketing, and digital strategy. He also served as a PowerApps PM for Microsoft Corporation.


At CBD Essence, we focus on producing high-quality, pure, and 100% natural CBD oil made dailiy in small batches to maintain the highest quality and consistency.

As CBD continues to be recognized for its many therapeutic qualities and medical implications, CBD Essence provides customers with the finest CBD oils on the market while keeping the utmost transparency in our processing.

Unlike most companies on the market that play mostly intermediary roles, CBD Essence includes a full production cycle of CBD oil. This means that we research, produce, third-party lab-test and sell products. Therefore, by choosing CBD Essence, you can be sure that you get what you paid for and that the high-quality criteria we claim are definitely met.

CBD Essence is a part of NutraHemp Group that was founded by Don Ballou in 2015. Don spent 30 years of his life fighting with symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which included aggression, absent-mindedness, difficulty focusing, anger, anxiety, and even depression. CBD oil, which he personally names his “healthy calling,” has finally led him to get rid of the symptoms and start living the full life he dreamed about EVERY SINGLE DAY. But what Don has discovered during his journey and research is that it takes more than just hemp to call the product “natural” and be able to affect your body in a positive way.

  • You have to make sure that the CBD extraction method does not include chemicals (ethanol, etc). The most safe and effective way to get CBD oil from hemp is through CO2 extraction, though, it is usually more expensive than other methods and is rare on the market.
  • There is a way to make your body absorb CBD oil better and have it be more effective in solving your physical or emotional problems. It is possible with the special colloidal emulsion, but once again, as Don discovered, the manufacturers are trying to lower the cost of their products without worrying about the quality.

  • The lifetime of NATURAL products is much shorter compared with products that are filled with chemicals. Customers should receive it fresh for the strongest effect. Our product never leaves the factory older than 24 hours.

With low awareness about CBD, Don discovered that many companies used (and still use) the cheapest technologies to produce oil that carries nothing but placebo effects.

This is what led him to the creation of CBD Essence – a company that produces natural, high-quality and fresh CBD products on every stage while still keeping the gold-standard level on the market.

Today CBD Essence is a part of NutraHemp Group along with HempsPets, HempTaffy, and HempChillPill.

“By being the person who needs CBD oil on a daily basis and understanding all the problems people face from the inside, I was able to create a special formula for the CBD Essence oil that is simple, pure, and without any supplements that are so common among similar products. We make a specific colloidal emulsion that combines the CBD oil with the coconut oil in such a way that the coconut oil protects the CBD through the stomach acid. As a result, it delivers CBD molecules more intact where they’ll get readily absorbed.

Today, I feel happy and fulfilled by the fact that I can live an active and healthy life from the inside out and help people achieve the same by using CBD Essence products that really make an impact”.

-Don Ballou

Legal and Safe in All 50 States

CBD Essence products are legal across all 50 states and are produced in the U.S. with federally-legal cannabidiol (CBD).

Hemp is a great source of food and is permissible to import through U.S. Customs without any issue whatsoever as long as there is low to no THC – – the criteria that is fully met by CBD Essence products.

In addition, CBD Essence oils are:

  • Highly Absorptive Full Spectrum (original formula refined over 4 years)
  • Produced within 24 hours of shipment in small batches for the highest quality and consistency
  • Made with the most natural & organic ingredients for maximum potency
  • Tested by a third-party lab
  • Non-genetically modified (non-GMO)
  • Grown only with sustainable practices (without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilisers) on unspoiled tracts of farm land
  • Protected in a bubble of coconut oil before digested
  • Micro-aligned to be absorbed under the tongue


It is projected that the CBD market will hit $22 billion by 2022. You would not want to miss an opportunity to become a part of one of the fastest growing markets in the United States. We made sure you could benefit from this business even without investing millions of dollars into production.

We are happy to announce that CBD Essence is now providing the following types of partnership:

  • Private Label
  • White Label
  • Affiliate Program

We offer turnkey solutions for individual and corporate clients that will allow you to start and grow your online and offline CBD oil business in any form you are comfortable with – whether it is just providing you with CBD oils with your brand on it, building the complete CBD business on your behalf, or giving you an opportunity to benefit from CBD Essence product sales through an affiliate link on your website, social media, or other platforms.