October 1, 2022

Organic CBD oil at ICanna in Ames, Iowa, created by Iraq War veteran

Mat Miller is leading the way and he’s happy to do it.

“I’m the only guy. It’s been almost a year, and there’s nobody else doing this in Iowa,” said Miller, a longtime Ames resident and Boone High grad.

Miller, an Iowa native and Iraq War veteran, owns the Ames-based company, ICanna, and is the only certified organic processor of CBD in Iowa and his company was among the first licensed CBD processors in the state, and he’s proud to distill cannabidiol from Iowa-grown hemp.

CBD is a chemical found in marijuana but doesn’t contain THC, the ingredient found in marijuana that produces a high. CBD can be formulated as an oil, but also sold as an extract, a vaporized liquid and an oil-based capsule.

And in many parts of the country, it is big business.

“Right now, everything is handmade,” Miller said. “We take the hemp biomass, we clean it and sort it out. The way the hemp is farmed now is small scale one- or two-acre plots. It’s all hand harvested.”