Born in prohibition Missouri and designed specifically for Midwestern lifestyles, Hempsley is a living collection of information about holistic wellness techniques that support the endocannabinoid system.
Our mission is to empower you with knowledge so that you can begin taking better care of yourself and your loved ones.
Hempsley is meant to foster a safe space for anyone and everyone, no matter their background, to learn about natural approaches to wellness while guiding and supporting individuals through their own self-care explorations. We provide opportunities for you to learn, grow, and reflect so that you may become an expert on yourself.
Inspired by Prohibition
Hempsley’s founder, Kristen Williams, first became passionate about cannabis education back in 2013 when she saw a video about Charlotte Figi, a young girl whose some 300 grand mal seizures per week were being subdued with CBD oil. She found herself in distraught over the public's backlash on Charlotte's parents for treating her with cannabis, and wanted to help people understand how this plant works within the body to bring relief — and that using it didn't necessarily mean getting "high."
Since then, Kristen has been on a mission to help educate the general public about their endocannabinoid system and how various cannabinoid therapies can benefit people with all types of conditions. Over the past three years, she has collected experiences with yoga, Ayurveda, energy medicine, meditation, floating, massage therapy, nutrition, fitness, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and more — all while exploring how cannabis can best enhance her self-care journey. Now, she is sharing what she's learned to help others make informed decisions while developing a personalized wellness routine that they enjoy.
Grow With Us
We know we're not perfect, and we don't expect you to be, either. Wellness is a lifelong journey, and we are always learning new things about ourselves and the world that will impact our understanding of personal health. Hempsley is simply here to investigate new approaches to wellness and relay what we learn so that your personal relationship with your body can continue to grow.
When it comes to cannabis information, most of what we know is based on personal testimony and experience since we have very little scientific research because of the federal government's Schedule 1 classification. Thankfully, there are now states conducting research and providing us with more and more information every day — but this also means that information we thought to be true may be disproved. We promise to do our best to stay up-to-date with these findings and communicate any pertinent new information to you, and we hope that if you see a mistake on our site you will let us know.
Kristen Williams, CEO & Creative Director
Kristen Williams is an activist, entrepreneur and designer dedicated to helping change the stigma surrounding cannabis. She derives unique, innovative and intelligent design solutions to visually engage and educate her audience on how cannabis can be incorporated into a healthy, balanced and responsible lifestyle.
Kristen uses cannabis in her daily self-care routine to relieve her chronic back pain, migraines, and anxiety. Her favorite method of consumption is concentrates because they are efficient, discreet, and minimally irritating to her asthmatic lungs, followed by transdermal patches that release a consistent dose of cannabinoids over the course of an entire day.
Vinnie DeBono, Chief Operating Officer
Vinnie DeBono graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He believes in the necessity for the normalization of cannabis usage for both medicinal and recreational purposes and wants to spread a message focused on the benefits and responsible usage of cannabis in a person’s everyday life. His main goal is to be a positive representation of what members of the cannabis community can provide for the rest of society.
Vinnie uses cannabis to aid with general stress and anxiety and to help stimulate a mindset of positivity and happiness. His favorite method of consumption is cannabis flower because he feels the effects are longer lasting and finds the act hand rolling smokables therapeutic.
Brett, Chief Financial Officer
Brett graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Business Administration and minors in Plant Sciences and Entrepreneurship. Brett enjoys working with plants and is eager to learn more about the science behind cannabis as this industry continues developing.
Brett uses CBD to provide relief from his stomach pain, anxiety, and stress. His favorite method of consumption is vaporizing CBD concentrates because they are very fast and effective.
Jillian Janatka, Creative Consultant
Jillian is an aspiring herbalist and natural medicine enthusiast. She has been studying and incorporating the use of herbs, foods, and mindfulness tools for the past 4 years and has become a firm believer in the healing power of plants — she has not taken an over-the-counter or prescription pharmaceutical in almost four years! Jillian is currently enrolled in an herbal medicine program through the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine.
Jillian uses CBD to provide relief for her debilitating menstrual cramps, along with easing her anxiety (especially if she’s had too much coffee). Her favorite method of consumption is combining full-spectrum CBD tinctures and capsules since the effects last for a long time, making them great for pain management, and she finds them to be one of the more approachable/easy ways to consume CBD at any time.
Hempsley would not be possible without the help of our family.
Our information about the endocannabinoid system would be nothing without writer Kira Gresoski — we are so grateful for her impeccable words! In fact, a lot of the cannabis information we present here was originally drafted by and/or hashed out between Kira and Kristen as they conceived of Hempsley's grand plan together.
We would not be who we are without the support of our family, friends, and all the incredible random strangers we have meet on social media, at events, and in our daily lives. Thank you for your time, your hands, and all your help. It's you who inspired Hempsley to become a reality, and it's your random words of kindness and and encouragement that keep us pushing forward. We have endless gratitude for each and every one of you.