Our Media Mentions


Feast Native: Contributing Recipe

Columbia, Missouri is home to Hempsley, founded by Kristen Williams, a Columbia native. Hempsley is a Wellness Guidance company that introduces customers to the basic science behind a variety of natural wellness techniques — everything from essential oils to herbs, nutrition, cannabinoid therapies, and more — so that you can begin taking better care of yourself and your loved ones.


My CBD Diary: Contributing Post

The Kristen of 8 years back would be absolutely horrified to hear what I’m doing now. Growing up, I did everything I could to be a “good kid.” I got good grades, never talked in class, and spent my free time in youth group and on mission trips. Never did I touch drugs or alcohol all throughout high school; I remember hurriedly leaving a party once when I found out there were illicit substances present.


Missouri: Hemp and Medical Cannabis Business Seminar Comes to Kansas City

Kristen Williams, CEO and Founder of Hempsley, notes “With the rapid change of the cannabis industry, it’s crucial that we create a space for Missourians to learn about and prepare for the opportunities that are available to them. This event will provide insight and guidance on the process of getting started in a brand-new and ever-fluctuating industry from professionals who have been there and done that — offering valuable takeaways for entrepreneurs, investors, and everyone in-between.”


Achieve Balance Chiropractic: Understanding your Inner Endocannabinoid System and CBD 

Join Dr. Arminta and Kristen Williams of Hempsley as they delve into CBD and the Endocannabinoid system. Learn what the endocannabinoid system is and how CBD works within this system to help create more balance in our bodies. Educate yourself on the difference between CBD and THC and why CBD has NO psychoactive effects. Find out how having a properly functioning endocannabinoid system can put your body in a greater state of ease and help your body heal better.


The Beginner's Guide to Cannabis Lingo

Even if the only connection you have to cannabis is through movies, you probably know what bongs, joints and bowls are. But stepping into a medical or recreational dispensary for the first time also means encountering a whole new language.

We spoke with cannabis educators Emma Chasen and Kristen Williams to help us make sense of the weed-alphabet soup. Chasen is Director of Education for the Portland, Oregon-based educational resource hub Sativa Science Club, and Williams is the founder/CEO of the prohibition-state-focused holistic wellness organization Hempsley, based in Columbia, Missouri. Read on for definitions of (and commentary on) 20 of the most common words and phrases from CBD to THC.


Prohibition Livin': Creating a Way to Communicate about Cannabis

An article contributed by founder Kristen Williams about how Hempsley came to be. 

The first time I pulled out my blow torch to do a dab, my mom was a bit concerned.I knew what she was thinking: Had she really sent her bright, high school Valedictorian daughter off to college only for her to fall prey to party drugs? But being the supportive, loving mom she is, she managed to look past the torch and listen to what I had to say about this new medicine I had discovered for myself. 


Partner at Mason Jar's Hemp & Seed

Summer's winding to a close, but Mason Jar Event Group keeps filling up the cannabis calendar. On August 31, it hosted Hemp & Seed, a special dinner at the Blue Circle Research Farm in Laporte. Chef Melissa Harrison of Seasonal Montana created the dishes that were paired with select cannabis strains from Organic Alternative and live music by the Good Kind. All photos by Jacqueline Collins


Switch Up Your Herb Game With This Weedy Lavender Bath Scrub

So, you can smoke it, eat it, vape it, and wear it, but have you ever thought to soak your body in weed? If you’ve had one of those long, stressful days, taking a hot, weedy bath can be just the thing to help you unwind and snag some all-important “me time.” But you don’t need to go rushing to your nearest dispensary to get the real deal. All you need for a DIY spa experience is some salt, coconut oil, lavender, and weed.


Lavender Bath Scrub

Our friends at Hempsley are exploring all the opportunities for topicals with LEVO. Check out her blog for a full review along with recipes! This easy bath scrub only requires a few ingredients, and can be adjusted easily with your favorite herbal combinations.


Her Canna Q&A with Kristen Williams, Hempsley Health

Describe yourself and what you do:

I am a lifestyle designer and educator determined to help end cannabis prohibition. I’ve been working in the cannabis industry for over three years as a graphic designer, focused on providing a professional and credible face to the incredible companies I work with. This work inspired me to launch my own cannabis brand called Hempsley, a wellness guidance company focused on educating people in conservative prohibition states about the benefits of holistic approaches to health, including cannabinoid therapies that are available in their area.


Thinking Out Loud: Cannabis Designs from Kristen Williams

Kristen Williams is a Columbia native who graduated from Truman State University. During her time in Kirksville, she headed to Colorado to do an internship with that state's emerging cannabis industry. On a recent episode of Thinking out Loud, Williams was profiled about her work as a designer and as an advocate for responsible cannabis use.


Catch Vapor: Endocannabinoids and self-care with Kristen Williams of Hempsley

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 wants to share what she's learned to help others make informed decisions while developing a personalized wellness routine that they enjoy.