In its own words, King Buddha is a wellness brand on a mission. The company’s modus operandi is to provide CBD
products with high-quality, natural, organic ingredients that are formulated with genuine care, rigorous testing, and no
nonsense in between. Co-founders Chris Harris and Adam Stamatis—who are “involved from seed to shelf ”—take us through the journey from childhood to CBD titans!
You’ve known each other for 20 years. How did you meet?
Chris Harris: Adam and I have been close friends since the eighth grade!
How did King Buddha come to be?
Adam Stamatis: A close friend was using CBD to battle his chronic pain, and I was impressed by how much it helped him. I decided to learn more about its benefits and realized how cloudy the industry was. I decided to create a CBD company that people could trust.
What’s the significance of the name?
Stamatis: It has been said that the Buddha statue symbolizes hope and a king has the responsibility to represent the people.
What’s the overall mission of the brand?
Stamatis: Provide affordable, high-quality CBD and wellness products to individuals who need them most. With so many health and fitness products containing harsh chemicals, we want to change the narrative. Our products are designed to improve the overall health, performance, and lifestyle of the everyday person. We want to get people happy and active again.
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Chris, you’re a retired athlete. What was your first experience using CBD?
Harris: After my football career ended, I went into law enforcement—both put an extreme toll on my body. I’ve had multiple surgeries, and I was taking massive amounts of OTC drugs to deal with the pain. I knew it wasn’t the safest thing to do, but it was the only solution at the time. Adam introduced me to CBD and it changed my life! I haven’t taken any OTC medicine since.
How did it help treat your athletic injuries?
Harris: CBD helps with chronic pain, but it also helps you recover from exercise faster. Recovery is a huge part of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. King Buddha offers creams, tinctures, bath bombs, drinks, and gummies that help reduce inflammation, aid muscle recovery, increase sleep, and reduce pain. I’m married with two young boys who I want to fully enjoy and keep up with!
Adam, how did you apply your previous career in tech and healthcare to starting this company?
Stamatis: I pride myself on building solid relationships. That allows me to speak with people, learn what they’re going through, and share my knowledge. I try to match customers with the products that best suit their individual needs—there is no one-size-fits all solution. These conversations are always in the back of my mind, from product development, packaging, distribution, our website, social media, advertising, and in-store promotions.
What are King Buddha’s hero products, and what makes them must-have items?
Harris: Our recovery creams and tinctures are two of our must-have products and my particular favorites. CBD creams
are rubbed directly on the skin to help relieve pain, reduce inflammation, soothe sore muscles, and promote healing. I used it after reconstructive surgery, and my wife uses it on her feet whenever she wears heels!
Stamatis: My sister loves our CBD moisturizing pearls, which help hydrate while providing anti-aging antioxidants to minimize wrinkles. Because it’s an anti-inflammatory, it also relieves itchiness, dryness, and redness and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and with a natural glow. I love our CBD tinctures. You place a few drops under your tongue and the CBD goes directly into your bloodstream. It helps reduce overall pain, stress, and anxiety throughout the entire body. You should feel the effects in about 15 minutes!
Harris: Our tinctures have a natural flavor, so you can easily add to your morning coffee or shake!
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You even have CBD for pets!
Stamatis: Variety is important. A wide range of products will allow people to consistently use CBD throughout the day. Many people jog with their dogs—and they need to recover just like you! Taking CBD daily helps your body to stay at its peak. We offer different strengths of CBD oil tinctures, gummies, recovery creams, and rollons. We also have bath salts, CBD immune-boost soft gels, broad-spectrum CBD soft gels with melatonin, and curcumin and energy drink mixes.
Harris: We’re constantly developing new products! We’re excited to introduce our King Buddha wellness line this fall. We will have apple cider vinegar tinctures and mushroom tinctures.
Tell us more about your rigorous testing process.
Harris: Our CBD is extracted from industrial hemp grown on American farms that use the highest cultivation-process standards. We use the most advanced extraction technologies, including CO2 extraction. These processes give us clean, broad spectrum, and full-spectrum CBD oils and pure isolates used to create our awardwinning product line. We do rigorous testing on all our raw materials for pesticides, heavy metals, chemicals, microbials, and more to ensure we use safe, top-quality ingredients in our formulations. We send our finished goods to external labs that follow the strictest standards for independent testing. In addition, all our products are cruelty-free and gluten-free. I know that sounds like a mouthful, but we truly take every step imaginable to ensure we give our customers the best possible products!