- April 5, 2022

Introducing The Austin CBD Company Whose Mission Is To Support Area Veterans


The mission of Hometown Hero has always been to support veterans. In fact, before the Austin CBD company even made a cent in profit, they were making donations to veterans charities. And that’s not all. Read on to learn why vets are the heart and soul of this homegrown Austin business.

Hometown Hero was started in 2015 by friends Lukas Gilkey and Lewis Hamer. As a US Coast Guard veteran, Gilkey saw the effects of trauma on his friends from other branches. He knew that for many vets, a charity or nonprofit might be their only lifeline. With their last few bucks, the duo started a business selling products to local shops. When Texas legalized hemp, they moved on to craft-quality CBD, Delta-8, and Select Spectrum products.

A portion of the proceeds from every product sold gets donated to a veterans charity. It has been that way from the beginning, and it will always be that way. 

So why do they sell hemp products? It all goes back to helping veterans. The relieving properties of cannabis are no secret in the veterans’ community.

Read more about their $65,000 donation to Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars here.

Though the company has grown over the years, Gilkey and Hamer are still part of Hometown Hero. You may have seen CEO Gilkey in the New York Times or on Bloomberg. Vice President Hamer can be spotted in many of the company’s videos, giving the lowdown on new products.

Speaking of products, they offer a variety of items from gummies and other edibles to tinctures, pre-rolls, and more! Many readers may have questions about each type of product.

Here’s more info on Hometown Hero products:

What is Delta-8?

Delta-8 is a form of tetrahydrocannabinol or simply “THC,” derived from the hemp plant. It has properties that are slightly different in chemical makeup from what is derived from the Marijuana plant (Delta-9 THC). As a result, Delta-8 THC products are much closer to the familiar compound known as CBD (the non-psychoactive part of Hemp and Marijuana). Its effects can vary, but it has been a source of relaxation, bliss, relief, creativity, and just straight-up good times for many.

What is Select Spectrum?

Select Spectrum is a blend of hemp-derived cannabinoids that feature a 1:1 ratio of CBD to Delta-9 THC. Alone, cannabinoids will have their distinct properties. When together, they can work to “bring out the best” in each other. This synergistic interaction is known as the entourage effect, described as a pleasant experience by many hemp-enthusiasts. This blend promotes that effect.

Is it legal?

Made legal under the Farm Bill, Delta 8 THC products are available for purchase in most states. You can learn more and access an interactive US state map here. In regards to Delta 9 THC, marijuana is legal in many states for recreational and medicinal use, with hemp legal in all 50. Hometown Hero has more information about the path that Delta-9 THC took to reach legalization here.

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Unsure which product is right for you? You can try a free sample of Delta-8 THC gummies by signing up here. Or try the Delta-9 THC gummies by registering here. Must be 21+.