Senior Director of R&D Cultivation, Charlotte's Web
K. Bear Reel is the vice president of cultivation R&D for Charlotte’s Web Inc., the market leader for high quality hemp derived CBD extracts. While at Charlotte’s Web, Reel established a new division where she drives the company’s plant breeding strategies, creation of new hemp varieties, seed production efforts, and integrating molecular technologies. She oversees a growing team of scientific minds and seed producers, while engaging directly with hemp farmers and growers across the country. She is most excited about researching hemp’s underlying genetic mechanisms of phytochemical profile expression and the subsequent applications for human health. Reel has been in the hemp industry since 2014 and has intimate knowledge of hemp regulations, tissue culture, cultivation practices, extraction techniques, and cGMP compliance. Today she works most closely with generating high CBD hybrid varieties of feminized seed for the U.S. hemp industry.