When PuraPhy launched in 2019, we were determined to be a different kind of destination covering CBD, hemp, functional mushrooms and other plant-based products: We wanted to have a point of view. Thus, The PuraPhy 20 concept was born.
The PuraPhy 20 is a ranked list of individuals who fit in different categories who—right now—wield significant influence in the world of CBD be it with consumers, businesses, governmental officials, regulatory agencies or others. PuraPhy believes that to hold genuine power is to have the ability to persuade and influence wide swaths of relevant stakeholders. The PuraPhy 20’s categories will include celebrities, politicians, athletes, scientists, influencers and more.
The inaugural list ranked some of the biggest celebrity CBD pioneers and placed them accordingly to just how influential they had been in shaping public opinion about the use of CBD. Surprisingly, only six celebrities who made the list in 2019 have made 2021’s roster of celebrity CBD influencers. And, yes, Kim Kardashian made the cut, but the famous personalities who use—and persuade millions of others to—love CBD is as eclectic as one might expect.
BY RICHARD PÉREZ-FERIA
Just the simple act of expanding his popular cannabis brand, GKUA Ultra Premium, to include CBD vape pens and Ultra Premium CBD, hip hop superstar Lil Wayne automatically becomes a major player in the CBD marketplace.
The self-proclaimed “artistic giant and connoisseur of cannabis” is also proud that everything he sells has been “tasted and approved” by the rap legend himself. On GKUA’s website, Lil Wayne invites everyone to participate. “Whether you’re a budding connoisseur or new to the scene, you’re invited to the party.”
The current #69 on Forbes Celebrity 100, Lil Wayne just signed a long-term deal with the L.A. Coliseum to bring 4/20 parties, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, 2021’s version of the event will take place August 13 with limited seating. Needless to say, the performer was thrilled. “GKUA is about feeling inspired. I’m looking forward to sharing that GKUA inspiration from the L.A. Coliseum. It’s time to celebrate with friends.”
Anyone want to join me on a road trip to Hollywood, say early- to mid-August? I’ll even drive.
**The PuraPhy 20 is meant to illustrate the individual’s public statements about CBD and in no way states or implies any medical benefits from such use.