LAWRENCE — Before starting his CBD company, Chris Brunin researched the competition, the labs they used, the products they sold.
He checked out ingredient suppliers and organic hemp farmers. He took everyone’s pitches with a heapful of salt.
“The hemp industry is like the Wild West and Wall Street had a baby,” said Brunin. “You have to vet everything and everybody … to make sure you’re not getting messed with or lied to.”