Alibi V.26 No.9 • March 2-8, 2017 

This is Albuquerque

Rio Grande Hemp Company

How did you get started in this business?

RGHC was founded after researching alternative treatment options for family members battling breast cancer. Wendy decided to try CBD products for her own Pituitary tumor and thyroid tumors and found her MRI results showed the tumors to be gone after 6 months using CBD.

  • Company name: Rio Grande Hemp Company
  • Type of business: Medical
  • Owners: Wendy J. Linscott, CEO and Pamela Stahnke, COO
  • Business Address:
    3621 Wyoming Blvd NE
    Albuquerque NM 87111

Why did you choose this business?

We chose this business because we believed in its wellness benefits.

What is your business philosophy?

Never give up, and always look for ways to make things better in the world.

What is your educational background?

Wendy has 17 years as Respiratory Care Practitioner in various roles in the medical field. Pam has 19 years as a business owner. Both owners have several years in the CBD and Medical Cannabis industry.

What are your strongest business traits?

Our strongest business traits are our compassion and education on benefits of CBD Hemp and medical cannabis as alternatives treatment options for many medical conditions.

Why did you choose to do business in Albuquerque?

We are both Albuquerque residents and involved in the CBD Hemp and medical cannabis industry in New Mexico. We found there was a need for greater access to CBD Hemp products, so we opened shop in the Heights to meet the demand for access in that demographic area.

What motivates you to succeed besides the desire to make money?

We are motivated daily by the positive testimonials, feedback, reviews and comments patients and professionals in the medical field provide us.

What significant changes have you implemented recently?

We have added more medical and science professionals to our team of affiliates.

What successes in the past year are you most proud of accomplishing?

We are proud of formulating safe Full Spectrum CBD Hemp vape products with natural botanical Terpene profiles exclusively at RGHC which were not available in New Mexico prior to our product launch.

What do you offer that the competition doesn’t?

Although other CBD companies offer a variety of great products, we can only speak to our products backed by science.

How do you maintain your competitive edge?

We take pride in knowing our products from soil-to-sale; our own brand product formulations meet the highest standards with constant new product developments in progress.

How would you define your position within the marketplace or within your market segment?

We are proud to share the market with other CBD Hemp businesses; in fact, we carry several other company products that we believe in, based on the science behind the product.

What was your best business decision?

Our best business decision was to build alliances with other local New Mexico businesses in the industry to create a solid, supportive CBD Hemp community for patients.

What are your growth goals?

We have many growth goals, but mainly we would like to see everyone knowledgeable about CBD Hemp and medical cannabis benefits, so people know there are other options for their wellness goals.

What contributions to the community (charitable or otherwise) are you most proud of?

RGHC is involved in and supports many community events.

In what area of your business do you invest the most energy?

Most of our energy is directed at education and product development to achieve the highest quality and best results in a variety of products.

What words of wisdom would you offer to someone starting their own business?

Love what you do, and do what you love.

What’s your favorite saying or quotation?

Never give up, and always find gratitude in everything.

If there is one thing about Albuquerque or New Mexico that you could change, what would it be?

Legalize Agricultural Hemp grows for New Mexico so we don’t have to purchase out of state.

What inspires you?

The results people get from our products and education is what inspires us the most.

Anything else you would like to add?

We are grateful for all the great business relationships and alliances we have developed since we have been in the industry. We also cannot thank our family, friends, referral sources, community affiliates and patients and customers enough for the support and positivity that drives us to bring the best science and gratitude we can.