Tuesday was opening day at Clover CBD. The store on 707 Merrimon Avenue offers a wide variety of the hemp-derived products.
â€śWe are really focused on bringing the highest quality CBD products we can find in the country,â€ť says consultant Sean Wilson. â€śI have a background in dispensary coming from the West Coast so Iâ€™m bringing that knowledge with me.â€ť
Meanwhile, at the Carolina Hemp Company, Nancy Stamey, if Canton, is in pain.
â€śI have fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and arthritis…â€ť she said.
After recommendations from friends, she is checking out CBDs.
â€śI want to get off pain pills and try something more natural, and I think this would help,â€ť Stamey said.
Brian Bullman, owner of Carolina Hemp Company for the past four years, says months of educating the public and community involvement are finally paying off with the growing popularity of CBDs.
â€śWhen somebody expresses to their family and friends and associates that theyâ€™re using CBD products with great success, people will fly into the store looking for them,â€ť Bullman said.
According to an article in Streetwise Journal, the CBD market is projected to surge, predicted to grow 700 percent into a $2.1 billion industry by 2020 and possibly a $3 billion industry by the year 2021.
So, even though some may see more CBD stores as increased competition, both Wilson and Bullman say, right now, there is plenty of room for everyone.
â€śComing from Seattle, I could walk out the front door of my dispensary and see four other dispensaries everywhere,â€ť Wilson said.
â€śHow many CVSs are there in Asheville? I can throw a rock from here and hit two,â€ť Bullman added.