Jeremy Morris was born in Glenwood Springs, calls himself a â€śRedstone boy,â€ť and named his hemp shop in Carbondale after his own son.
â€śI owned a cannabis recreational cultivation facility up near Redstone, and I got out of that and got into the hemp business,â€ť the owner of Wyattâ€™s Apothecary said. â€śI had a son. A beautiful son, Wyatt, and I opened an apothecary, and I named my store after him.â€ť
Anything but a recreational marijuana dispensary, Wyattâ€™s Apothecary does not sell pre-packaged pot that will get you high, but rather carries CBD creations that contain less than 0.3 percent of THC.
The quaint Apothecary, located at 259 Main St., Carbondale, with its rustic wooden floors and western dĂ©cor, sells hemp products such as hemp-infused tinctures, CBD skin cream, muscle salve and more.
â€śI read a lot of clinical studies, and I do offer, in the store, something that is really unique, which is in-person discussions with somebody that knows about hemp products and that has done the research on the products,â€ť Morris said.
â€śItâ€™s to further understand it and not, kind of, believe the CBD hype,â€ť he said. â€śBecause there is some information that is thrown around loosely, and I think that people are looking to further understand it from somebody thatâ€™s actually educated in it.â€ť
Morris details how people come into his shop all the time, not necessarily to make a purchase, but simply to ask him questions about the hemp products he talks passionately about.
Questions such as, can you explain the difference between hemp and cannabis?
â€śYeah, we get that question a lot,â€ť Morris explained. â€śThe difference being that the Department of Agriculture regulates our products under 0.3 percent THC. The MED [Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division] regulates cannabis products that have THC in it.
â€śSo, people will come to Colorado because of that separation, and it has become a national industry â€¦ growing hemp and creating CBD-rich products.â€ť
While Morris certainly loves the hemp industryâ€™s growth, at the same time, the Apothecary owner hopes the educational material regarding it will also mature at the same rate so that customers will know exactly what they purchase, when they buy it. Thatâ€™s something Morris takes to heart with every product he puts on Wyattâ€™s Apothecary shelves.
â€śPeople have come into the shop who have bought CBD, quote unquote, products from a dispensary and thought that they were getting what they saw on a documentary,â€ť Morris said. â€śTo me, that just sucks, when somebody thinks they are going to get something that is really going to help them and be more of a medicinal benefit, and then they end up getting high because they went to a dispensary and their products say CBD.
â€śSo thatâ€™s a different animal thatâ€™s not a hemp product. That is a recreational marijuana product,â€ť he said.
According to Morris, like recreational marijuana dispensaries, Wyattâ€™s Apothecary must also possess and adhere to licensing requirements, but through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, not the stateâ€™s MED.
Having been in the recreational marijuana business before, Morris said, â€śYou have to become essentially your own little marijuana lawyer.â€ť
However, now in the business of selling hemp products the main stipulation involves testing and making sure that THC levels stay below 0.3 percent so that the THC becomes negligible.
â€śI think itâ€™ll benefit farmers more,â€ť Morris said. â€śI think itâ€™ll kind of bring back agriculture in a way. Historically, hemp was grown here. Itâ€™s a great crop with multiple uses.â€ť