In a report published by the World Health Organization in 2017, CBD “exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.â€ť
NEEDHAMÂ â€” Anna Schickel says before she tried CBD, an accumulation of back injuries resulted in multiple visits to physical therapists, orthopedists and chiropractors each week. A speech pathologist by trade, she said she often missed weeks of work at a time.
Prescription pain medications didnâ€™t work – the side effects of depression and weight gain caused her to throw the pills in the trash after about six months.
â€śI just couldnâ€™t get any relief, I kept going into back spasms,â€ť Schickel said in a recent interview.
Finally, she found a solution during a visit home for Thanksgiving last year, after she decided to try an all-natural CBD product sold at a store her friend had recently opened in Ithaca, New York.
â€śIt was really a turning point for me,â€ť Schickel said. â€śNow I am back to running, doing yoga, hiking and skiing – all of the things that I used to do before.â€ť
And now, CBD has also given Schickel a new career pursuit. On Saturday, she opened Your CBD Store at 1096 Great Plain Ave. A grand opening is set for Oct. 19.
â€śI have always toyed with the idea of starting my own business,â€ť she said. â€śThis seemed like a natural fit because the product has changed my life.â€ť
Your CDB Store is a national chain. It boasts about 500 shops nationwide, including 12 in Massachusetts.
Recognizing there is a stigma around her industry, Schickel noted her storeâ€™s location will offer comfortable seating, an espresso machine and free CBD samples.
â€śWe are just trying to create a comfortable space where people can come in and get educated,â€ť Schickel said. â€śPeople can come in, pour themselves a cup of coffee, try it and just learn about it.â€ť
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is the second-most prevalent ingredient found in marijuana. It is non-psychoactive and derived directly from the hemp plant. In a report published by the World Health Organization in 2017, the international organization found CBD “exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential,â€ť and â€śto date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.â€ť
Writing about the benefits of CBD for Harvard Medical School earlier this year, Dr. Peter Grinspoon said, â€śCBD has been touted for a variety of health issues.â€ť The strongest scientific evidence points to CBDâ€™s effectiveness in treating patients suffering from epilepsy, Grinspoon wrote, but it is also used as an option â€śfor treating different types of chronic painâ€ť and â€ścommonly used to address anxiety.â€ť
Updated federal law passed last year means hemp can be grown at scale by U.S. farmers, and products containing CBD are widely available in all 50 states. They can be found in grocery stores, online and at tobacco shops. You might even find it as an ingredient offered at your favorite smoothie stop, but Schickel says her store is different.
The Needham location will offer products produced by SunMed, a Florida-based company using a high-quality extraction process to produce its products which are all 100% organic and tested by an independent laboratory before being sold. On each product label, a QR code can be scanned using a smartphone before a copy of the laboratory report for that product appears.
â€śItâ€™s a boutique store just for CBD,â€ť she said. â€śThereâ€™s no chemicals or pesticides,â€ť she said of her products. â€śItâ€™s all organic – it’s just superior quality than what you are going to find at a vape shop or a grocery store.â€ť
Shoppers visiting Your CBD Store in Needham will find oil-based tinctures, topical creams, water-soluble products and CBD pet treats ranging in price from $30 to $160.
The location is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., but on Sunday, it opens an hour later before closing at 5 p.m.
Customers must be 18 years old to purchase CBD products in Massachusetts.
For more information, visit https://cbdrx4u.com/find-us/massachusetts/needham