Like many people who find out they‚Äôve been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Eagan‚Äôs Daniel Sjerven was unsure of what was in store.
He‚Äôs kept the diagnosis to himself for the most part until recently.
‚ÄúNo one knew I had this,‚ÄĚ Daniel Sjerven said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm 45 now. It‚Äôs weird to tell my parents that I‚Äôve had this for like almost 10 years.‚ÄĚ
During Thanksgiving in 2010, like many people, he fell asleep on the couch. But he was particularly exhausted and when he woke up, he had double vision.
He got his vision checked, but nothing was wrong. He went in for further tests and about a month later he found out it was MS.
He was tired all the time. When the MS would flare up, his right leg started to drag or his right arm would stop working.
‚ÄúSome days I couldn‚Äôt drag a mouse on the computer,‚ÄĚ Sjerven said.
While chatting with a work friend one day, he mentioned his sister opened a cannabidiol (CBD) store in Missouri. Sjerven did some research and started taking CBD.
‚ÄúIt was night and day,‚ÄĚ Sjerven said. ‚ÄúI was no longer tired. No longer having control issues. For the first time in years, I woke up before my alarm went off and took a shower. Normally my wife would almost need to dump a bucket of cold water on me to wake up.‚ÄĚ
Now, several years later, they want to share their story with their neighbors.
CBD Health opened in November at 1565 Cliff Road in Eagan. It‚Äôs one of the first stores dedicated to cannabidiol in Minnesota along with those in St. Cloud and Maplewood. It sells items such as hemp oil, gummies, vape pens, tinctures, animal products and beauty supplies.
CBD lacks the intoxicating effects of marijuana, but it can supply the pain-killing and anxiety-reducing effects.
The oil is taken from organic, American grown hemp, Theresa Sjerven said.
‚ÄúIt is considered to be at the forefront in the battle of the current opioid crisis,‚ÄĚ Daniel Sjerven said.
Often found in head shops and vape stores, CBD oil has made its way into more mainstream circles such as grocery stores and supplement shops.
Daniel Sjerven said they‚Äôre not drug dealers. They‚Äôre normal, church-going, pet-owning parents who live in Eagan.
‚ÄúWe just want to help people,‚ÄĚ Daniel Sjerven said. ‚ÄúIf I can help others who are going through the same thing I am, that‚Äôs all we want to do.‚ÄĚ
His wife said they want to help people live their best life, hence the website‚Äôs name cbdbestlife.com.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve seen it become life-changing,‚ÄĚ Theresa Sjerven said. ‚ÄúWe should all have the opportunity to live our best life.‚ÄĚ
She‚Äôs seen CBD help with breast cancer, anxiety, and MS. It‚Äôs reported to help with epilepsy, diabetes, depression, autoimmune issues, pain relief and arthritis.
‚ÄúWe don‚Äôt claim this to be some kind of miracle drug, but if it can help people experience that relief Dan has experienced, I‚Äôm all for it,‚ÄĚ Theresa Sjerven said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a family man again.‚ÄĚ
According to WebMD.com, there is strong evidence that CBD helps with epilepsy, and some trials have shown evidence to help with anxiety, but otherwise its effectiveness hasn‚Äôt either been studied or proven for other ailments.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre careful about language,‚ÄĚ Daniel Sjerven said.‚ÄĚ We‚Äôll never make the claim that it cures cancer. There‚Äôs no cure for MS. This is something I use to control my symptoms. … But I‚Äôm living proof that it‚Äôs real.‚ÄĚ
Dan Sjerven said they were guided through the process of opening the store through the owners of CBD of St. Cloud.
They get their product from a source they trust.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre constantly growing our inventory lines,‚ÄĚ Daniel Sjerven said. ‚ÄúBelieve it or not there‚Äôs hemp coffee, hemp bath bombs.‚ÄĚ
They have both full and broad spectrum products.
Part of the reason they decided to open a physical store is so they can help people privately and individually.
‚ÄúHere people can expect to have their questions answered,‚ÄĚ Daniel Sjerven said.
They also vetted the product they‚Äôre selling. They said they can track the products from seed to shelf.
‚ÄúCBD is not really regulated,‚ÄĚ Daniel Sjerven said. ‚ÄúAnyone can put anything online.‚ÄĚ
Daniel Sjerven said it‚Äôs legal in Minnesota.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs just a regular business,‚ÄĚ Daniel Sjerven said. ‚ÄúWe set it up as a food seller.‚ÄĚ