Kirksvilleâ€™s first store offering hemp and CBD products is open in downtown Kirksville, with owners hoping the â€śmiracleâ€ť they experienced can be found by others.
Origins Hemp and CBD is open at 204 N. Franklin St. and is owned by Tanya and Austin Bane, of La Plata.
Tanya Bane said she became familiar with CBD products and their benefits after her husband started using them to treat his various ailments.
â€śMy husband started taking CBD products for his back. He has steel in his back. He has a pacemaker, heart issues, heâ€™s on several medications,â€ť she said. â€śHe started using products like this and heâ€™s a changed person.
â€śWe didnâ€™t have anything like this (store) in Kirksville or northern Missouri. I was like, why donâ€™t we? Somebody should be doing this.â€ť
So they are, with a variety of CBD and hemp products now available.
CBD is shorthand for cannabidiol, which comes from the hemp plant. Itâ€™s a cousin of the marijuana plant, but is a different thing that produces different products. A key difference is that hemp plants have very low levels of THC, which is the chemical in marijuana that creates a high. In fact, for CBD products to be sold legally, they must contain no more than 0.3% of THC. Medical marijuana products, which were legalized by Missouri voters in 2018, contain far higher amounts and is only available by prescription.
CBD isnâ€™t going to get anyone high, but there is evidence that the chemical has health benefits. According to an article from the Harvard Medical School, CBD has shown effectiveness in treating childhood epilepsy syndromes, so much so that the FDA has approved a CBD-based medicine to treat those conditions.
Other studies have shown CBD to be effective in treating chronic pain, anxiety and sleep disorders.
But CBD isnâ€™t a medication and its products available over-the-counter are not regulated by the FDA. That can lead to some questions about the composition of products popping up in stores across the state and country.
Bane said Origins works with two suppliers and keeps records of analysis on all products they sell.
â€śOurs are really clean,â€ť she said. â€śI have two suppliers of the oils because I know the oils have the full CBD oil in it that it says. Itâ€™s not full of a bunch of other things, like propylene glycol and hemp seed oil, which doesnâ€™t really do much for you.
â€śYou can buy hemp seed oil at Walmart – itâ€™s for cooking. Itâ€™s like olive oil. Olive oil is great for you, but you wouldnâ€™t just start chugging it every day, hoping it would fix things in your body.â€ť
Bane said itâ€™s important for them to know the quality of what they are selling, so their customers can feel assured they are purchasing legitimate products at a time when the amount of CBD products available is increasing. She invites people to give their products a try and find what might work for them.
â€śIâ€™m just a person who has tried things and seen a miracle in my husband,â€ť she said.