Cannabidiol, or CBD, and products derived from it have been gaining widespread exposure and momentum in the marketplace. If the name has been heard or the goods have been seen lining the shelves of assorted retail establishments, curiosity is then piqued as to what it is and what it does.
A cannabinoid found in and extracted from industrial hemp, a sub-species of the Cannabis sativa plant, CBD has been touted as being beneficial for a multitude of ailments, including anxiety, pain, migraines, and depression. As CBD continues to gain popularity, including among those interested in natural or alternative therapies, more and more stores dedicated to and carrying CBD products are popping up throughout the United States.
Your CBD Store, in Reading, looks to be one of those avenues where local shoppers may receive education on this growing phenomenon.
Your CBD Store locations are franchised with more than 200 locations nationally. Readingï¿½s Your CBD Store is one of three locations in Massachusetts, alongside those in Wilbraham and Southwick. After being introduced to the industry by a friend who purchased their own Your CBD Store franchise, proprietor Brian Jakimczyk noticed how much interest was generated in these products. He spent time in Florida and after observing how much that business assisted people, he was so pleased, that he subsequently left his position at Verizon and opened his doors in December of last year.
Due to the origins of CBD, questions are often posed as to its relationship to marijuana. While industrial hemp and marijuana are both sub-species of cannabis, confusion as to their differing biological and botanical makeup often leads to certain misconceptions about CBD; the largest being ï¿½that it comes from marijuana, that itï¿½s going to make you ï¿½highï¿½ï¿½, as stated by Jakimczyk.
According to various sources consulted, the amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the compound in marijuana known for producing a psychoactive effect, is quite low in industrial hemp. As per the 2018 Farm Bill, legalized industrial hemp must have no more than 0.3 percent THC.
While CBD products are not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, wares sold at Your CBD Store include tinctures, water solubles, edibles, topical creams, liquids for vaping devices, and items for pets, with many made by Tampa-based SunMed, and containing no THC. In addition, they offer free samples to potential customers curious as to their potency; the effects to which Jakimczyk says are felt fairly quickly, ï¿½Within five to seven minutes people feel relaxed, people get pain relief from the pain cream.ï¿½
According to Jakimczyk, one key demographic of his clientele are that of the older generation, who are seeking assistance with pain relief.
ï¿½Itï¿½s really people that are aged 50 to 80 that are suffering from pain … older people who donï¿½t want to ï¿½get highï¿½, but want the medicinal benefits of the plant,ï¿½ he said.
Many younger shoppers are looking for help with anxiety issues. He also mentioned that as CBD continues to progress further into the mainstream, and following industrial hempï¿½s legalization under the 2018 Farm Bill, medical professionals are now encouraging people to look into it.
ï¿½Doctors are starting to recommend giving it a try more often now than they used to,ï¿½ said Jakimczyk.
Working alongside Jakimczyk is his fiancï¿½e Lauren Karpenko, and both have received intensive training as part of the franchise ownership and are in regular contact with a PhD chemist. Due to CBD products considered on the same level as herbal health supplements, they do stress that clients always consult with a medical professional if they have any questions or concerns.
As for their choice for setting up shop in Reading, Jakimczyk finds the community to be quite welcoming, with customers coming in not only from the town, but the surrounding area. Karpenko hopes to be able to continue this work, to ï¿½educate people and help people as much as we can.ï¿½
The couple hopes to open more shops, with a plan to launch another location in North Andover this summer.
Your CBD Store is located at 587 Main St. in Reading.