A unusual business opened in Lenoir City, and store owners hope their product can help customers with discomforts without worry of addiction.
Pure Wellness, a hemp and cannabidiol dispensary, held its grand opening July 7. It‚Äôs one of a select few in Tennessee, with others in Murfreesboro and Jonesborough.
‚ÄúThere are CBD vape stores here and there, they bring CBD product in, but it‚Äôs not a dispensary, it‚Äôs not a CBD store and that‚Äôs what we solely are,‚ÄĚ Crystal Earls, Pure Wellness co-owner, said. ‚ÄúWe are only hemp and CBD. We‚Äôre the only one that‚Äôs anywhere within three hours away. We‚Äôre the third CBD shop to open in Tennessee, so that‚Äôs a big plus.‚ÄĚ
Crystal said business has gone well. Some customers have come as far as Sevierville to visit, while others passing by have been from Ohio and Texas.
‚ÄúI can‚Äôt tell you how many people came in and they wanted to hug us because we opened,‚ÄĚ Crystal said. ‚Äú… My big thing was I‚Äôve been trying to before they made CBD in the past illegal, I was always big on helping. I‚Äôve taken CBD in the past before … and it helped with my pain and it helped keep me away from the pain pills, and then they made it illegal. As soon as they made it (legal) again that‚Äôs when I said, ‚ÄėOh my God, I think it‚Äôd be great to help people how it helped me‚Äô.‚ÄĚ
The World Health Organization in December reported CBD, which comes from the cannabis plant, could potentially help treat epilepsy, Alzheimer‚Äôs disease, Parkinson‚Äôs disease, anxiety and depression, among others. Last month the Food and Drug Administration approved the first CBD-based drug for epilepsy.
Potential health benefits are why Crystal believes CBD is gaining popularity in Tennessee.
‚ÄúThe medical benefits I mean it‚Äôs great for pain, arthritis, a number of conditions that‚Äôs wrong ‚ÄĒ seizures ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs just amazing it does all kinds of stuff and it‚Äôs just better for your body,‚ÄĚ Raymond Jake Earls, Pure Wellness co-owner, said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm not saying there‚Äôs nothing wrong with pain medication in pill form or whatever form there is out there, but people tend to overtake their prescription medications and that‚Äôs where the problem lies. This is all natural, there is no overdosing on any of our products period.‚ÄĚ
Jake believes CBD is safe enough to use without concern of psychoactive effects.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs up to the discretion of the store whether they want to put an age limit on the hemp flower itself and we choose 18, and you have to be 18 years of age to buy any kind of CBD products, and you also have to be 21 to buy any of our kratom products, that‚Äôs through Tennessee state law,‚ÄĚ Jake said.
Products include gummies, creams, oils and pre-rolled CBD, which only has trace amounts of THC, an active ingredient in marijuana. The product ‚Äúabsolutely does not‚ÄĚ get a person high, Crystal said.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve had quite a few people come in and they just want to look around and see what we‚Äôve got and they‚Äôre like, ‚ÄėEh, I don‚Äôt know about this working.‚Äô They are skeptical,‚ÄĚ Crystal said. ‚ÄúThere are some people that are skeptical about it until they buy. Most of our people that are skeptical they try our pre-rolls, and they‚Äôre going to go out and they‚Äôre going to come back and they‚Äôre like ‚ÄĒ I have not had one person yet come in and say that it has not helped, that they were skeptical about it until they tried it.‚ÄĚ
Hopes are to open another store in Pigeon Forge if all goes well, Crystal said.