Unique wellness shop opens in Lenoir City

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’s one of a select few in Tennessee, with others in Murfreesboro and Jonesborough.

“There are CBD vape stores here and there, they bring CBD product in, but it’s not a dispensary, it’s not a CBD store and that’s what we solely are,” Crystal Earls, Pure Wellness co-owner, said. “We are only hemp and CBD. We’re the only one that’s anywhere within three hours away. We’re the third CBD shop to open in Tennessee, so that’s a big plus.”

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.

“I can’t tell you how many people came in and they wanted to hug us because we opened,” Crystal said. “… My big thing was I’ve been trying to before they made CBD in the past illegal, I was always big on helping. I’ve 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’s when I said, ‘Oh my God, I think it’d be great to help people how it helped me’.”

The World Health Organization in December reported CBD, which comes from the cannabis plant, could potentially help treat epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s 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.

“The medical benefits I mean it’s great for pain, arthritis, a number of conditions that’s wrong — seizures — it’s just amazing it does all kinds of stuff and it’s just better for your body,” Raymond Jake Earls, Pure Wellness co-owner, said. “I’m not saying there’s 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’s where the problem lies. This is all natural, there is no overdosing on any of our products period.”

Jake believes CBD is safe enough to use without concern of psychoactive effects.

“It’s 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’s through Tennessee state law,” 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 “absolutely does not” get a person high, Crystal said.

“We’ve had quite a few people come in and they just want to look around and see what we’ve got and they’re like, ‘Eh, I don’t know about this working.’ They are skeptical,” Crystal said. “There 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’re going to go out and they’re going to come back and they’re like — 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.”

Hopes are to open another store in Pigeon Forge if all goes well, Crystal said.

Source: https://www.citizentribune.com/news/state/unique-wellness-shop-opens-in-lenoir-city/article_432af41d-86cf-5f9d-9654-be6e5c35c7d6.html

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