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Joshua Crum’s hands used to ache from his work as a¬†lineman for years in Wakulla County and across the country.¬†
Mornings greeted the 39-year-old with pain. He was introduced to products infused with cannabidiol or CBD, and his pain and mood improved. Crum said his experience, along with a visit to a CBD retail store in Lakeland, prompted him to open his own business called Your CBD Store Tallahassee.
It opened on May 3 next door to Honey Baked Ham on Capital Circle Northeast. Crum said he‚Äôs done very little marketing yet the store has had heavy foot traffic from customers. So much so that he is¬†scouting a second location for expansion, possibly in Wakulla County.¬†
The retail store is inviting with a boutique decor akin to stores in Midtown and Market Square.¬†Wall-mounted shelves on aqua walls and display tables showcase a wide selection of CBD products, including water solubles, oil, tinctures, edibles, vape products, pet care, collagen-infused cream and bath bombs.
The store exclusively sells SunMed products, which are third-party tested for purity and are free of THC, the euphoric component that creates the “high” in marijuana.¬†
Crum said the products are organic, made of 100 percent¬†non-GMO industrial hemp and do not require a prescription or appointment to purchase.¬†
“When you look somebody in the eye, you want to make sure you‚Äôre giving them the best product you can offer,‚ÄĚ Crum said. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs why I only carry SunMed products, because I feel it‚Äôs the best product on the market.‚ÄĚ
Interest in the CBD products soared after Congress passed the Farm Bill last year, making some cannabis plants legal, according to an April 4 article in USA Today.¬†
CBD¬†is¬†non-psychoactive and shouldn’t contain THC. In addition,¬†CBD and THC, which stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, are both chemicals¬†that can be found in hemp or marijuana plants, the article said.
Both are technically “cannabis” but¬†hemp must have less than 0.3 percent THC present.¬†Retailers nationwide are hopping on the CBD train, including CVS, Walgreens, Sephora, Ulta Beauty and Bed, Bath and Beyond. According to the Mayo Clinic, side effects may include dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue.¬†
In addition, the chemical can also interact with other medications, USA Today reported. If you have a heart condition or take blood thinners,¬†some doctors recommend staying away from CBD.¬†
Crum’s¬†best sellers at Your CBD Store Tallahassee are the 1,000 milligram tincture and the topical cream. The price range for his CBD-based inventory ranges from $30 to $300.¬†
Crum said he’s had customers come in and be pleasantly surprised by the results. One customer, for example, came in with his wife and had on double knee braces. His pain level was at a 12, Crum said.¬†
It took some convincing for the skeptical husband to try this alternative form of pain relief. Crum said the customer applied topical cream on his legs and the three sat in the store’s lounge area.
‚ÄúWithin about three minutes of him putting the cream on his knees, he stopped mid-sentence,” Crum said. “He kind of looked at his wife with a kind of dumbfounded look on his face and looked at me and said, ‚ÄėI don‚Äôt want to sound stupid or anything, but the pain is going away in my legs.’‚ÄĚ
Your CBD Store is a franchise that has almost 300 franchises nationwide, 45 of them in Florida.
Contact TaMaryn Waters at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow @TaMarynWaters on Twitter.¬†
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