CBD American Shaman, a CBD oil company, has been expanding its reach rapidly with four locations opening in North Texas since October, including Nature’s Mercantile +CBD Store at 262 S. Interstate 35E in Denton.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound in cannabis plants and is mixed with an oil — such as coconut oil or hemp oil — to make it easier to consume. Studies have found CBD can relieve pain, reduce anxiety and treat cancer-related symptoms.
Although CBD is found in cannabis plants, CBD oil is low in tetrahydrocannabinol — the principal psychoactive component of cannabis.
Mindy Coin, 40, opened the Denton store in late May with her mother, Linda Thaten.
“Both stores have done pretty well,” said Coin, who, along with her mother, owns a store in Hurst. “[Denton] is such a growing community. We felt like a store would do well here.”
Coin said she and her mother opened their first location in Hurst because they wanted to “get [the product] out there.” At both of their stores, they show customers their products and let them try samples.
“It was never about money,” Coin said. “It was about helping people.”
The CBD oil the store carries is from CBD American Shaman, a company founded in 2012. The company’s mission is to “[bring] wellness to the world through ultra concentrated terpene rich hemp oil derived from all natural, high quality industrial hemp,” according to its website.
Coin and Thaten learned about CBD and its benefits about two years ago. Thaten was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time and she researched natural treatments.
“Through a change of lifestyle, she is now cancer free,” Coin said. “She took mainly CBD.”
Coin said many of her friends and family now use CBD to help with stress and anxiety.
A recent customer, Nathan Contreras, visited the store on Tuesday. He used to take melatonin to help him sleep, but said he does not think it is working anymore.
He went back to the CBD store Thursday and bought capsules after trying the gummies on Tuesday.
“So far, I’m liking it,” Contreras, 23, said. “I looked up things online and [read] it could be useful. [I’ll] also use it for [my] frequent migraines.”
Texas is one of 17 states that allows the sale of cannabis oil products with low levels of THC and high levels of CBD.
However, carriers in Texas may be in danger of losing their products in the future.
The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a proposal in April that would allow them to confiscate food products with CBD or THC from stores during DSHS inspections.
The DSHS hit the brakes on the proposition in May while they gather information on CBD and its use in products.
“Usually people who make those decisions aren’t going through what I am,” Edward Rodriguez, a customer in Hurst, said during a phone interview. “They don’t see what it does for people’s health, which is the first mistake.”
Rodriguez, 25, looked into CBD treatment for his 7-year-old daughter after doctors said her brain tumor was inoperable.
Before using CBD for treatment, she was not walking, talking or “doing anything she loved [to do].” Her condition has improved since she began taking CBD gummies in February, Rodriguez said.
The Food and Drug Administration approved CBD oil in June as a treatment for two rare and severe forms of epilepsy. It is the first marijuana-derived product approved by the FDA.
“This approval serves as a reminder that advancing sound development programs that properly evaluate active ingredients contained in marijuana can lead to important medical therapies,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a news release.
CBD American Shaman will open 30 more locations in Texas, with three in Plano, McKinney and Allen, over the next three months, according to a report from KXAS-TV (NBC5).
Besides Hurst, current locations include stores in Carrollton and Fort Worth.
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