The fact that cannabidiol is derived from a plant closely related to marijuana may make some uneasy about its use as a health supplement, but a new Temple business owner is hoping to show how the mysterious products can offer relief for a number of ailments.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is made from the hemp plant. Hemp and marijuana are both species of cannabis, but hemp only has trace amounts of the psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
Judy Corrigan believes so strongly in the benefits of CBD that she opened a store devoted to selling the products. CenTex CBD opened Friday at 2807 W. Adams Ave.
“I was so excited when I saw how it helps people that I decided I wanted to make quality health products available to people,” Corrigan said. “If you look online, there are all kinds of things it is being used for, from arthritis to ADHD.”
A licensed therapist, Corrigan began researching CBD in hopes that it might help some of her patients with anxiety. In July, she became a distributor for NexCel, a company that manufactures CBD products.
It isn’t a cure for ailments, but Corrigan said CBD can be used to curtail symptoms. She sells products in oil and capsule form that can be taken as needed for pain, anxiety and a slew of other conditions. A salve is available for burns and bug bites.
Temple resident Irene Tisworth has suffered from debilitating back pain for five years. She tried heating pads and over-the-counter creams with little results. Then Corrigan introduced her to a CBD lotion.
“I’ve had muscle spasms and back pain where I could hardly stand. Nothing helped. The first time I applied this CBD lotion, it eased my pain,” Tisworth said. “I only had to apply this for two days, and I’m OK right now.”
Even though it may seem like a miracle supplement, its close relationship to marijuana has made some slow to get on board.
“It is from the same family, so it’s a very common misconception that it’s the same thing (as marijuana),” Corrigan said. “If you read about the scientific information, you will see that hemp has very little THC, and my products have zero. It has been taken out completely.”
She said the legality of CBD continues to be a gray area.
“Different government entities have conflicting positions on whether CBD made from hemp is legal. Until this gray area gets cleared up, a lot of people, including (United States) banks, are wary of getting involved in the industry.”
But hemp may soon find more support. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week a provision to fully legalize the crop will be in the upcoming farm bill, the Associated Press reported last week.
“It will be in there, I guarantee you that,” McConnell said.
In addition to its use as a health supplement, hemp has been used to make everything from clothing to cooking oil.
“I don’t want to overstate this — I don’t know whether it’s going to be the next tobacco or not, but I do think it has a lot of potential,” McConnell said.
CenTex CBD is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.