WAXHAW — After Kelley Hyatt and Anna Barson were victims of corporate downsizing, the two former creative art directors in the retail industry decided to go into business for themselves.
Barson and Hyatt looked at several options but they settled on opening a CBD store in downtown Waxhaw called Pure CBD.
The store’s products are made with cannabidiol, which is derived from the cannabis plant but comes without the intoxicating effects of marijuana and is becoming popular among people who believe in its healing properties.
Proponents of CBD products claim its use can help with a variety of ailments, including inflammation, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, addiction and several other conditions. There are even products for dogs and cats.
The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill said CBD and hemp extracts are now included in federally legal products for sale, provided the concentration of THC does not exceed the limit of 0.3 percent as defined in the new law, which opened the sale of some CBD products across the country.
Hyatt knew little about CBD products until her sister, Sue, starting using it to help with her rheumatoid arthritis.
“At first I was like, ‘you are taking what?’” Hyatt said. “I started doing some research and I found that there are so many benefits from using CBD. I approached Anna and asked her, ‘what do you think?’’’
Pure CBD opened last month and Barson and Hyatt said business has been very good. The store, which is located at 203 N. Broome Street in Waxhaw, sells a wide range of CBD products, including pain creams, CBD oil for vaping, lotions, tinctures and skin creams.
“It is helping people without the side effects of prescription medications,” Hyatt said. “There are a lot of people that are tired of the side effects. This is a great natural way to alleviate pain and stress and help people with sleep.”
“Sleep and anxiety and arthritic pain are the biggest ones,” Barson said. “Those are the top three but we have people come in that have Parkinson’s Disease and cancer. It is not a cure for cancer but it can help with the pain. All CBD products are anti-inflammatory, that is why it is great for pain management.”
Hyatt said it is also helpful for acne.
While some CBD-infused edibles may be against the law, Pure CBD sells edibles that meet legal standards, Hyatt said.
“We have a local baker that bakes with CBD and they do brownies and cookies,” Hyatt said. “We can’t have any edibles that have an isolate, in which they isolate the CBD from the flower.’’
The store also sells gummies, which Barson said is a good way to give the proper dosage to children.
“We sell a lot of gummies to parents that have kids with ADD,” Barson said.
Hyatt and Barson said their clientele ranges from people in their early 20s all the way up to people in their 80s.
“We have a lot of people that come in for creams for a sports injury or surgery,’’ Hyatt said. “We have something for everyone.”
Educating people about CBD is a top priority for the owners, including partnering with Rock Sugar Apothecary of Monroe to hold information sessions at their store in Waxhaw.
“We want people to be comfortable,” Barson said. “We are doing educational classes where we teach about CBD and the benefits of CBD. The people here in Waxhaw have been so welcoming and supportive. Everyone has been so open-minded. People want to be open to new pain medicines.”
On the web: https://www.facebook.com/purecbdnc/.