EUGENE, Ore. -- With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, cannabidiol (CBD) has been growing in popularity across the United States and local stores are happy to see drug store giant CVS hopping on the bandwagon.
CVS has announced they will soon be bringing those products to 800 stores across eight states, and Kelly Buchwald, one of the co-founders of CBD Hemp Shoppe in Eugene, couldn't be happier to know their industry is growing.
"So, as regulations come out, as bigger companies start carrying it, we're going to see more and more compliance and regulations for safe access for the public, which is the most important thing," Buchwald said.
Since opening their doors in October of 2018, the CBD Hemp Shoppe has been trying to educate the public about what they see as the benefits of using CBD products.
"We like to have educational workshops," Buchwald said. "We go to them when they're in town. We try to host them. We want the knowledge. We're here to get that knowledge and to share it with the community so that they can make choices on what CBD products might work for them."
Recreationally legal CBD comes from the hemp plant, and unlike its cousin marijuana, hemp has very small amounts of THC, which means it won't get you high.
Buchwald said CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors that all mammals have in their bodies. One of the other co-founders, Michelle Crisanti, said it didn't take long for her to realize the benefits.
"I started taking a tincture, and really about three to four days into it, I was like -- woke up thinking, 'Wow.'" Crisanti said. "The pain is gone, and I didn't realize how much I hadn't been sleeping until I was actually getting that sleep."
The CBD Hemp Shoppe's other co-founder, Jennifer Bigelow, said there are even CBD products made specifically for pets.
"If you have a pet that's suffering from separation anxiety, noise anxiety, going-to-the-vet anxiety or if you have an older dog that's having problems with arthritis or hip dysplasia or pain, CBD is a really great option."
While CVS won't be offering those CBD products in Oregon just yet, you can go to your local CBD shop to learn more about this hemp-based product and decide if it could help you.