The Hemp Store joined the bustling environment of Franklin Street in February, finding success in a relatively new market.
The location provides cannabidiol products, also known as CBD. CBD is a derivative of the hemp plant, a cousin of the marijuana plant, but it is different in that it does not carry the “high” that users experience while consuming marijuana.
With the cultivation of hemp legalized in North Carolina over four years ago, the CBD industry itself is relatively new and often customers do not fully understand what exactly CBD is.
“One of my favorite parts of working here is spreading knowledge and educating people about CBD,” Dominic Carter, an assistant manager for The Hemp Store, said.
Additionally, The Hemp Store addresses the fact that consumers may be cautious to try a product this new.
“We make sure we have third party lab tests to ensure quality and safety," Carter said.
The principal use of CBD is for individuals who experience a wide array of medical conditions of which CBD may help alleviate. Evidence from research and consumer testimony has linked CBD to the resolution or reduction of sleep disorders, anxiety and chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis.
Carter used the product for a broken metacarpal.
“One time a guy was in tears and came in to shake my hand because he had found relief," Rachel Royals, a hemp tender for the store, said.