The first store in Sumter to exclusively sell retail products made from cannabidiol, or CBD, is set to open soon.
Eugene Jacobs, owner of Your CBD Store-Florence, spoke Thursday on his planned May 4 opening of Your CBD Store-Sumter at 661 Bultman …
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Eugene Jacobs, owner of Your CBD Store-Florence, spoke Thursday on his planned May 4 opening of Your CBD Store-Sumter at 661 Bultman Drive near Murray's Donuts.
Some gas stations and other retailers in the area sell CBD oil, but Jacobs' store will exclusively sell CBD products. CBD is known to help patients in the treatment of anxiety, arthritis and other various forms of inflammation and long-term pain. It's a natural supplement and can be used as an alternative to prescription drugs and opioids, but it has only been legalized for sale in the U.S. in recent years.
"CBD is natural, it's non-habit forming, and it's a non-psychoactive," Jacobs said. "So, it doesn't alter your state of mind. We produce CBD in our bodies, and this just enhances that system and provides you more natural healing."
CBD has become a hot topic in South Carolina because it comes from the hemp plant, and only in the last two years has the state permitted hemp growers. Historically, hemp was designated as a banned crop by the federal government because the plant is from the same species as marijuana. However, it has a significantly lower concentration of the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). That's the primary chemical responsible for marijuana's psychological effects, creating a euphoric high.
By federal law, hemp must have less than 0.03% concentration of THC compared to marijuana's 30%, and there is bipartisan support to legalize hemp to increase crop diversity and provide new agriculture for U.S. farmers.
The Your CBD Store franchise has 250 stores open or about to open in the U.S., Jacobs said. The franchise exclusively sells SunMed brand products.
The hemp plant used in the extraction process is grown in Colorado by a third party. That state has allowed hemp production for about 20 years, Jacobs said. The medicinal CBD benefits are extracted from the hemp and bottled at the company's main plant in Florida. Then, the products are distributed to consumers through Your CBD Stores, according to Jacobs.
The stores' products are also THC-free, he said.
"A lot of people think CBD gets you high," Jacobs said. "Our CBD has no THC in it - the tetrahydrocannabinol has been extracted. So, customers can take it without failing a drug test."
Legally, companies can sell CBD with the 0.03% concentration of THC. Customers who take it don't feel any psychoactive effects from it, but they could test positive on a random drug test, according to Jacobs.
"A lot of people are scared to use it because of that 0.03%," he said. "So, we cater to those people who obviously can take it without worrying about failing a drug test."
The new store on Bultman will have CBD in numerous products - from chewing gum, lip balm and candies to chocolate and pain creams, among others - with two retail employees.
"Someone will be in the store who's knowledgeable about CBD and can listen to customers' ailments," Jacobs said, "and basically guide them the way they need to be guided to get the problem solved."
Products will also be available for use with pets.
In the Florence community, Jacobs said he's gained a lot of support for his CBD products from the medical community, especially chiropractors and pain-management specialists.
Store employees are not doctors, and products are not regulated by the FDA.
"Every time we sell our product, it has a stamped statement that says it's not been evaluated by the FDA," Jacobs said. "Just like a supplement you may buy at a vitamin store, our CBD products fall under a natural healing category."
Your CBD Store - Sumter
Opening Saturday, May 4
661 Bultman Drive
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
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