Sunday, September 27, 2020

New CBD Store in Oxford Brings Unlikely Customers

Products on the shelves at Hempville CBD. Photo by Carson McKinney

Hempville CBD, a new holistic health store centered around hemp-based CBD products has opened in Oxford. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating product, extracted from the flowers and buds of marijuana or hemp plants.

Store owner Tony Barragan said he began investigating the benefits of CBD after a friend who was hit by a car began using it to remedy the pain.

“We’re still researching it to this day,” Barragan said.

CBD is FDA-approved for use to help prevent seizures but requires more research to fully determine other health benefits, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Store clerk Cody Thomason urges anyone interested in trying CBD to talk to their doctors first.

Many confuse CBD and hemp products with marijuana, which carries a much higher THC content. CBD products are required to have below .5% THC to be legally sold.

Barragan says, “The only way CBD or hemp will get you high is if you make a rope, throw it on a tree and climb it.”

Thomason, who also uses CBD, was urged to check it out by his grandmother and other family members.

“I ended up trying it for knee pain, and I was astounded at the results,” Thomason said.

Someone who wants to try CBD must be 18 or older, and Thomason said they see customers from college age to people like his grandmother.

Barragan says you can get CBD products from gas stations and tobacco shops now, but you don’t know what is going into those products.

“From the soil to the oil. We want to know who’s growing it, how they’re growing it, how they’re processing it, what type of laboratory if they’re doing it in a laboratory. We want to make sure that it’s sanitary, that they’re going to be processing and bottling this stuff in a healthy manner.”

Hempville sells many different varieties of CBD products. Some products include oils, topical creams, Juul pods, and CBD infused honey that is farmed locally in Oxford. Pets are also able to try CBD products, as Hempville carries special dog treats for those pets who may suffer from anxiety or seizures.

Story contributed by Grant Gibbons and Carson McKinney.