First things first: North Carolina is not Colorado or California, and recreational marijuana use remains illegal here. Camel City hemp has a cannabis leaf in its logo, but its products are completely legal and will not bring you up. What they can do is to improve their physical and mental health.
Camel City Hemp opened on Burke Street at the beginning of summer, offering drinks, oils, sprays and other products with cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical compound produced by cannabis plants
"We can help people with all diseases influenced by cannabis, "says Adam Combs, who runs the business with his wife Casey Barlow.
The products are also not medical marijuana. But Combs calls his store a "pharmacy" and offers a list of ailments of which he says CBD effects, including inflammation, fibromyalgia, arthritis, cancer, epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia and depression. (The products have not been rated by the FDA.) The store's products are organic, fair trade and non-GMO, and most are vegan-friendly.
"There was a taboo on hemp just because it's so close to marijuana," says Barlow. "It's always been there. I think people are just looking for cleaner, better products in the market, and they want to improve their health naturally.
A young man and a woman in the store talk to Combs about his products, especially a CBD tea and topical pain relief spray
"How do you like the spray?" Asks Combs.
"Good yes, "replies the man," I can see a difference. "
The store, which opened in June, operates from a Burke Street 1039 store with an open, tidy interior and recessed lighting, and Combs is pleased On the positive changes in the city center in recent years and he thought West End would be a particularly good location for this type of business. "Especially now that the SNOB shop anchors Burke Street, that's definitely our target audience "It's an eclectic area."
While Barlow manages the creative aspects of the business, Combs looks after the product line and works with a "top pharmaceutical engineer in cannabis" (the identity of Ingen They are protected information, he says). 19659003] Each batch of products sold in the store is tested for effectiveness by an independent laboratory, C4 Laboratories (c4lab.com).
Camel City hemp products come in a variety of sizes and prices. You can buy a 10-mg pack of manuka honey for $ 12, while a 2500-mg bottle of CBD-MCT oil will reward you with $ 325.
HEMP VS. POT?
- What is the difference between marijuana and hemp? Both are cannabis strains that have been developed through selective breeding: marijuana for its narcotic components and hemp for its fiber. While the two look and smell the same, they are chemically different. The big difference is the level of THC (ie the chemical that makes people high). Hemp has virtually no traces of THC, while pot has between 10 and 27 percent. In essence, you could smoke a whole hemp field and not feel high.
For starter products, Combs recommends a product containing several cannabinoids, such as the 300 mg plant extract ($ 50), which is taken once or twice daily under the tongue. One 300 mg bottle contains 30 servings of 10 mg each of active cannabinoids. Other products include isolates that contain specific chemical compounds to treat specific problems. "We would only recommend (isolate) people who have experience with taking CBDs and understand the difference between isolate and whole plant and why they want to take it."
Combs, a native of Winston-Salem, has a background in athletics, strength training and conditioning. He played locally on Forsyth Country Day and in the East Carolina and Virginia Commonwealth (VCU). Since college, he has worked as a strength and conditioning coach with professional players and actors in films such as 300 and Man of Steel. He lived in Richmond, Salt Lake City and Asheville before returning to his hometown.
"I am an entrepreneur," he says. "I'm always looking for the next best thing."