CBD Store of Aiken continues to educate through consultation and partnerships

CBD Store of Aiken continues to educate through consultation and partnerships

Your CBD store of Aiken is continuing to disprove the misconceptions about cannabidiol through education and partnerships.

It opened as one of the first CBD dedicated storefronts in Aiken six years ago. Since then, they have become a staple in the community, most recently winning an Aiken’s Choice award for best CBD shop.

“It’s a great recognition,” co-owner Jim Olson said. “I think it’s a big deal in Aiken. Aiken’s a really interesting community. They’re very much tied to what’s going on.”

At the beginning, owners MaryEllen and Jim Olson had to explain to people what CBD is and how it differs from marijuana. They said the World Health Organization regards CBD as legal, safe and non-habit forming.

“Still a big part of what we do here is education,” MaryEllen Olson said. “And we had a lot of people that came into our store the first week that we were here saying, ‘We don’t want a pot shop in our community,’ and now they’re all customers of ours.”

Your CBD Store offers a large variety of CBD-based products that help with pain relief, weight loss and more.

CBD is derived differently than marijuana and the biggest difference is that CBD contains minuscule amounts of THC, which is the psychoactive element of marijuana, Jim Olson said. Most of Your CBD products have it removed to contain no THC, he said, but the store does carry some products that have the federal legal amount which is .3% by volume.

“We have a whole line of topical creams, bath bombs, lotions, oils, massage oils, bath soaks, and those are a wonderful product, along with our staple product, the pain relief cream, which we’ve had since the beginning, and we’ve won all kinds of awards on,” MaryEllen Olson said.

They also just introduced a trim product that is meant to assist with weight loss through appetite suppression. The product went through clinical trials where participants reported weight loss as well as improved mood and sleep, she said.

“It’s the THCV that’s in the product,” MaryEllen Olson said. “So, everyone’s familiar with THC for marijuana, THC gives you the munchies, THCV suppresses your appetite.”

She added that the product does not have any additional side effects and does not act as a stimulant.

SunMed products and Your CBD Store has worked with the Association of Professional Pickleball and most recently the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Throughout October, 3% of SunMed’s online product sales were donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to assist with early detection, support services and education.

“This really appeals to a lot of people and has a particular place in my heart because my mom is a breast cancer survivor,” Jim Olson said. “She’s unfortunately now battling Alzheimer’s, but she’s free of her breast cancer and has been for almost 20 years. So, I think this is a good relationship. It’s going to build more awareness.”

The partnership is also beneficial because of the amount of cancer survivors that shop at Your CBD stores, MaryEllen Olson said.

“I feel like it’s just going to continue to bring more awareness to the benefits of CBD, whether you’re just diagnosed, you’re mid treatment or you’re out of treatment and just going on with your life,” she said.

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