Cecily Sharp of Buford is focusing her new store entirely on CBD, also called cannabidiol, which is a cannabis compound derived from hemp.
Sharp’s new business, Your CBD Store Gainesville, offers a range of broad spectrum cannabidiol products that contain no THC, which is the main psychoactive component of marijuana.
The business held a soft opening on Thursday, Feb. 7. People can find Sharp’s shop at 3560 McEver Road in Gainesville, next to Better Health Chiropractic PC.
Sharp said one of the biggest misconceptions about her store involves the assumption that it’s connected to marijuana. Unlike marijuana, all of her products are legal to buy and sell in Georgia because they come from industrial hemp.
“They don’t have any idea,” Sharp said. “I would like them to come in and get more educated on it. If they have any questions, we’d like to be able to answer them.”
Sharp didn’t have to obtain special permits for her business beyond a business license and occupancy permit.
Tom Gould, Sharp’s father, said the key to getting a CBD business in Gainesville resulted from the recent “2018 Farm Bill.”
“With that, they basically recognized a difference between the general host of CBD separate from THC,” he said.
Officially called the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, he said the recent passage of the bill by the federal government has fully legalized cannabinoids with less than 0.3 percent THC extracted from industrial hemp in the U.S.
Sharp said she decided to open her business in Gainesville after hearing about the positive impact her friend’s CBD store had in Rock Hill, S.C. Sharp said she also gained inspiration to start her shop after seeing the positive impact CBD had on her father.
“There’s a whole host of conditions that CBD helps, and it’s applied in multiple ways,” she said. “If you’re someone that’s got arthritis and you’re also having anxiety, it’s going to help with both.”
Sharp said CBD additionally help with with pain, digestion, sleep, migraines, inflammation and stress.
Gould said he took narcotics for a long time because of his bad back, then shifted two years ago to using CBD tinctures from Colorado.
“Now I play golf, garden and do everything,” he said. “It has helped me, I sort of fought through the pain before.”
Sharp is an affiliate with the company Your CBD Store and sells products from the American company SunMed. She said unlike other brands of CBD oils, hers are completely organic.
Some of the CBD items at her store include gummies, pain cream, tinctures, water soluble products and oil for vapes.
Sharp’s personal favorite are the tinctures, a concentrated oil applied under the tongue. She said the oil begins to take effect after about 30 minutes, then stays in her system for up to eight hours. She uses the oil twice a day to help with stress and arthritis.
When figuring out the proper dosage of CBD for people, Sharp said everyone is different.
“Because it’s kind of like vitamin C or E, you can’t really overdose on it,” she said. “If you have more than your body can use in your system, it will just come out. It’s not going to put you in a trance or make you go to sleep.”
Sharp said her store caters to all ages, and even sells oils and biscuits for cats and dogs. Provided in a smaller dosage compared to the product for people, she said the CBD helps with anxiety in pets.
Whether people have questions about her products, or want to try CBD for the first time, Sharp encourages community members to stop by the shop. The store provides a rustic boutique-style atmosphere, with a lounge area and CBD samples for customers to try before they make a purchase.
“I hope that they get relief for whatever they need from that,” Sharp said. “And, that everybody can have a healthier lifestyle.”
Sharp invites the Hall County community to attend the store’s grand opening on Monday, Feb. 11. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., she will offer food and prize giveaways.
The store’s current hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.