Hemp Shop Owners Explain Differences In Cannabis

Hemp Shop Owners Explain Differences In Cannabis

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Betty-Jean and Shawn Maclachlan opened Watertown's CBD American Shaman store in August.

“This is our water soluble, what most people take as a dietary supplement every day, and topicals for site-specific pain," said 

They sell CBD products there, which contain hemp oil. CBD is short for cannabidiol, where the oil comes from.

“Since we've been here in Jefferson County, we've see a lot of anxiety, panic, depression and arthritic pain," said Betty-Jean.

The Maclachlans sell the solutions to treat a variety of illnesses.

And, they say there are common misconceptions since CBD is part of the cannabis family and contains THC, found in marijuana.

Although the CBD contains such a small amount of THC, it won't get you high.

"The word 'cannabis.' The thought of cannabis is kind of what starts the stigma. Basically, there's three different plants in the cannabis family. Rootaralis, hemp and marijuana. Marijuana is the psychoactive side, where hemp is not," said Shawn.

Jefferson County Agricultural Coordinator Jay Matteson says since 2015, hemp-growing farms are popping up across the state.

"Here in New York, you still need a license to grow it for research purposes. But, slowly, we are seeing hemp come back into production like it was a long time ago," he said.

Hemp products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. The Maclachlans say the natural substances have worked well for customers so far. 

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