Wendy Campbell has opened Be Well, a store that sells products made from CBD oil.
Cannabidiol, commonly called CBD, holds the promise of relieving a long list of ailments, from pain to epilepsy to multiple sclerosis. CBD is the active ingredient in cannabis extracted from the hemp plant. CBD does not get users high, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the active ingredient in the marijuana plant. Think of hemp as marijuana’s cousin in the Cannabis Family.
Campbell, who is originally from Norwood, has her own firsthand story about how she started using CBD. Six years ago she started having issues with rheumatoid arthritis. She had been diagnosed when she was 26, and it had gotten progressively worse.
“I was taking Humira and progesterone injections and I was full of inflammation. I was overweight and miserable. It was a combination of the autoimmune disease, as well as the medications I was taking.” Her nutritionist recommended she try CBD.
“It was a life changing experience for me, when I started to see the results; over the course of the last 3 years I’ve lost 90 pounds.” She then educated herself about CBD.
Her store carries CBD oil in various forms, in different sizes including gummies, tinctures and salves.
The author did an informal survey of friends and acquaintances, most of whom are seniors. They recommended CBD oil in salve form for arthritic pain. A medical doctor said, “I prescribe it. Important to make sure the product is organic and 3rd party tested for amount of CBD per ounce, contaminants, and THC content. Very helpful for chronic pain, stress, anxiety. Great for dogs.”
Campbell has seen no negative side effects. “The worst thing is some people say they just couldn’t tell a difference. You don’t have side effects like you do on Western medication.
“I’ve had people tell me that they were taking it for their knees. I didn’t notice a huge difference in my knees but my back felt better. I wasn’t as stiff when I got up in the morning. I’m sleeping better.”
The FDA has approved the use of one cannabidiol drug, Epidiolex, to treat seizures from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two rare kinds of epilepsy.
Be Well is located at 2730 N. Townsend in Montrose, a block north of Flower Motor. 970-497-3243