Business Spotlight: CBD ReLeaf Center
CBD use has skyrocketed along with the number of places selling it. From pop-up mall kiosks to gas stations, it seems like CBD is everywhere. Unfortunately, it can be impossible to know what you’re actually buying at these places. Many customers have no idea what the differences in CBD concentration or product type mean, and neither do the places selling it. In fact, many people both in front of and behind the counter have no idea what CBD is at all, besides being a fancy buzzword.
That’s where the experts at CBD ReLeaf Center come in.
Joslyn and Doug Cochrane, co-owners of the CBD ReLeaf Center in Bellingham, had heard of a few acquaintances opening CBD stores a few years ago, after some states started legalizing CBD. They checked out the stores but found that the quality of the products wasn’t great. They figured that there had to be a way to ensure that customers could buy only great products at affordable prices, so they decided to open their own retail store, and CBD ReLeaf Center was born.
So what’s all the fuss about CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis plants. Although marijuana plants contain CBD, it’s virtually impossible to extract the CBD for supplement use. However, hemp, another type of cannabis plant, has enough CBD for supplements but contains barely any THC, which is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces a high. CBD products do not cause any impairment.
Although not regulated by the FDA, CBD has been shown to alleviate conditions like anxiety, depression, inflammation, and sleep disorders. All CBD products sold legally are hemp-based, including every product at CBD ReLeaf Center.
Joslyn and Doug opened their Bellingham store in June 2019 and a second store in Smithfield, Rhode Island shortly thereafter. There are also franchised CBD ReLeaf Center stores in Medway, Blackstone, and Worcester, and several more in Rhode Island and New York.
The Bellingham store is gorgeous, with products shelved on the walls, an open feel, and seating for customers to relax and try samples. Each store has the same high-end yet inviting atmosphere.
Joslyn, Doug, and the other folks at CBD ReLeaf Center know their products inside and out, which is great for their customers, because different products and concentrations produce different effects. They might recommend an isolate product, which contains only CBD, or a broad-spectrum product, which also contains other cannabinoids except THC.
CBD products come in many forms, including oils, creams, roll-ons, gummies, and stress-reducing teas. Different products work differently, so it’s best to talk to someone knowledgeable to make sure that you’re buying the right product. Creams, for example, deliver the CBD to a specific area, like an inflamed knee, while oils and gummies carry the CBD to all areas of the body after they’re ingested.
When Joslyn and Doug opened their store, they wanted to carry the best and most effective products. At first, they stocked only products by Koi. They’ve since expanded their line to include products by Original Hemp, Caduceus, Hemplucid, and CBD Medic (that’s the line with Rob Gronkowski as a spokesperson). They’ll soon be adding Rocky Mountain Oils essential oils to their lineup.
No matter the brand, CBD ReLeaf only carries CBD products that are made in the United States, are hemp-based, and are all-natural with simple ingredients. Every product that CBD ReLeaf Center carries is lab-tested.
Koi, still their most popular product line, also offers a facial line, including cleansers, serums, moisturizing creams, and a tightening toner. There is some evidence that CBD products can help battle acne and other skin issues, and Joslyn said that Koi’s new line has been popular with her customers.
CBD ReLeaf Center also stocks pet products, including chews and oils. Why pet products? Some dogs, for example, have anxiety issues, either consistently or caused by sudden noises like firework shows. Some dogs suffer from arthritis or other low-grade constant pain. CBD products can help alleviate those issues and more.
CBD ReLeaf Center offers the best CBD products along with unsurpassed knowledge and unbeatable customer service. Stop by the flagship store at 421 Pulaski Boulevard in Bellingham, or visit their website at www.mycbdreleafcenter.com.