These two West Virginia shops are leaning into CBD’s therapeutic benefits.
Cannabidiol—also known as CBD—can be a bit controversial given that it originates from the cannabis plant. But using CBD products doesn’t get you high, according to Lisa Biafore, owner of The Tea Shoppe in Morgantown. In fact, it’s reported to have plenty of therapeutic benefits that Biafore herself swears by. “I’m a believer,” she says, adding that drinking tea infused with water-soluble CBD has helped alleviate inflammation that years of running had left in her hips.
Biafore says it’s also known to combat headaches, anxiety, insomnia, and stomach issues and, although research is still being done, plenty of Americans seem to be leaning on CBD for relief. In a 2019 Gallup poll, 14 percent of Americans said they used CBD products for their therapeutic benefits. The Tea Shoppe’s water-soluble CBD has no taste and no aroma and can be mixed into essentially any liquid without leaving a film like some CBD oils. The Tea Shoppe prepares tea bags by pairing small doses of CBD with tea leaves that are known for therapeutic benefits of their own. 709 Beechurst Avenue, Suite 23, Morgantown, theteashoppewv.com, @teashoppeWV on Facebook
Mary Frances Smith, owner of HempWorks in Bridgeport, takes a bit of a different approach, using CBD in coffee beans, among her shop’s many other CBD and hemp-related products like edibles, shampoos, and oils. She also believes in CBD’s effectiveness and says she has loyal customers who feel the same. “The whole thing is about being patient,” she says. “It’s not like a prescription drug where you take it and the pain immediately goes away.” She advises that interested customers should try different doses and see what works for them. 362 East Main Street, Bridgeport, hempworkswv.com, @mfsmith711 on Facebook
CBD is a relatively new craze, but plenty of people are giving it a try. With local shops swearing by its use, relief could finally be on the way for whatever ails you.