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CBD products more visible in Havasu stores

December 27, 2018

Over the past few years, CBD has grown in popularity and Lake Havasu City seems to have caught the bug. All over town, signs and glass windows with the same three letters, C-B-D, have been popping up at a rapid rate.

CBD — short for cannabidiol — is a cannabinoid derived from the marijuana plant. It can be found anywhere from a smoke shop to a grocery store in Havasu in the form of tinctures, vapor, lotion, gummies and more.

While anything associated with marijuana carries a stigma and might scare some people off, CBD has been breaking that mold because it doesn’t have to contain THC — the psychoactive ingredient that produces a high — to be effective and when it’s just CBD, it’s legal in all 50 states.

“CBD is beneficial for our entire body,” James McGue, owner of CBD Apothecary in Havasu said. “Our bodies have natural endocannabinoid receptors. CBD is one of those products the body wants to accept. The quick and easy way to describe CBD is its Orajel for your whole body.”

McGue is also the owner of the Farm Fresh Medical Marijuana Dispensary on North Lake Havasu Avenue. But while medical marijuana is McGue’s business, CBD is McGue’s passion. It has been ever since he witnessed its benefits help ease his late father’s Parkinson’s disease.

With its popularity and legality, CBD is being produced in the masses and sold wherever places want to sell it.

Because of this rapid production, the product may not always be pure and pure CBD is the only way to reap its benefits according to McGue.

“There are some fake CBD products out there and people have to be a little weary,” McGue said. “This stuff is everywhere and that’s what scares me because there could be THC in some stuff. Also if it’s a hemp derived CBD you’re not getting the medical benefits from it.

“So some companies are putting the CBD brand on there, selling it and people are getting the false product. All that does is makes people give up on CBD.”

CBD should not be used while on blood thinners and CBD does not promote sleep.

McGue said he has seen CBD used to treat anxiety, seizures, arthritis and in some cases has even reduced the size of tumors among many other illnesses. It can even be given to pets for similar illnesses.

It’s also an alternative to managing pain or illness with prescription pills.

“I used CBD for my ADHD,” Reese Kaney, a CBD consultant at CBD Apothecary said. “Before I was on Ritalin and I felt like that did more damage because I feel like my brain isn’t fully developed to where it should be. The CBD, I feel made me calm down and think more clearly without the side effects.”

The biggest thing, McGue and his employees recommend about CBD are simply getting educated about the product. It’s the best way to get the most out of it and to learn to avoid products that will be just a waste of money.

“Every other week (at CBD Apothecary) on Wednesday’s from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. I have two nurses from hospice come in the store,” McGue said. “So if somebody doesn’t want to come in and talk to me about CBD, they can come in and talk to a medical professional about CBD and how it affects you.”

If interested with anything that has to with CBD, the classes at CBD Apothecary on North McCulloch Boulevard pick back up on Wednesday and will go for three straight Wednesday’s to make up for the one missed for the holidays.

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