By Brittany Jarret
Tallahassee resident Charles Savage has gone from barely being able to get up out of bed every day, to owning a local business named House of Hemp where he sells CBD products similar to the ones that have changed his life.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the cannabis plant or hemp known for its soothing purposes. It has the reverse effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that is commonly known to offer the “high” feeling from using marijuana.
Researchers have conducted clinical trials where they used CBD to treat symptoms such as anxiety and pain. Savage considers himself to be a walking testimony of its results.
After being bitten by a deer tick, Savage was diagnosed with Lyme disease July 4, 2017. He battled severe arthritis, heat hives and was even unable to work for about three months before his mother suggested that he try CBD products.
“I was scared. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I thought I was going to have to just get a job bagging groceries or something really easy because my spine hurt so bad, my shoulders, my hands, too. I knew the construction field was over for me,” said Savage. “But these products changed my life, and I mean dramatically.”
Savage isn’t the only local resident who has found relief from pain by using CBD products.
Virgil Cox, a retired resident of Crawfordville, is a supporter of House of Hemp. He developed joint pain and his wife suffers from memory loss, which led them to try CBD.
“I use the cream for joint pain and my wife uses the CBD capsules,” said Cox. “My wife talks more and makes more sense now. I’m attempting to get the CBD capsules’ milligrams increased, but I haven’t done so yet,” he said.
A lot of people are skeptical about the usage of CBD and the long-term effects it has on people and animals.
According to a statement from the Food and Drug Administration’s Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 implemented changes by removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, which means that it will no longer be an illegal substance under federal law. However, not many regulations are set in place for products containing CBD.
“The FDA will continue to take steps to make the pathways for the lawful marketing of these products more efficient,” Gottlieb stated.
Liz Cooper is a manager at Natural Life, another Tallahassee business that sells CBD products. She explained that the West Pensacola Street shop provides products that come with lab results proving compliance with the law.
“The thing is people don’t know how to interpret test results sometimes. It can be hard because we aren’t all scientists and we don’t all have medical backgrounds. We do not tell people that you will ultimately get 10 milligrams of CBD inside of your body and fully benefit from that 10 milligrams right away,” said Cooper after reading a product label. “We tell people that when you continuously use CBD products it helps regulate your system and bring your body back as close as it can to homeostasis.”
House of Hemp also provides lab results showing compliance with the law. The West Gaines Street shop, which opened its doors to the public in November 2018, aims to continue expanding.
“I see us having our own product lines and more stores in more areas. To me it’s not just about the money, it’s about the products and getting them to the people who are in need. Our store is about health, wellness and future,” Savage said.