(Aug. 16, 2019) Ocean City residents and visitors alike can select from dozens of cannabidiol products to assist in pain relief or other ailments at the new CBD Supply MD store, located in the Food Lion Shopping Center on 118th Street.
Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is a natural compound of the cannabis plant that can comprise up to 40 percent of phytocannabinoid, a molecule synthesized by plants, which can be used to alleviate human and animal ailments.
This type of chemical, when used without traces of THC does not require a prescription to be purchased. THC is the chemical which causes the psychological effects in marijuana.
Owners Ken Breeden and Keith Manley already operate several other CBD Supply MD stores throughout the state, with their headquarters based in Towson. The two have been selling cannabidiol products for over two years.
“The reason that we really got into this as a business was that we had done research and we really liked the health and wellness benefits that CBD provides for people,” Manley said. “We just have seen tremendous results and change in the quality of someone’s life.
“We love Ocean City and we thought for us as a mid-Atlantic-based company, it was a great way for us to reach out to a lot of consumers, because Ocean City is a huge vacation attraction for most people,” he continued. “A lot of our customers that are in our [other] store areas will vacation down here. It’s good for us to be able to have a hub down here that they can get products when they’re away.”
Media coverage can lead to confusion regarding what “cannabis” is, Manley said. The terms “cannabis,” “hemp,” and “marijuana” all have different legal meanings and significance.
“Cannabis” is a scientific and botanical term that has no formal legal definition or legal significance. It refers to Cannabis Sativa L, a genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae.
From a legal standpoint, the word “cannabis” can describe a legal plant, like industrial hemp, or an illegal one such as marijuana.
CBD derived from industrial hemp is legal under federal law and the laws of most states; however, CBD derived from marijuana is illegal.
According to Manley, CBD can be used to help the body with inflammation, chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, epilepsy, skin disorders and other medical conditions, though the owners warned they could not make medical claims about treatments.
“I think if someone does a little bit of research, they can kind of come to their own conclusions about it,” Manley said. “We only work with the manufacturers that are very professional and have great results that back up the quality of their products. So, I think there’s a difference. Trying to order something blindly online is a mistake. You really should come in and you should speak to a product expert.”
Breeden and Manley receive most of their products from Honest Pharm Co, which produces products with little to no THC.
The store, which opened in July, offers products ranging from conditioners, shampoos, lotions, makeup, vape pens, sleep gels, pet products, oils, edibles and even hemp-infused beverages.
According to Manley, customers have had a positive experience at the store.
“The Town of Ocean City has been extremely receptive to us,” Manley said. “People knew that we were coming over the wintertime when we were doing our buildout, so they were excited when we opened the doors. We have a pretty good reputation for having really high-quality standards and products that we offer.”
Beyond having trust in the quality of their products, the owners have been using CBD products to treat their own ailments.
“I started using [CBD products] about a year and a half ago,” Breeden said. “I got hit with diabetes, thyroid issues, high blood pressure, cholesterol, the whole gambit. I couldn’t sleep either. I started using [the products], I started sleeping, all my inflammation started going away, my anxiety, stress and back pain – I’ve had multiple surgeries – went away. It was just amazing ... all the pain relief.
“We just want to try to get as many people as we can on these amazing products to help them get off medications and opioids,” he continued.
Breeden and Manley have plans to open additional stores in West Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Rehoboth Beach in the near future.
“We always get new products that are coming out on the market that we get to sample and taste or play with us in some way,” Manley said. “So, it’s effective and it’s fun.”
CBD Supply MD in Ocean City is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, visit www.cbdsupplymd.com, CBD Supply MD on Facebook or call 410-775-5326.