WAUSAU, STEVENS POINT, Wis (WSAW) -- CBD and Hemp dispensaries are starting to pop up across the state of Wisconsin. Store owners say their items are nothing more than alternative health products but doctors are skeptical of the potential side effects.
“I’ve received nothing but positive feedback,” stated Mitchell Craven, Co-Owner of Alleviate Wellness in Stevens Point which sells dozens of CBD and Hemp products.
Back in 2017, former Governor Scott Walker signed a bill allowing farmers to start growing Industrial Hemp; out of the law change, stemmed a new crop of products like CBD oil. Since both Industrial Hemp and Marijuana come from the same cannabis plant, many people have a hard time telling the two apart.
“It looks like weed, and smells like weed, but you can’t get high from it,” explained Craven.
Industrial Hemp is specifically engineered to contain a low level of THC, the chemical found in Marijuana which produces a high sensation. The amount of THC in Hemp is so low, users say it’s impossible to get high from smoking, eating or using CBD or Hemp products.
So what are CBD oils and Hemp products good for?
“CBD has shown great results when helping people with anxiety, inflammation, pain and digestive orders,” included Craven. “We carry an array of products like bath bombs, bath salts, coffee, vape juices and organic soaps as well as many others.”
But Dr. Larry Gordon with Aspirus Health Clinic says there has not been an official scientific study proves these products are helpful or harmful.
“Because CBD oil and Hemp is not regulated by the FDA, we don’t know if the product is being made in a controlled environment,” explained Dr. Gordon. “If you take a capsule of CBD, you don’t know how much THC is in it and if it’s consistent from pill to pill.”
Store owners say they have done extensive research and trust their suppliers.
“All the brands that we decided to go with, we studied for months before opening our store. We have labels with the dosages on our products and we even give a dose card to each of our customers,” clarified Craven.
In the meantime, Doctors are leaving it up to their individual patients to decide whether or not they want to use these products.
“I am not going to tell you that you can’t do it, I am not going to tell you that you should do it. That's up to you to decide and if you think it may possibly help you,” added Dr. Gordon.
Alleviate Wellness says currently there isn’t a law that prohibits the sale of CBD oils to young adults or children, but since CBD and Hemp are so new, the staff chooses not to sale to anyone under the age of 18-years-old.