st cloud cbdDecember 15, 2021
ST. CLOUD — A homeopathic trend is emerging in the St. Cloud metro area.
Schneider says the oils are used for multiple purposes.
"We have water solubles, that's our main product that we do sell. That is just the concentrated CBD oil that you can put in water, tea, coffee, anything that you drink."
"I've been praying for a long time to find a way to help people naturally because what we are doing, it's not working because if it were I wouldn't be so busy, the hospital wouldn't be so full. I think there is a different way we can take care of our bodies without filling it full of prescription medications."
"It helps with pain, it helps with inflammation, it helps with cancer. We have people come in for insomnia, ADHD, anxiety, a lot of people come in here for anxiety."
The store is in the Midtown Square Mall, next door to the Hop Shop. Owner Marie Schneider says the oils are free of THC (the psychoactive constituent of cannabis) and are completely legal.
Schneider says if you try Googling CDB side effects, you can't find anything negative.
All ages are coming in for the CBD oil. Schneider says her background as a registered nurse has inspired her to try to bridge the gap between western medicine and natural medicine.
Several businesses such as GNC and Mr. Nice Guys are now offering CBD hemp or cannabis oil. But now St. Cloud has a shop that specializes specifically in the natural medicine, CBD of St. Cloud.
Other than the oil, CBD of St. Cloud does offer other products such as lotions, gummies, dog treats, vaporizer pens, bar soap, coffee, tea, chocolate, pain cream, soft gels, vape juice and more.
But can a single remedy really cure all that ails someone? Or is it just a new snake oil?
“It’s really new territory,” Ellering said. “We’re still working on navigating all that and working with our local businesses to make sure they are in compliance with any statutes that are in existence now and how these new CBD consumables fit into that.”
“From a medical approach, it’s always good to have an open mind for some of this stuff,” Scheer said. “But we always have to take a cautious approach when we try to guide patients to make sure there is not an interaction with the medications that they’re currently on and making sure that they are using is appropriately if they do decide to use it.”
Is it safe?
“The promotion and use of these unapproved products may keep some patients from accessing appropriate, recognized therapies to treat serious and even fatal diseases,” according to the statement.
Lt. Lori Ellering with the St. Cloud Police Department said there are no city ordinances pertaining to CBD oil, so the department is following the rules laid out in the industrial hemp statute.
“I’m not a doctor, that is not my job,” Schneider said. “My job is to tell you about the oil and give you information so you can do your research. And if you’re not sure what you should be doing, contact your doctor.”
Jon Scheer, a certified nurse practitioner with Williams Integracare Clinic in Sartell, has heard positive results from his patients who have tried CBD after traditional medicine has failed them.
Schneider’s store sells CBD in a variety of forms, including water-soluble oils, suckers, pain patches, vaping liquid, lotions and even treats for your dog.
“They are without THC or at such a low level… it’s kind of like non-alcoholic beer,” Ellering said. “It’s a fairly new statute, so we’re kind of all learning about it. We’ll continue to work with our area businesses just to make sure they remain in compliance.”
Is it legal?
But WHO does not recommend it for medical use. It does, however, acknowledge cannabidiol could have “some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions.”
“I actually thought it myself because it’s new,” Schneider said. “I tell people it’s God’s medicine. We were made to take it.”
“(I’ve heard from) parents that have tried it on their teenagers that deal with some insomnia and anxiety,” Scheer said. “I’ve had patients as old as their mid-90s using it for insomnia and things like that.”
Being a natural product free of the psychoactive compound THC, Schneider says CBD oil is safe to take and does not have any harmful side effects.
Does it work?
Schneider said she does not support any of her customers stopping prescribed medications. Instead, she recommends anyone considering using CBD to combat an illness they are being treated for to discuss it with their doctor.
Scheer has also had patients find relief from chronic lower-back conditions by using CBD. But he says the reason we don’t see more official word on the medical uses of hemp oil is due to a lack of funding for official studies.
ST. CLOUD — More stores in the St. Cloud metro area are selling CBD and touting its pain-relieving and anxiety-reducing benefits. But is it safe, is it legal and does it really work?
Marie Schneider and her husband, Chris, opened a CBD-focused store in the Midtown Square Mall in May called CBD Hemp Dropz of St. Cloud. Schneider, who also works as a registered nurse, said she was inspired by her sister-in-law who opened a similar store in Springfield, Missouri, in December of 2017.
Others, though, embrace it.