“I started this business because I love helping people. I hear stories every day of how this plant is helping change people’s lives dramatically. “It’s good for so many things that people commonly suffer from, and now it’s accessible to them. I love being a part of that and being able to offer them relief.” - Bethany Obedorfer
Since the legalization of hemp and CBD throughout much of the country, shops selling CBD products seem to be as common a sight as Starbucks. They’re on every street corner, offering everything from vape juices to oils and even home goods, citing the benefits of this plant derivative in treating a wide range of conditions as an alternative to traditional medications and pharmaceuticals and encouraging users to embrace all it has to offer.
But what, really, is CBD? “CBD is from the hemp plant, which is the cousin of the marijuana plant,” explains Bethany Obendorfer, who opened Emerald City CBD in downtown Clarksville in late 2018. “Unlike marijuana, however, it does not get you high, as there is little to no THC, which is really what creates all of the negative side effects of marijuana. CBD, when it does contain THC, can only have a maximum amount of .3 percent; and the side effects are very mild. Those generally only occur when someone has taken too much, and it’s usually just drowsiness,” Obendorfer contends.
A woman whose curly hair and dimpled smile could disarm even the biggest critic, Obendorfer might easily serve as the poster child for the alternative market, the vibrant tattoos forming a sleeve on her right arm and offering proof positive that she hardly sticks to the rules. But while others might have entered this market to push the line, Obendorfer does it for other reasons. “I started this business because I love helping people. I hear stories every day of how this plant is helping change people’s lives dramatically,” she says. “It’s good for so many things that people commonly suffer from, and now it’s accessible to them. I love being a part of that and being able to offer them relief.”
The question is this: Does it REALLY do anything beneficial, or is it just hype? In all actuality, CBD is far from a new thing, so long has it been in use. But it’s only now becoming more mainstream because of legalization; and because it’s become more accessible, the market has exploded with ways to utilize it and promote it to new users who might not have ever considered it an option. And while—as Obendorfer’s words would easily prove—there are many arguments that suggest it treats a wide range of health conditions, only ONE use has strong scientific data backing it: treatment for epilepsy. Even so, it’s seen some success in a few clinical trials with people suffering from ailments including pain and inflammation, PTSD and anxiety, Crohn’s disease, MS, and opioid withdrawal.
And Obendorfer is proud to be a part of the solution. Offering her wares to everyone from children to adults and even for use in pet care, Emerald City CBD stocks a large selection of CBD products including oils, topicals, edibles such as gummy rings and gummy bears, vape juices and cartridges, hemp flower, bath and body products, and home goods. It’s a controversial space to be in, to be sure; but for Obendorfer, the benefits she sees in it outweigh it all, and she’s hoping to plant a new seed.
Emerald City CBD is located at 1770 Madison Street, Suite A, Clarksville, Tennessee 37043. For more information, call (931) 263-6599 or visit www.facebook.com/emeraldcityclarksville