Kathy Holt’s tendinitis and other joint and muscle ailments from her years as a court reporter left her with plenty of aches and pains.
She found not only relief from using quality CBD oil and other hemp-derived products, but also a new line of work.
In early September, after being impressed with the company’s products, she opened the first Carolina Hemp Company store in the Knoxville area at 5201 Kingston Pike in Bearden.
The former Syracuse, N.Y.-area resident, who has been in Knoxville for the past 30 years, said she had bought the local franchise in October 2019, but it took her nearly a year to get the store and business ready to open.
But she was admittedly an enthusiastic spokesperson for the company from the start.
“I had taken CBD products before that did not work, and then I found this company and said, ‘This stuff really works,’ ” she said.
She said Carolina Hemp Company, which was started in Asheville in 2014 and has just recently begun offering franchising opportunities, calls itself a seed-to-shell business. Being able to grow the hemp organically in North Carolina and use its own extraction plant in Asheville assures a quality product that helps provide the highest medicinal relief, she said.
The company’s website calls the business an education-focused hemp general store and wholesale distributor of quality hemp flower extract products such as sublingual oil, vape oils, concentrates, and other hemp products. The latter includes organically grown hemp flower, topicals and edibles. Treats for pets are also sold.
Holt sells these products in her shop featuring custom-made wood shelves and counters, and she wants her business to be a place where customers say “hello” as well as “help me.”
“We consider ourselves a wellness store,” she said, adding that she has chairs for sitting and conversation.
The craze over CBD oil and other hemp-related products has really grown in Knoxville and elsewhere since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Although a cannabis plant like marijuana, hemp does not produce enough THC to create an intoxicating high like with marijuana, and commercial hemp products can be no more than .3 percent THC, she said.
But the hemp plant is rich in cannabidiol, or CBD, which offers non-intoxicating and medicinally rich therapy for everything from sore muscles to mental tenseness.
Holt realizes that being in the Bible Belt and decades of negative media and public attention toward hemp have made her realize she has to educate certain members of the community.
“I am trying to change the mindset,” she said with a laugh, adding that the plant helps balance a person’s bodily system naturally and has been used safely in various cultures for centuries. “it is all botanical. This is a plant God put on the Earth for a reason.”
Overall, she has been pleased with the reception from diverse customers enjoying the equally wide variety of products, she added.
“From young adults to retirees, we have had a whole gamut of people who were tired of taking medicines that aren’t helping,” she said.Source: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/shopper-news/bearden/2020/10/22/carolina-hemp-owner-puts-pain-relief-into-knoxville-practice/3676381001/