Local Shop Pushes CBD

500mgCBD490kbLYNDONVILLE— Lyndonville, Vermont has its fair share of family owned businesses throughout the town. Matt Dauphinais (Right) and his father, Ray recently opened Green Mountain Grow, a shop dedicated to fulfill any gardener’s needs. One thing that makes thing shop so unique is its sale of Cannabidiol, or better known as CBD. 

 CBD is one of the many compounds that is found in cannabis and is derived from Matt2437kbhemp. However, its effects differ from the more commonly known compound, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). When THC is consumed, it creates a psychoactive sensation that alters the mind. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t produce a “high” feeling, and is used more for the body than the mind.

“CBD is pain relieving, stress relieving, and is being used in a lot of cases ranging from treating child leukemia to rheumatoid arthritis,” said Dauphinais, who has been involved in the study of cannabis for over eight years.

Matt grew up on the Vermont-New Hampshire border and attended college in Colorado. While he was in Colorado, marijuana became legalized in the state. “I gained a lot of knowledge while out in Colorado,” said Dauphinais, “I decided that it was time to bring that knowledge to the Northeast Kingdom.”

Green Mountain Grow offers state of the art indoor and outdoor gardening supplies. The Dauphinais’ are trying to push the “agricultural hemp movement”. The shop offers different types of CBD oil that can either be ingested or applied topically.

“We carry one product that is a 'body butter' (Bottom Right) and is used for symptoms like arthritic pain and joint pain,” explained Dauphinais. “We also carry an edible extract of CBD oil (Top Left) which can help with anxiety and can even lead to quitting smoking.” 

 HippyChick484kbAfter doing some research, Dauphinais discovered that the current price for CBD isn’t cheap. He explained how his goal is to make the products he sells more affordable for customers.

“It’s expensive enough being sick, why milk more money out of people,” Dauphinais said.

CBD is a federally legal substance, meaning there is no prescription needed to purchase products. “I believe this can be more beneficial than THC because it doesn’t alter your mind,” Dauphinais said, “The non-opiate pain control method is so beneficial for so many people in this area.”

With marijuana legalization coming to Vermont in July, Dauphinais is still keeping his focus on CBD sales, since commercial distribution is still prohibited. “I want to let the Vermont Legislature figure everything out before we get into THC talks.” 

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