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Celebrate 4/20 with our CBD store guide

With 420 just around the corner, take a look at this list of CBD stores to explore around Milwaukee!

Over the past year or so, more and more CBD stores have been popping up around the city. Although it looks and smells like marijuana, CBD flowers do not contain THC, the ingredient in weed that creates the “head buzz” feeling.

People take CBD for different reasons, from relieving muscle pain to alleviating anxiety or stress. With 420 just around the corner, take a look at some of these CBD stores and see what they are all about.

CBD American Shaman
1921 Silvernail Road Suite 102, Waukesha, (262) 349-4414
cbdamericanshaman.com

Beauty, relief, wellness and petcare, what’s not to love? A national brand, with locations in the heart of Waukesha. Stop in to explore products, and chat with the staff to see what works best for you.

Canni Hemp Co
810 S 5th St., (414) 488-9319
cannihempco.com

From oils and edibles to hair and body, all of the products at Canni are handpicked by the staff because they ” represent the best in the industry at affordable prices.” Trusted products that can best be catered to your wellness is just about all you can ask for.

Elev8 Milwaukee
3242 W National Ave., (414) 226-6711
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This dispensary is located on National, and carries both local and California grown CBD products. Stop in to shop for CBD products such as honey sticks or lotions, as well as apparel.

Unique to other CBD stores in the area, Erth Essentials features a “Bud Bar,” where you can sample your purchase. Hemp flowers are sold by the joint ($10), gram ($10), 1/8-ounce ($30) or 1/4-ounce ($50). Swing in to see what works best for you.

Full Spectrum
300 W Main St., Waukesha, (262) 408-5772
fullspectrumwi.com

Waukesha’s first CBD dispensary, its goal is to give consumers a more holistic healing experience, and another choice for their healthcare management. With more products than we can name from gummies to freeze rollers, you are bound to find a product you can jive with.

Green Fields Smoke Shop
1237 E Brady St., (414) 224-7762
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Green Fields offers CBD products as well as a variety of clothing and jewelry from different parts of the world, tapestries, gifts and much more. Next time you’re Brady Street, try something new and stop in to check it out!

Hemp World Café
2225 N Humboldt Ave.
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More than just a store, Hemp World Cafe serves CBD infused food and drinks in Milwaukee’s Riverwest area. It also has CBD products available for purchase. Come on over for a CBD infused coffee or tea, and bring a friend!

Happy Greens
3172 S 27th St., (414) 210-4237
happygreensonline.com

With a great assortment of products and friendly staff, Happy Greens is not a CBD store to miss. Stop in to find new products for yourself or your pets (they have CBD infused dog treats!) and learn more about the delivery policy.

Lakeview Vapor
1601 E Oklahoma Ave., (414) 585-9136
lakeviewvapor.com

Milwaukee’s “No. 1 rated vapor store and lounge” has recently introduced a CBD drip. Add to your favorite E-liquid or vape alone to enhance your vape experience.

Laughing Grass
1412 S 72nd St., West Allis, (262) 617-1753
laughinggrasswi.com

Stop by Laughing Grass to try some new CBD products! While carrying anything from honey sticks to drink packets, Laughing Grass Hemp also offers a relaxation consultation to help customers determine which product would be most beneficial to them based on their specific health concerns.

Milwaukee CBD
6005 W Howard Ave., (414) 321-3605
milwaukeecbd.org

Locally sourced and sold, Milwaukee CBD is proud to share natural therapy for chronic pain to its community. Products range from hemp oil, organic pain butter, CBD hard candy hearts and more!

Urban Vape and CBD
3473 N Oakland Ave. Ste 101, (414) 810-0003
urbanvapeandcbd.com

Trusted CBD brands like: Green Roads, Hemp Living, Hemp Bombs, Suzies Pet Treats and CBD for Life are all carried at Urban Vape and CBD. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, they get it for you and have it in stock in 2 business days, so it’ll be there every time you need it.

CBD Waukesha Wellness
901 Meadowbrook Rd., Suite 5, (262) 278-4125
cbdwaukeshawellness.com

This Waukesha CBD Store sells products that are grown and manufactured exclusively in Wisconsin, is designed to improve your overall well-being. Shop locally, and shop naturally, refocusing on your health and what is best for you.

Celebrate 4/20 with our CBD store guide With 420 just around the corner, take a look at this list of CBD stores to explore around Milwaukee! Over the past year or so, more and more CBD stores

CBD in MKE: New hemp products are here, but are they legal and do they work?

CBD oil isn’t the same as pot, but it’s similar and available in many local joints. (Ahem.)

Today is National Hemp Day so we are rerunning this article from 2018.

Although there are nine states in the U.S. where recreational pot is legal – and 31 where medical marijuana is no longer a crime – Wisconsin does not land on either list, which is part of the reason why the legality of cannabidiol (CBD) is hazy here.

Cannabidiol and marijuana are both derived from hemp plants, but they are very different in effect when smoked or consumed. Marijuana – otherwise known as weed, pot, ganja, the devil’s lettuce, cheeba, bud, nug, wacky tobacky and so on – contains Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) whereas CBD – which doesn’t seem to have any nicknames yet – contains very little to none.

“The therapeutic uses of cannabis can’t be denied and people are ready for alternative sources of emotional and physical pain management,” Laura Morro, the manager of Canni Hemp Co.

Canni (pronounced “Can I”), is a hemp specialty shop owned by Colin and Megan Plant that opened at the end of September at 810 S. 5th St. in Walker’s Point.

Canni offers a wide range of products including tinctures/oils, smokables, vaping products, edibles, cold brew coffee, pet supplies, health and beauty products, apparel and a small line of grocery items.

“All of our tinctures are vegan, organic and non-GMO. We don’t carry anything in this store that doesn’t have third-party lab testing and a certificate of authenticity so we know exactly where it’s coming from and how it’s sourced,” says Morro. “That’s very important to us.”

Morro says everything in the store is legal because all of the products contain under .3 percent THC. Customers must be at least 18 years old to buy it.

Erth Dispensary, a business that’s now open in Bay View at 1200 E. Oklahoma Ave., offers a full line of CBD products and Milwaukee’s first “Bud Bar” featuring different strains of hemp flowers that customers can view under a microscope before purchase as well as pre-rolled organic smoking products.

Owners Jennifer Kawczynski and Jason Ranic also say CBD is legal.

“CBD is 100 percent legal in all 50 states. It is non-psychoactive, non-addicting and it is safe to use with little to no side effects,” says Kawczynski. “There is no trace when it comes to CBD usage that appears on blood or drug testing.”

And yet, the legality of CBD in Wisconsin gets confusing. In May of this year, the Department of Justice released this information which states the Wisconsin State Legislature allows the possession and distribution of CBD only for very limited circumstances that require a doctor’s certification along with approval from the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board.

Thus, it is safe to say that, for now, CBD – which is not only available in specialty shops but mall kiosks, gas stations and adult entertainment shops as well – is tolerated in Wisconsin.

In the meantime, business is booming at Canni.

“We opened quietly, but we’ve had a lot of customers,” says Morro.

The vaping pens are Canni’s hottest sellers. They are available in two different styles with the most popular style priced at $32. There are five different pens with varying ingredients called “Euphoria,” “Relief,” “Sleep,” “Focus,” and “Calm,” each providing roughly 90 “hits” per pen.

Hempflower, which looks and smells very similar to marijuana, is also selling well at Canni, as are CBD-infused chocolate bars, gummy candies and cold-brew coffee.

Customers looking for a buzz, however, will be disappointed.

“Nothing in the store is going get you ‘high,’” says Morro. “There’s no ‘head stuff.’ For some people certain products create a calming effect, but it’s not recommended for recreational purposes. It’s very subtle.”

CBD products might reduce inflammation, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, chronic pain and autoimmune diseases. It’s also a popular alternative with people attempting to quit smoking nicotine cigarettes.

Like with marijuana, the serious health risks are low and it’s not possible to overdose using a CBD product.

“Nothing horrible is going to happen to you. At worst you’ll be tired,” says Morro.

And yet the grey area of CBD use ranges in at least 50 shades. How much to take without feeling sleepy and yet feeling something is different for everyone and something that is discovered over time and through very thoughtful and gradual use of the products.

Canni has samples available for people who want to experiment with it before committing and Morro stresses to everyone the importance of starting out small and paying close attention to how they are feeling.

“Dosing is very personal and you’re not going to get all the benefits if you don’t get the dosing down,” says Morro.

Some also wonder if CBD is effective at all or mostly a marketing sham.

Melissa Ryan says she has used CBD tinctures for a few years and although it’s not a miracle drug, it helps with her anxiety.

“I definitely feel calmer,” says Ryan. “And I don’t feel foggy or buzzed. But I have another friend who says it doesn’t do anything for them, so it depends on the person and what or how much you take, I guess.”

Whether or not someone should drive after smoking or ingesting CBD is another question with uncertain answers. Common sense says because it could make a person sleepy, driving isn’t a good idea and yet it would be difficult to detect a driver was experiencing any side effects from it.

Aside from the aforementioned specialty shops, CBD products are also available at a Mayfair Mall kiosk called 414 Hemp that’s owned by former alderman Mike McGee Jr. as well as all Outpost Natural Foods locations.

Later this month, Outpost will also offer CBD oil as an extra in smoothies or juice bar drinks as well as house-made cookies that feature CBD oil.

“CBD oil seems like a remedy for these times, helping with anxiety, pain and providing a feel-good balm, if you will, to both young people and elders,” says Lisa Malmarowski, Outpost marketing director.

Morro emphasizes the importance of buying CBD products at reputable shops as opposed to the internet or gas stations.

“Integrity matters. Knowing where your stuff is sourced matters and not all CBD is created equal. There’s a lot on the market and we want people to know that no matter what they are walking out with from our store it’s something of quality,” she says. “CBD has been life-changing for a lot of people and we’re just really happy and proud to bring it to the city.”

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Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee’s East Side and today, she lives in the Walker’s Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the ’90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that’s enough on that.

Always told she had a “radio voice,” Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly’s poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, “Topless,” and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she’s not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.

CBD in MKE: New hemp products are here, but are they legal and do they work? CBD oil isn’t the same as pot, but it’s similar and available in many local joints. (Ahem.) Today is National Hemp