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CBD franchise opens on Chattanooga’s Southside

As a former football player and an Army paratrooper, Heath Haley suffered a number of shoulder and knee injuries that normally would have meant opioid prescriptions for the 47-year-old veteran.

But Haley was wary about getting addicted to opioids and was looking for an alternative when he was introduced to cannabidiol or CBD. Haley quickly found the marijuana-derived oil eases joint pains and other ailments without the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) ingredient that gives you a high from smoking weed.

“I have two reconstructed shoulders and chronic spine issues,” said Haley, who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and now lives in Nashville. “I was at my wit’s end to find relief from my pain when I discovered CBD oil. It provided a great natural method for relieving pain within 15 minutes.”

Haley found relief at one the largest retailers of CBD oil, the Kansas City-based CBD American Shaman, which operates or franchises more than 200 stores around the country. As a salesman who has worked in the medical equipment, pharmaceutical and steel processing companies, Haley was immediately convinced of the sales potential of American Shaman and acquired a franchise for Tennessee.

Heath Haley and Melanie McIntyre opened CBD American Shaman store on Main Street in Chattanooga.

Haley joined with Chattanooga native and bookkeeper Melanie McIntyre to open a franchised location for CBD American Shaman on Main Street on Chattanooga’s Southside.

McIntrye said CBD has helped her father cope with Parkinson’s symptoms and even her dog has benefited. CBD dog treats and oral tincture relieved 10-year-old Cady’s arthritic pain and anxiety, she said.

“It’s hard to see the downside of CBD for pain and anxiety,” she said. “Common myths fall away under the scrutiny of research: CBD doesn’t make you high, it has minimal side effects, and it won’t appear on a drug test.”

The co-owners are looking to add stores in Nashville and Birmingham to provide what they see as an effective organic product they claim relieves pain and anxiety, induces tranquil rest, and encourages mental clarity.

Their new Main Street American Shaman store is among at least a dozen retailers of CBD that have opened in the past two years in Chattanooga since the the Farm Bill of 2018 legalized the use of marijuana-derived cannabis oil. The legalized hemp they sell is defined as cannabis containing less than 0.3 percent or less of THC, the psychotropic aspect of cannabis.

Haley said the American Shaman product is made pesticide free and tested for quality. Their store tries to appeal to a variety of consumers. But unlike some of its competitors, American Shaman doesn’t offer the water bongs, rolling papers or pipes of a head shop that might appeal to those using marijuana.

“This is store your grandmother is comfortable coming into,” Haley said.

Although CBD is not legal in all 50 states, the CBD oil at American Shaman is sourced from industrial hemp grown in Colorado and Kentucky, which is legal under the farm bill. The company uses a proprietary approach to create water-soluble nanoparticles of CBD, which can enter the bloodstream without the usual oil-based delivery method.

Visitors to the new CBD American Shaman are greeted with a sample they can taste, rub on their skin, or take home to their pet, Haley said. The store features a military discount for current service members and veterans.

“CBD American Shaman controls the entire manufacturing process,” Haley said. “I can show customers lab reports on any CBD product we have in the store.”

Contact Dave Flessner at [email protected] or at 757-6340.

CBD in Chattanooga

At least a dozen stores have begun selling CBD oil since Tennessee legalized the use of marijuana-derived cannabis oil two years ago.

* CBD American Shaman, 330 E. Main St.

* Grass Roots Health Hemp Dispensary, 301 M.L. King Boulevard

* Hemp House, 512 Tremont Street and 6016 Ringgold Road in East Ridge

* Tennessee Hemp Exchange, 23 Cherokee Boulevard

* Five Leaf Wellness, Patten Parkway downtown

* Your CBD Store, 2265 Gunbarrel Road

* Hemp ReLeaf CBD Dispensary, 4827 Highway 58

* Lucidity and Kat’s naturals, 405 Cowart Street

* Seventh Sense CBD at Hamilton Place Mall

* Natural Body Spa & Shop, 300 Broad Street

As a former football player and an Army paratrooper, Heath Haley suffered a number of shoulder and knee injuries that normally would have meant opioid prescriptions for the 47-year-old veteran.

Growing like a weed: CBD stores expand to Hamilton Place mall and across Chattanooga

An earlier version incorrectly said Hemp House was the first storefront selling CBD in Chattanooga. Grass Roots actually opened a month earlier.

Seventh Sense CBD shop at Hamilton Place Mall is one of three shopping mall kiosks that Green Growth Brands opened in malls in the past month / Staff photo by Dave Flessner

Less than two years after Tennessee legalized the use of marijuana-derived cannabis oil, the marketing of hemp products in Chattanooga is growing like a weed, expanding from downtown head shops to upscale suburban malls.

More than a half dozen stores in Chattanooga now specialize in the sale of Cannabidiol or CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. The newest CBD shop known as Seventh Sense CBD opened last week in a kiosk at Hamilton Place Mall by Green Growth Brands, which is looking to expand its business in malls and shopping centers across the country as part of the company’s strategy to try to “dominate the cannabis and CBD market” in America.

“Early results have seen Seventh Sense products selling at three times the typical performance of personal care products,” Green Growth Brands CEO Peter Horvath said during an announcement this week of its third new mall store in the past month.

Green Growth has an agreement to open Seven Sense CBD kiosks in 108 shopping malls across the country owned by Simon Property Management by this summer. The company also began selling Seventh Sense CBD products in 96 DSW stores last month.

“CBD is becoming more mainstream and we continue to look for more partnerships to market our products,” company spokesman Natalie Kelley said.

Horwath said CBD-infused body lotions, muscle balms, body wash, bath salts, sugar scrub, and face oil are all selling briskly at both company stores and on its internet site.

According to a new estimate from cannabis industry analysts at the Brightfield Group, the hemp-CBD market alone could hit $22 billion by 2022.

Dwayne Madden pioneered one of the first Chattanooga stores specializing in CBD Products in the fall of 2017 when he opened the Hemp House on Tremont Street just a month after Grass Roots Health opened on M.L. King Boulevard in September 2017. The new stores opened shortly after Gov. Bill Haslam signed legislation to allow cannabis oil for limited medical purposes in Tennessee.

Elisha Millan, owner of Grass Roots, said she has Crohn’s disease and found CBD products helped her illness so she decided to open her store and try to help others by selling CBD products.

“Our business continues to grow with three or four new customers coming to us for the first time almost every day,” Madden said. “We’ve got a pretty small shop but we’re constantly full of people and we try to go out of our way to answer people’s questions and give great customer service.”

Madden said the product is also proving popular for many pet owners who give CBD oils or snacks to their dogs or cats to help with inflammation or arthritis issues. Some claim it even helps with tumors in their pets.

The business has been so strong that Madden’s brother-in-law opened another Hemp House last week in Knoxville and Madden is preparing to add a second local Hemp House in East Ridge in April. The typical customer spends about $55 on their first purchase to sample the CBD oils, lotions and eatables, Madden said,

“People see that CBD really works and helps a lot of people,” he said.

Bobby Rogers at Five Leaf Wellness said the CBD shop he helped open last September on Patten Parkway in September continues to attract more business.

“We’re growing each and every day,” he said.

Eco Exchange began offering CBD products in Chattanooga in early 2017 under the Little Tree and Kat’s Natural labels, which have been sold at local shops and the Chattanooga Farmer’s Market over the past couple of years. Brittany Gregg, one of the co-owners of Eco Exchange, said the company will begin offering 7-day-a-week home delivery of its CBD products next week via phone at 423-321-9878 or on its internet site, ecoexchange.shop

Among the other CBD shops in Chattanooga that have opened in the past two years are Grass Roots, 301 E. Martin Luther King Boulevard; Your CBD Store, 2265 Gunbarrel Road; Hemp ReLeaf CBD Dispensary, 4827 Highway 58; Lucidity and Kat’s Naturals, 1405 Cowart Street, and Natural Body Spa & Shop, 300 Broad Street.

Less than two years after Tennessee legalized the use of marijuana-derived cannabis oil, the marketing of hemp products in Chattanooga is growing like a weed, expanding from downtown head shops to upscale suburban malls.