New store opens with a new prod­uct

The Weekly Vista - - News - LYNN ATKINS latkins@nwadg.com

Rich Wilens used to use opi­oids for his pain from arthri­tis, spinal steno­sis, sci­at­ica and crushed ver­te­brae, but when the VA wouldn’t re­new his pre­scrip­tion, he had to look else­where for re­lief. He found CBD oil.

“Now I can tap dance or wear high heels,” he said, laugh­ing. He be­lieves CBD prod­ucts are per­fect for peo­ple in his age group with aches and pains.

“I’m an ed­u­ca­tor,” he ex­plained. He loves to tell peo­ple how to use his prod­ucts.

“I’ve got two GEDs” he joked, “A gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion diploma and a Google ed­u­ca­tion diploma.”

CBD comes from hemp, he ex­plained. It’s closely re­lated to mar­i­juana, but it’s not the same plant. He sells both CBD iso­late and full spec­trum CBD, which ac­tu­ally con­tains a small amount of THC. THC is the com­pound that gets mar­i­juana users high, although not the tiny amount in his prod­ucts.

While the full spec­trum CBD won’t get you high, it could show up on a drug test, Wilens said. He al­ways warns his cus­tomers about the pos­si­bil­ity of a pos­i­tive drug test if they use full spec­trum CBD.

CBD iso­late is only the CBD and won’t reg­is­ter on a drug test. CBD prod­ucts have been le­gal in all 50 states since the 2014 Farm Bill le­gal­ized hemp.

Both iso­late and full spec­trum are used for a va­ri­ety of symp­toms, in­clud­ing pain re­lief, seizures, in­flam­ma­tion and anx­i­ety.

CBD comes in sev­eral forms, in­clud­ing pills, gum­mies and an oil that Wilens as­sem­bles him­self us­ing pure olive oil with a high polyphe­nol con­tent. Polyphe­nol has its own own health ben­e­fits, he ex­plained.

The best way to use CBD might be to vape it, he said, re­fer­ring to the use of an elec­tronic cig­a­rette. Va­p­ing gets the CBD in con­tact with the mu­cous mem­brane where is quickly and ef­fi­ciently ab­sorbed. He has a CBD spray with mela­tonin and laven­der that can be used for sleep is­sues.

He also sells dog treats. Dogs can also ben­e­fit from CBD if they have seizures, epilepsy, arthritic joints or anx­i­ety. Dogs which are afraid of thun­der or who hate to be left home alone can ben­e­fit.

There are many other CBD prod­ucts, Wilens said, that he doesn’t sell. He likes to keep his prod­ucts ba­sic.

He was at the Bella Vista Farmer’s Mar­ket all sum­mer and made a lot of friends there. He chose the lo­ca­tion along Bella Vista Way be­cause of the area’s pop­u­la­tion. He be­lieves he can help older adults with their aches and pains. His part­ner runs a sis­ter store in Fayet­teville, he said.

The two stores are both is good po­si­tions to be­come med­i­cal mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries when the state au­tho­rizes them. Un­til then, Wilens is happy to of­fer his CBD prod­ucts.

CBD of North­west Ar­kan­sas is lo­cated at 3401 Bella Vita Way. The store is open from “noon­ish” un­til 6 p.m. Mon­day to Fri­day.

Lynn Atkins/The Weekly Vista

Rich Wilens is happy to ex­plain the health ben­e­fits of CBD prod­ucts at his new store on Bella Vista Way.

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