Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma September 2018 - Page 18

P S M AL L SHO - & - American Shaman is the first CBD Oil shop to open in Edmond. The store is located at 1425 S Santa Fe Ave. Suite C. support local businesses American Shaman brings CBD Oil to Edmond STORIES AND PHOTOS BY KRISTY STURGILL C BD oil is surging in popularity across the country. New Frontier Data predicts CBD sales will increase from $535 million to more than $1.9 billion by 2022. As a part of this growing trend, Edmond’s first CBD oil location, the American Shaman, opened in January this year. “It has been a work in progress. My mission is to help people. We don’t charge for samples in any of our stores,” said Matthew Boyd, owner of the franchise owner of the Edmond American Shaman. “Our company is founded on passion and driven by science.” Customers can choose various products including sweet snacks, oils, lotions and their patented water-soluble CBD products. Boyd’s main message is: “you don’t have to get high to get help.” Cannabidiol is a low THC Hemp product. Unlike marijuana, it’s not psychoactive. In Oklahoma, products with CBD oil must have less than 0.3 THC. He said the water-soluble products are more potent than the oil 18 September 2018 | The Business Times versions, and it has the potential to provide customers relief faster than other versions. “We offer a 15-minute pain challenge. Meaning, customers can come in and try a new product to see how much it helps in as little as 15 minutes,” Boyd said. “The primary mission is to educate customers. We believe CBD is more than a product to be sold at a vape shop. We teach customers how it works and what is going on in their body.” Customers will visit the shop for their free sample. They can choose a flavor, see how much is applied to the water, and then take a taste. They’ll wait for 15 minutes, and experience the effects of their dose. “Water disperses through the body, which is why our water- disposable products are so effective. Oil-based products must be converted before the body can use it,” Boyd said. “Our body is designed to re-heal itself, and CBD helps by activating our system rather than treating symptoms like most pharmaceuticals.”