WASHINGTON: Recreational cannabis shops in Southwest Washington are seeing an increasing demand for products with medical properties, such as high CBD edibles and cannabis-infused topicals for pain.
Store managers and owners at the Cannabis Country Store in Battle Ground and The Herbery in Vancouver, Washington, report so much demand for CBD-based products that at times they say it’s hard to keep up.
“CBDs are on the rise – we really can’t carry enough of it,” said Jim Mullen, chief operating officer at The Herbery, which has two stores in Vancouver. “We have so many people coming in looking for it.”
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive component of cannabis used in medical marijuana markets for pain relief, as an anti-inflammatory and for reducing seizures. Requests for high CBD products – or products with a balance of CBD and THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis – at recreational stores often come from customers looking for relief of nausea, pain and a variety of other issues.
Initially there weren’t many high-CBD products in Washington’s recreational market because owners and growers anticipated the greatest demand would be for high-THC cannabis. But as more Baby Boomers and older Americans return to marijuana in legal markets, the demand is changing.