This article was first published by the Nemaha County Herald. Written by Darrell Wellman.
Calm & Collective CBD Hut has opened for business in downtown Auburn. Owner Nick Bantz has been remodeling the former location of Ingersoll’s Barber Shop at 1120 J Street for about the past five weeks. Bantz is leasing the space from owner Dan Lunzmann.
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high”.
According to Yahoo Search results, in most cases, CBD does not contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. In fact, most CBD products are derived from hemp and not marijuana.
Bantz said CBD is becoming an increasingly popular, alternative, non-prescription medication for a variety of conditions. CBD is used by humans and animals in a variety of ways. For example, you can purchase it as lip balm, body oils, bath “bombs”, coffee, tea and in a variety of other products.
Bantz said he first used the product to help with pain in his back and shoulders. “It really helped me as I had been trying other ways to lessen the pain and they hadn’t been successful to this point,” he commented.
The Auburn businessman said a product called Delta 8 contains THC and can help you sleep, stay awake, or just stay calm, depending upon your situation. Bantz told the newspaper he decided to venture into the CBD business about six weeks ago and has been busy getting everything ready. He commented, “While I am still waiting for some more product and chairs for the store, I am glad to have reached the point where I am ready to open for business.” He officially unlocked the door and illuminated the “open” sign on Thursday, Sept. 23.
Nick previously spoke with certain local health care providers before moving forward with the business idea and he received encouragement to go ahead with his plan. He has also spoken to people who wish they didn’t have to drive to Lincoln or Omaha, or even Nebraska City to buy CBD products. His new store will make the drive shorter for customers. “Pure Kana really works for me. It’s a good product with real benefits,” he commented.
“I’m anxious to see how the community accepts my business. It will be open only to those age 21 and older, with a sign informing visitors of this being posted on the door,” he added. Bantz said the initial store days and hours will be Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, these could change depending upon customer shopping trends. Also working at Calm & Collective CBD Hut will be Bantz’s daughter Alexis and Misty Huey.