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First ‘CBD American Shaman’ franchise in the state opens in Preston

New London

PRESTON, Conn. (WTNH)– The front end of the Preston Market has been transformed.

“So there are different flavors,” said owner Stephanie Hunter. “We have everything from cherry, lime aid to natural.”

She is a CBD user and now a CBD seller.

“Like literally it’s a pea size amount that you would put on aches and pains,” said Hunter, who showed News 8 the topical creams she sells along with water soluble selections and capsules.

There are a variety of ways customers can use CBD, a hemp extract many say reduces pain.

“We’ve had people feel the effects within minutes,” said Hunter.

This first franchise in the state for CBD American Shaman can be found in the front corner of the Preston Market which Hunter and her husband Scott have owned for years in the Lu-Mac plaza in Preston. 

A new venture they hope will help others and themselves.

“They’ve extracted the CBD molecules in really small molecules so they’re more bioavailable,” said Scott Hunter. “Our product seems to work much faster than other products.”

That nanotechnology is one reason they believe their CBD shop is different from the rest. They also allow people to sample before they buy and say CBD American Shaman grows its own hemp.

“It’s kind of like from seed to sale,” said Hunter.

With hemp farmers now being legally licensed in the state more people are becoming familiar with CBD products. 

Some local farmers dropped off a sample of their buds to the store and the Hunters say they hope to be able to sell that too sometime next year.

For now their focus is on helping people like one customer who came in with a migraine.

“I had her go like this and put it on her temples,” explained Hunter. “She left and came back an hour or so later and said I can’t believe my migraine is gone.”

“Our products aren’t about getting high they’re more about relief,” said Scott Hunter.

That relief can come in the form of a drink, a gummy, or a smoke. 

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