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Healing and Helping With Hemp

Lluvia Peveto

Posted on July 11 2018

Healing and Helping With Hemp

Owned by Nicole and Buddy Popp, The CBD Shop​​​ sits snuggled in a small shopping center in Mandeville. The inconspicuous little shop is home to a wide variety of hemp-derived, third-party tested CBD products developed from natural, non-GMO hemp, and organic ingredients.

The couple’s dive into CBD oil and promoting its benefits started when Nicole began experiencing health issues and was presented with several prescriptions that were both costly and had various negative side effects.

After struggling continuously with the situation for about 5 years, Nicole researched online and found out about CBD oil and its potential uses through online forums.

“I couldn’t believe how great the CBD made me feel and wanted to know why there wasn’t somewhere around here offering a safe environment with access to CBD,” Nicole said.

“The options were head shops and vape shops, which provided little to no information on CBD, the products they were selling, or even how it works in the body. I knew I had to change that!” Nicole added.

CBD/Cannabidiol is one of over 113 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these cannabinoid compounds, CBD is usually present in the highest concentration (along with THC) are therefore the most recognized and studied.  Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same receptors as THC, and the THC content is below 0.3%.

Specialized extraction processes yield highly concentrated CBD oil or pure cannabidiol that also contains other nutritious material such as omega-3 fatty acids, terpenes, vitamins, chlorophyll, amino acids, and other phytocannabinoids like cannabichromene (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN) and cannabidivarian (CBCV).

Nicole notes that CBD oil is often suggested for use in treating anxiety and depression, as well as a potential pharmacological treatment for treating substance abuse and addiction. Her mother passed away from an overdose, and this additional personal experience also contributes to Nicole and Buddy’s dedication to Louisiana’s Cannabis Movement.

“I’ve lost so much to the pharmaceutical industry and decided I was taking matters into my own hands. It is time to start a revolution (to expand our experiences with medicine)!” Nicole said.

With full knowledge of the risks and armed with optimism, the couple opened their Mandeville storefront March 1st, 2018 (they started operations in December 2017).  They launched their Covington location June 11th of this year. The CBD shop also offers non-CBD products, including: essential oils, candles, jewelry, and vaping equipment. And, of course, Andi Lynn's Pure & Custom Formulary products -  such as PURE Elderberry Syrup, Louisiana FIRE Raw Apple Cider, and Pillow Drops

According to Nicole, the history of cannabis  and consequently CBD - is fraught with propaganda, racism, and politics.  

According to reports by the Bureau of Prisons and the United States Sentencing Commission, it’s estimated that about one of every six inmates in the federal prison system, approximately 15,000 individuals has been held in prison for a marijuana offense.

Eric Schlosser, a writer for the Atlantic, estimated in 1994 that the number of those imprisoned for the same offenses in state and local jails would number an additional 20,000 to 30,000.

While the Popps’ work is strictly concentrated on CBD oil, not marijuana, the stigma about the plants and its medicinal uses is so misunderstood, they constantly combat it through educational services. Buddy and Nicole’s public education offerings focus on hemp, cbd, cannabis, and the endocannabinoid system to help the community make informed decisions about available products and their potential benefits.

Due to medical claims laws, the couple says that while advertising may be limited, word of mouth about their locations and services has spread like wildfire. They have a  loyal roster of clientele that come in every 2-3 days, weekly, and monthly, and their mailing list continues to grow.

Nicole is also the founder of Farms Over Pharms, a local nonprofit dedicated to raising money to provide disenfranchised children with access to organic fruit and vegetables, local honey, herbal remedies, CBD, vitamins, essential oils, and - in some cases - financial grants.

“Our mission is to ‘Help Heal our Community with Hemp’ and continue to add locations, not only in Louisiana, but all over the U.S. We want to help educate and build within the community using both our retail stores and the Farms Over Pharms nonprofit!” the Popps said.



Mandeville Location:
4958 Highway 22
Mandeville, LA 70471

Downtown Covington:
530 E Rutland St
Covington, LA 70433

M-F  11 am - 7 pm
Saturday 11 am - 5 pm

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  • Nancy Cockerham : August 31, 2018

    I have severe anxiety and can not sleep. I have tried all kinds of natural things including essential oils and melatonin. Nothing works. I do not want to take prescriptions but I need to sleep. Will this help?
    Thank you!

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