By Rick Hiduk
The Downtown Sundry has opened at 81 Warren Street in Tunkhannock with a large and diverse supply of CBD products, as well as Plant Therapy essential oils & diffusers; health, wellness, natural & organic products; local honey and maple syrup; organic soaps; beeswax and soy candles; small-batch specialty foods with limited ingredients; local beef jerky and exotic jerky and other products.
“We’ve consulted with a natural products/hemp/cannabis expert who recommended some of the top brands we are carrying,” explained Cristina Anderson, who owns and manages the business with her husband, David and son, Liam. “We’ve carefully vetted our products to ensure they offer 3rd party testing – with results available for consumers to review – to see exactly what the CBD product includes, where it was grown and that it is free of pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxins. We’ve done our due diligence when it comes to the products we’ve decided to carry.”
Top-rated CBD brands in stock include Green Roads, CBDistillery, MedTerra, Lazarus Naturals, CBDMd, Hemp Bombs, CBD for Life, and Sky & Wyatt. Others will be added to the line soon.
CBD-based products include oils, tinctures, sprays, rubs, roll-ons, salves, lotions, capsules, gummies, coffee, tea, beauty products, and even lines for pet and larger animals like horses.
“Research has shown that CBD benefits more than 50 conditions, from anxiety, depression, and pain to inflammation and sleep and skin disorders,” Cristina continued. Early studies suggest that CBD may also serve as an effective alternative to the use of opiates. “We’ve had quite a few people tell us that their doctors have stopped prescribing them opioids, and they are looking for alternative choices.” Christina recommends looking at additional information on line at www.TunkhannockCBD.com or www.DowntownSundry.com. Product reviews and testimonials can also be found there.
A new federal Farm Bill has helped to spur the hemp industry and production of CBD products. President Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (popularly known as the 2018 Farm Bill) into law on Dec. 20, 2018. Among the 2018 Farm Bill’s broad-ranging provisions, Cristina noted, is the legalization of cultivation and sale of hemp at the federal level, effective Jan. 1 of this year.
“This will have important ramifications not only for the hemp industry in the United States, but also for business involving cannabidiol (CBD),” Cristina stated. CBD comes in many different forms, depending on the specific application. Options include full- and broad-spectrum and isolates manufactured as oils, tinctures, balms, gels, salves, lotions, gummies, face cream, eye serum, bath bombs, sprays, and coffee and tea.
Recent visits to county seats across the state by lieutenant governor name here to talk about and gauge opinions about the legalization of recreational marijuana have confused some about the CBD market.
“I believe people are still unsure about CBDs and not certain if it will get them high,” said Christina. “It doesn’t. By law, full-spectrum products can only contain .3% of THC (the ingredient in marijuana that produces the high). But, because it’s a similar plant, people are unsure of its benefits or if they need to obtain a medical marijuana card.” They don’t. Nonetheless, Christina added, “There’s so many new products that are being developed, we feel it’s important for people to research products and make sure of the quality.”
In addition to the aforementioned websites, interested readers can follow the Downtown Sundry on Facebook or call 570-665-8872 for specific information. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm.