CBD American Shaman is a franchise business opened by Todd Bliss July 11 next to Lenny’s Subs in Shops at Lovell Road.
Bliss offers CBD, a compound from the hemp plant, in various forms — from ointment to a water-based solution. It is a product which has gained prominence for its therapeutic properties.
The CBD American Shaman franchise was born out of a business started by Vince Sanders in Kansas City, Missouri.
“(Sanders) had no intention of going into the CBD business,” Bliss said. “He was looking for a cure for his uncle, who had Stage 4 cancer.”
The CBD did help Sanders’ uncle fight the cancer, Bliss added, emphasizing the CDB product he sells is legal.
“Over the years, there’s been a lot of people lobbying to get hemp back on the market, and it is legal,” Bliss said. “You still can’t grow it without a pilot license.”
He added there are pilot programs in several states with which a grower can get the license.
“You can grow hemp in Tennessee if you apply for and can get (the license), but not just anybody can grow it,” Bliss said. “Now, (if) this 2018 Farm Bill goes through, anybody can grow it. It will be a commodity like corn or beans.”
The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (H.R. 5485) is a proposed federal law removing hemp — defined as cannabis with less than 0.3 percent THC — from Schedule 1 controlled substances and making it an ordinary agriculture commodity.
CBD, which stands for “cannabidiol,” comes from the hemp plant, Bliss said. It often is confused with the CBD compound found it marijuana. While both are cannabis plants, they do not have the same chemical makeup. Bliss said the hemp plant contains no more than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psycho-active ingredient that causes the high.
“With our product, you couldn’t get high if you wanted to,” he said. “But, it does make people feel better and it doesn’t impair a person in any way. It’s amazing how it works.”
Bliss said when he first heard about the product he was skeptical. “It works on so many different things, I thought, ‘Wow, that sounds like snake oil. There’s no way it can do all that.’”
But he contacted Sanders, who has 200 stores across the country.
“(Sanders) told him, ‘Todd, CBD doesn’t cure anything.
What it does is it brings your
body back to homeostasis. It
turns your receptors on, and then your body goes to work and fixes whatever kind of problem you have,’” Bliss said. “So that’s why it works on so many different things.
“I watched people on the product, who within 10 to 15 minutes experience amazing results,” he added.
The business is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday.
For more information about CBD American Shaman, call Bliss at 601-215-1152.