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What is CBD and where can you find it in NoVA?

From people to pets, CBD is known for easing pain and clearing anxiety. Here, we share where to find the best products in the region.

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Photo courtesy of District Hemp Botanicals

In 2019, cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is having a moment. In Northern Virginia, we’ve seen dedicated shops open to sell the hemp-based plant and related products.

While most of us are familiar with the name, there is often misconception surrounding what exactly the product can do, and what it is.

CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant and while it is a component of marijuana, it does not produce the same psychoactive effects as the highly debated drug.

According to experts from Harvard Medical School, CBD has been recognized for providing a wide variety of health benefits, including a reduction in seizures for those with childhood epilepsy, lowered symptoms of anxiety and increased sleep for those who suffer with insomnia. In fact, in September 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex, an anti-seizure drug that contains cannabis-sourced CBD. The product is labeled as a Schedule V drug, meaning it can be used to treat medical issues with little to no potential for abuse.

While research is still ongoing regarding the lifelong effects of CBD, people across the country and in Northern Virginia can’t seem to stop raving about CBD-infused products, such as oils, lotions and edibles, to name a few.

“The big three (symptoms) that people come in for are pain, inflammation and anxiety, with sleep being a close fourth,” says Nick Picarelli, managing partner of District Hemp Botanicals with locations in both Manassas and Leesburg. “We do find people not having to take over-the-counter medications or prescription medicine because you get natural pain remedies from CBD.”

Photo courtesy of District Hemp Botanicals

District Hemp Botanicals carries about 200 different CBD products that range from oils and topicals to teas and body patches. In order to ensure all of its products are of state and federal regulation, the shop works with a lab in DC called Steep Hill that conducts potency tests, safety screenings and more. From there, the shop uses a third party tester to be sure everything on the shelf matches its label.

“They’re all under the .3 federally mandated percentage,” says Picarelli. “There is a cannabidiol profile used to make sure the milligrams are exact. We only use reputable sources.”

Intrigued? We’ve got you covered with this list of stores that sell CBD products in the Northern Virginia region.

District Hemp Botanicals
With two locations in both Manassas and Leesburg, and a DC site opening at the end of the summer, this local business is a trusted source for hemp-based products. In addition to its Northern Virginia market, the store sells its products online and can deliver oils, cookies and even gummy candy right to your door. Plus, be sure to stop by before the Fourth of July festivities and purchase some CBD-infused products to keep your pooch calm for the duration of the fireworks shows. // 9023 Church St., Manassas and 19 Wirt St. SW, Leesburg; prices vary

CBD Wellness
To ensure all products comply with federal and state standards, this shop in Fairfax only sells CBD products that are sourced from hemp legally grown in the United States. In addition to typical products like topicals and oils, CBD Wellness offers bath salts and bath bombs perfect for helping you wind down after a stressful day at work. Prior to purchasing products at the store, the experts behind the counter will answer any question you may have about CBD and its benefits. // 3230 Old Pickett Road, Fairfax; prices vary

Your CBD Store
Prior to opening the business, owner Rachael Quinn struggled to manage her symptoms of Crohn’s disease with prescription medication. Since trying CBD oil, she was able to regain her quality of life and hasn’t looked back. At Your CBD Store, every individual who enters the shop will receive personalized care in order to find the product that best fit’s the customer’s needs. The shop also has tinctures and CBD treats that are just right for your furry friend. // 301 S. Washington St., Suite B, Alexandria; 14662 Lee Highway, Gainesville; prices vary

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