WINCHESTER — John and Nina Gately have seen the positive impacts that CBD (cannabidiol) has had on their family, and they’re striving to pass that on to others.

The Gatelys, who opened a Your CBD Store in Warrenton earlier this year, have now opened a Your CBD Store Winchester at 3113 Valley Ave., Unit 104, in Creekside Station.

CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis. It has many potential therapeutic benefits, include anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-anxiety and seizure-suppressant properties. As of March, the FDA

John said he and his wife helped some acquaintances open a location in Gainesville and learned more about the products while working with them to get the shop going. John’s parents started to use some products to help manage pain and other medical conditions, and the couple used some, too.

When they started to see positive results, they decided they wanted to open up a shop of their own.

“That really sold us. We can’t stand behind something that we believe in,” John said. “So when we found that it worked, we thought we could really help other people.”

The shop in Winchester, which opened its doors for a soft opening Friday, is one of about 700 across the country, the couple said. It will be managed by Store Manager Holly Kimball.

They sell SunMed brand CBD tinctures, gummies, topical creams, water solubles, pet products, some beauty products, some vape products and more. They do not carry CBD isolate, Nina said.

There are full spectrum products, which has 0.3% THC, and broad spectrum products, which have zero THC. Their products are made from hemp grown in Colorado and Oregon.

Nina explained that CDB products help manage the endocannabinoid system, which deals with neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain.

THC in canabis attaches to receptors in the brain and that causes people to get high, but their hemp CDB products don’t allow someone to get that particular high because it has an “extremely low” percentage of THC — 0.3%.

“I usually say it’s like drinking nonalcoholic beer,” Nina said. “We as humans produce our own cannabinoids, so plant-based cannabinoids from cannabis — or, in our case, hemp — help balance the endocannabinoid system.”

Nina said when new customers come in to find a product to remedy a certain issue they’re having, they first try to find the root of the problem and see what solutions are available and if CBD is even needed. She said they don’t make any sort of medical “claims” and can’t promise that a certain product will work for everyone — “It’s not a one-size-fits-all thing,” she said.

“We’re here to help people find the best solutions to their problems, because it can be overwhelming,” she said. “There’s so much on the market and on the internet and finding the right dosage and the right solution for their individual need is important. So, we provide a safe environment where we can educate and find the best solution for people.”

Some areas across the country have received pushback against CDB oils and products, but the Gatelys said that’s not been the case in the Shenandoah Valley.

John said Creekside Station owner Joe Graber was receptive to their idea and having their shop inside the shopping plaza, which features multiple health and wellness shops.

“He really listened to what we’re about. I think the initial reaction is, ‘oh, are you a vape shop or what?’ When we told him we’re really about helping people out, and we’re not a vape shop,” John said. “Once you talk about that and how that works, I think everybody opens up to that. We didn’t encounter any resistance.”

Your CBD Store Winchester will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The store is planning a grand opening celebration Nov. 7 that will feature raffles and possibly live music.

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