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  • Post Time Posted April 05, 2019
People take it for anxiety and inflammation. Arthritis. Insomnia. Pain.

Cannabis vendor Kenneth Oliver says it’s frustrating to turn droves of potential customers - many of them looking for medicine - away.

“Because there’s only two out of 10 suppliers actually shipping to us, we can’t really give them what they need,” Oliver said. “A lot of people leave unhappy.”

The owner of the Herbal Centre in St. John’s, an independent cannabis store, has gotten his hands on the product only a few times. It sells out almost immediately, he says, with people snapping up boxes at a time.

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, typically comes in oils, sprays and capsules, and can be absorbed through the mouth. In Newfoundland and Labrador, two brands have made their way - sparingly and briefly - to shelves: a spray by Aphria and an oil by Canntrust.

CBD is often listed alongside the psychoactive and potent THC on cannabis products, but packs less of a punch; in fact, it has no ability to make anyone high on its own.

Yet Oliver says it’s one of his most sought-after products, and even started a waitlist  to make sure the most persistent are first in line when he finally gets another shipment.

Oliver says he doesn’t push CBD as a medical product or dispense advice to customers - by law, he’s not allowed - but the people asking for it have already heard about its apparent wonders and in some cases, experienced relief themselves.

“I had one guy come in and he had arthritis in his knees, and he said once he started taking the CBD oil, he cancelled his surgery,” Oliver said. “He was able to walk again.”

Like THC, CBD affects the endocannabinoid system, which maintains homeostasis within the body: we naturally produce cannabinoid-like molecules to regulate hormones, nerve endings and inflammation.

Despite stock issues, Oliver remains optimistic and believes the CBD supply will level out in a few months so that he can finally supply consumers on the waitlists.

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/cbd-shortage-1.5083180

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