CBD oil store cutting ribbon in Orange Beach

By John Mullen

July 24, 2019 – Orange Beach, AL – (OBA®) – When family members first approached Paul Konecny about getting into the CBD oil retail business, he was a little skeptical.

“I’ve never done a drug in my entire life and when my family tried to push me to get into it, I was reluctant at first,” Konecny said. “I was always a business-minded person but like a lot of people, I didn’t understand the difference between hemp and marijuana and things of that nature. Not that I’m against marijuana. I think it’s probably safer than alcohol and other things people do. But it was taboo to me because it was against the law.

“I did some research, jumped into it and I couldn’t be happier.”

He now owns the only store in Orange Beach that sells nothing but products made from industrial and containing the CBD oil. He’ll cut the ribbon on the new place on July 25 at 3:30 p.m. Your CBD Store is located in the same strip mall as Big Fish Bar and Restaurant.

There’s been a bit of controversy of late with the city council voting in a 90-day moratorium on new business licenses for stores selling CBD products. Two vendors, a store and a wholesaler, applied for licenses prompting the city to halt issuances until an ordinance is crafted to regulate selling of the products.

The controversy swirls around THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. In marijuana, THC levels can be anywhere from 20 to 50 percent. But in hemp, it is less than 0.3 percent which is the allowable legal limit.

In Konecny’s store, 95 percent of his products are completely free of THC and he handles the ones with a slight amount of the active ingredient with care.

“The only thing we have with THC is what we call full-spectrum products,” he said. “We don’t even keep those on the shelf, we keep those in the back. We like to explain that it is possible to fail a drug test when using these products even though they are legal. We just don’t want someone to grab it off the shelf and come to the register to check out with it.”

It’s a legal product, he said but can cause confusion with law enforcement, too.

“The other thing is if it gets tested for THC the police officer’s THC test doesn’t give a limit or doesn’t say if this is a legal product or illegal product,” Konecny said. “You just have to be careful with these products and you have to be sure to explain where you got it from and things of that nature. You just don’t want to get in trouble.”

He says customers tell him the products provide relief for a variety of ailments and he even uses it to relieve gout in his elbow.

“It’s one of the only things that will kind of calm the inflammation down,” Konecny said. “CBD, in general, is a known very strong anti-inflammatory. I recommend taking a tincture or a water-soluble product that is just some droppers in a small cup of water and it does a lot for my gout as well.

“Our number one and number two products are tinctures which is just CBD oil and our pain cream. Our products are very good at treating some of the symptoms of everything from pain to stress to anxiety.”

Your CBD Store has more than 400 outlets in 30 states and 24 shops in Alabama. In Mobile and Baldwin counties, there are shops in Orange Beach, Magnolia Springs, Bayou La Batre, two in Mobile, Irvington and Saraland. Konecny plans to open another store in the coming months in Gulf Shores and also owns one in Pace, Florida.

The company either grows and manufactures its own hemp or contracts out to growers who provide hemp solely to Your CBD Store outlets.

“We’re expecting to be certified organic this month which would make us the only certified organic CBD retailer in the country,” Konecny said.

The most popular products are tinctures, or the oil itself, and topical cream. The oil can be placed under the tongue and come in water-soluble form for drinking.

“The pain cream is really good if your knee hurts, your elbow hurts, your back hurts you put it on there and with two to three minutes you’re feeling better,” Konecny said. “It really works and it generally lasts two to three hours.”