MERIDIAN, Idaho — The Gold Nugget CBD, located on Fairview Ave. in Meridian, has now officially become the first standalone Cannibidoil (CBD) store in Idaho. While CBD is not currently FDA approved, with the exception of Epidiolex for the treatment of seizures, the alternative pain treatment is gaining popularity across the nation.
One woman who shopped at Gold Nugget on Friday said-- in many ways-- the emerging treatment helped her to get her life back.
"Everybody uses it and it really does work, it helps," said Santana Delgado.
Delgado first discovered CBD three years ago.
"It puts me in a better mind-state and it just makes me feel better about myself and my day," said Delgado.
She said it makes her feel better than she felt before trying CBD, when she says she struggled with thoughts of suicide.
"I've actually been in a mental behavior hospital," said Delgado.
Since then, she says she's found it to be a cost-effective alternative to some expensive depression medicines.
"My medication alone is $90, and with [CBD] gummies or the vapes, I'm spending $20 and it lasts me just as long," said Delgado.
Unlike THC, CBD does not get you high. Rather, some are using it to stabilize anxiety, pain, and insomnia, among other ailments.
CBD is a derivative of the hemp plant. It is legal to sell and purchase in Idaho as long as it contains 0.00% of THC.
"Every product in here is made from the CBD isolate which is lab-tested, third-party to have absolutely zero THC in it," said Jennifer Long, co-owner, The Gold Nugget CBD.
Originally from Ontario, Ore., the owners say they're happy to be on the forefront of a potential new wave of popularity for CBD in Idaho.
"Excited to be in this new industry that's breaking out across the nation," said Long.
A remedy that Delgado says-- for her-- is more than just medical.
"I have a better relationship with my family, with my husband, with my friends..."
The Harvard Medical School says more studies are needed to substantiate CBD users’ claims about pain control and other medical applications.
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