WEIRTON — A business offering an alternative treatment for chronic pain, anxiety and difficulty sleeping has opened at Suite E, 3205 Pennsylvania Ave.
Brandon Geanangel, owner of Pryme Canna, said there are many misconceptions about his store and its products, an assortment of oils, lotions and edibles — even products for pets — containing cannabidiol, also known as CBD.
Cannabidiol is found in hemp, a plant related to the cannabis that produces marijuana. In recent years, marijuana was made legal for medial purposes, when used in certain forms, in West Virginia and Ohio.
But Geanangel noted Pryme Canna isn’t a medical marijuana dispensary and its products aren’t sold by prescription only, as is the case for that drug.
“Nothing in here is psychoactive so you won’t have the high,” he said, adding because of that, it’s not been found to be addictive.
He added it’s very unlikely to cause someone to test positive for marijuana use.
Geanangel noted the sale of cannabidiol and other hemp products has been permitted through the federal Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018.
Its effectiveness in treating assorted diseases and symptoms is still being studied by various groups.
Under the law, manufacturers of hemp-based cannabidiol may not market it for a health problem without approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Medical experts at Harvard University and elsewhere recommend individuals consult their doctors before using it, especially if they are on other medications.
Cannabidiol alone has produced side effects for some, including nausea, fatigue, irritability and blood thinning.
The FDA has advised against its use by pregnant or breast-feeding women and prohibits its sale to minors.
Geanangel, a Hopedale native, said he became interested in cannabidiol through an aunt, who operates a CBD store in North Carolina, and testimonies from others who have Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.
He said he decided after graduating from Eastern Gateway Community College with a degree in business management, it was the type of business he wanted to run.
“I wanted it (CBD) to come to this area and help people here,” he said.
Pryme Canna is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Geanangel can be reached at (740) 457-7624 and at the business’ Facebook page and a website at www.prymecanna.com.