CBD sales spike as people look to manage pandemic stress

If you're thinking about trying CBD to manage your stress or anxiety, it's recommended that you consult your doctor first.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – As a side effect of the coronavirus pandemic, more people are looking to treat their stress and anxiety through CBD products.

Even before the pandemic, CBD was a popular way to calm the nerves and relax. However, many places are seeing an increase they weren’t expecting as people are turning to CBD dispensaries to help manage stress.

One of those dispensaries is CBD Remedies, which has been in Lincoln since 2017. They sell products that help manage pain, insomnia and even things that can help your pets.

“We’ve seen an increase of about 15 to 20 percent in our sales,” says Jack Militti, who works at the storefront near 48th and Normal.

As the pandemic barrels on, Militti says even more people are turning to their products that help alleviate their stress and anxiety.

“Most of those are generally going to be for people dealing with anxiety, whether they got laid off because of the pandemic, or lack of social contact with the pandemic or just being inside all the time,” Militti says.

“We’ve mainly seen an increase in products that help people de-stress and allow them to try to maintain a sense of normalcy whether it be in sleep or just relaxing.”

Militti says at one point, they were even struggling to keep up with demand, and they weren’t the only ones.

“The manufacturer hasn’t been able to keep up, you know they’ve been out for a couple of weeks,” he says. “Thankfully stuff started to pick up more and people are getting into the swing of things but yeah it’s an uptick we weren’t really anticipating.”

CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA, so if you’re interested in trying it, Militti says they remind customers to always consult their doctor first, as it is possible for CBD to interact with other medications. If they sell you a product that your doctor doesn’t recommend, they’ll give you a refund as long as the product is unopened and unused.

Militti also reminds customers that CBD has less than 0.3% of THC, meaning CBD products are not psychoactive and can not get you high. However, depending on how your body reacts to the products, it could still show up on a drug test.

Militti says these are all questions they ask their customers before recommending any products. He also says they offer third-party testing of every product they sell, so customers can feel confident in what they’re purchasing.

Overall, Militti says they aim to help the people of Lincoln feel better, especially during these tumultuous times.

“They know they can come here and reliably shop with us and buy from us,” he says.

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