In June 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 1325 authorizing “the production, manufacture, retail sale, and inspection of industrial hemp crops and products” and “consumable hemp products which contain cannabidiol (CBD), as well as other edible parts of the hemp plant.” In layman terms, we’re one step closer to legalization.
I joke, but the legalization of CBD products launched a surge of new retail markets for consumers who could suddenly purchase the substance as topicals, edibles, and smokeable flowers. In agreement with state and federal laws, CBD products sold at brick and mortar businesses must contain less than 0.3 of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. (Ironically, the bill also suddenly required police departments to test all the marijuana officers seize to verify the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, an expensive effort that has resulted in many departments, including Dallas, refusing to charge for possessing small amounts.)
While the Food and Drug Administration has only approved CBD for treating rare forms of epilepsy, that isn’t stopping consumers from exploring its efficacy for ailments like anxiety, inflammation, dietary health, and more.
Since the bill’s passage, CBD is seemingly everywhere, a response to the new consumer base eager to try out CBD products. Locally, several business have latched onto the rising economy in Dallas. Let’s meet them.
Multiple Locations in Dallas-Fort Worth
The first retail store to sell hemp-derived products has nine locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth. The franchise, started by David Palatnik and Dafna Revah, specializes in Kratom products, in addition to CBD. (Kratom is a controversial herb derivative native to southeast Asia. It is most often used by individuals suffering from pain.)
Radio personality Jenna Owens launched Fitish in 2017, and the CBD-centric beauty and wellness brand has since garnered a cult following. Though Fitish is anchored by an extensive lineup of skincare products, the brand also carries cosmetics, haircare, pet treats, and wellness elixirs.
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3699 McKinney Ave., Ste 550
The CBD seller in West Village uses products harvested from a specialized hemp strain that contains zero THC. Founder Kristin Desinor says she started the company after her own alternative health journey; she credits CBD with helping her manage anxiety and postpartum depression.
Sisters Anne Buthion and Justine Mullen launched their skincare line last year. Audrose Beauty’s offerings include Beauty Drops, a tincture formulated for topical or oral use, and Beauty Beads, a dietary supplement made from coconut oil and broad-spectrum hemp extract. The company says it tests its products with dermatologists prior to putting them on sale.
250 N Bishop Ave, Ste #150
The Bishop Arts shop focuses on self care products for women. Founder Molly Mathias envisioned the store as a physical space for women to purchase sexual wellness and CBD products without stigma. The brick and mortar location sells pastel smoking accessories, organic lube and condoms, vibrators, and mindfulness books.
The Weed Spot
502 N. Madison Ave.
The Black-owned distribution company hosts community events and cannabis cooking classes. It also sells infused lattes and a vast selection of hemp and CBD products.
Holistic Hemp Co.
Fort Worth’s Holistic Hemp Co. is owned and operated by sisters Amber and Alaina Lansing. The duo source their high-quality hemp from Colorado for their beauty offerings: expect bath bombs, massage oil, soap, and more.
4445 Travis St.
Though Grange Hall is best known as a moody and mysterious home goods store, the Travis Street shop also carries a range of CBD products. We’re partial to the soothing gummies from California CBD brand Lord Jones.