NORTHPORT, Ala. — CBD stores are popping up nationwide, with plans to use the hemp oil to treat all kinds of illnesses.
One of Alabama's first is in downtown Northport.
This comes after some businesses have gotten into trouble for selling CBD products containing THC, the psychoactive part of marijuana.
CBD medication became legal in Alabama in 2014, but only under very specific circumstances. In 2016, new legislation removed requirements that patients had to be enrolled at UAB Hospital to get it.
The CBD Store Owner Areli Bryan called the oils a natural alternative to modern medication.
"CBD is cannaboids, our bodies naturally produce them. Most just don't produce enough," Bryan said.
CBD oil is commonly associated with marijuana, because it comes from industrially grown hemp. It is not supposed to contain the psychoactive part, called THC.
State law requires no more than three percent THC in CBD oils.
"I was trying to stay away from prescribed medication," Bryan said, "So one of my good friends told me about CBD hemp oil. I gave it a try and it helped me. So I figured if it helped me, it could help others."
Some Northport residents had good feedback. John Tinklepaugh thought the business will benefit the city.
"If there's a benefit to it, if people can use it, I personally think it's a great thing," Tinklepaugh said, "If it's not harmful, I don't see any reason why they would prohibit the sale of it."
Northport City Manager Bruce Higginbotham said the retail concept is new to most everyone, not just the area. He said the store has a retail business license to sell these products.
Representative Mack Butler said the medical research on CBD oils is showing great promise.
CBD sales does not mean it is legal to buy and sell marijuana in Alabama.