Essentially Me Plus CBD opens in downtown Lafayette –

Essentially Me Plus CBD had its grand opening March 30.

Store owner Donna Boyce said opening Essentially Me Plus CBD is a way to pay tribute to her husband.

“My husband had dementia and at the time, the cannabidiol (CBD) oil was not legal in Indiana,” she said. “I feel that if he could have had the CBD oil it would have helped his paranoia. This basically is a tribute to him.”

Boyce describe what some use the CBD oils for and her own personal experience from using them.

“CBD is good for anxiety, sleep, nausea, seizures cancer and inflammation,” she said. “A lot of people that are sore or have arthritis have had some amazing creams help them. I use a vape pen to help me sleep at night. The benefits personally to me have been so good.”

“It’s amazing because we had some people come in today who said her husband takes CBD now,” she continued. “She gave him his first dose in about January and he’s crippled. He was able to stand up and walk. So, she came in today and bought some more.”

There are misconceptions and concerns when it comes to CBD oil. Boyce spoke about some of them.

“Marijuana and CBD are two different hemps,” she said. “In CBD we can only have .03 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It should not show up on drug screens but our bodies produce the hemp so sometimes it could show up depending on how much you take. People are afraid of that. I think people also are afraid they might get addicted to it.”

With the caution around CBD, Boyce said there have been some difficulties starting the business.

“A lot of banks don’t want to deal with CBD,” she said. “I had to go to three banks in Lafayette just to get an account open. I had a website and I’ve taken it down because the processor said after one order that I can’t do CBD oil,” she said. “When I came here, I had to jump trough hoops to get the processor here. My current bank I am with is pulling out but they are trying to set me up with another bank. There are only a few banks in the United States that will deal with processing CBD.”

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There are plenty of other items for purchase at Essentially Me Plus CBD. Boyce stocks items like Himalayan salt lamps which are believed to have health benefits by purifying the air. There are also smaller options such as Himalayan salt nightlights and candles. The store also houses many essential oils. Boyce also sells creams and lotions as well as bath items such as bath salts and bath bombs.

The shop opens 11 a.m. and closes 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. While she hasn’t fully committed to a closing date yet, the store will be open 10 a.m. to either 2 p.m. of 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Boyce hopes the products sold will benefit those who purchase them.

“If someone is in pain and they can take some cream, put it on and feel a little bit better, that makes my whole day,” she said.