Edward Itayim, co-owner of M/I Wellness CBD, stands behind the counter of the new business located at 10255 Sawmill Parkway in Powell.
Dillon Davis | The Gazette
POWELL — As information and testimony becomes more readily available, cannabidiol (CBD) products continue to rise in popularity due to its medicinal benefits. And now, with its grand opening set to take place Saturday, Nov. 16, M/I Wellness CBD is set to bring those benefits to the community.
M/I Wellness CBD, one of Ohio’s first dedicated CBD boutiques, is located next to BeFit Cafe at 10255 Sawmill Parkway. The shop, which officially opened Nov. 2, offers a wide range of hemp-based CBD products meant to alleviate various ailments.
CBD is the non-psychoactive component found in the cannabis plant, meaning that unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), its consumption is highly unlikely to lead to any sort of euphoric reaction associated with the “high” of marijuana.
Furthermore, the hemp plant — a cousin of sorts to the marijuana plant — contains significantly smaller levels of THC than the marijuana plant. In fact, hemp plants contain less than 0.3% THC.
“If you think you’re going to take these products and go party, that’s not what this if for. It’s not a recreational product,” co-owner Edward Itayim said of the CBD products.
Itayim said many of the ailments CBD is often used to treat have to do with inflammation. He said CBD serves as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, so rather than prescription pills simply numbing the pain, CBD will actually serve to address the ailment.
Other ailments CBD has proven to be effective in treating include insomnia and anxiety.
Perhaps the most well-known case of CBD serving as a life-changing medicine comes from Charlotte Figi, a 6-year-old at the time, whose case was highly publicized in 2013.
Figi began experiencing seizures when she was just months old. By the time she was 5 years old, Figi suffered from as many as 300 grand mal seizures per week after being diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy.
After exhausting all options, and to no avail, Figi’s parents were finally turned on to CBD treatments and saw immediate and drastic results in their daughter. Now, their daughter suffers only a few seizures a month. The results were so revolutionary, in fact, that perhaps the most well-known CBD product on the market