Kennedy Johnson is passionate about finding unique solutions for pain management, which is why she opened Palm Beach CBD Boutique last September.
“What drew me to this business is I was personally taking CBD prior to opening our store,” she said. “I just wasn’t able to find a reputable source for it. I was going to my local smoke shop — more like a head shop — and got CBD from there. That got me to thinking there’s an opportunity in this area to educate people on what CBD is and to provide high quality product, because nobody was doing it.”
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis, or marijuana. While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is one of hundreds of components in marijuana, by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Ms. Johnson’s customers run the gamut from elderly people battling arthritis and chronic pain to young people contending with anxiety and stress. It also aids in alleviating insomnia.
“CBD helps eliminate all of that,” she said. “My customers aren’t interested in taking pharmaceuticals that can get you hooked and come with their own side effects. Our CBD for sleep products do not have side effects. Customers even buy CBD products for their pets suffering from separation anxiety, storm anxiety, arthritis. Things like that.”
Ms. Johnson said her most popular products are the CBD oils, CBD for sleep, CBD gummies and the topical pain cream. Prices range from $50 to $150.
“And there is no prescription necessary to shop here,” she said. “The belief with CBD is that the healing properties help bring your body back to its natural state of well-being, which is called homeostasis. It basically works on whatever issues you have. The sleep products, though, are specifically formulated strictly for sleep. They have melatonin in them.”
Ms. Johnson hails from Minnesota, but currently resides in the North Palm Beach area. She said she has always strived to live a healthy lifestyle and opening Palm Beach CBD Boutique was a natural offshoot of that.
“I don’t have much competition,” she said. “There are a couple of nutrition stores in the area that carry CBD, but we are a CBD-only store. We just carry CBD products. We’re also a boutique, so we’re not locked into carrying one specific brand. We do our research and we source what we feel are very high-quality CBD products. We all try our CBD here in the store and all our associates are trained in the Endocannabinoid system, whose main function is to maintain biological harmony in response to changes in the environment. We pride ourselves on our experience with CBD exclusively.”
Ms. Johnson said she and her associates are always on the lookout for new products to complement the ones she carries in the boutique.
“We brought in some cool new stuff over the last few months,” she said. “We’ve started carrying lotions, soaps, CBD patches, Chapstick. New products are always coming to market and we like to keep up with all of it.”
Ms. Johnson contends her secret to success is customer service.
“We hold our customers in the highest regard,” she said. “When people come to our store, we want them to feel comfortable and well taken care of in a friendly and professional boutique atmosphere, as opposed to them seeking out CBD online or in a smoke shop, where they aren’t very knowledgeable. We try to educate our customers. We tell them all about the products and what’s working for others. We help them come up with a plan that’s tailored to them, whether it’s taking CBD internally or topically, depending on their own unique issues. With our one-on-one consultations, we give our customers what they deserve.” ¦
— Palm Beach CBD Boutique is at 11450 U. S. 1 in North Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a. m.- 6: 30 p. m. Monday-Friday, 10 a. m. -5 p. m. Saturday and noon to 4 p. m. Sunday. For more information, call 561-805-0036, log on to www.palmbeachcbdboutique.com or visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/palmbeachCBDboutique.