CBD oil’s popularity is on the rise at Williamsburg pharmacies – Virginia Gazette

Whether it’s at Williamsburg Drug Company, Olde Towne Pharmacy or The Prescription Shoppe, local pharmacists have taken notice of the nationwide fascination with CBD oil and stock the popular alternative remedy.

Henry Ranger, who owns the Prescription Shoppe in James City County’s Courthouse Commons shopping center, said he first heard about the effects of CBD oil while working for a larger chain pharmacy that didn’t stock the product. He said he was unable to begin exploring the growing industry until he opened his own business.

Ranger said he reviewed the available studies and located pharmaceutical-grade CBD oil manufacturers. Meanwhile, customers of all ages asked about trying it out to help with a number of medical issues, including anxiety, inflammation and joint pain.

“It just has so many different benefits and it’s been an absolute game-changer,” he said.

“If somebody has pain, inflammation, anxiety, those things, it’s actually malpractice for me not to help them with something that can help them, especially when I have something that’s safe and effective. It has no abuse potential, there’s no danger to society and it helps eight out of 10 people,” he said. “I don’t have a single drug that’s that good.”

Lance Zaal, who owns King of Clubs Brewing Co. in the Williamsburg Premium Outlets, said he began using CBD oil to help with back pain after hearing about it from friends. Although it doesn’t completely take the pain away, he said it helps, and he still takes it on occasion.

“I’m still productive and I try to stay active in the gym so I don’t want anything that alters my ability to do what I normally do, so it helps me to focus on that because it takes away a little bit of the pain,” he said.

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