When Sarah Streby began using cannabidiol to manage pain caused by her arthritis and fibromyalgia, she soon figured out that she was on to something.
“I’ve been using CBD for about seven or eight months and it has made a world of difference for me,” Streby said. “I was maxed out in dosage on my Gabapentin and I was taking an obscene amount of Celebrex and Ibuprofen.”
“I still was barely functioning with that,” she said, as Gabapentin can cause side effects such as confusion.
With this drug, she sometimes had trouble holding conversations or remembering where she intended to drive after getting in her car.
After trying CBD and seeing “phenomenal” results with her own health, she wanted others to know how CBD could benefit them as well.
Her father, who also suffers from arthritis, tried it first, and later her mother, who underwent rotator cuff surgery.
“I was purchasing it so much for my family that I applied for a business and wholesale license,” she said.
Noticing a few empty storefronts in Tunkhannock with her husband Brian, they saw an opportunity to bring CBD products to a wider range of people.
Their store preHempt CBD Boutique opened at 18 E. Tioga St. on May 18.
There, customers can find over 100 CBD products. There’s a full line of skin care products, including balms, salves, ointments, bath bombs and oils, as well as CBD candies and gummies.
“Some of the chocolate is absolutely to die for and I love it,” Streby said.
At preHempt, customers can also find a variety of teas, coffees and other drinks like CBD-infused waters and juices. CBD K-Cups for Keurigs are on the way.
CBD products for pets are also available at the store.
“We have more coming,” she said. “I’ve been working with a local soapmaker to bring in some soap products that are infused with CBD.”
CBD is pulled from industrial hemp, which has to measure below 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol to be legal in Pennsylvania.
CBD differs from marijuana, which is THC-heavy and gives users a high, but Streby noted that marijuana has its own medicinal benefits.
“Our mantra, our big hashtag on social media, is ‘We get healthy, not high,’” she said of the business.
The top three reasons people use CBD is to alleviate stress or anxiety, relieve pain and help with sleep problems.
In the case of Streby’s seven-year-old son, CBD products help with his eczema and Celiac disease.
There isn’t an age limit for CBD use, although preHempt has an 18+ only sign for purchase on its display of inhalable products.
“It’s not FDA approved, obviously, so we have our disclaimers on everything,” Streby said. “We can’t say ‘It’s used to treat this.’ We say ‘I’ve used it for this and it works for me, but your mileage may vary.’”
While conducting research to start their business, the Strebys found out that preHempt would be the first store in Pennsylvania to carry only CBD products. Other stores offer additional products alongside CBD.
“As far as the other people that carry it, we carry the most and a variety, and everything has been vetted. Everything is third party tested,” she said. “We can provide certificates of analysis for every product we carry, which is huge because online and even in some stores, they have these no-name brands and you can’t guarantee what’s in them.”
PreHempt CBD Boutique is open Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m.
During “4th Fridays” in Tunkhannock, the store stays open until 8 p.m.
For more information, visit prehemptcbd.com or call 570-721-2014.
“We’re very, very excited to bring such a great, broad product to the area,” Streby said.