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Durham’s first dedicated hemp store to open this month at Streets at Southpoint

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Durham will get its first dedicated hemp store when The Carolina Hemp Hut opens a location at the Streets at Southpoint later this month.

The mall kiosk will sell cannabidiol, or CBD, products. CBD is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant that has an extremely low THC level — which means it won’t get you high.

CBD is said to have holistic healing properties that relieve pain, reduce inflammation, aid sleep and improve anxiety levels in humans and pets.

Carolina Hemp Hut is operated by local realtor Mary Lopez Carter, also known as the Hemp Oil Rockstar (she already has a website: hempoilrockstar.com). Carter is also the co-owner of a regional marketing company called Ideas Envy LLC.

The CBD kiosk, located in the mall near Nordstrom and JC Penney, opens at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19. There will be a grand opening on Oct. 27 with specials on CBD gummies and other edibles for adults, plus discounts on future purchases.

The Carolina Hemp Hut is not the only dedicated hemp game in the Triangle. In Raleigh, the Hemp Farmacy opened on Hillsborough Street in August, joining Forever Hemp on Fayetteville Road near Garner. Wake Forest has The Hemp Store on Old Milburnie Road.

The News & Observer has previously reported on these other local stores and on the history of cannabis as a medicinal aid.

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