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PHOTO: Darin Masters carries a variety of CBD products at his hemp dispensary in the Grassland community. / Photo by John McBryde

By JOHN McBRYDE

Darin Masters couldn’t sleep. The Franklin native had tried various products and different methods to help treat his insomnia, but nothing worked.

Then he discovered a product that’s extracted from a plant that has only been legal to grow in Tennessee for about five years. It was hemp, or more specifically, the CBD (cannabidiol) that comes from hemp.

“I got it originally for sleep, about two years ago,” said Masters, now owner and operator of Grassland CBD hemp dispensary in the Grassland community of Franklin. “I tried it, and to my surprise, it not only helped with my insomnia, but it helped with clearing my sinuses, my back pain and inflammation. I was just amazed with how it helped with so many ailments.”

Masters opened his new business May 1 in the back of a building that sits at 2187 Hillsboro Road. It’s in a tiny suite where a variety of CBD products are displayed in a couple of narrow glass cases.

“CBD is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant,” Masters explained. “There are over 60 different kinds of cannabinoids, and all of them have different functions.”

Masters plans to expand the list of what he will carry, but is currently sourcing from CBD Distillery in Colorado and CBD Living in California. His menu of CBD products includes oil tinctures, edibles such as milk chocolate CBD bars, capsules and soft gels, and flowers that somewhat resemble marijuana buds.

In fact, the hemp and marijuana plants are similar in appearance and both contain THC, the chemical that provides the “high” in the latter. But the amount in each is considerably different: less than 1% in hemp, and at least 10% and often much higher in marijuana.

Masters said business has picked up in the two weeks that he’s been opened, especially since his shop has been listed on Google. He believes he’s found a niche in the Grassland area in more ways than one.

“This is where I’m from, so I’m glad to be able to offer this healthy option to my friends and neighbors,” he said.

“CBD has a lot of health benefits, which is why so many people are flocking to it. It’s an all-natural way to get relief and wellness for your health, as opposed to pharmaceuticals which have a lot of side effects. Hemp products don’t have any side effects that I can see.”

CBD Grassland is open Monday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 2187 Hillsboro Rd Suite 300, Franklin, TN 37069.

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