Nature’s Mercantile opens doors for CBD oil products

Nature’s Mercantile opens doors for CBD oil products

Nature’s Mercantile opens doors for CBD oil products
November 07
01:06 2018

What lies behind the doors of Nature’s Mercantile is unexpected: A small waterfall bubbles nearby, music gently plays and an Australian Shepard named May approaches customers curiously. A large decorative wreath spelling out “CBD” placed at the entry commands the attention of all who walk in.

In May 2018 Linda Thaten and Mindy Coin opened Nature’s Mercantile in Denton, located at 262 S. Interstate 35E, which sells a variety of CBD products. CBD stands for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Although it is part of the plant, CBD itself has no psychoactive properties.

Over recent years, CBD has become widely talked about and used by consumers for many things, from generalized anxiety to intense seizures. Thaten and Coin have managed to specialize in the substance in its many forms, with products ranging from candy to dog treats.

Thaten said she first encountered CBD the second time she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After the cancer came back, she refused to go through chemotherapy again, even if her doctors recommended it. Thaten wanted to try a different route.

“I had breast cancer 16 years ago and when I went through chemo, it almost killed me,” Thaten said.

In April 2016 Thaten was put in touch with a doctor who practiced “holistic relief.” In November later that year, her doctor prescribed her CBD. At first, she was reluctant to try it out but, then changed her mind after learning about the compound and its effects.

“When I heard the word cannabis I thought, ‘Oh no,’” Thaten said. “Marijuana isn’t legal, and I’m a grandmother and I have to be a good example for my grandchildren.”

Thaten said she did not understand what many other may not understand today about CBD oil — the effects or what it really is.

“I didn’t know how the CBD worked or how the endocannabinoid system worked,” Thaten said. “There wasn’t any place you could go to and walk into a store and have someone educate you about it.”

Thaten’s doctor prescribed her the products from the CBD and hemp company CBD American Shaman. On its website, the company offered job opportunities, such as becoming an affiliate, a wholesaler and a franchise owner. Thaten eventually became a wholesaler for the company, which led to her opening her own store in Hurst, Texas.

“I called them and said I’d like to be able to [represent] this down here because there’s not a place to buy products and people don’t know about it,” Thaten said. “It really opened my eyes, and the Lord just kept telling me to open a store.”

Coin said she wanted to support her mom in whatever she wanted to do. As a firm believer in CBD’s effects, Coin was happy to help her mom set up shop when she got the chance to establish her own store.

“I started taking CBD as a preventative [measure] because cancer does run in our family,” Coin said. “If you can do this stuff naturally, why wouldn’t you? If we can help people, I want to be involved in that. It’s very rewarding.”

After taking CBD, Coin said she noticed calming effects with her migraines, stress and even car sickness. She said her husband, son and daughter all take CBD now. Thaten said she no longer has arthritis in her hands, which was so severe at one point that her hands swelled up so much, and she had to have her rings cut off her fingers.

“CBD helps bring the body back into homeostasis,” Thaten said. “The body’s working like it was intended to, and so you’re just going to be healthier.”

Thaten said the reason why the public is nervous about CBD is because they do not understand how CBD works in relation to the body.

“No one knows what the endocannabinoid system is or that cannabinoid receptors are in every cell of your body and the fact [CBD] is in the receptors,” Thaten said. “People don’t know why it helps or how to take it.”

The two hand out samples whenever qualified customers want to try something. Thaten and Coin say this is how they can help people find the right match for them.

Along with CBD products, Nature’s Mercantile is also set to open a kava bar. Kava is a root originating in the Fiji Islands and is made into teas, bringing a calming effect to users.

Natures Mercantile +CBD Store has started making Kava drinks. Kava has similar calming effects as CBD oil. Cameron Roe

Thaten hopes to offer it as an alternative for those wanting to have a social event with friends while still having a relaxing time.

“Our company has taken the kava root and made a liquid product,” Thaten said. “We make sodas [and] it chills you out, but you wouldn’t want to drink 10 of them.”

Jordon Dodson, 29, and Haley Rushing, 19, are two of the employees at Nature’s Mercantile. Dodson has a degree in botany from UNT and said the cannabis leaf always fascinated her.

“It’s more of how it’s changed me rather than a learning thing,” Dodson said. “I feel like I can relate to people better.”

Rushing is pursuing a degree in kinesiology and said working at Nature’s Mercantile has taught her things she can apply to her career.

“My degree is the study of movement, [and] I’ve learned so much here to help me [with] my degree,” Rushing said. “[Even] if I didn’t get paid, I really wouldn’t care because I like hearing the positive results from customers.”

Nature’s Mercantile is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Featured Image: Natures Mercantile owners Mindy Coin and Linda Thaten stand with their variety of flavored CBD oils. Matures Mercantile is located at 262 S Interstate 35 E. Cameron Roe

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