by Sheila Julson
Until recently, Wes Williams did not know anything about cannabidiol (CBD). The turning point came when his daughter suffered from shoulder pain, and his wife had been experiencing pain from a knee surgery. Williams decided to try CBD products to help his family. His daughter, after taking CBD gummies, reported her shoulder pain disappearing within an hour. Williams’ wife used CBD balm on her knee, and her pain went away.
Those incidents prompted Williams to further research the benefits of CBD oil and other products derived from medicinal, non-hallucinogenic cannabinoids. Knowing that others could also benefit from the powers of CBD, Williams approached entrepreneurs Preston Capron and his grandfather, Jim Mcbride, with the idea of opening stores that specialize in CBD products. Capron liked the idea and opened five Discovery Health and Wellness locations throughout Oklahoma City, which Williams manages.
Discovery Health and Wellness carries CBD oils, balms, massage lotions, gummies and pet products such as the calming Sat-A-Vet, a CBD product derived from non-genetically modified and pesticide-free cannabis. The item sold well over the 4th of July holiday as people sought to calm nervous pets rattled by fireworks, noise and other activity.
“Cannabidiol has been one of the most exciting discoveries in health and wellness in recent years,” Williams enthuses. “Coverage in major media outlets has made CBD a household name, and people are discovering its benefits for themselves.”
Williams notes that naturally occurring CBD is the main therapeutic cannabinoid found in hemp. That substance, along with other specific cannabinoids, binds to the cannabinoid receptor sites found in the human body that makes up the endocannabinoid system.
“Unlike synthetic pharmaceutical drugs, cannabis oil and related cannabinoids have no known toxicity level, and their health benefits come without adverse side effects,” Williams says. In addition, CBD will produce calming, relaxing effects without producing a ‘high.’ It is non-addictive and can be taken daily.
Williams cites studies and information found through outlets such as Dr. Axe (draxe.com/cbd-benefits) and other myriad sources, stating how CBD can help relieve pain and inflammation; reduce anxiety; and help fight cancer, because CBD posses anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic effects that inhibit cancer cell migration, adhesion and invasion. Williams says CBD can also help relieve nausea, it can be beneficial for controlling seizures and other neurological disorders, and it can promote cardiovascular health.
The staff at Discovery Health and Wellness has been trained to help educate people about CBD products and its uses, and to help people select products to meet their specific needs. Discovery Health and Wellness also stays engaged in the community by sponsoring pet adoption events and partnering with local rescue groups.
Discovery Health and Wellness has locations at: 4 NW 150th St., Edmond; 12508 N. MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City; 7510 SE 15th St., Midwest City; 3006 S. Council Rd., Oklahoma City; and 2361 #2 Alamenda St., Norman. For more information, visit Facebook.com/DiscoveryHealthandWellness.