MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — Selling legal forms of medical cannabinoids here in Myrtle Beach has become more than a business venture for a local shop owner.
His products are making a difference for those living with anything from anxiety to bodily pain and chronic illnesses.
Matt Campbell Sr. sells a variety of Delta 8 and Delta 9 products, these are forms of legal hemp, in his shop, Cannabetter Farm in Myrtle Beach.
“People don’t realize there’s real honest to goodness, clean decent products available to people right now,” said Campbell.
In December of 2018, former President Donald Trump signed the Farm Bill into law legalizing Delta 8, which is produced from CBD that’s produced from hemp.
As well as Delta 9, which is a traditional cannabis marijuana product, but products with no more than 0.3% THC are allowed.
Campbell said, “People who have any number of conditions, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, nervous conditions, mental health issues, they get a lot of benefit from these products and they’re waiting for them still, not knowing they’re available on shelves not just in my store, but in stores all over the place.”
Campbell explained he just wants to bring relief to those who are hurting, like Horry County resident Rayna Shoihat.
She’s been battling different chronic illnesses since 2010.
“These illnesses can completely incapacitate a person and change your entire life,” she said.
After moving from Seattle, Shoihat said the stars aligned when Cannabetter Farm opened in Myrtle Beach.
“You know I never wanted to feel I was doing something illegal. I feel cannabis should not be a controversial thing. It is incredibly valuable to a lot of different people for a lot of different reasons. My personal experience living with chronic illness, it just completely changed my life. I’m able to get out of bed. I’m able to be with my children,” she said.
However, the stigma remains a challenge — something Campbell and Shoihat continue to battle.
“Being a mom I’m very mindful of how I talk about it with my children, how I talk about it in front of other parents at school, things like that, but at the end of the day I don’t want to be ashamed because this has given me a significant improvement in my quality of life and it’s legal,” Shoihat said.
“I know a lot of people won’t come in here because they don’t want their neighbors to see them come in. So, that’s why we picked a nice clean neighborhood grocery store plaza so we can help people understand we are part of the neighborhood,” Campbell said.
Campbell said while he and his team will help people research their products, he always recommends speaking with a doctor or a pharmacist first.
While there is not a legal age limit for those who can buy Delta 8 and Delta 9 products, Cannabetter Farm limits its sales to people 21 and older.
Matt Campbell Sr. locally sources all of his ingredients and they are sent to a production plant in Colorado.
This is where they create the final product and ship them back here to Myrtle Beach, so Campbell can sell them.