TORRINGTON – With the snip of a pair of scissors Monday afternoon, Goshen County’s first legal cannabis-based storefront was open for business.
WyoHempHub celebrated the occasion with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony orchestrated by the Goshen County Economic Development Corporation and a store full of customers eager to learn what hemp-derived oils and supplements could do for them. WyoHempHub started out with no home base, but Amy Eisaman has been selling cannabinol oil, lotions containing CBD and other products for three years.
“It feels great,” she said. “We’ve been open and doing the sneak peek stuff, but now people are really starting to come in. It’s been busy since 9 a.m. this morning.”
According to Eisaman, CBD oil has a host of potential health benefits. A pamphlet distributed in the store titled A Guide to CBD and It’s many Benefits, produced by WyoHempHub, said it can help manage inflammation, anxiety, depression, nausea, diabetes, epilepsy, skin disorders and several other maladies. WyoHempHub sells CBD in many different forms, including oils, suckers, creams, lotions and bath bombs.
The store, located at 4588 U.S. Highway 26/85 west of Torrington, is only the first WyoHempHub location. Another is set to open in Casper under the direction of Andre Romo, a Torrington native, and Eisaman is in discussions with people in three other towns to open additional locations.
“I’ve had a huge following in Casper since I started,” Eisaman said. “We go up there about five times a year doing events, so it just made sense.”
The Casper store will be located at 330 South Walsh Street, suite 200. According to Romo, it’s a chance to take advantage of House Bill 171, which was signed March 6 by Gov. Mark Gordon. The bill legalized hemp in Wyoming for agricultural and health purposes.
“The people we have talked to have seemed really excited,” Romo said. “She had good luck at the holistic fair.
“My friend and I were wanting to do something different because we knew these bills were going to be coming up. I got in touch with Amy and it went on from there.”
HB 171 dictated that CBD and hemp products sold in Wyoming must contain less than .03 percent THC, the chemical that produces a psychoactive effect in marijuana – which is a separate cultivar of cannabis sativa from the cultivar known as hemp. While the plants are very similar, Eisaman said her business has been well-received in the community.
“I haven’t had any issues,’ she said. “I think the naysayers have kind of stayed away. I think with the signing of HB 171, that has kind of helped open the minds of the people.”