CBD gummies are selling fast in stressful times: What to know as demand surges

By Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Business News

Not 'fried' or 'cloudy'

To some, it's just Mommy's Little Helper. Or Daddy's.

Customers and potential customers usually share their personal stories, health histories and life challenges when considering these products and often seek guidance on how to regulate dosage in determining what might work best, growers and retailers said.

One parent of young children from metro Detroit said CBD products are an essential part of his repertoire. He asked not to be named for the story because, he said, "Someone will search my name for business reasons one day and I don't want them to judge me for using CBD gummies."

The 40-something father explained, "They're much better than trying to use alcohol. With gyms being a bit of a social faux pas, who wants to drink alcohol to relax or go to the doctor for pain? CBD really helps take the edge off. Obviously, the stigma is still there with employers who link CBD with THC. CBD helps so much without your brain being fried or cloudy so you can continue to function as a parent. Parenting is a full-time job and downtime due to intoxication is best avoided."

Canadians out of luck

Kyle and Mara McCalmon of Port Huron, Mich., opened Thumb Coast CBD in mid-January and they're fighting to keep shelves supplied at their stores in several cities in Michigan.

"We have clients from Detroit and all over Michigan, as well as Florida and Mississippi and Texas and California," said Kyle McCalmon, 54, who wears a Michigan State University face mask in public.


"When the coronavirus shutdown happened, we actually gave discounts for about 2 1/2 months," he said. "We knew people were stressed out, and it really helps. It's like a calming energy, not like caffeine. When I have anxiety, I can't think straight and can't organize my thoughts. This allows me to focus."

A lot of Canadians were buying Thumb Coast gummies and other products, but that all stopped with the border shutdown, he said.

Still, demand stateside is only growing, Kyle McCalmon said. "People keep gummies in their desk, in their purse and they're easy to carry. You suck on them like a lifesaver so they dissolve in the mouth and allow the capillaries to soak up the CBD. This brings the body back into a state of balance."

He and his wife, Mara, 54, are often seen answering questions while selling at the Vantage Point Farmers Market in Port Huron on Saturday mornings. They grow their own hemp plants and make their own products, which involves actually melting gummy bears into squares with CBD added.

"We encourage people to ask questions," Kyle McCalmon said. "We want people to research and feel comfortable. Gummies aren't intimidating."

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