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Penny Ryan has seen the growth of the CBD business firsthand.
“I’ve been doing this for about seven years,” she said.
The first five of those years, Ryan spent going across Louisiana selling her products at farmer’s markets. The last two years have been spent at Cannabis with Love at 3772 Youree Drive.
“People are taking it and loving the products,” Ryan said. “We’re able to help people. There is a lot of misconception and we’re able to educate.”
Ryan’s store is part of a booming business in Shreveport-Bossier City — the sale of CBD products and medical marijuana.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. It is made from industrial hemp and makes up around 40 percent of the plant’s extract. CBD can be used for medicinal purposes. The CBD sold in stores does not include THC, which is most known for producing the high from marijuana.
Yuli Zangeeva opened her first Your CBD Store in Bossier City in May. Zangeeva recently joined more than a half-dozen other stores selling CBD products in Shreveport when she opened her second Your CBD Store. This one is located at 3702 Youree Drive.
“Watching my customers come back for refills and just seeing how they changed and regained their life back… It has really been a blessing,” Zangeeva said.
Zangeeva had a reason for wanting the Shreveport store to open in September. It was a year ago in September when she found herself struggling with depression following the loss of her husband.
“I really wanted to open my second store in September in memory of my husband,” Zangeeva said. “I know if