Cory and Ashley Condrey inside their upcoming shop, C & Co Dispensary, which will open Aug. 21.

Oak Forest residents Ashley and Cory Condrey want to change the taboo perception of the cannabis industry, specifically as it pertains to CBD.

“I think one of the biggest things people are confused by is that you are not going to have a psychoactive effect (with CBD),” Ashley said. "It’s something that can be taken by anyone or children without a mind-altering effect on them.”

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound in the hemp plant that is used for a variety of reasons, such as pain relief, anxiety, stress relief, depression, sleep aid, anti-nausea, headaches, arthritis, tremors, seizures and mood stabilization. CBD does not contain THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

To create a family-friendly space where people can come in and learn more about CBD products, the Condrey couple is opening C & Co Dispensary at 3344 E. T.C. Jester Blvd. on Aug. 21.

Ashley and Cory said they had been considering opening a dispensary for six months, and signed a lease in April.

Ashley said what sets their shop apart is the in-depth knowledge they have about the plant as Cory is pursuing a bachelor's degree in botany, and the boutique experience of the shop, where they said people can feel comfortable walking in and not like they’re walking into a smoke shop.

“At C & Co Dispensary we will be carrying an assortment of hemp products sourced from reputable and compliant growers and processors that hold the highest standard of quality,” Cory said.

The shop will also carry cured hemp flowers/buds from indoor, outdoor and greenhouse operations as well as refined and purified concentrates, such as live resin, broad and full spectrum distillates, isolated cannabinoids and a plethora of formulated concentrates.

“We also have a variety of balms and lotions, tinctures and edible products both for human consumption and pet consumption at various concentration levels to fit whatever your needs might be,” Cory said.

For products applied topically, which are typically used for minor aches and pains and arthritis, Cory said relief can be felt within minutes, but would need to be reapplied more often.

“Inhalation via combustion (smoking) or vaporization is a fast method of ingestion that has longer-lasting effect than topical treatments,” Cory said. “These products can be felt typically within a few minutes and last upwards of two-plus hours.”

The shop’s edible products take longer for the effect to be felt due to the body having to metabolize the compounds and break them down in the liver before it crosses the blood-brain barrier and can be felt, Cory said. 

On Aug. 21, C & Co Dispensary will host a grand opening party beginning at 10 a.m. People are welcome to take photos with the shop’s mural in the background and enjoy a food truck and door prizes.

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