LAFOLLETTE, TN. (WLAF)- John Minor opened CBD and Vape Guru last month.

He is hoping to remove the stigma associated with CBD.  CBD stands for cannabidiol and is a compound found in cannabis plants. It is legal in Tennessee.

CBD can be helpful in easing PTSD, insomnia and anxiety among other mental and physical health issues, he said.

After 22 years in public service as a police officer and in the military, Minor understands the effects of trauma. Having friends in both sectors, Minor had a front row seat to the life altering consequences that come when people are in high stress situations. When he retired in June 2023, conversations soon turned to the coping strategies some of his friends had utilized. With some living in states that had legalized marijuana and others where CBD is legal, Minor noticed a common theme- CBD was helpful for them.

 “This (CBD) is completely legal,” Minor said. Under state law, a product with a THC content of less than .3 is legal in Tennessee. THC is the psychoactive compound found in marijuana. Everything at CBD and Vape Guru is under .3, Minor said.

Minor advises consulting a physician before using CBD if someone is taking other medications. “Starting small” is key in the use of CBD, he said.

CBD is a “natural, non- addictive substance,” according to Minor.

Because of the stigma surrounding CBD, he knows that some people may be hesitant to visit his store or use any of the products. He encourages anyone with questions to visit the store. 

Twenty- two veterans commit suicide every day and suicide is the leading cause of death in first responders, Minor said. For these groups, he is offering a 10 percent discount and an opportunity to talk to him. His products offer “a legal alternative” to the pharmaceutical drugs sometimes prescribed that can be addictive, Minor said.

“I want to help this community,” he said.

That community includes household pets.

Sweet treats like this are available at CBD and Vape Guru.

At CBD and Vape Guru, Max’s Canine Corner offers CBD products for cats and dogs. These will reduce the anxiety pets can have from storms and fireworks.  

In CBD products the store offers edibles, disposable vapes, pods and other products. All products come from a Tennessee distributor.

CBD and Vape Guru also offer preflavored, non CBD, vapes with a unique twist. A customer can try the vape before they buy it. “We are the only one in town that does that,” Minor said.

The store also offers hair and skin care products that are Hemp based. Hemp isa variety of Cannabis sativa that is cultivated for its fiber, not its psychoactive effects.

CBD and Vape Guru is located next to Papa John’s in LaFollette. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 11pm. “Come down and talk to me,” he said.