After Battling Lyme Disease, Entrepreneur Launches Business

By Jenn Hall
St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) When Kathleen Wade was battling Lyme disease, someone introduced her to Cannabidol (CBD). That discovery which helped her medically, ultimately led to her creating a company which produces a variety of products using CBD.

St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.

A historic bank in Downtown St. Joseph is seeing its first commerce in decades.

CBD American Shaman recently opened a store in the Missouri Valley Trust Company building at Fourth and Felix streets.

Kathleen Wade founded CBD American Shaman after she and her husband were diagnosed with Lyme disease.

“We had it for almost 10 years,” she said. “When all the treatment was done, I was getting out of bed, maybe, two days a week. So it was not a quality life.”

Someone introduced her to Cannabidol (CBD). She said the product had a horrible flavor but it worked. So she went looking for a better product and found American Shaman.

The Kansas City-based company produces a variety of products using CBD, made from the industrial hemp plant.

All CDB companies started out using tinctures that were used by placing them under the tongue. But users only got about 10 percent of the impact from 1,000 milligrams of the product.

Wade said American Shaman’s claim to fame was a patent of breaking down the CBD molecule. Today, there are water-soluble products that can be used in everything from water to whiskey and can even be put in food. There is also a cloud option.

There are external uses and products for pets, too, from equine ointments for muscle pain to topical serums for nerve pain. For animals, there also are dog bones and ointments for dry skin.

Wade and her husband, Rick Almack, own several retail stores throughout the Midwest that carry the product line.

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