CBD good for both people and pets

Q&A with Kim Secrist

Written by Amy Palser

Joy Organics opened in the Waterfront in East Wichita in November 2019. We talked with owner Kim Secrist about the shop and how it's helping Wichitans live better lives.

Q. What is Joy Organics?

A. Joy Organics is a CBD brand named after my dear friend, Joy Smith, who I've known for several years. She and her husband and son started the company in Ft. Collins, CO. a year and a half ago. Joy had a good experience using CBD for shoulder pain and sleep, but she noticed that not all CBD was the same quality. As the three dug a little deeper they said, “Why don’t we open a company?” In 18 months, they've grown to be the No. 1 broad-spectrum CBD company in America.

I felt like Joy Organics would be a really good thing for Wichita, especially for those who feel a little intimidated about trying CBD, to give them peace of mind. This store has a boutique feel — it’s warm and inviting. Our customers can sample the CBD and experience firsthand the difference. It seems like people are just hungry for an alternative to medication.

Q. What does the Joy Organics boutique offer?

A. The flagship is the Joy Organics CBD oil, which is quality tested. In addition, most of the items in the store — including bags, jewelry, pet items and oils — give back to worthy causes with their proceeds.

Q. How does CBD oil work?

A. CBD, or cannabidiol, is derived from the hemp plant, but doesn’t produce a “high” or cause dependence like its cousin, the marijuana plant. CBD works with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of our endocannibinoid system. The No. 1 reason I see people coming in for CBD oil is for anxiety, but also for pain, arthritis and autoimmune issues. It also helps relieve inflammation, nausea, GI issues, PMS, insomnia, stress and depression. I even have parents coming in and asking for it for their child who might be dealing with dyslexia, ADD or ADHD. It can also be used to alleviate seizures and anxiety in pets.

Q. So even pets can use CBD oil?

A. Absolutely. Our 4-year-old lab Tucker, who is our shop dog, is a Joy Organics fan. Last spring he started having seizures, which was completely a surprise. We knew that he’d need medication, but instead we first tried giving him CBD twice a day. We haven’t seen any signs of seizures since. We have the Joy Organics dog chews and tinctures, which are basically dog treats with CBD. We also have some pet toys, clothes and other items. Bring your animal in so we can meet them!

Q. What CBD products for people do you have?

A. Our line offers different delivery systems, including tinctures, topicals, gummies or soft gels. We even have bath bombs! Did you know our skin is the largest organ in our body, so the bioavailabity using a bath bomb is much higher?

Q. What is the response to Joy Organics in Wichita so far?

A. I had a customer who’s had trouble sleeping for over a decade so she decided to try our CBD softgels with melatonin. She reported back she had the best night’s sleep in 10 years! She’s one happy camper. Another guy in his 50s deals with bone-on-bone knee pain and trying to put off surgery. He began using our topical CBD salve and CBD softgel with curcumin. It has helped his pain tremendously.

Joy Organics offers free shipping and delivery. Order by calling the store at 316.260.2060 or through the website, joyorganicswichita.com.

Joy Organics Wichita

In the Waterfront next to Bonefish Grill
10310 E. 13th St. N., Suite 100
Facebook or Instagram: @joyorganicswichita
Hours: Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

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