YUYO Botanics Part Of Tennessee's Hemp Pilot Program

Posted at 10:45 AM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 11:47:01-04

Hemp stores are opening around Nashville and while hemp is legal, it can also raise questions. Twenty minutes outside of Nashville, sustainable farmers like Christie Tarlton are raising a new kind of crop. 

"In the state of Tennessee we have what's called the Hemp Pilot Program," she said. 

Tarleton is the co-owner of YUYO Botanics. 

"So we act as an agent for the Department of Agriculture," she said. 

Together, with her partner Amanda, she raises hemp in a greenhouse. Hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis plant, but they are very different.

"Hemp is an incredibly viable crop. We can get fiber, you can get food you, can get grain," she said. 

You can also get CBD oil. 

"What actually designates it from medical marijuana is that it's below 0.3-percent THC," Tarlton said. 

Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, but it is thought to have medical benefits -- helping curb sleeplessness or even seizures.

"[Helps] with anxiety, inflammation," she said. 

CBD is one of many compounds, known as cannabinoids, that are found in the cannabis plant. YUYO Botanics now packages several products and sells them online and in local stores. 

"Made a little sticky label put some in some sample bottles and brought it to the CBD talk and people loved it," she said. 

Tarlton said she's hoping people see past the stigma and try it out for themselves. 

CBD oil is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.