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Ray Brown, Jr. : Mom N Pop CBD & Wellness Shop

Mar 02, 2020 01:17PM ● By by Kathy Tarbell

DR BROWN’S CBD is a medical grade product line created by Ray Brown, Jr, and sold through Mom N Pop CBD & Wellness shops. Recently, we spoke to Brown about his up-and-coming family-run business.

NA: What was the motivation behind opening Mom N Pop CBD & Wellness Shops?

BROWN: Basically, it was in memory of my mom. In 2004, she got hurt on a four-wheeler, and for the next ten years, all she was doing was taking medication to stay alive and not feel pain. Ultimately her body just gave up from the inside out. After she passed away in 2014, I found cannabis will often do the trick and you don’t need to take anything else. It’s natural and you don’t need a prescription for it. So that became my big push. 

NA: What have you witnessed in terms of feedback from people for using CBD?

BROWN: We’ve seen people go from taking all kinds of medications for pain to not taking any medications except CBD. We have a lot of people with anxiety and stress who say they found relief with CBD. Just amazing things. People that can’t move their joints or knees start using a cream or a tincture and, before you know it, they’re back to doing things that they haven’t been able to do.

NA: Is it something that happens immediately or does it take a few weeks or months? 

BROWN: Recently, a lady that came in that had bad arthritis, especially with one thumb. She put our cooling cream on and couldn’t believe that as she was rubbing it in, she was able to move it more and more. Some people are instantaneous. Those with severe pain might use a tincture, and often it’s five to 20 minutes to feel some effect.

NA: Can you tell me about the products?

BROWN: My goal with DR BROWN’S CBD was to create a medical grade product at a better price so people could afford it. Most of our oils are $10 to $30 or even $40 less expensive and offer better quality.

NA: I understand you recently moved your production facility from Florida to North Carolina. Why did you do that?


Growth. We started last June with one store. Now we have five stores and will soon open more. All of our products are made in small batches so it is similar to handcrafted. Now it is just made in a bigger facility. 

NA: Have you done any research on why CBD is so effective?

BROWN: I think it’s because we have a system already in our body, the endocannabinoid system, that was made for CBD and also THC. We have CB1 and CB2 receptors. I’m not a scientist, but that is my theory. 

NA: What is the biggest message you’d like to leave with our reader?

BROWN: We like to educate people about CBD and its potential benefits. We offer free samples. Our customers tend to be 40-80 years old. We like helping people learn about alternatives to pharmaceuticals.

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