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K'ANEP CBD: Keeping West Hollywood (and the Rest of Us) Chill

by Matthew Wexler

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday February 21, 2021
Originally published on February 19, 2021

K'ANEP CBD: Keeping West Hollywood (and the Rest of Us) Chill
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German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, "what doesn't kill me, makes me stronger." Most will agree 2020 embodied that testament as the world tried to right itself. More than 100,000 businesses permanently shuttered due to the pandemic, but some resilient entrepreneurs have risen out of the ashes. K'NAP, a boutique West Hollywood CBD store with a robust online presence, was one of the brave ones.

According to New Frontier Data, Americans spent $14.9 billion on CBD in 2020. Used to treat chronic pain, anxiety and even seizures, CBD has evolved from a fringe industry to a mainstream consumer market, mostly due to the FDA's legalization of hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill.

K'ANEP co-founder Sako Yesa saw an opportunity not only in the product but also in his hometown of Los Angeles — particularly West Hollywood, which he describes as "the heart of L.A." Yesa and his business partner wanted to create a modern-day dispensary that could cater to both CBD novices as well as experienced customers.

The company's name, "K'ANEP," references the Estonian word for hemp, the plant from which CBD is derived. And to dispel confusion, CBD products are not psychoactive and are legally required to contain .3% THC or less. (Those seeking 0% THC should look for products labeled "Broad-Spectrum.")

Yesa says West Hollywood "defines Los Angeles. It's paved the way for everybody else." He hopes the pandemic will soon be under control, witnessing the loss of LGBTQ mainstays like Flaming Saddles, Gold Coast and Gym Bar.

Perhaps a wellness shop is just what West Hollywood needs right now. And with a newly launched CBD website, consumers around the country can take advantage of Yesa's curated collection.

Whether you're looking for topicals, edibles, flower, concentrates, or even treats for your dog, K'ANEP's inventory can fulfill your needs. K'ANEP also manufactures its own line of exclusive products in a vertically integrated factory that sources some of the best Oregon-grown hemp flower available.

Healing Salve  (Source: K'ANEP CBD)

Here are three of our top picks from K'ANEP's namesake collection:

Healing Salve — Rub those home workout aches and pains with this rich salve, boasting 1000mg of CBD. Essential oils like frankincense, lavender and peppermint beautifully balance the full-spectrum hemp extract for a salve that's quickly absorbed and non-greasy. ($49.99)

Liquid Bunny CBD Lemon Drops — A terrific entry-level product for first-time CBD users, these tasty lemon drops contain 12.5mg of broad-spectrum CBD each and have the potential to help alleviate health issues such as anxiety and depression. ($14)

BeFit CBD Oil Tincture, Mint — Several drops under the tongue of this extra-strength tincture can impart CBD's beneficial properties, delivering 1500mg of CBD in one 30ml bottle. Each batch is third-party, ISO-certified lab-tested to ensure safety and effectiveness. ($70)

Quantam Four Labs Cannabidiol Sprays.  (Source: K'ANEP CBD)

EXCLUSIVE: Quantam Four Labs Cannabidiol Spray

Made by Quantum Four Labs, the first FDA-registered facility authorized to produce CBD, this is the only direct spray, solvent mist CBD product in the world. Beyond the manufacturer, K'ANEP is the only store and online retailer bringing the product line to consumers.

What's the big deal? The pharmaceutical-grade CBD oral spray uses high purity CBD (more than 99%), meaning there are no carrier oils and quicker absorption. The undiluted, diffused spray targets the mucus membranes at the back of the throat with a higher delivery concentration than an under-the-tongue tincture. CBG, CBN, and CBC are also available for those with advanced interests — offering unique benefits such as relief from gastrointestinal issues (CBG), migraines (CBC) and more.

Keep in mind that it's best to store CBD products in a cool, dark area to ensure there's no loss in potency. If properly stored, most products have a one-year shelf life.

Matthew Wexler is EDGE's Senior Editor, Features & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at www.wexlerwrites.com. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.

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