Birmingham Southside’s first “CBD only” store now open next to Zydeco in Five Points South

Owners of Near to Me CBD Birmingham
Owners of Near to Me CBD Birmingham
Near to Me CBD’s John Parker and Jessica Hunter. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The first CBD exclusive store within the city limits of Birmingham opened its doors on May 7, in the Five Points Neighborhood near Zydeco.

Near to Me CBD billboard
Near to Me Billboard CBD Store directing customers. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Near to me CBD is holding a soft opening this week, according to John Parker its Managing Partner.

The store is selling CBD vapes, lotions, salves, skincare items and pet products. They also feature a line of products from Relyf, the Birmingham -based premium CBD company and MedTerra whose products are being sold at participating  CVS Pharmacy stores in seven states outside of Alabama.

Law Clarified

For folks unfamiliar with CBD or Cannabidiol,  the product claims to have many benefits including relieving pain (See Bham Now story on UAB’s research). Derived from the cannabis plant, CBD is not the same as marijuana and the products do not contain the psychoactive component THC.

Last year, the U.S. Congress clarified the law concerning the sale of CBD products nationwide through amendments in the  2018 Farm Bill that passed in December and was signed into law by President Trump.

Soon after the law passed, Alabama Attorney General Marshall issued a memo confirming the legality of CBD stores.

“Our motivation is to help people in our community and educate people about industrial hemp and how it benefits the human body and your pets,” said Parker. “We have high quality third party tested CBD products that are affordable.”

Alternative to Prescriptions

CBD Products at Near to Me Birmingham
Line of Near to Me products at Near to Me CBD Store in Birmingham

Jessica Hunter, Near to Me CBD’s Creative Director added:

“We want to to bring forth natural products. In this day in age, with the opiod crisis being such an issue –  CBD provides a healthier alternative to prescription drugs.”

She also stressed that they want to help people with their pain management and wellness needs.

“CBD is  a natural option,” said Hunter.

Location and Hours

Storefront Near to Me CBD
CBD Storefront near Zydeco’s. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Near to Me CBD is located at 2009 15th Ave. South, Birmingham, 35205 in the old Roly Poly establishment adjacent to Zydeco’s.  There is plenty of parking and the store will be open Monday through Friday 10:00AM-7:00PM and Saturday Noon to 7:00PM. They will be closed on Sunday.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.