Seed & Bean Market opened up in April in the downtown Fort Myers space which was previously occupied by Rebel Coffee. Cole Peacock, the owner of the café says, “We’re using April as a soft-opening month”. Cole plans to market the café with business partners Kyle Schaid, Mike Smuts, Bruce Wendorf and Ron Greenstein, says, “We’ll do an official grand opening in May.”
The café introduces a different vibe to the downtown area or what Peacock calls a “new funky chill marketplace”, testing out a range of products from offering coffees, beers and food along with an altogether new line of CBD infused products.
CBD, short for cannabidiol is a component found in marijuana plants. It is a non-psychoactive and anti-inflammatory drug which has potential health benefits. It can help relieve stress, anxiety, pain, swelling, fight depression, improve sleep patterns and also treat severe ailments like Alzheimer’s.
Another component found in marijuana plants significantly is the THC, tetrahydro cannabidiol which is a psychoactive compound and is responsible for the high that users feel while smoking weed.
The federal law allows CBD products with a maximum concentration of 0.3% THC, above which the product will be considered as an illegal substance. With its relaxing and calming properties, CBD has gained a lot of popularity in the consumer market.
Users are curious to know more about the substance and want to try it out by themselves. Though the FDA clearly prohibits CBD infused foods and drinks, companies and retailers proceed with their CBD based edible products to gain traction from the consumers.
The safest bet in the CBD space is the beauty and lifestyle domain, Seed & Bean’s products include CBD infused beauty products such as face masks, bath bombs, lotions, creams, transdermal patches and traditional vape pens.
“The CBD is the healing and wellness component that comes out of the plant,” said Peacock. He says that the substance is approved and legal by the federal law, and they are by no chance selling marijuana under the name of CBD in their products.
He further adds that CBD has a variety of wellness abilities and effects on the human body. People are consuming the drug from helping them go to sleep at night to treat anxiety and relieve joint pains as well. They also use it for skin irritation and reduce aging signs.
CBD has not only proven to be beneficial in treating stress and pain, but also paves a new way for the existing treatments of some ailments and act as an effective and reliable alternative treatment method.
But it is advised that consumers consult their physician or a medical examiner before taking CBD or its products so as to ensure it doesn’t interfere or hamper their ongoing medication.
Seed & Bean is also a café which offers tea, coffee, beer from downtown’s Millennial Brewing Co., and a full menu of food items. They offer shrimp, grits, waffled made from hemp flour, panini, muffins, pastries, salads and breakfast burritos with a house made bacon vinaigrette that Cole called “fantastic”.
Peacock says, “Conceptually, it blends well,” for the café and the marketplace. Apart from their regular weekday menu, Seed & Bean also offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays which consists of some special offers and unique dishes straight out from the chef’s artistic meal book.
The happy hour starts daily at 4:20 pm (a special number in the marijuana culture). On April 20, the café and the shop are hosting an all day long event to introduce the community to the concept of their newly laid out menu specials and discount offers on store products.
Peacock says that the shop looks nothing like a marijuana head shop, instead it is almost like a CBD wellness atmosphere where people can ease up their lifestyle and lead a healthier life.