Camel City Hemp: Winston-Salem’s new health-conscious hemp dispensary
Camel City Hemp co-owner Adam Combs brewed me a piping hot cup of his United States-grown and manufactured hemp cannabidiol (CBD) tea only moments after I walked into the sleek and modern brick-and-mortar located at 1039 Burke St. in Winston-Salem. It was CBD-infused organic German Chamomile tea with a dash of all-natural honey. And after 15 minutes of steeping, I enjoyed its smooth flavor and calming effect.
“That is 30 milligrams of water-soluble hemp CBD isolate,” Combs explained. “It is organic, German Chamomile and it has Theanine in it, which relaxes and focuses the brain.”
Combs said all of his consumable products are non-psychoactive, 100 percent legal hemp CBD and contain either zero or less than the legal 0.3 percent limit of THC. He said he recommends the tea to his clients in the evening after a long day on their feet. He boasted that other companies out there have CBD-infused teas, but it is nothing like his product. I still have to try that for myself, but after having two cups of the tea (he recommends reusing the tea bag and giving it a big squeeze in a second brew) in about an hour between each other, the uncomfortable lower back pain and abdominal cramps I was experiencing earlier that morning were completely non-existent by that afternoon. Not only that, I was feeling clear-headed and motivated to get back to my busy day.
Combs gave me a “menu” of his products and showed me around his dispensary (as he prefers it to be called) last Friday after only being open for one week. Camel City Hemp offers apparel, oils, edibles, teas and topical pain relief products, all made from industrial hemp.
The glass and refrigerated cabinets next to each other displayed all of his hemp CBD oil products, which included flavored (natural, orange, mint) Phyto-Nutrient Rich Hemp Oils (250 mg, 500 mg and 1,000 mg), Organic Coconut MCT Oil Tinctures (300 mg, 600 mg, 1,200 mg and 2,500 mg), topical 300 mg pain relief spray, vegan gummies (which were much tastier and less sticky than gelatin gummies), CBD-infused caramels (not vegan, but still really tasty), Manuka Honey (which Combs claims Camel City Hemp is the only place in the world that sells this type of CBD-infused honey) and of course, the 150 mg flavored organic, fair-trade CBD teas (German Chamomile, Turmeric Ginger, Immunity Boost and Honeybush).
“Basically, what we have done was try to create, to the best of our ability and up to this point, a variety of products,” he said. “Soon, we will have over 20 [different products] in our store.”
If you want a full rundown of what all of these products are, Combs is more than happy to educate potential patrons in person as they come in to visit Camel City Hemp. He will offer you some tea while he explains everything in full-detail without expecting to make a sale. He’ll also show you a laminated book containing certificates of analysis for each product stating that it has been tested and certified by a third-party cannabis laboratory to ensure that the products are lawful and compliant with federal regulations.
On the other side of the room, there are a couple of benches and diagrams on the wall, resembling something one might see in a doctor’s office displaying an outline of the human body and the brain. In the front of the store is a concrete slab with four high-top chairs for customers to hang and “people-watch,” outside through the one-way mirrored glass window as Combs said he likes to do from time to time.
The co-owner of Camel City Hemp and Combs’ wife, Casey, is the artist behind the product design, packaging, in-store signs and wall displays. The couple partnered with Winston-Salem-based companies, The Finishing Touch Drywall & Concrete, and local steel manufacturing shop, Heavy Metal, to create the interior of the shop.
Combs is no stranger to health and wellness. He grew up in Winston-Salem and became a college soccer player, professional and major-league trainer, former gym-owner and a Gym Jones Level 3, which is a private training facility that is exclusively devoted to extreme physical fitness that incorporates psychology. After living in Asheville, the couple wanted a change of scenery and decided to move to the City of Arts and Innovation and contribute some innovation of their own.
Combs said he wants Camel City Hemp to cater to individuals who are conscious of what they are consuming and that want clean and pure hemp CBD products. That is why he said he puts out product exclusive to the market that uses the cleanest, non-GMO natural and organic ingredients.
He said there are so many people who are hurting mentally, physically and emotionally these days, and he just wants to help people live healthy and happy lives.
“We are getting to a place where things have to change,” he said. “The way we eat, the way we talk to each other, the way we consume, plastics, I mean everything. We have to basically revamp the global economy in a lot of ways, and it is not going to happen overnight, but it will happen over time. I think that cannabis is going to be the plant that propels a lot of change.”
Katie Murawski is the editor of YES! Weekly. She is from Mooresville, North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in film studies from Appalachian State University in 2017.
Camel City Hemp is located at 1039 Burke St. in Winston-Salem. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Stop by for some free samples (while it lasts) and a 10 percent discount at checkout. Camel City Hemp is cash-only and the products are only available in-store (despite the website having the option to buy online) for adults ages 18 and up. For more information, visit the website, www.camelcityhemp.com/, social media pages (Instagram and Facebook, @camelcityhemp) or call (336) 529-6099.