Visitors had a chance to sample booyah, CBD cocktails and cake Friday (May 17) at the grand opening and ribbon cutting for One Health Wisconsin CBD, 219 Steele St., Algoma, a few doors west of the Hotel Stebbins.

Members of the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce were on hand to cut the ribbon (above) and meet the team behind the online and pop-up-shop business, check out new products, and learn about upcoming classes.

Cannabidiol oil, or CBD, is booming across the country. It’s a chemical compound made from hemp plants that proponents say provides medicinal benefits without a high.

Due to federal regulations, One Health Wisconsin cannot make claims about whether natural CBD oil can help with specific ailments, but co-owner and Algoma native Stacy Deprey-Purper urges anyone interested to research the many resources available online.

“Our motto is get healthy, not high,” said Deprey-Purper, a fifth-generation Belgian-American who recently moved back to the area from Arizona. Her business partner, Mike Swille, is a Green Bay native and traveled the world in the Navy.

Deprey said knowing what you’re buying is key. She says many of the products sold in gas stations and other convenience stores have low levels of CBD along with many fillers and potentially unhealthy chemical additives.

One Health Wisconsin is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, and has an online store and Facebook page where you can learn more. For more information or to sign up for the first class in early June, call 920-487-8288.

Photo by Kevin Naze