2Strains is a dispensary-style Hemp flower and Cannabinoid retail store located in Queensbury, New York. On November 1st, 2019, we opened our first location at a kiosk in Aviation Mall. In a few short months, we moved from that little kiosk to a full store front. We met dozens of local farmers from New York and Vermont, as well as expanded our network into Colorado, Oregon, California, Tennessee, Michigan, and North Carolina.
We carry a range of products for those that are new to CBD to those that are experienced Cannabis users. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come by the store or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our main goal is to help, and we are so grateful to be able to offer a solution to people in our community at the most reasonable prices we can.
My name is Sammy Foda, and I am the founder of 2Strains. Let me tell you a little bit about how we got here.
When I was 15 years old, a traumatic event brought about a drastic change in my personality. After this event (I’ll spare you the details), which was front page news in the small town I was from, I feared going to school for the judgement I would face, and I became extremely uncomfortable. It was at this time that I discovered the relief that alcohol and marijuana could bring me. I was able to go to school and “not care” what others thought about me. Little did I know, I was refusing to face my own demons, and simply masking the symptoms of trauma with various substances.
The ages of 18-24 were a blur for me. What I thought was “recreational” alcohol and marijuana use escalated quickly. Soon, the effects I desired were only captured again for brief periods of time at higher doses, or through the addition of new substances. Then, I discovered what I thought was the ultimate relief, Oxycodone. In a short period of time, my existence became centered around those moments of peace that opiates brought me. In 2013, I was arrested. Shortly after, I overdosed two times in three days while waiting to start drug-treatment court.
I spent the next 3 ½ years going from jail, to detox, to long-term treatment facility, to halfway house – only to relapse within days or weeks of arriving there. 3 ½ years’ worth of this cycle was defeating, and brought me to my knees. I came to a crossroad: I couldn’t live with drugs and I couldn’t live without them. I often reflect on what brought about the sudden acceptance of this situation, rather than continue to fight to be able to use drugs successfully. On November 4th, 2016 I decided I would not use for just that day. I have been sober one day at a time since then.
You may be wondering why this story is here. What does this have to do with Hemp or CBD? With millions of people in recovery, and many more entering every year, Cannabis use (including CBD) is often a controversial subject. I leave this story up for those people. Many in recovery still have to deal with severe pain, anxiety, depression, and other ailments. Low THC high CBD Cannabis can be an alternative.
As someone in recovery, I believe that certain substances can trigger an almost immediate physical response of craving. Hemp is the only non-impairing substance I have found that provides relief. Still, others in recovery can use THC successfully without triggering physical cravings (if you are like me, changes in brain chemistry have made delta 9-THC unusable). Every body is different, and it us up to you to discover what can work for you. My recovery wouldn’t be possible without love, family, and purpose. But I do feel comfort knowing that if things ever get out of hand emotionally or physically, CBD can be safely used as a tool to help me stay sober during those times, without jeopardizing my sobriety.
I created 2Strains with the hope that we could provide people with a safe, natural, and effective alternative to get the relief they need. We are so grateful to be part of this industry. If one person out there can relate decides to give this a shot, and experiences relief, then 2Strains has served its purpose. Thanks for reading.