Simply CBD’s Original Cannabis Dispensary on Magazine Street

You can’t miss the Simply CBD: Cannabis Dispensary on Magazine Street. Decorated with massive, colorful hemp leaves, the exterior of the store has become a popular photo op for cannabis enthusiasts. The interior of the shop is just as magical for hemp lovers.

Helpful employees guide customers through the intricacies of various hemp products, many of which contain the cannabis-derived compounds cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

THC is a psychoactive compound that causes the intoxicating effects of cannabis. “Many customers come to our store looking for marijuana,” says General Manager Collin Avrard. “Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Louisiana, so those customers were leaving disappointed. But now we can offer a potent, satisfying, and totally legal alternative: THC derived from hemp rather than marijuana.

The Uptown Simply CBD, located at 4507 Magazine Street near Napoleon Avenue, was one of the first retail businesses in New Orleans to carry CBD products. As demand for CBD grew and Louisiana laws opened the door to new cannabinoids, two more locations were added, including one Mid-City Flagship Store and a location at 2268, avenue Saint-Claude, Faubourg Marigny.

Today, Simply CBD offers much more than just CBD. The Louisiana Cannabis Dispensary offers a wide range of popular cannabinoids, including THC products that are federally legal as well as registered with the Louisiana Department of Health.

Molecularly, Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC are nearly identical, with very similar effects including relaxation, mild euphoria, and pain relief. But Delta-8 THC is slightly less potent, with milder psychoactive effects.

Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC gummies available at Simply CBD

Hemp Laws in Louisiana

Hemp was federally legalized in 2018 by farm bill. To align state laws with federal laws, in 2019 Louisiana passed House Bill 491, which legalized industrial hemp. For cannabis to be considered hemp, its Delta-9 THC the content must not exceed 0.3% by dry weight.

It also legalized derivatives, cannabinoids, extracts, isomers, acids, salts and other components of industrial hemp. In 2021, Louisiana died House Bill 640which expanded the earlier law by allowing the sale of regulated THC products statewide.

HB 640 prohibits the sale of products that can be smoked, and recreational marijuana remains illegal in Louisiana. It authorizes “consumable hemp”: which it defines as “any product derived from industrial hemp which contains any cannabinoid and which is intended for consumption or topical use”. Thus, most THC products on the market are edibles and tinctures.

In Louisiana, you can get a prescription for medical marijuana if you have certain eligible medical conditions. But high product costs and limited supply make this difficult. There is currently only nine licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in the whole state.

Even without access to recreational marijuana, you can find legal THC products in New Orleans. Advances in cannabis extraction have made federally legal hemp-derived THC products possible.

Although HB 640 went into effect in August 2021, it has taken some time for newly legal products to register and hit shelves. “People are hearing about it right now,” says Avrard. “You can tell how excited people are to learn more about legal THC.”

Louisiana regulates THC products

Over the past year, Delta-8 THC has become a phenomenon. Many states banned it, but Louisiana decided to regulate it.

The state has established safety guidelines and standards for all cannabinoid products, including those containing Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC. The state mandates full-panel testing, detailed product labeling and age restrictions, among other requirements.

State regulators and industry professionals expect this approach to increase safety and make it clear which cannabinoid products can be legally sold in the state.

Avrard explains that due to state law, “we don’t sell cannabis products for smoking, so gummies and other edibles have become incredibly popular.”

“We offer THC gummies ranging from 5 milligrams to 25 milligrams of THC per gummie,” adds director Jeffrey Wells. “We also offer products with different ratios of THC to CBD so customers can find the right balance to get the effects they want.”

For example, if you’re looking for a relaxed yet uplifting cannabis experience, Canna Moons of New Orleans Croissant Canna contain 12 milligrams of THC and 5 milligrams of CBD, for what Avrard calls “cruising altitude”. It doesn’t make you sleepy.

Crescent Canna has become a local favorite for its high potency and legal CBD products Delta-9 THC Gummies and Delta-8 THC gummies which are third-party lab tested and registered with the Louisiana Department of Health.

At the end of 2021, Crescent Canna became the first New Orleans company to officially register THC products with Louisiana.

Simply CBD’s in-house brand of Delta-9 THC gummies

Legal THC Products in New Orleans

The strongest and most economical THC gummies available from Simply CBD are its own house brand of edibles. The pink lemonade and strawberry flavors contain a whopping 25 milligrams of Delta-9 THC per candy.

“These gummies are quite strong and produce a relaxing euphoria,” says Avrard. “If you’re new to edibles, we recommend starting with half a gum.”

Simply CBD is dedicated to supporting the local community and helping New Orleans residents learn more about legal THC, CBD, and other cannabis products. According to Avrard, “At Simply CBD, we believe in the feel-good power of cannabis, and we hear incredible stories from our customers every day.”

Simply CBD – Uptown
4507 Magazine Street, Suite A
Open every day, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Simply CBD – Mid-City
231 N. Carrollton Avenue, Suite A2
Open every day, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Simply CBD – Marigny
2268, avenue Saint-Claude, office B
Open every day, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.