CBD Brings Health Home

Brittany Bailey

Brittany Bailey

Mississippi Retailer Emphasizes Consistency and Quality

by Meredith Montgomery

Two years ago, Brittany Bailey was a preschool teacher in Louisiana relying on prescription medications to manage her epilepsy and migraines. That all changed when a friend in New Orleans introduced her to CBD, the hemp-derived cannabidiol. “I felt I had more control of my body, I had less migraines and I felt calmer. I thought, ‘I have to share this with everyone!’” she recalls.

Bailey moved to Mississippi after the 2018 school year to open Your CBD Store in Gulfport, the first store of its kind in the area. “Originally I was told I couldn’t open the store but I fought for it because I moved here to start this business,” she recalls. Her persistence paved the way for future businesses like hers—the city amended paperwork to accommodate CBD-focused businesses and after a month and a half of meetings with the legal department and the city council, she was granted city approval to open her doors. Less than a year later, the city of Ocean Springs welcomed the opening of her second location.

With hemp-focused retailers popping up everywhere, Bailey believes the company’s consistency of product is what sets them apart. Unlike other retailers, Your CBD Stores only carry a single brand—SunMed—and with locations in 38 states across the country, there’s a good chance a Your CBD Store is nearby when you’re away from home. “We carry SunMed because quality and potency are really important and when stores carry multiple brands, they’re not all consistent. When you just have one brand, you know you have the same quality in every product and it’s easier to determine proper dosage and which products to use.”

Your CBD Store offers a wide variety of inventory, from tinctures and skincare to a pet line, plus much more to come, including CBD patches. All of their products are made using organically grown hemp from Colorado that has been certified by the state’s Department of Agriculture. In addition to having a naturally high level of CBD, the hemp has an abundance of other beneficial cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes and amino acids.


Bailey notes the value of terpene-rich CBD, saying, “Terpenes are hemp’s essential oils. The more research they’re doing, the more they’re finding out how important terpenes are to the body.” Myrcene, the primary terpene found in cannabis (giving the plant its distinct aroma) has relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties. “Typically in the extraction process, terpenes burn off and you lose them in the end product, but SunMed takes extra time to extract the terpenes and add them back to the CBD oil,” explains Bailey.

They utilize a CO2 extraction process, which eliminates the need for chemical solvents, to produce both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum (THC-free) options. Rigorous testing is performed on all products and lab results are available to customers online.

With most of her customers coming in to try CBD for the first time, Bailey still feels like she’s teaching every day, even though she’s no longer in a classroom. But it’s CBD’s impact on her personal life that she is most passionate about.

“For 17 years I was given prescriptions for my migraines and epilepsy. Pain meds would leave me completely out of it and they didn’t even help stop the headaches. Who wants to live like that? You can’t function as a parent like that,” Bailey says. CBD allows her to more calmly deal with life’s hurdles while helping her to feel more in control of her daily routine. “Our company saying is ‘Where good health hits home’ because finding a natural-based solution that works for you is so important for not only yourself, but for the whole family.”

For more information, visit GulfportMS.CBDrx4u.com.

Loren Roman-Nunez: Leading Sustainability On and Off Campus


As an undergraduate studying environmental biology and the president of EcoEagles at University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Loren Roman-Nunez is invested in sustainability. “As humans, we have an obligation to be the best stewards we can be, and this cannot be achieved by any one person—it takes many hands,” she says. “Getting involved with EcoEagles has taught me that there are many people out there who care, but they need a means to congregate and share ideas.”

EcoEagles is a student organization focused on outreach, community service and environmental stewardship to promote the social, economic and environmental tenants of sustainability. They collaborate with the school’s Office of Sustainability to promote the campus recycling initiative and encourage sustainable practices in day-to-day lives of students.

The group was awarded a grant last year to construct a community garden on campus to demonstrate how to grow your own food in an environmentally friendly manner. With vegetables, herbs and native flowers growing, the students are encouraged to help maintain the garden as well as provide input on what to grow.

EcoEagles fosters Roman-Nunez’s involvement in the community both on and off campus and has made strides in connecting the university with other community sustainability initiatives. The group partners with Mississippi State University Extension Services for their beach cleanups and they participate in the Pearl Riverkeeper’s Clean Sweep, using kayaks to collect trash from the river. In association with Plastic Free Gulf Coast, EcoEagles also promotes the Office of Sustainability’s efforts to move the campus away from single-use plastics.

Roman-Nunez says, “My hope is that future students will continue to engage with their peers and employers to push the limits on what we can do together to mitigate human impacts on the environment and make better choices in our daily lives.”

Mississippi Cafe Offers Wellness for a Lifetime

Starfish Café, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, serves fresh local food with a pay-what-you-want policy while offering a free experiential education program to students 18 and older. Donations cover the cost of food and experience, and extra donations are used to make a positive impact on the world.

Known as one of the best kept secrets on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the quaint café supports the local economy by purchasing all of its food from local growers and grocers. Purchased products are supplemented by the vegetables, flowers and herbs harvested from the café’s gardens.

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The 20-week experiential learning program offers students free, hands-on training in restaurant, job and life skills. “Our commitment is to minister to, facilitate and equip each Starfish student with tools to fully and completely reach their potential,” says Executive Director Di Filhart. “We believe that every person is created by God for a special and wonderful purpose in this world.”

Location: 211 Main St., Bay Saint Louis, MS. For more information, call 228-229-3503 or visit StarfishCafeBSL.com or Facebook.com/starfishcafebsl.

Become a Holistic Health Practitioner


The Southern Institute of Natural Health, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, offers a Traditional Naturopath Degree and the next course begins in May. Registration is now open for this 12-month course, which meets one Saturday per month.

“Complementary medicine is booming in this country, and there is a need for professionally trained practitioners,” says Professional Naturopath Practitioner Betty Sue O’Brian. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention, treatment and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage self-healing processes.

Included in the course is an introduction to iridology, herbalism, energy medicine, flower essences, nutrition, natural cancer cures and Eastern medicine. The program helps massage therapists, nurses and other health practitioners integrate natural healing methods into their work, while also introducing traditional healing methods to students new to the healthcare field. Whether taken for personal growth and healing or to pursue a career in naturopathy, students will restore harmony to themselves and connect with others as they evolve into a more natural way of living.

“In a 21st century of fast food, poisoned crops and overindulgence, our graduates will be properly informed with the wisdom of the ages and the latest research in natural healing today,” says O’Brian. “It’s a shift into a lifelong quest for health—for themselves and for others.”


For more information, call 228-257-1946, email Betty.OBrian@gmail.com or visit SouthernInstituteOfNaturalHealth.com