CBD, Hemp, and Natural Products Store ‘Patorco’ Opens in Federal Hill

| August 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

CBD, hemp, and natural products store Patorco opened in recent weeks at 1132 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill. Patorco took over a first-floor retail space that was the former home of Punch!.

Patorco is owned by Ellicott City native Haseeb Akhtar, who wanted to originally name the store Patapsco Organics Company, but shortened it to Patorco. He said he wanted to open the store to show “how plants can improve the human experience on a functional level.” Akhtar, who opened CBD shop Grass & Co. in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington, D.C. in 2014, is excited to now open a shop in Baltimore.

Akhtar saw a listing for the Charles St. retail space online and performed a light cosmetic renovation after signing a lease.

Patorco sells American-grown hemp products including CBD. This is a a non-psychoactive cousin of THC in cannabis, which requires a medical card to purchase in Maryland. The shop also sells plant-based skincare products, soaps, and organic teas from around the world.

Patorco sells its own branded products. Akhtar works with American hemp growers and manufactures to create CBD products, and is trying to improve the effectiveness of CBD and make it more affordable. CBD is used to reduce inflammation, as well as for relaxation and reducing anxiety. “A lot of people don’t want that high of THC,” said Akhtar.

Akhtar also works with manufacturers and farmers to create non-CBD items like skin creams, lip scrubs, lip balms, soaps, and teas.

Akhtar said the Patorco store will be used to get feedback from customers, and then he will look to wholesale the products in the future. Akhtar will also sell Patorco products at Grass & Co. in the future.

Patorco also sells smoking devices and papers.

The shop is open Sunday to Thursday from 12pm to 10pm and Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 12am. The company has three employees.

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