Although we’ve all seen plenty of CBD products out there, there are still some mysteries about what these letters mean.
The short answer is that CBD is a natural chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. When consumed, CBD attaches to receptors throughout the human body. This process is believed to boost various functions in the immune system and central nervous system, and can reduce pain, improve alertness and lower anxiety.
Because CBD doesn’t cause significant mental and physical changes, like THC, another common cannabis compound, CBD products are not restricted to state-licensed cannabis retailers.
That’s the nutshell version, but Jessica Charles, regional manager at the Spokane Valley retail location of Bluegrass Hemp Oil (BHO), is always willing to answer questions.
“Sometimes we have people come in who already know what they want, and don’t want to chat, and other times we have customers who end up having great 30-minute conversations all about CBD and what it can do,” Charles said. “Some people love coming in to soak up as much info as they can.”
BHO creates and sells a variety of full-spectrum CBD-infused items, like extracts and body care products, including bath soaks and lotions. It also offers CBD products blended with honey, and recently released a line of five truffles, including a popular bourbon flavor.
The CBD is extracted from hemp grown in Kentucky, where it has been legally cultivated since 2014. Kentucky Cannabis Company received one of the state’s first permits for harvesting hemp for research purposes and the first for exclusively CBD. The vertically-integrated company creates extracts and consumer products under the BHO name. It also opened the country’s first CBD-only store in 2016 and today has shops in Lexington and Midway, both in Kentucky, plus Spokane Valley.
Samples of each batch are sent to Trace Analytics, an independent testing laboratory in the Spokane area, to verify purity and consistency. Charles said this optional testing assures customers that extra efforts are taken to ensure quality.
Currently, Washington customers can purchase BHO’s CBD products at its new location at 101 N. Argonne Road Suite G, close to Sprague Avenue. It recently relocated from Pines Avenue to a new spot that provides more space and better visibility.
Charles is now looking for new opportunities to spread the word about the usefulness of CBD products to potentially help clients improve their health.
“We want to be thought of as a place to go where CBD works well,” she said. “People can get good benefits, but there are some variables, so at least we can give good advice in what types to try.”
BHO is a member of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and also recently joined the Holistic Chamber of Commerce. The shop is planning regular open houses/information sessions throughout 2020. Each will have a different monthly theme and cover possible benefits. February’s theme was self-love and heart health. This month touches on how CBD can aid fitness, plus a nod to spring basketball rivalries between Gonzaga and Kentucky.
April focuses on Parkinson’s disease and autism awareness, and May is dedicated to seasonal allergies.
Charles said she and the store staff stay current on research into hemp and cannabis products. They’ve attended seminars by Dr. Dustin Sulak, a nationally-known Maine osteopath who specializes in the medical uses of cannabis.
“We always make sure what we teach is accurate, up to date, and backed by science,” she said.
Even if someone can’t come into the store for extended conversations, the BHO staff offers a detailed Education section on its website, as well as a regular podcast, “Full Spectrum Living with CBD.”
Co-hosted by Charles and BHO Executive Director Adriane Polyniak, the podcast features interviews with various experts in cannabis, health and nutrition. The first season of 24 episodes can be found at www.bluegrasshempoil.com/podcast, as well as common podcast download apps.
“These have been very popular,” Charles said. “Season 1 just came to an end and we should start recording Season 2 soon.”
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