Understanding CBD

The world of CBDs is continuing to grow, adding to our already vast assortment of medicine available, and sometimes adding to the questions we have about it. We asked our Wellness team to answer the five most common questions about CBD here at the Ashland Food Co-op.

How is CBD different from what I might find in a dispensary?

CBD is derived from industrial hemp, this is a member of the cannabis family but defined as naturally low THC: less than 0.03%.
CBD: Cannabidiol: Does not have intoxicating or psychoactive properties. CBD products are sold in most US States and used by a wide demographic.
THC: Tetrahydrocannabinol: May be better known for its psychoactive properties which can give users a sense of euphoria. Products with detectable levels of THC can only be sold in licensed dispensaries.

What does Full Spectrum Hemp mean and why doesn't the product say CBD?

Full-spectrum hemp oil refers to when the pure oil extracted from hemp, this contains all the same cannabinoids and compounds found in the original hemp plant. Unlike isolated or synthetic cannabinoids, full-spectrum hemp oil contains an array of cannabinoids, as well as many essential vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, protein, chlorophyll, fiber, flavonoids, and terpenes. Some CBD products may have an isolated form of CBD or may in fact not be sourced from industrial hemp. That is why it is important to read labels and review third party testing. We require third party testing before putting any CBD on our shelves!

CBD products at the Co-op

Why are some products so expensive and others not?

This could be a number of things:

  • Whether the hemp is active/decarboxylated. This basically means that the hemp has been heated up. The heating process removes an acid component, thus making the hemp bio-available or easy for your body to absorb.
  • What form is the hemp? Some products contain CBD as well as the naturally occurring fatty acids, chlorophyll and other constituents. Other products may only have CBD with all of these other constituents removed. This also refers to Full-Spectrum Hemp.

Will CBD help me sleep?

Perhaps! As with most supplements nothing can be guaranteed. CBD or Cannabidiol stimulates the Endocannabinoid system with our body, and promotes homeostasis. This could have a wide array of health benefits. We like to think of this approach as dealing with the cause as opposed to the symptom.

How much CBD is the correct amount?

CBD is such a new product that we do not have exact quantities specified; it is rather a case by case decision. We recommend starting low and slowly building up, as well as speaking to your doctor for some more formal guidance.

 

Interested in learning more? Christina Sasser, CEO & Co-Founder of Vital Leaf, will be leading a lecture in our Free Monday Night Lecture Series, on January 14th, 6-8 PM on “Navigating the World of CBDs.” Click here to find out more about this event.

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The Farm Tour shines a spotlight on Southern Oregon - it represents the full range of products grown in the Rogue Valley. The Farm Tour isn't until July 14, but here's a list of tour activities for participating farms that are also on the shelves at the Ashland Food Co-op. Get an early taste of quality local goods!

Planning for Summer... and Smoke

By Emile Amarotico, General Manager

If we are lucky, we’ll only have another seven week smoke intrusion this summer. If we are not, we could be the next Paradise. In less than 13 hours, last November’s Camp Fire wiped out nearly 19,000 structures and more than 80 lives. With community help, we were able to raise over $14,000 to support Chico Natural Foods Co-op’s efforts to feed some of the nearly 20,000 displaced Paradise residents.

The Co-op's "Secret Garden"

Did you know the Co-op employees have a small garden on our campus? Planning and management falls on our fantastic Co-op volunteer: Henry Herting.

Below, Henry shares some background on the garden, what it’s used for, and some additional tales from over the years.


Originally, the need for a kitchen garden arose from having a kitchen classroom in which culinary classes were being held. Visiting chefs have always been invited to use the garden for any ingredients they may have forgotten or items they could use as garnish for their dishes.

 

Tips for a Sustainable Kitchen

By Mahlea Rasmussen, Education Coordinator

Outside of work I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I find it a soothing space to create nourishing meals and lasting memories. I find it essential to be as eco-friendly as possible and a few changes can transform your kitchen into a sustainable center of your home.

Earth Day Bulk Sale! April 17-21

Save money while working towards a more sustainable shopping experience! The Co-op bulk department is a great "first stop" for your grocery lists - everything from hummus mix to local honey to pet food is available. Plus there's less waste, all the way from shipping to ended up in your shopping cart. 

Check out a quick tour below:

Film festival giveaway

Enter your name and email below to be entered to win two film vouchers for the 2019 Ashland Independent Film Festival.

No purchase necessary. Giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by AIFF. US residents only. Entry will be closed at 5pm PT on Monday, April 15.


The state of plastics

Many Co-op owners and shoppers have shared their interest in reducing plastic usage in the store. From bioplastics, to compostable plastics to recycling options, the Ashland Food Co-op continues to research what works best as we move towards our goal of being a zero waste store. Here is where we stand.

Food waste at the Co-op

By Rianna Koppel, Sustainability Coordinator

How many times in the past month have you reached back in the fridge to snack on some fresh strawberries only to discover… mold?! In the United States, 40% of food is wasted every year. Luckily, how we address food waste can have a major impact. According to Paul Hawkin’s Drawdown, reducing food waste is #3 on the list of best ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. At the Co-op, we use the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy as a guide to bettering our own practices.

Wellness Secret Weapons

There are still plenty of colds and viruses making their rounds, and we want to help you better defend against them!

In January, we asked on social media what kind of secret weapons you use in the winter to stay healthy. We had a lot of responses, so we'll start with the All-Stars.

With your initial recommendations, our Wellness team reviewed the suggestions and picked the products with the highest quality standards and best feedback. Check those out below.

 

Mushrooms for wellness

You may have heard about the fascinating discovery that trees can communicate with each other. What’s the secret? The mycelia - tiny strands of fungus - in the soil form a vast underground network through which trees send chemical signals to their neighbors.

The mycelia differs from the fruiting body of the mushroom, which is the reproductive component that contains spores and is thought to be higher in Beta Glucans.

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So you grabbed a few too many extra oranges and grapefruits and lemons (and some finger limes, and some satsumas…), and rather than watch them go bad, we want to provide you with some ideas on how to reduce waste. You’ll also get to enjoy citrus in a lot of new ways!

There are many guides and recipes across the internet (like this one by our friends at Grow Forage Cook Ferment), so here are a few ideas to get your creative and citrus juices flowing.