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CBD Class, Urban Nettle

NaturalFood Co-op

September 2018

Monday night patrons of the Natural Food Co-op enjoyed an evening class on the benefits and usage of CBD oil, lead by herbalist Katharine Ostrowski of UrbaNettle. The 17 attendees took a moment to briefly introduce themselves and explain what attracted them to the class. Katharine started off with a much more balanced view of this oil, often viewed and marketed as a “cure all”. She explained that although CBD has numerous benefits it will not have the same effects for everyone. One person may discover excellent results and gain many health improvements, whereas another user may experience no change. Her transparency on her own preferences, usage, and reiteration to the class to do their own research, to make up their own minds, was refreshing. Your best health is a journey only you can go on, and Katharine is a fantastic guide and educator. 

On the topic of research and the importance of, Katharine stressed the alarming variability found in many CBD oils on the market. It is a hot item and some unreliable companies with minimal ethics towards consumers are tapping into its boundless popularity. She recommended finding companies that value transparency, provide print-outs on ingredients, have third party testing, that are grown in the United States, and have been peer reviewed. Ostrowski proved herself a meticulous researcher with a page and a half of cited sources on the back of the paper provided for the class. 

Unlike recreational marijuana, CBD does not contain enough THC to give the user a high. Katharine put the .3% of THC commonly found in hemp products into perspective with this illustration: you cannot get a high from a poppy seed muffin, but it may show up on a drug test. So although trace amounts of THC can be found in your system, and discretion should be used if your workplace performs strict drug testing, you will not get a high from the products. 

As an attendee I highly recommend not only signing up for future classes on CBD, but also ones offered by Katharine. She encourages and values participation, critical thinking, additional research, and a balanced view of the products. The atmosphere supported a sense of community among those seeking help with chronic pain and furthered the spirit of investigation for all. 

Offered at the NFC are several price points, forms, and brands of organic CBD products. Customers can chose liquid formulas (both isolated CBD and full spectrum), even one specifically formulated for pets, tablets, lozenges, and salves. If you are suffering from sleep problems, insomnia, or chronic pain, CBD oil may be a good choice for you. But in spirit of Katharine, do research, dig into companies, and prove to yourself what is the best producer and product. Best wishes on your best health journey from all of us at the NFC. 

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