If you're interested in trying CBD, you're not alone. The compound, cannabidiol, found in hemp plants is reported to have a wide range of health benefits, among them pain relief. Many people, especially those over the age of 50, are seeking CBD products for the potential to relieve pain, calm anxiety, aid sleep, or soothe digestive issues.
Elisha Millan, owner of Grass Roots Health, says she and her store associates are here to help. She's eager to clear up common misconceptions about using CBD and help customers find a product that may help with some of their health concerns.
People often ask: "Will I get high?"
The answer: No. CBD and THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component associated with marijuana) are both chemical compounds found in hemp plants. However, while some people report feeling drowsy or relaxed after using CBD products, this particular chemical compound does not make you feel high.
State regulations require hemp plants and CBD products to have less than .3% THC, and in general, according to Millan, most topical ointments commonly used by customers for pain relief contain 0% THC. CBD has been shown to not be addictive, and the compound is widely recognized for its medicinal benefits, including reduced pain and inflammation and minimized stress and anxiety.
People often ask: "What if I don't want to smoke?"
The answer: Most customers who choose CBD products prefer not to smoke CBD flower. Millan and her experienced sales associates educate customers about the potential benefits of each form of CBD.
Topical ointments and creams, for example, may be used to provide pain relief for four to six hours with a slow onset of relief. Ingesting gummies or other CBD candies may provide a quicker onset — about 30 minutes — for benefits over a six- to 12-hour period.
Tinctures and oils, when ingested, are designed for daily or regular consumption that may provide a steady level of pain relief over time with a slower onset. Smoking or incinerating the compound provides the quickest relief. According to Millan, it is immediately impactful with a quick onset but overall provides shorter relief window.
While smoking CBD flower isn't the preference for many customers, Millan says it may be preferable for some individuals due to its quick effects. Grass Roots associates guide each customer to the most appropriate product for them, and if a customer prefers to smoke for its immediate benefits, staff provide detailed instruction and guidance on choosing and using the right pipe.
"We offer the full spectrum of services, and we're committed to helping customers find the best solution," Millan says.
People often say: "I'm overwhelmed by the variety of products and brands. Help!"
The response: Many people are curious about CBD products — they're everywhere! — and don't know where to start.
"We see a lot of customers who come in seeking relief from pain," Millan says. "They might be facing surgery and want to plan for their care and pain management after the procedure without relying on opioids."
Experienced sales associates are available in both stores, in downtown Chattanooga and Fort Oglethorpe, or over the phone to answer questions. Millan and her staff are committed to customer satisfaction — they provide private, one-on-one consultations to help customers find the best products to meet their needs.
Want to learn more about our products and philosophy? Stop by either location or request a private consultation at GrassRootsCHA.com or by calling (423) 713-9229.