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.

More Co-op News

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.

What to do with all this citrus?!

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.

Update from the General Manager: "Food for Paradise" campaign

Ashland Food Co-op's General Manager, Emile Amarotico, ends 2018 on a very uplifting note with a report back on the "Food for Paradise" donation campaign. Watch the video below, or read on for an extended written update.

Hello, this is Emile Amarotico, the general manager of Ashland Food Co-op with an update on the Co-op’s Food for Paradise initiative.

5 Fresh Ways to Save at the Co-op

We’ve all been there: your bank account is looking thin after a month of celebrations, but you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to save up for a big purchase later in the year

Now’s the time to make some changes to your spending - but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on quality goods at the Ashland Food Co-op.

These are some lesser known ways to save at the Co-op. Think of them like ordering off the secret menu. 

Savings Level: $

4 Ways to Reduce Your Food Waste

It’s the New Year, our favorite time for goal-setting, making positive resolutions, and shifting our impact. One of the Co-op’s goals is to become a Zero Waste facility. Our staff works to divert as much food waste as we can - and we hope our member-owners will join us in this goal too.

Meet Cooking Class Instructor Charlie Douglass

Many talented local chefs share their expertise in the Co-op Kitchen. Charlie Douglass is no exception. As the former Master Chocolatier at Harry and David, Charlie knows a thing or two about chocolate and candy making. 

Tell us how your love of cooking and food began.

Meet Cooking Class Instructor Tiazza Rose

From bread baking to Moroccan cooking, many talented local chefs share their expertise in the Co-op Kitchen. We'd like you to meet a few of them. Tiazza Rose has been teaching the Ashland community the art of Moroccan cooking for years. If you haven't taken a class from Tiazza yet, you should. Here's why.


Tell us how your love of cooking and food began.

Give the Gift of Wellness


Finding the perfect gift for a friend or loved one is an art. This winter, we carefully selected these assortments for those who love some good self-care, are working in partnership with their gut health, or for those making efforts to reduce their pain. Each of these gift ideas will help you make your loved ones feel extra special and extra healthful.