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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We'll cook. You feast.

Spend more time relaxing with friends and family this holiday. Order the Deli’s ready-to-heat and serve Thanksgiving meal without all the fuss. We make everything from scratch and all recipes use the highest quality ingredients.

Choose from three options:

Give the Gift of Good Food

During the month of November, Co-op shoppers can nourish their own families and help fight hunger in the Rogue Valley. We’ve teamed up once again with Smart Chicken® for the Smart Giving Holiday Challenge.

Here’s how it works.

  • For every 10 pounds of Smart Chicken® you purchase from the Meat Department or the Deli, Smart Chicken® will donate one pound of chicken to a local non profit

We're All Turtles

By Dean Williamson, Board of Director

My grandmother loved to talk. Oh, could she talk! And she had one expression that I’ve always really liked. “If you come across a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be pretty sure it didn’t get there by itself.”

The Power of Principle Seven

By Emile Amarotico, General Manager

As we approach the holidays, I’d like to invoke the spirit of the Seventh Cooperative Principle: Concern for Community. The International Cooperative Alliance defines Principle Seven as when “cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.”

So how does that work? How does Ashland Food Co-op demonstrate concern for community?

Love Local with the Local Guy

Throughout September, we will be celebrating all things local. And no one loves local or is more local than our Temporary Demo Coordinator, Brighton Litjens. He was basically raised at the Co-op, has a strong passion for local farmers and producers and loves delighting shoppers with delicious samples and great deals. Who better to tell us about loving local than the "Local Guy" himself?

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Meet Board of Director Trine Ostergaard

Trine Ostergaard is a newly elected Ashland Food Co-op Board of Director. She brings a world, literally, of experience to the table and has a sincere passion and love for the Co-op. We are thrilled to have her aboard and asked her to answer a few questions.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Meet Board of Director Dean Williamson

Dean Williamson is a newly elected Ashland Food Co-op Board of Director. He brings to the table a plethora of co-op experience and a love of chocolate chip cookies. We are thrilled to have him aboard and asked him to answer a few questions.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Staff Picks: Favorite Local Products

September is Love Local Month!  All month long we’re celebrating our local farmers and vendors with demos, events and more. Here are some of our staff's favorite local products.


How Can I Reduce My Plastic Use at the Co-op?

By Rianna Koppel, Sustainability Coordinator

Plastic pollution today is a global dilemma. Did you know that more than 40% of plastic is used once, then tossed? In 2015, 79% of total plastic waste ended up in landfills or the environment. How can our co-op help reduce the amount of single-use plastics? Luckily, we offer a variety of options for owners.

Stainless Steel Straws

Meet Pachamama Coffee Cooperative

By Lauren Taber, Pachamama Coffee Cooperative

Pachamama Coffee Cooperative started in 2001 with a few simple questions in mind: what would it look like to take Fair Trade a step further? How can coffee farmers be in direct relationship with end consumers in the United States?

We found that the answer was even simpler: cooperative ownership. Pachamama Coffee has been 100% farmer-owned since day one, and is currently owned by 140,000 small scale family farmers across the coffee producing regions of the world.

Community Cider Backyard Fruit Drive

How often can you browse the shelf at your neighborhood grocery store, see a bottle of hand crafted, local cider and say, “Hey, I help make that!” Well, at the Co-op you can.

2018 Board Election Results

The AFC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Board Election. There were three excellent candidates running for two Board positions. In total, 905 votes were cast.

Congratulations to the following candidates who will serve three-year terms on the Ashland Food Co-op Board of Directors.

Thank you for voting!