Interview with Kathy Furze-Spencer, CBD educator

1. We are so happy to have you as our CBD educator; can you give us some information about what a CBD Educator's role is?

With CBD now in the mainstream it is vitally important that we, as consumers, get proper information regarding how and why CBD is used. When the Farm Bill of 2018 was passed in November of that year it opened the door for those who saw the opportunity to legally register with their local government and become a grower of hemp. CBD comes from hemp. Since then the market has become flooded with CBD products; from oil, food and beverage products, and even CBD infused sheets and pillows. What is legitimate? Where does it come from? Has it been third-party tested? Is it isolate, broad spectrum or full spectrum? The questions are endless, and as a CBD educator it is my goal to pass along correct, concise and credible, verifiable information

2. How did you get your training?

I decided to become trained within the emerging cannabis field in 2014 when I was first diagnosed with Lyme disease. Cannabis was a key component in successfully treating the symptoms I experienced. Formal training was limited, and I opted for an 8-week program that fit my schedule. It was the perfect platform for me to connect with other individuals, groups and organizations that had the same vision; to help people get healthy through the safe use of cannabis.

Since the initial 8-week program I have furthered my education with additional classes, studied with master growers, and continue my study with Dr. Dustin Sulak, Integrative Medicine Physician of Falmouth, Maine.

3. What are some basic facts that someone without too much knowledge about CBD products should know?

The first and most important question all consumers need to ask is “Is this product third party tested?” Anyone with the proper equipment and materials can make CBD oil, and many do. But it is from plant material and much can go wrong like mold, pesticides and soil contamination. Do you want to ingest that?

Also, there are three types of CBD oil; isolate, broad spectrum and full spectrum. Which one is best for you? What is the recommended dosage? Are you drug tested at work? Are you on medications that may be contraindicated with CBD oil?

With these important questions, knowing where to purchase your product is key. Can the seller provide proof of testing? Do they have the facts regarding the three types of CBD oil? Do they have the resources to find any contraindications to your medications? My recommendation when buying CBD oil is to avoid big box stores, convenience stores, multi-level marketers and Amazon, and stick with reputable community health food stores and those with proper education.

4. It seems there are CBD products everywhere and I know from attending your lecture that they are not all the same. What are some of the important differences?

The hemp or cannabis plant contains many compounds called cannabinoids as well as plant terpenes, plus amino acids. They are very beneficial and can help bring our body to balance or homeostasis.

As mentioned above, there are three types of CBD oil;

Isolate – which is the single cannabinoid, usually in a base of hemp oil. A great product and the perfect place to begin.

Full Spectrum – just as the title suggests, full spectrum contains the other plant cannabinoids and terpenes. This includes THC, which really gets an unnecessary bad rep. The THC amount is miniscule, but enough to bring about the “entourage effect” named because all the plant compounds work together.

Broad Spectrum – same as Full Spectrum but the THC has been extracted. Great product for those who may be drug tested. Even thought he THC content in the Full Spectrum is tiny, it may be enough to trigger a positive test.

5. recommended the products for our kits.  One product is applied topically and one is applied sub-lingually.  Can you describe why the application method is important?

Our endocannabinoid system is throughout our body, inside and out. We have cannabinoid receptors on our skin so topical application is ideal for pain management and skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, acne and burns. When taken orally, CBD oil travels to the liver where it is dispersed to the receptor sites in the brain, spinal cord, organs, connective tissue and more.

The question is “What are you looking to treat?” If it is anxiety, stress or depression, it makes sense to orally ingest CBD. If it is for pain management, both topically and orally may be the way to go, depending on the origin, cause and duration of the pain.

6. Any parting thoughts for the Archer and Aphrodite community using the CBD products?

The most important thing I’d like to pass along is to purchase your CBD products from educated, reputable sources. Make sure you have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered and be able to contact the seller with any issues that may come up while using your CBD.

CBD appears for many to be a cure-all, a miracle. But it should not be portrayed as this. Go into your health care with informed choice. Do your research and find a source that is trusted and reputable.