Understanding CBD

April 29, 2021
| Created by Harmons

You might have heard there are some health benefits to CBD, but you might be thinking that seems like a risky choice to take in a country where “marijuana” is illegal in most states. Will CBD get you high?

The short answer is no, especially with the topical varieties that we sell.

But we wanted to go a little more in-depth, and so Greg Jones, our pharmacy director, and Denise Braby, the director of home, health, and beauty, join our podcast hosts Chef Lesli Sommerdorf and Brandon Young. They share some great points to help you make sense of all of this information and explain why Harmons sells topical CBD products.

There are three species of cannabis plants, and they are cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis.

In cannabis plants, the main cannabinoids are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the cannabinoid responsible for marijuana’s well-known psychological effects.

Legal CBD comes from industrial hemp, a variety of the cannabis sativa plant, and hemp fiber is used for things like clothing, paper, and rope. From 1937 to 2018, growing hemp was illegal on a federal level, but the 2018 US Farm Bill changed that, allowing hemp growers to generate cash crop legally as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. You can extract CBD (cannabidiol), from hemp.

After the Farm Bill passed, a new industry using CBD was born.

Cannabis has been around for about 28 million years, evolving on the eastern Tibetan Plateau, and is a close relative of the common hops found in beer.

While it’s been around a long time, there is still a lot that is not known about it. The topical usage is mainly for pain relief, and we have quite a few topical products in our stores, including Muscle MX. One of the mandates of the government in allowing CBD sales is that medical claims are not made on the packaging or advertising. In Utah, they must also be licensed with the state, and required to provide a COA (certificate of analysis). So, you can be assured anything sold in our stores meets these requirements.

In this fascinating discussion, Greg and Denise share a lot of information about CBD, and you’ll want to tune in to learn more about CBD, and the effects of it on your body, including a few reasons you might want to use caution when deciding whether or not to try topical CBD.

If you enjoyed this podcast, you’ll want to listen to our other episodes. You can find them here. Recent episodes include The Salt of the Earth with Darryl Bosshardt, of Redmond Real Salt, and The Science of Bread with Jason Lindsay, Harmons’ artisan bread program specialist.

Denise Braby

Denise Braby is Harmons’ director of home, health, and beauty and has been a director for 10 years. She has a bachelor of science degree in business marketing from the University of Utah, and a background in retail store management, specializing in personal care and clothing. Denise loves her job and is very proud to work for Harmons. 

Greg Jones

Greg was raised in Hunter (now West Valley City, Utah) near the original Harmons West grocery store, where his uncle was one of the first pharmacy managers, and his mother and other family members worked as pharmacy technicians. Greg graduated from the University of Utah College of Pharmacy in 1995, and earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 1997.  Greg has been employed at Harmons since 1992, starting as a pharmacy intern, then staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager, and as the Director of Pharmacy since 2001. In his current role, Greg oversees pharmacy operations and is involved with the associate wellness program and dietitian services offered by Harmons.

At Harmons, we’re lucky to have incredibly talented artists at each store, and we’re sure you’ve seen their amazing chalk art as you wander throughout every location. We’re excited to be able to feature some of their work as the featured art on our podcast blog. This art is the work of James Bennion, the artist at our Bangerter Crossing location.