SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. — Many products are now on the market containing CBD (Cannabidiol) and consumer curiosity is high. CBD is medicinal and not to be confused with it’s cannabis cousin marijuana, which is an intoxicant.
CBD is available in local stores and online in topical ointment as well as ingestible gummies, tinctures, water and even hamburgers! How does a consumer separate value from gimmick?
In light of the many questions surrounding this traditional, but seemingly “new” set of products on the market, a coalition of local growers, processors and community organizers are presenting a consumer focused event on CBD and its implications in the North Country.
This educational event will be held on Thursday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m. The location is at an industrial hemp farm site, Agbotic, at 18135 County Rt. 75, Sackets Harbor, NY. The event is free and open to the public.
It is known that hemp seeds contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and high protein levels due to its ten essential amino acids. Hemp flowers contain a broad range of compounds that are being studied for their potential anti-
The topics to be addressed include the basics of what CBD is, how to talk to health care providers about CBD, what testing is involved and what a consumer should look for to confirm potency. There will be time after the one-hour presentation for questions and discussion.
Speakers include Marc Privitera, who is one of the pioneers of the northern New York industrial hemp effort, who will present on where the consumer might find information on possible drug interactions, the vocabulary used in the industry, and working with your health care professional.
Christina Borgese is a chemical engineer and entrepreneur committed to creating methods and practices to insure quality control and analytical rigor in this emerging market. She will address making data-based decisions on what the consumer should look for to insure quality, with so many products coming on the market.
The economics of the industrial hemp industry will also by addressed by speakers, including John Gaus of Agbotic.
With a recent change in federal policy, industrial hemp is now possible to grow in a legal setting, presenting an opportunity for regional farms hard hit by low commodity pricing. Growing hemp requires few inputs, but does require some specialty or modified farm implements.
Land currently in use for corn crops is often suitable for hemp production for a variety of commercial items including paper, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, bio-fuel, textiles, food, and animal feed.
The host venue is an organic farm on the cutting edge of new technology for “regenerative” agriculture, where soil health and other environmental factors are priorities. Agbotic has permission granted by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, pursuant to the 2018 Farm Bill, to grow industrial hemp and convert it into whole plant products.
Agbotic does not grow medical cannabis or recreational marijuana; they support the responsible cultivation, processing, and exploration of industrial hemp as a potentially important source of food and nutritional supplementation. As such, they are hosting the location for this continuing education event as a community service.
This event will be repeated in Potsdam, NY on July 25. Questions can be directed to Marc@PreProcessInc.com or (925) 408-3504.
–Local Living Venture
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