|Earth Works holds grand opening in June posted on 06/01/2019|
The federal Farm Bill of 2018 sewed the seeds for the
legalization of products from industrial hemp to be made available to the
The product is known as cannabidiol (CBD), and is the second
most prevalent of the active ingredients found in cannabis, also known as
Earth Works, a new Mountain business venture, will have its
grand opening Saturday, June 22, in the Hoodland Center of Welches, next door
to Mogul Mountain Pizza. Regular hours will ensue from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Tuesday through Saturday.
Devin Houston is the Earth Works owner, while Michael and
Cheryl Budd along with John Conley are investors in the business. Michael and
Cheryl Budd also own and operate The Mt. Hood Cannabis Company in Rhododendron.
“Two years ago, Cheryl and I purchased The Mt. Hood Cannabis
Company and brought our family to the Mount Hood area,” Michael Budd wrote in
an email to The Mountain Times. “Our children moved here last summer and we
have made the Mountain our home. We love the people here and feel lucky to be a
part of the future of this growing and progressive community.”
CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is
derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant,
“While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by
itself it does not cause a ‘high.’”
“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse
or dependence potential,” according to a report from the World Health
Organization (WHO). “To date, there is no evidence of public health related
problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
The WHO pointed to the benefits of CBD citing the strongest
scientific evidence of its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest
childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut
syndrome, which typically do not respond to antiseizure medications. In other
studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures and in some cases was
able to stop them altogether. Further, CBD is commonly used to reduce anxiety
and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest
that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.
With the current opioid crisis, a study by the European
Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could
help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis.
There remains opposition to the use of CBDs, focusing on the
lack of clinical trials – although now that the Farm Bill has become law more
clinical trials are taking place.
“We may be relying on anecdotal evidence of the effect of
CBD,” Michael Budd wrote, “but we know the downsides of the cost and addictive
properties of the current pharmaceutical solutions.”
One of the first clinical studies of CBD’s effect on opioid
addiction has been completed by the American Journal of Psychiatry. The study
included 42 adults who had a recent history of opioid use. After being
administered CBD, those given CBD had a two-to-three-fold reduction in cravings
relative to the placebo group.
“This is an extremely significant paper. We need to utilize
every possible treatment in helping people with chronic pain to find other ways
to manage their symptoms and in people with opiate addiction to find relief,”
said Dr. Julie Holland, a psychiatrist in New York and former assistant
professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine.
Earth Works will carry a full line of CBD products,
including tinctures, topical lotions, salves and edibles. All the company’s products
are derived from industrial hemp. At the June 22 opening, Earth Works will have
food and drinks provided by its neighbor, Mogul Mountain Pizza.
There will be speakers throughout the day discussing CBDs,
current clinical studies, and uses and product demonstrations. The event is
open to the public.
By Larry Berteau/MT