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With outdoor dining becoming a mainstay of the COVID-19 era, the city’s Shared Spaces Program has been busily awarding small businesses the right to set up tables on city sidewalks, parking spots and plazas.
But the new territory comes at a cost. The businesses, already cash-strapped from long closures, are on the hook for the barricades needed to protect their diners from cars and sidewalk passerby.
The exception: Polk Street, where an anonymous donor recently stepped up to cover the cost of barricades for all the businesses in the Discover Polk Community Benefit District.
The free rental barricades will save businesses $200 or more per month, says the CBD’s co-executive director, Ben Bleiman.
“[It was] quite a substantial sum,” said Bleiman, who co-owns Polk-area bars Tonic and Soda Popinski’s and cannabis dispensary California Street Cannabis. “[It] will cover hundreds of feet of barriers for months.”
The donor declined to speak to a reporter, even under the condition of anonymity. But CBD board chair Suzanne Markel-Fox says that they are an area homeowner who wants to support local businesses.
Bleiman says the extra space is a game-changer for small businesses in the CBD’s service area. With the cost of barricades covered, he’s hoping to encourage not just restaurants and bars, but other small businesses — like bookstores and retailers — to take advantage of Shared Spaces.
Applications are simple, and take only two to three business days to turn around, he said. Any Discover Polk-area business interested in the free barriers can email Bleiman for more information.
Bleiman notes that businesses serving alcohol outdoors must also apply with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which began accepting applications for outdoor drinking last week.
While the city has delayed this week’s planned reopening of outdoor bars, the applications are working well for restaurants, with a promised turnaround time of just one business day.
Discover Polk is one of San Francisco’s newest community benefit districts — it launched in late 2018. Like the city’s 17 other CBDs, it levies an additional tax on property owners to fund initiatives like intensive street cleaning, trash pick-up, event planning and outreach.
Bleiman and his Tonic/Soda Popinski’s business partner, Duncan Ley, took over as executive directors of the CBD in February. So far, members “have been really impressed by the energy Ben and Duncan have injected into the CBD,” Markel-Fox said.
In addition to the free barriers, the CBD is at work on a “Discover Polk Delivers” program. Inspired by a similar effort in North Beach, the program will recruit volunteers to deliver goods to area residents, from a rotating cast of Discover Polk restaurants and retailers.
The free delivery — for both businesses and customers — saves hundreds of dollars in delivery fees on either end, while promoting neighborhood spending. The North Beach program has contributed as much as $2,000-$4,000 in one night to its featured businesses.
The Discover Polk program will launch on July 17, with delivery from neighborhood bar-restaurant The Bell Tower (1900 Polk St.)
“We’re going to volunteer to do the deliveries ourselves,” Bleiman said. “This is exactly what a CBD should be doing.”
In addition to the delivery program, Markel-Fox said that the CBD is currently looking for volunteers to work on issues like streetscape improvements, business recruitment and retention, and safe and clean streets.
The CBD isn’t just for property owners — area renters are also encouraged to participate.
“There are renters who have been here for 40 years, and property owners who only got here two years ago,” Markel-Fox said. “It’s important for us to hear perspectives from both.”
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Historically speaking, cigarette smoking pure CBD flowers are not to my taste.
I was really pleasantly surprised!
When I was identified with advanced glaucoma, I learned what kinds of cannabis are most reliable for glaucoma. It makes perfect sense to mix the fine hemp flowers from Half Day CBD with my NJ Medical MJ/THC heavy strains.
What I found in this extremely unscientific experiment was that my headaches, behind my eyes simply melted away! I’m not a physician, nor is it my week to provide any untested health recommendations nor suggestions. It simply goes to reveal the massive recovery properties of CBD, the pressure in my eyes dropped away. Once again, I’m not making any health declarations, nor am I saying that CBD heals anything at all. The majority of the things on the marketplace disappears than Snake Oil.
I do believe that Half Day CBD deserves your view. It made my headache disappear.
Easy enough to try. It’s not like you are going to get stoned. Nope. That will never ever happen with hemp, no matter what your “simply state no” parents state. Smiles!
Warren Bobrow=WB: Why Marijuana?
Dave DiCosola=Dave: Cannabis has always been attracting me due to the fact that the medical advantages are undeniable and the applications of hemp blow my mind. I have actually always wished to do something that was disruptive in health care and, in my life time, I do not think I’ll ever see a chance to leader an industry that can genuinely offer an alternative to pharmaceuticals.
My first experience getting high was with my high school friends at the prom-night after party.
Kam Norwood=Kam: Why Cannabis?
What was your path to the plant?: I have not always been a Marijuana fan, I was really anti-cannabis and utilized to avoid my mommy, and good friends and sweetheart at the time now better half for utilizing it. I actually broke up with my better half (when we were dating) when I learnt she smoked weed.
Who were you with when you initially got high? I was intoxicated and was dragged into a 4runner back seat with some pals at a celebration when I was seventeen at a high school graduation celebration.
Do you remember what you were listening to? Thugz Estate by Tupac. The only location where Thugz get in complimentary and you got ta be a G.
The interesting aspect of both Dave and me is the fact that we were so anti-cannabis for so long since of the preconception around it. Once we realized the power of the plant, we’ve never looked back.
WB: Please tell me about your company? What do you do which is various, therefore much better than your competitors? What is your 6 & 12 month goals?
Unlike the majority of CBD business, we insist on having a farmer-direct relationship where we cherry pick the finest and cleanest crops to preserve high quality and effectiveness.
Over the next 6 months we prepare to enhance all aspects of our operation to ensure we have the best customer service level possible. Specifically mixing our CBD with your THC flower for a DIY 1:1 cannabis item.
Over the next 12 months we hope to broaden our smokable flower options and supply an essential outlet to farmers for this year’s harvest. We have actually also established a storage facility system designed around hemp flower, our fulfillment center simply might be the answer for numerous farmers that need e-commerce to market their crops.
WB: Do you have a coach? What about stigmas? What is the marketplace that you want to penetrate the most, why?
Dave: My mentor is my father-in-law. Understanding that you can assist patients when standard techniques have actually failed, makes you recognize that anyone who brings a stigma hasn’t taken the time to get educated.
Kam: My coach is my friend. He has issues that have propelled him to overcompensate into having one of the very best procedures for setting your mind to something and getting it done I have actually ever seen. His drive, passion, and focus for what he has his mind set on are something that I want to keep gaining from and competitively working to keep up with for the rest of my life.
When it comes to preconceptions, I believe we will be combating them for a long time. Making safe, in your area sourced CBD is really important.
WB: Do you cook? Who taught you? Do you have a food memory you wish to share? Favorite (pre-covid19) dining establishment, where?
Dave: My cooking skills have not progressed given that I was 15 years old. I can make pasta, hamburgers, and cereal. I’m grateful to be surrounded by unbelievable cooks like my other half, and I just make sure I’m around to do the dishes. My better half and sister-in-law are the originators of our CBD gummy recipe, which we improved and scaled with aid from our executive chef, Kim Temmer (a professional pastry chef). I don’t truly have a favorite dining establishment, however if it were up to me, I would consume each and every single meal at a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant. They never ever disappoint and have constantly been my most unforgettable dining experiences.
Kam: I like to grill. In college I would make 4 trays of slowly cooked brown sugar turned over bacon that would take 2-3 hours to make appropriately but would turn out so completely candied. Because Covid, I have actually not been back.:-LRB-
WB: What is your enthusiasm?
Dave: My passion depends on fixing problems. I get up every morning eager to take on challenges. Now, my heart is not only in resolving my organisation problems, however trying to find methods to provide back in the procedure. Recently, for example, we have actually been called to action to find ways as an organisation to support causes related to racial oppression. We wish to do our part by having a varied team and develop chances in neighborhoods for those that have been negatively impacted by misguided policing tactics– something that those in the cannabis market are all too familiar with.
Kam: I love constructing things and making things more efficient. Half Day has allowed me to do both. I find that I am very positive and I wish to positively affect a scenario or tackle an issue with any know-how I have to help close that ticket and move forward. It brings me joy to help someone or improve a process.
Objective Statement: Great CBD items begin with a meticulous growing, harvesting, processing and solution process. At Half Day, we take this procedure seriously, and make it our mission to be as transparent as possible with our procedure for making CBD oil.
CBD has many usage opportunities. From anxiety relief to helping with muscle soreness or sleep disorders, CBD may help with a variety of conditions.
Please note: CBD oil and it’s varying formularies are legal in a number of states in the US and in some international locations. Please check the laws in your state or region before making a purchase. This article is presented for informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness. If you have any health concerns, see a licensed health care professional in person.
What is CBD?
There are two popular ingredients derived from the cannabis plant: Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. Both popular ingredients are vastly different yet both come from the same plant. Even though CBD can be found in medical marijuana medicines, CBD does not come from the marijuana plant and does not cause users to experience the same bodily reaction as THC does. Instead, CBD has healing properties that don’t cause users to experience any “high”.
THC is often known for its addictive properties. CBD, on the other hand, does not have these same properties. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.” While THC and CBD are often categorized together, they are quite different from each other.
Is CBD a Drug?
Long-story-short, CBD is not a drug. While many unfamiliar with CBD often think that it is, research and legalities have allowed consumers and potential users to realize that CBD does not cause intoxication like THC and marijuana.
There are many CBD offerings available both online and in stores. When deciding which CBD products to purchase, it is important to know all of the information so you can make an educated and informed purchase.
When the United States Farm Bill was passed in 2014, it allowed state governments to regulate legally growing and researching CBD. Before this piece of legislation was passed, CBD regularly received backlash due to misinformation and uncertainty of its legalness. The 2014 Farm Bill also included that any CBD products containing less than 0.3% CBD are not classified as marijuana, therefore, minimizing any confusion that potential consumers may have.
The United State’s Farm Bill received updates in 2018 including the legal production, consumption, and sale of CBD products. It should be noted that these legal CBD products are not marijuana and do not include any products with more than 0.3% THC.
Even though CBD is federally legal, the Farm Bill gave each individual state the legal right to adjust their rules regarding purchasing CBD products. It is important for potential buyers to check with their state’s laws to ensure they’re making smart purchasing decisions that are within their state’s laws.
Does CBD Get You High?
CBD is not the same as THC. THC is known for its “high” effects on the body. CBD, however, does not cause users to experience the same feeling. Unlike THC, cannabidiol is non-psychoactive and instead, allows users to experience rejuvenating and healing benefits. Short answer: CBD does not get you high.
Scientists and health professionals have conducted and are continuing to conduct extensive research on the healing benefits of CBD. Because of this research, users and potential users are beginning to realize and understand the best usage occasions and benefits that CBD can have on the body. CBD is a natural alternative to over-the-counter (OTC) medications and can provide alleviation to symptoms and mental stresses without causing any negative side effects.
CBD products are offered in topical and ingestible forms, providing users to experience the healing benefits of CBD in many different ways. According to the Mayo Clinic Epidiolex, a CBD prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an approved prescription that is used to “treat two types of epilepsy.”
While Epidiolex is FDA-approved to treat two types of epilepsy, CBD is also known to help with may other conditions and diseases including Parkinson’s, diabetes, and anxiety. The list of ailments that CBD helps with is ever-growing and some popular usage reasons include:
- Sleep Disorders
- Anxiety and Depression
- Muscle Soreness
- Skin Problems
Are you interested in seeing how CBD can help you? Do your own research and make sure to check with your doctor or your trusted healthcare provider first before taking any new remedies.
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Is your dog suffering from canine osteoarthritis? A new study suggests that CBD may help dogs with this painful arthritic condition.
Canine osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition marked by pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility. And it can leave dogs lethargic, irritable and reluctant to play, run or jump. Unfortunately, the condition is all too common in dogs. Researchers estimate that it affects at least 20% of all dogs older than 1 year old, with higher risk for older dogs.
The recent study, published in the Journal of Immunology, looked at whether different doses and formulations of CBD might help dogs suffering from osteoarthritis – and the results suggested that it could.
Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine worked in collaboration with the CBD brand Medterra on the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. The 4 week study included 20 large dogs diagnosed with osteoarthritis who were randomly assigned to receive either a placebo or one of three different CBD options. The dogs were evaluated before and after the regimen by both veterinarians and their owners on factors related to their mobility and pain. Details about the amount of CBD each dog was taking was kept from the owners and veterinarians so that it wouldn’t influence their evaluations.
While the placebo group and the low CBD group showed no improvement, by the end of the one month period, the group of dogs who took higher doses of CBD or used CBD in a liposomal formulation saw significant improvement in their mobility and quality of life.
“I openly admit that I was surprised at how quickly we saw such large results” says Matthew Halpert PhD, Faculty with the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine and Senior Scientific Advisor for Medterra. “I would not have expected to see too much of anything in just one month.”
Halpert, who designed the experiment, explains that in the placebo and lower dose groups, the owners reported their dogs to be “just as miserable as before” and veterinarians didn’t see any improvement in the dog’s mobility. But in the two higher dose groups “almost every dog saw significant improvement in their conditions, in regards to reduced pain and increased ability to move around. And the dogs seemed happier and were able to do more.”
Even two weeks after the dogs stopped taking the CBD, those in the higher dose groups were still showing improvement. “This would tell us that the CBD was in fact addressing the underlying inflammatory issues” Halpert explains. “It wasn’t just masking the pain”
These results add additional scientific backing to the emerging market of CBD for pets. There is currently a wide variety of products geared towards dogs and other pets. According to the Brightfield Group, a consumer research group focused on the cannabis space, the US Pet CBD market expanded by more than 10 times its 2018 size in 2019, producing $321 million in sales. In 2020 it is projected to reach $563 million in sales.
The research also lends support to reports of success with CBD from dog owners, such as Zoe Lilly, who lives in Oxfordshire England with her 7 and a half year old dog Zeus – a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Zoe says she noticed Zeus getting a little stiff on one leg, so she decided to try out CBD. She says “It’s made his movement more fluid and he can play pretty well.” Zoe hasn’t noticed any negative side effects in Zeus since starting, but she does report noticing that it helps relax him before vet visits.
While there has been previous research suggesting CBD can help with canine osteoarthritis, this study looked at both traditional CBD and CBD in a liposomal formulation, a method used to make it easier to absorb CBD, which isn’t very bioavailable on it’s own. “It’s kind of like a Trojan horse, or a water balloon” explains Halpert. “We put the CBD inside of that and the liposome itself, the balloon itself, is actually very bioavailable.”
When ingested, liposomes are said to be more easily absorbed into the bloodstream of both humans and dogs, making it easier to absorb CBD. In this experiment, dogs taking a daily dose of 20mg’s of liposomal CBD did significantly better than those who took 20mg’s of traditional CBD, adding some evidence to the theory.
Still, other experts disagree. Stephen Cital, a veterinary anesthesia & pain management specialist points out this study didn’t test the CBD levels in the blood after dogs ingested these two CBD options. They just looked at the outcomes in the dogs’ behavior. He’s not convinced liposomes make a difference.
“I have never seen an added benefit to liposomal encapsulation with these molecules” he explains “I think in theory makes a lot of sense, but we haven’t seen the data to support that at this point.”
Still, Cital supports the use of CBD for dogs with osteoarthritis and has even had his own success story, using CBD to treat his own 11 year old mixed breed dog, who was having shaking in his back legs and a hard time getting up the stairs.
“Within three days I noticed that his back leg stopped shaking.” Cital reports, recalling how his elderly dog was more able to walk up the stairs and play. Cital says he has seen many dogs in his practice see similar improvement with CBD. “You just see the life brought back into them… and [you] get a few more quality years out of them comfortably.”
Other veterinarians with experience using CBD in dogs also reported seeing positive results using the drug for canine osteoarthritis.
Gary Richter, a veterinarian in Oakland, CA says he’s “certainly seen quite a number of dogs that are on either CBD or some other preparation of cannabis for the treatment of osteoarthritis and many of those dogs do very, very well.”
While none of the dogs in the recent study saw negative side effects, Richter says he’s seen some dogs have minor side effects from the drug. “The one side effect that is sometimes seen is an elevation in one of the liver values, the alkaline phosphatase” he explains. Still he says that the elevation “does not appear to cause any real world issue, in the sense that it doesn’t make the dog sick. And it is reversible if you stop giving the CBD.”
Gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea or vomiting also occasionally occur for some dogs, but Richter and Cital say it is unclear if this is related to the CBD or the oils and other compounds in CBD products.
Elizabeth Mironchik-Frankenberg, a veterinarian and founder of Veterinary Cannabis Consultants, also adds that “CBD can interfere with the metabolism of other drugs, so this needs to be taken into consideration.”
Richter, Cital, Mironchik-Frankenberg and Halpert all urged pet owners to talk to their veterinarian before starting a CBD regimen and to make sure you use high quality CBD products. “There are a lot of products out there and not everything is made properly, not everything is labeled accurately, not everything has in the bottle, what it says on the label” explains Richter. Cital suggests only using brands that can show lab tested results with their products to ensure dosing information is accurate and the product is free from contaminants.