About 80 people turned out Saturday to learn about the health benefits of CBD hemp oil.
Two seminars, hosted by the House of Nutrition, a downtown natural health store, attracted people of all ages hoping to find ways to ease pain and provide relief from depression and other ailments.
The hemp oil seminars were part of a trio of health-product informational sessions that took place Saturday at the O Coworking Space, 5819 Sixth Ave.
A morning session, presented by Jessica Petersburg, featured a demonstration of how to make kombucha tea, a probiotic drink said to have several health benefits.
Luke Schlag, a representative from Hemp Rescue, explained how his product is a full-spectrum variety infused with coconut oil, noting it has anti-inflammatory properties.
CBD hemp oil is extracted from the hemp plant that also contains THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Hemp oil, however, is high in CBD, or cannabidiol, and low in THC. It also contains a host of vitamins and minerals.
During his presentation, Schlag talked about the many benefits of the oil and how it is extracted from the hemp plant.
He explained the three different types of hemp oil and addressed concerns over its use.
As a representative passed out sample vials of the oil, Schlag explained how varying potency of CBD oil can be used to treat different types of ailments.
He said hemp oil can reduce pain, soothe anxiety, fight chronic diseases and address sleep disorders. He said it also improves mental focus and improves recovery from exercise.
Additionally, according to a report, concentrated doses have been used to treat epilepsy.
While CBD oil has been highly touted as an effective treatment, Sclag cautioned that it can affect people differently depending upon the level of potency.
One man in the audience said his use of hemp oil has helped him reduce the number of medications he takes from 15 to one.
A woman told how it has helped her grandson, who suffers from high anxiety.
The House of Nutrition, 5824 Sixth Ave. now carries the Hemp Rescue brand in 250, 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000 milligram dosages. Prices start at $34.50 for the 250 milligram bottle up to $249.50 for the 3,000 milligram bottle.
Co-owner Mark Wistar said the store carries teas and other products that are infused with CBD.