Cecily Sharp, owner of Your CBD Store Gainesville, showed the expo’s attendees a different means of improving their health.
She sells CBD, also called cannabidiol, in different forms like gummies, pain cream, tinctures and water soluble solutions. Not to be confused with THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, CBD is a cannabis compound derived from hemp.
CBD can be used to ease arthritis, anxiety, chronic pain and other health-related issues.
“I just want people to know the benefits of CBD,” Sharp said. “There’s still so many people that don’t know about it and we’re still trying to educate people.”
Across the room, therapists and coordinators from Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s physical therapy department and trauma services conducted fall screenings. The tests entailed asking participants to balance their weight in different positions.
Elaina Lee, the trauma department’s safe kids coordinator, said falling is one of the most common injuries seen at the trauma center, next to motor vehicle crashes.
She encourages senior citizens or those who have balance issues to get screened.
“It’s very necessary,” Lee said. “With it being one of the top criteria of what we see in the trauma program, it’s vital for them to be screened.”
Lois Ehlers, a 65-year-old Gainesville resident, said she greatly benefited from coming to the expo and undergoing a fall screening. She now plans to sit up and down 10 times a day to improve her balance.
“I just got a good tip on how to keep me from going to a nursing home, so I thought that was insightful” Ehlers said.