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Weekly Scoop (Oct. 8-14) - Hemp, Marijuana, CBD: What's the Difference?

Homegrown: From Seed to Sale in WNC

"Hemp does not get you high! Unless you use it to make a rope and climb a tree."
Franny’s Farmacy CBD Dispensary is now open for business at 211 Merrimon Ave. in Asheville. This new location offers customers CBD tinctures, CBD oil, topicals, edibles, smokables and more all derived from industrial hemp grown directly on Franny’s Farm — an organic farm and eco-event center.

“Our vision is to pave the way for a line of cannabinoid wellness products that promote a healthy body and mind,” Frances Tacy, the owner of Franny’s Farmacy, said. Tacy is the first female hemp grower in North Carolina.

Hemp, CBD, cannabis, marijuana — some people get confused when any of these topics arise. But how are these products different and what do they do to your body?

First you should know that hemp and marijuana are both classified as cannabis, but the main difference between the two is the amount of THC — the psychoactive chemical that gives you a "high" feeling — that can be found within each plant. Hemp is classified as a low-THC cannabis plant while marijuana is classified as a high-THC cannabis plant.

You should also know that CBD, or cannabidiol, is the same plant compound regardless of whether its derived from hemp or marijuana. But CBD derived from industrial hemp contains no more than 0.3% of THC, meaning you don't get "high" from it. Most commonly people use CBD for medical reasons, including pain, anxiety and insomnia relief. 

Currently, North Carolina law allows farmers to grow industrial hemp as part of the state’s hemp research pilot program, which launched in spring of 2017. Since this program launched, the number of licensed hemp growers throughout North Carolina has doubled with representation in nearly every county, according to the Asheville Citizen Times. 

It was during this time that Tacy actually became the first female hemp grower in all of North Carolina.

“As farmers, we are committed to the highest standards for growing hemp to bring you quality products crafted with care,” she said.

The CBD consumer market is projected to grow to $2.1 billion by 2020, according to the Hemp Business Journal. As the market continues to grow, knowledge about CBD and hemp needs to grow with it.  

Tacy and other industrial hemp farmers around the country are urging citizens to become educated on the multiple benefits and scientific evidence behind this versatile compound. 

Franny’s Farmacy is hosting their GRAND OPENING this week! Check their Scoop below for more details about this exciting event. And make sure to look for Franny's Farmacy on Dig Local for all their events and Weekly Scoops!
Below you will find one locally curated Scoop chosen for each day this week — but make sure to check out all the Scoops this week on our Dig Local Scoop Calendar.

Monday, Oct. 8

Bowl the Monday blues away at Sky Lanes Bar, Grill & Bowling. Games are only $3.00 and shoe rentals are only $3.00. You can't go wrong with that price! Make sure to call ahead — there's limited lane availability at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. due to bowling leagues.

Check out the rest of Monday’s Scoops here.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Learn what delicious charcuterie boards, accouterments and cheeses pair well with different varietals of Catawba beers during this Charcuterie & Beer Pairing event at the Catawba Brewing South Slope location. The charcuterie boards, provided by The Chop Shop, are sure to delight your tastebuds. Click here for tickets.

Check out the rest of Tuesday’s Scoops here.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Food Connection, the nonprofit birthed out of Dig Local, will be celebrating their expansion into Black Mountain and Swannanoa at fundraisers at the Black Mountain Ale House and the new Black Mountain Brewing from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. with live music by Melissa Raines and Billy Presnell of Cuberow. 10% of food sales and $1 from every pint sold will be donated to Food Connection!

And you won't want to miss the Franny's Farmacy GRAND OPENING from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Ask questions to their trained staff about CBD products while you taste hemp appetizers, hemp beer and hemp tea. DJ Dimitri will be spinning relaxing beats throughout the event. You can also enter to win a host of Franny’s Farmacy products!
Check out the rest of Wednesday’s Scoops here.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Join the Asheville Improv Collective this Thursday for a show called The Workshop — a series of acts from improv to stand-up and everything in-between. This free show will be held at Habitat Brewing Company Tavern and Commons this month.

Check out the rest of Thursday’s Scoops here.

Friday, Oct. 12

Get funky this Friday night at Mojo Kitchen and Lounge with Common Center — a 7-piece ensemble made up of a 12-string guitar, violin, saxophone, keyboard, bass and drum player. Donations are welcome at the door to listen to this punchy, rhythmic band.

Check out the rest of Friday's Scoops here.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Take a break from beer this weekend and delve into the world of cider at the 2018 CiderFest held at the Salvage Station from 1-5 p.m. This is the 6th annual event, and the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Green Built Alliance. Look for Noble Cider, Urban Orchard Cider Company, TreeRock Social Cider House and Daidala Ciders when you're there! Click here for tickets
Check out the rest of Saturday’s Scoops here.

Sunday, Oct. 14

Learn all about fermenting at Williams Sonoma this Sunday for a "Pop-Up" Fermenting for the "Foodie" Demo and Discussion. Hosted by Fermenti., this event will help you start fermenting at home. Each participant will even receive a free Fermenti. Fermenting Kit and a free 11 oz. jar of Williams Sonoma Kosher Sea Salt for their future fermenting needs. Click here for tickets

Check out the rest of Sunday’s Scoops here.
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