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West Linn man to share experience, knowledge about medical marijuana use at the West Linn Adult Community Center.

COURTESY PHOTO  - West Linn resident Blaine Chatterton has done extensive research on the use of medical marijuana and CBD oils. He will share his knowledge at a presentation taking place from 10 a.m. to noon May 24 at the WLACC.

Know much about cannabidiols or CBDs?

Cannabidiols are one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant. They are a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments such as pain relief, stiffness and inflamation.

You can find CBD-infused products in virtually every market under the sun. From coffee and lipstick to dog biscuits and shampoo, it's everywhere. Some claim it's a wonder drug, capable of curing all that ails; others say it's the snake oil of the century.

How do we separate fact from fiction?

We at the West Linn Adult Community Center recognize that the vast majority of people don't understand what CBD is, how it works in their body or the right way to use it. We hear amazing claims and expect miracles, but one or two CBD gummy candies aren't going to cure your cancer or depression.

"Unfortunately much of the information available is hype, wrong or misleading," says Blaine Chatterton, a medical cannabis educator. "My mission is to help others suffer less through a healthy use of cannabis."

Chatterton will share the facts about CBD oil in a presentation to take place from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 24 at the West Linn Adult Community Center. He has researched medical cannabis in depth for ten years, and has experience using it in his own healthcare.

Chatterton was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2003, and after undergoing brain surgery, countless seizures and years of addictive prescription drugs, he began looking into marijuana use as a safer alternative to manage his disability. Little was known at the time and he had to become his own health advocate, educating his neurologists on what he was learning. Today he shares his knowledge frequently with groups and also meets with people privately to help them get started using cannabis safely and effectively.

According to Chatterton, CBD is non-psychoactive and doesn't make you feel "high" at all, whereas THC, another component of marijuana, does. Chatterton believes small amounts of THC can be helpful in sleep, mental and neurological conditions as well as mood disorders. When CBD is used in conjunction with THC you can enhance the therapeutic benefits one might receive with just CBD alone. CBD effects how the brain responds to THC and can, thus, dampen the intoxicating effects if the ratio is higher for CBD than THC. Many of the CBD products being sold today only contain CBD, often derived from the hemp plant which is naturally low in THC. Chatterton says that while these CBD-only products may produce a beneficial effect for some, real therapeutic benefits may require a more comprehensive, whole plant approach with a personalized CBD/THC ratio and daily regimen. In his presentation, Chatterton will explain what to look for when buying CBD, how to properly take it, what it may or may not do for you, and how to have realistic expectations. It is his hope that in educating people about the facts of CBD/THC therapy, it will be more of a valid tool in someone's healthcare fight and less of a trendy panacea that will eventually encounter dubious skepticism.

Blaine Chatterton is a valued member of the community with a long history tying him to the beautiful hills of West Linn. He enjoys the wildlife beyond his window and fondly recalls his days as a child here, and has now made West Linn his home as an adult. He is passionate about helping people and spends time volunteering at Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, particularly with the Alzheimer's group. All are welcome to attend his presentation at the WLACC on May 24.

The lunch menu this week features barbecued pulled pork, macaroni salad, carrots and peanut butter cookies on Friday, May 17; Swedish meatballs, egg noodles, peas and key lime pie Monday, May 20 and tomato soup, roast beef sandwiches and strawberry shortcake on Wednesday, May 22. Cost is $5 per person.

Contact the WLACC at 503-557-4704, or stop by at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn 97068.

Keli Stevens is a volunteer with the West Linn Adult Community Center.


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