Battle Ground Natural Healing offers a treasure trove of cannabidiol products, or CBD, to treat a variety of health conditions without the side effects people may experience from traditional medicine.
Co-founder Christina Townsend became interested in CBD to treat her own ailments.
“I used to work in the medical field and I suffered from extreme anxiety,” Townsend said. “I had been on a lot of different medications for it, but they all had a lot of side effects or didn’t work real well. I had a friend who had epilepsy and she was getting CBD hemp from her cousin in Oregon, and she had started sharing them with me and I would make them into a tea, and it got rid of my anxiety without any side effects.”
Townsend said her friend then moved away so she lost her main connection to CBD products. She then had to take matters into her own hands.
“When I started looking for CBD, I found that it either had higher contents of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which I didn’t want (because) I worked in surgery, or it was very expensive,” Townsend said.
From there, Townsend decided she wanted to provide “good-quality” CBD products that included no THC at an affordable price. THC is psychoactive, which produces the “high” associated with cannabis. CBD is non-psychoactive in nature and is safe for children, Townsend said. Prior to opening the store with her husband, Gabe, she said she worked as a surgical assistant.
Besides treating anxiety, she said CBD also helps people manage pain, inflammation, seizures, and neurological conditions like autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is more commonly known as ADHD. Townsend said she also has customers who use it to treat diabetes, control blood pressure or help with sleep problems. There are also variations of CBD products she sells that treat pets for many of the same issues.
In terms of things like autism, Townsend said parents told her CBD made a “night and day” difference for them.
“CBD actually works with your endocannabinoid system, which is the master regulator of your whole body, and it is in charge of regulating mood and pain, and sleep, and basically all the functions in your body,” she said. “When it’s not functioning properly … it can oftentimes create symptoms.”
When autistic people take CBD, Townsend said their attention span improves and they are able to better regulate themselves. She said communication skills and sleep issues can be resolved for them as well.
For things like pain, she said traditional medicines can negatively affect other parts of the body like the liver, “whereas CBD is not going to be damaging to those (body parts).”
“Not only is it not going to have those side effects and it’s not going to be damaging to your body, but it’s also going to have other benefits,” Townsend said. “So if you’re using it to treat pain, it’s also going to help with your mood improvement, less stress and anxiety, (and) better sleep.”
Before Townsend took CBD, she noted her anxiety manifested with symptoms like heart palpitations, shaking, and feeling like she would fall over. Nowadays, she said she doesn’t get anxiety like she used to.
The store sells a wide variety of products like gummies, honey, capsules, drinks and bath bombs. They also sell topicals, which are creams applied to the skin for aches or pains, or tinctures, which are typically taken by putting it under a person’s tongue.
Battle Ground Natural Healing is located at 715 W. Main St., Suite No. 115, Battle Ground. The business is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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