Since opening its doors over the summer, Care By Design Market in Farmington has offered nearly a dozen free workshops to help people understand products some call a miracle and others question.
For Chris Rosema, who handles retail fulfillment for the shop, cannabidiol – also known as CBD – has meant the difference between an active life and one with limits. Six years ago, two surgeries left him with scar tissue and a frozen shoulder.
He says combination of full-spectrum CBD cream and physical therapy got him onto a golf course this summer, for the first time in years.
“I spent a year and a half on pain killers,” Rosema said, adding that the fear of addiction “scared the life out of me, so I searched for alternatives.” He also wanted to help make his mother, who lives with an auto-immune disorder, as comfortable as possible.
Rosema’s experience started before marijuana was legalized in Michigan; he needed a doctor’s prescription for the cream he used. Now, gas stations, vape shops, grocery stores, and even a video store in Farmington Hills sell CBD products.
What they don’t provide, Rosema said, is education and consistent, high quality products. Care By Design works with reliable vendors and offers classes and individual guidance in a “safe, comfortable learning environment.”
“There’s a lot of misinformation out there,” Rosema said. “It’s different for everybody, and it doesn’t work for everyone.”
Cannabinoids are natural and can be found in plants other than marijuana. CBD works with the nervous system, and part of using it effectively is to create a “homeostasis,” with CBD “running through our system all the time, so it’s available when pain happens,” Rosema said.
Along with CBD, Care By Design Market offers a range of wellness products, like natural hemp-seed energy bars, kombucha, and specialty herbal teas. There’s also a line of CBD-infused pet products. Rosema said full-spectrum CBD treats calmed down one of his dogs and helped another with arthritis pain.
In addition to weekly “CBD Sessions”, Care By Design Market offers meeting space to other groups.
“We’ve had yoga classes and networking groups use it,” Rosema said. “All are welcome here.”
Care By Design is located at 32746 Grand River. To learn more, follow the store on Facebook.