So abundant were the CBD-infused treats Saturday at the Vermont Cannabis & Hemp Convention that even the dogs were getting in on the action.
Well, one anyway: Maple, a Spinone Italiano, sat quietly with her owner, Rachael Henne, at the table for RopaNa LLC, a CBD company from White River Junction. When Henne retrieved a vial of CBD, which is heralded for its supposed anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties, Maple licked voraciously from the dropper.
The pooch has anxiety, said Henne, and needed the stuff to cope with the buzzing crowd inside the DoubleTree by Hilton in South Burlington. A vet recommended Maple take Xanax, but Henne said she knew the healing power of CBD — and it's worked.
"Every time we take the bottle out, even for ourselves, she gets really excited and runs over," said Henne, whose company name means "heal oneself" in Sanskrit. And, at least to this observer, Maple was certainly chill.
RopaNa was one of about 65 exhibitors from around the country participating in the two-day convention, the first of its kind in Vermont. Attendees flitted from booth to booth, trying CBD-infused goodies such as maple candies, fudge, honey, kombucha, coffee, lollipops and CBD hemp joints. The extract was also on offer in salves, lotions, tinctures, massage oils, soaps and even CBD hand sanitizer.
Industry entrepreneurs hawked items of all kinds: grow lights, pipes, machines that extract CBD from hemp plants, security systems, grinders and hemp plants.
The skunky smell of cannabis was omnipresent, as were 420 puns.