The team at McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center has been sharing the beauty and benefits of Mother Nature with customers for more than a century. So as consumers grew curious about plant-based cannabidiol (better known as CBD) as an elixir for everything from anxiety to chronic pain, McArdle’s botanicals experts were answering more and more questions about its potential benefits. “What we were seeing were customers curious and even a little tentative about trying CBD products,” says Christine McArdle.
So the McArdle’s team tapped into its expertise of all things botanical to develop a signature line of CBD products, ranging from dietary supplements to beauty products and dog treats.
From the outset, the McArdle’s team was focused on creating top-of-the-line products, working closely with a Colorado supplier to source a high-grade CBD that contains zero percent THC (or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the more notorious marijuana molecule that produces a high and those telltale munchie cravings.
“Unfortunately, so much of the CBD being sold now is processed overseas. It isn’t coming from great soil and the processing isn’t up to par either,” explains Christine, the granddaughter-in-law of founders James and Mary McArdle.“We wanted to produce something we could feel good about putting our name on and that our customers could trust.”
Citing strict FDA guidelines as well as ongoing research into CBD’s potential benefits for a variety of ailments and conditions, Christine is careful not to tout its products as a panacea for anything. “I can tell you that a lot of people who seek out CBD are trying it as a natural alternative [therapy] for things like anxiety and pain, or they are using it to complement other things they are doing,” she says.
The CBD line is a natural extension of McArdle’s focus on connecting people with the plant world as a healthful resource. Its staff works with customers interested in choosing plants that contribute to an overall sense of well-being. “We believe in the power of plants, so exploring this made sense,” says Christine.
What’s In Store
A look at the McArdle’s line of CBD products
Christine notes that canines lack a human’s tendency to benefit from a placebo effect. So if Fido is a little more chill after noshing on one of these protein-packed CBD infused treats, you’ll know why.
This calming mask includes CBD in a deeply hydrating serum that leaves complexions dewy and revitalized.
The McArdle’s line of CBD treatments was created to suit a variety of palates. Options include fast-acting tinctures, gel capsules and colorful, sweetened gummies.
Rub some of this balm into achy muscles and joints for a botanically sourced alternative to over-the-counter pain-relieving ointments.
More Than Just A Pretty Face
Plants you can put to work
Orchids, like all plants, absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen. “But they are night owls that do all their hard work when we’re sleeping, so having one in the bedroom is a great idea,” says Christine. Think of them as the plant world’s antidote to a good night’s sleep. Aloe is the perfect starter succulent for anyone interested in creating a medicinal home garden. Gel harvested from its thick, fleshy leaves can be slathered on sunburns and other skin irritations for naturally soothing relief. Snake plant is known as nature’s air purifier. This hearty statement plant recognized by its sword-like leaves is easy to maintain and particularly efficient in clearing the air of toxins.