Posted 9/27/16 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
Ann DuTreil Frost of Ray just recently returned from the Montana State Cannabis and Hemp Festival in Lolo Hot Springs, where she had a vendor booth to sell her cannabidiol products.
Cannabidiol is one of hundreds of compounds found in marijuana.
However, cannabidiol is like industrial hemp. It’s not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t get a user high. And it’s also completely legal.
Frost said it rained a lot at the event, and it was not the most comfortable trip. But after travel expenses she turned a decent profit.
Frost said cannabidiol helps ease her pain from a back and pelvis injury she suffered a few years ago.
Her doctor prescribed hydrocodone and muscle relaxants for the pain, and the drugs left her constantly sedated.
“I didn’t do my hobbies. I didn’t play with my grandchildren. I used to crochet, and I stopped doing that,” Frost said.
She and her husband, Scott, started a workplace safety business a couple years ago, which required them to go to jobsites.
Her clients, the oil companies, said she could not be on site if she was taking drugs that affected her coordination, even if the drugs were prescribed.
She tried a few other options, one of which was cannabidiol, which she found worked well.
Most of all, it cleared her head.
“It was like going from black and white to color,” she said.
She said cannabidiol won’t work for everyone, and it’s no magic bullet for serious pain problems.
For her own pain, she said it doesn’t numb it like the drugs she was prescribed. She is still in pain, but cannabidiol does ease the pain enough to make it manageable.
At first, she purchased the cannabidiol in gummy bears from a supplier who was not a very good cook, apparently. She said the candies tasted bad and had a strange texture.
“It was like cake batter with lumps in it,” she said.
So she made her own and posted about her little project on social media. Her friends took interest and asked if they could get some for themselves.
So things took off before she had even considered the possibility of starting a business.
“It kind of started overnight,” she said.
After playing around with recipes for a year, she opened The Zen Butterfly about a year ago.
The group she set up on social media now has over 2,000 subscribers, and she’s shipping as far away as Ireland and the United Kingdom.
In addition to the gummy bears, The Zen Butterfly sells salves, soaps, and tinctures.
The salves and soaps she said are great for minor skin problems.
Frost, who worked in the medical industry for 25 years as a medical transcriptionist, medical assistant, and ER technician, said the products are safe and no more dangerous than any other food.
She said you can drink a whole bottle of a cannabidiol tincture and nothing bad will happen.
She said the products are good for pets, too.
Anyone interested in buying cannabidiol products can call Frost at 713-0381.