CBD Legality in Sarasota


Dear Wild Ginger Apothecary customers, friends and family:

We have received many calls and visits from concerned customers in response to local Sarasota News about the legality of CBD from news from Spring 2019. Please be aware that we remain open and we are operating as usual. Wild Ginger Apothecary has been a licensed business within Sarasota County since 2014.

We will continue to carry safe and legal CBD products in addition to our many wellness offerings. All CBD offerings are hemp-derived, legal, organic and third-party lab tested (in compliance the 2018 Farm Bill). We are so much more than CBD: including education, services, holistic products and alternative remedies (such as herbal formulas, adaptogens, aromatherapy and more). Wild Ginger Apothecary remains Sarasota's community for health + wellness, and we continue to grow and improve to serve you!

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out by calling us at 941.312.5630.

Thank you, always, for your support!
Nicole + WGA Staff

What your loved ones want to say...

In my Messages from Heaven events and private readings, I have witnessed countless transformational messages from the other side. Many people are seeking answers regarding their loved ones, some have questions about what they are doing now, and others have questions about the final moments of their life and everything in between.

With my process, I validate our loved ones in spirit by bringing forth all the evidence that spirit brings me. When I allow spirit to speak it can be anything from aspects of personality, appearance, special memories, family dynamics, and facts around their lives that only YOU would know. Often times, they also are standing there with other loved ones you didn’t intend on connecting with. The family pets that have passed, for another, is an added love bonus!

Messages from the other side after validating your loved one and speaking to you about how they are with you now have been all across the board! Your brother might bring up the fact you have been putting off replacing the roof and it is time to address it before it gets worse. Your mother may want you to know that, as she shows me her petting her golden, although her hands were severely arthritic and painful, she is free from all pain now. I’ve had loved ones who suffered from depression and mental illness thanking their mothers, sisters, and brothers for standing by them and loving them unconditionally. They want you to know how they are lining up the best of things to come your way and what that looks like! Most often they are so grateful you never stop talking to them, thinking of them, and keep their memory alive! They show me when and how you honor them. Most of all, when they are speaking to you and you are receptive so that you know that was REALLY them when you thought you were connecting with them!

I cannot possibly write out all of what the spirit world wants to say, but please know they are with you every moment in everyday. Their love is eternal and they will be there for you as you continue to journey through this life.

Hope Taylor is a Psychic Medium that hosts special events several times per year at Wild Ginger Apothecary. Here next event in Sarasota is Sunday June 23rd. You can learn more about Hope here.

Hope Taylor Psychic Medium

Tarot Tuesday with Ayla: April 23


Can you feel it? The energy today is creating a GIANT space for inner growth and awareness! Let's take a look at this week's cards.

Justice is a major arcana card, which right away tells us that this is a MAJOR theme we will be experiencing over the next week. Starting today we need to start taking accountability for our actions! This card is all about the choices we make and this week we might start to feel the pressure of past decisions, or future ones, starting to amplify. Focus your intention and let yourself move on from things you cannot change. Try not to judge the actions of others too harshly —we’re all going through major shifts right now!

Another big theme for this week comes to us in the form of The High Priestess reversed. Our divine guidance system might feel “out-of-order” this week as everyone is going to be interacting and reacting from an emotionally and spiritually vulnerable place! While turned on her head, she asks us to silence our minds and truly listen. Do your best not to partake in idle gossip and whispers —these are distractions from the messages trying to be presented. If obstacles and issues are popping up in your life right now, take a deep breath and ask yourself: what is this trying to teach me? Every struggle is a blessing in disguise.

Our final card is the Seven of Swords reversed. We all feel unworthy sometimes. Whether it be about material, emotional, or spiritual reality it can be hard to be real with ourselves in a loving way. Society has brainwashed us into extremes, not allowing room for mistake. This card is a reminder to not doubt yourself anymore and find that confidence, even if it’s only the beginning. The other message is focusing on inner deceit, is there something you are tricking yourself or others into believing? Don’t just think negative either!  You could be taking on too much, convincing yourself and others that you can get it done OR telling yourself that you CAN’T do it even though you CAN!

Ayla Murray is available for Tarot, Astrology and Psychic Readings at Wild Ginger Apothecary every Tuesday 10am-6pm, Wednesday 10am-1pm, Thursday 10am-2pm, Friday 10am-12pm, or by appointment. Learn more about Ayla here!

Wild Ginger Apothecary's CBD Education Video Series

We are excited to announce Wild Ginger Apothecary's CBD Education Series. In these videos, we will explore the benefits and use of CBD for health. At WGA, we are a community for health + wellness. We carry only organic, hemp-derived CBD products, with 3rd party lab testing for purity and strength. We pride ourselves on offering the area's best CBD product selection, with complimentary one-on-one consultation in selecting the best option for you.

Thanks to our CBD Educator, Steve, for sharing his knowledge with the WGA community. You can meet him weekly at CBD Coffee Hour - every Friday from 10am-12pm, as well as at our monthly CBD 101 class.


February Astrological Forecast


Your February Horoscope 

By Suzanne Gerber

ARIES (March 21–April 19): Practice your juggling skills! This month, career demands or a project of your own compete for time with family and friends. Luckily, you’ll have energy to burn. On the 3rd, Venus enters your professional arena for the rest of the month—at least work will be social and creative! Looking to recruit people to a cause or mission? Make your appeal near the new moon in Aquarius on the 4th.  

TAURUS (April 20–May 20): Get ready for an infusion of energy! On the 14th, action planet Mars zooms into your sign for six weeks. Move that project from the back burner to the front and don’t turn down the heat till it’s done. Looking for work inspiration? The Aquarius new moon on the 4th could trigger a new development in the coming weeks. Get out there and network like the pro you are.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20): It’s a super-social month, with all the planets in your extroverted hemisphere. The first two weeks are great for exploring new venues, throwing parties or being a frequent guest. On the 14th, you might need to come in for a landing and recharge your batteries. A full Virgo supermoon on the 19th encourages time with close friends and family. Don’t forget to give your S.O. plenty of attention! 

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Going somewhere? Travel, adventure and anything that expands your horizons is favored this month as the Sun and curious Mercury buzzsaw through that part of your chart. But block out alone-time with your favorite partner in crime during the Aquarius new moon on the 4th and the following two weeks. That’s prime canoodling time! Try to wrap up a professional project by the 14th, when your motivation dips. 

LEO (July 23–August 22): Make a personal issue top priority so you can wrap it up for once and for all. Your romantic life gets a shot in the arm during the Aquarius new moon on the 4th and the two weeks that follow. Single? Try some new approaches—and keep an open mind! Professional matters will dominate your calendar after the 14th, when motivated Mars returns to your house of work and prestige after a two-year hiatus. 

VIRGO (August 23-September 22): The year’s only Aquarius new moon on the 4th puts health and fitness front and center for at least two weeks. If you’re still paying the piper for holiday indulgences, hop back on the wellness wagon now. You’ll be happy you did once the Sun joins outgoing Mercury in your relationship sector on the 18th. Planning a getaway? Get serious when Mars revs into your travel zone on the 14th. 

LIBRA (September 23–October 22): Fairy tales can come true… especially during the Aquarius new moon (4th) and full moon (19th). For once you’ll be leading with your heart not your head, so enjoy the quixotic energy! But once the Sun joins analytical Mercury in your house of work, service and self-care, plant those Havaianas back on terra firma and take care of business—including your own wellbeing! 

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21): Do you really want to hibernate in sunny Florida?! It may be hard to coax you out this month, with the planets packed into your privacy hemisphere. But you don’t have to be a hermit! If you’ve wanted to show off a renovation or new décor, or need an excuse to cook up a storm, throw a party—or several! Single? Ask friends to bring other singles and turn up the Scorpio charm.

 SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21): When lucky Venus makes her annual visit to your money zone on the 3rd, you could get a surprise windfall or someone may finally repay a debt. Also possible: You might find the pièce de résistance you’ve been searching for. If you’ve got the funds, go ahead and splurge! (If not but you still really “need” it, finance it.) Starting on the 14th, focus on healing a physical or emotional ache.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19): Your magnetism goes off the charts on the 3rd, when aesthetic Venus makes her annual visit to your sign. Been mulling a makeover—for your home or personal style? Start spending time on Pinterest or other home and fashion sites for inspiration. No need to rush, but be ready to “get your glam on” when excitable Mars blasts into your passion sector on the 14th for the first time in two years!

AQUARIUS (January–February 18): Ready for your close-up? The year’s only Aquarius new moon on the 4th inspires you to get serious about something you’ve been procrastinating on. Give yourself two more weeks to waffle—then pull the trigger! After the 18th, you can heal a riff with a sibling or friend—if you’re willing to let bygones be bygones. Feeling social? Start planning a fete for sometime after the 14th.

PISCES (February 18–March 20): Do something creative at work or in your love life the first two days of February, but then kick back and see how things play out. It’s a social month, though you may want to hide in your Fish tank during the introspective new moon on the 4th. If you’ve been nursing an emotional wound, take till the 19th, when a full supermoon in your relationship corner forces you to “deal.”

Suzanne Gerber of Stars & Stones Healing is a locally based intuitive astrologer, shamanic/energy practitioner and spiritual life coach. She works at Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate on many Friday afternoons on a drop-in basis and is available for private in-person and phone sessions by appointment. Or book her for your next “psychic party”!


January Astrological Forecast


What the Stars Have in Store for You for January 2019

By Suzanne Gerber

ARIES (March 21–April 19): You’ll be firing on all cylinders with your passionate ruler, Mars, marching through your sign all month. This gives you all the energy and motivation you need to tackle a big project that got sidelined over the holidays. On the 6th, Uranus ends a five-month retrograde in your sign that might have thrown a few wrenches your way. Now you don’t have to duck: You can outrun Uranus and the competition!

TAURUS (April 20–May 20): No more procrastinating! Leap out of your comfort zone and into something you talk about but never get around to. With your house of adventure, travel and education on fire, those areas may take on a new urgency. You can do something transformative on the 11th—and if you need a little push, ask for it! The week of the 21st kicks off a great month for your career, especially any new initiatives.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20): You may feel torn between enjoying an active social life and spending more time alone—in nature or with your partner. You can strengthen all kinds of significant relationships. For singles, it’s an excellent month for trying new approaches to meeting people, especially on the 6th and 11th. At work and socially, make a point of listening to people more. They might be feeling more sensitive than they’re letting on.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): You’ll be as lonely as you want to be this month! With half the sky piled into your relationship zone in future-oriented Capricorn, you’re thinking about the long haul. Single? Discuss your goals with serious prospects, and don’t shy away from asking questions about their financial footing. Solid couples might enjoy renewing their vows or planning a “special-anniversary” trip for later in the year. This bodes well for business partnerships, too.

LEO (July 23–August 22): January is a time for rest, renewal and dealing with any health issues you’ve let slide. Feeling fit as a fiddle? You can get more competitive in sports or hobbies, or learn a healing technique to help others. Give yourself the gift of self-care with massages, acupuncture or whatever you’re drawn to. This is a great month to volunteer and offer your services—pro bono if you’re in a position to.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22): You’re a practical earth sign, so even your “fun” needs to be somewhat practical—definitely not frivolous! But with a pileup of planets in your playful, creative and romantic zone all month, you might just break your own mold. Dating or spending quality time with your S.O. is priority number one, and the more active and artsy, the better. If you enjoy painting or doing crafts, make time for that too!

LIBRA (September 23–October 22): Home is where your heart is all month. If you’re ready to redecorate, renovate—or relocate—January presents some perfect opportunities. You’re not generally rash, yet now is a time to be extra future-minded. Make sure any changes will stand the test of time (not trendiness). Will a new home support “aging in place”? And make sure your partner is 100 percent in synch before you paint a single wall!

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21): Thinking and talking are great, but they aren’t doing! You’re ready to hit the gas on some personal goals, but “someone” might be more interested in discussing them than supporting you in actually working on them. Your co-ruler Mars is blasting ahead in trailblazing Aries, setting your mind is on fire! The trick is staying motivated even if you have to roll this out in phases.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21): Ever since your ruler, Jupiter, entered Sagittarius last November (for the first time in 12 years), you’ve felt like you could accomplish anything. And that’s true—with an asterisk. Now comes the “heavy lifting,” where you have to put in the elbow grease. Get that big dream into sharp focus, figure out the steps you have to take, make sure the funds are there, then put the pedal to the metal!

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19): You wait all year for “Capricorn season”: Now that it’s here, are you clear on your top few objectives? In addition to the Sun in your sign, there are at least three other planets turbo-charging your goals all month, with January 2nd and 11th being particularly galvanizing. You already know that slow and steady will win the race. Now you can add a “pedal-assist” to get you there even faster!

AQUARIUS (January–February 18): The thing about holidays is, sometimes you need another week to recover from them! This month, a team of planets are hunkered down in your R+R zone, urging you to decompress. You’re a social creature, but even you need your downtime. January offers the chance for just that. Walk on the beach, hike local preserves, garden, meditate. This way, your batteries will be fully recharged in time for lively “Aquarius season,” which begins on the 20th.

PISCES (February 18–March 20): Your network is your net worth! January is all about socializing—for fun and professional advancement. This is a boom time for your career or raising your profile in the community, whether for yourself or a cause you’re involved in. You could hit on a new income stream, possibly involving artistic pursuits. It’s a great time to travel or plan an epic trip for later in the year.

Suzanne Gerber of Stars & Stones Healing is a locally based intuitive astrologer, shamanic/energy practitioner and spiritual life coach. She works at Wild Ginger Apothecary on many Friday afternoons on a drop-in basis and is available for private in-person and phone sessions by appointment.

8 Benefits of CBD for Senior Citizens

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With the growing number of states across the country that have welcomed legislation making marijuana legal, both medically and recreationally, new products are being specifically tailored to the aging population. One such product, which comes in many forms, is Cannabidiol or CBD. CBD which can be delivered in multiple ways including oil vapor, topical cream, ingestible tinctures or edibles, is the non-psychoactive part found in marijuana. In layman terms, CBD delivers all of the benefits of marijuana without making the user high.  The positive effects that are brought on using CBD can be particularly welcoming to seniors.

Many seniors are not aware of how medical cannabis could improve their quality of life and how the stereotypical marijuana user and use has changed. Because CBD is extracted from the marijuana plant, seniors can take advantage of the medical benefits afforded by the extract without the head or body sensation often associated with marijuana. Additionally, seniors have the option of delivering CBD to their bodies in forms more familiar, rather than inhaling smoke. CBD is an oil extract and therefore can be added to things like topical gels, tinctures and edible products.

In many cases, these derivatives of cannabis can reduce or even replace the use of harmful and addictive prescription drugs. While this information is only now making its way into the mainstream, the natural consequence is, seniors drop their prejudices, face the reality and turn to the treatment of their minor and major age-related diseases using cannabis.

Here are 8 reasons why CBD should become a regular part of every seniors’ health routine as they age.

1.  Pain Relief

It has long been known that cannabis is a pain reliever to the same extent as, perhaps even better, prescription medication. For instance, clinical studies have proved that Marijuana is very effective in decreasing arthritis and nerve pain. Handmade, medical, boutique-style creams are the effective cure of different muscles and joint pains.

2.  Bone Health

Cannabis could provide a great need for the elderly as it relates to bone fragility. According to a study, cannabis use can help heal fractures and support healthier bones. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cannabis can be very useful for patients with multiple sclerosis.

3.  Soothing Effects

Although CBD is known for its soothing effects on senior consumers, it promotes the feeling of energy and acts against inertia. This is because CBD strengthens cells in the human body and contributes to complete regeneration.

In addition, CBD is an antioxidant that promotes the sense of vigilance that can be disturbed by the presence of free radicals. A study shows that cannabidiol has stronger antioxidant properties than Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

4.  Fights Glaucoma

There has been growing research that supports a link between cannabis and the treatment of glaucoma. Glaucoma, which is a neurodegenerative disease (the breakdown of neurons in the communication process from the brain to the body), affects the sight of individuals from an increase in pressure in the eye known as intraocular pressure (IoP). Going back decades, there is supporting evidence that cannabinoids can reduce IoP by up to 25%, however the required dosage of inhalation of full THC cannabis has posed a risk to some patients. However, due to the accompanying symptoms of glaucoma, CBD as a pain management product works well, and may have the added benefit of helping reduce pressure.

5.  Insomnia and Sleep Issues

The older we get, the more difficult it is to achieve sustained periods of deep sleep. During the deep sleep phases, our brain regenerates and is freed from toxic substances, which were produced by the body itself. Therefore, sleep quality is also of immense importance to prevent age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease or glaucoma. Frequently, elderly people are prescribed sleeping pills, which have a great potential for dependency and a wide range of unpleasant side effects. CBD can help in the extension of the deep sleep phase and the reduction of the lighter sleeping phases.

6.  Alternative to Prescription Medications

The number of seniors who use daily prescription drugs grows each year unnecessarily and continuously. Pharmaceutical companies present our government with one of the largest lobbying groups in the country, to promote the effectiveness and stability provided by their products. However, prescription drugs can be extremely dangerous for its users, and can be responsible for organ damage, tissue damage, drug addiction and even death.

 In comparison, marijuana is a safe alternative to prescription drugs, coming with fewer side effects and lower addictive traits. This benefit is heightened with CBD and in fact has been used to combat addiction to prescription drugs. Neither deaths nor overdoses have been documented, which are related to marijuana.

7.  Stimulates Appetite

A general, dangerous health hazard among older citizens is the loss of appetite, which causes weight loss, tissue weakness, and mental issues. While marijuana has been extensively researched, and shown to improve the appetite of users, CBD likewise has proven to be a good appetite stimulant and thus helpful for seniors.

8.  Alzheimer’s and Dementia

An emerging trend that is being researched is could marijuana prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease. According to multiple studies, cannabinoids, and by extension CBD, can contribute to the elimination of a toxic protein related to this disease. This is triggered by a loss of inflammation of the brain and regeneration of damaged cells.

While the potential benefits of CBD use are well documented, it is recommended that you always consult your physician regarding the use of any substance. And, further be aware that the use and possession of marijuana or CBD is illegal in several states. For a comprehensive list of states in which marijuana is and is not legal click here

Source: Senior Directory

How Omega 3 Improves the Effectiveness of CBD


Many people have heard about the benefits of CBD from their friends and family. As they become more curious, they will often conduct searches like, “Does CBD work?” In doing so, they are seeking a scientific explanation as to how this works. They also want independent confirmation that CBD does indeed produce the benefits they’ve heard about. In this blog post, we will give you a short overview of the endocannabinoid system and explain how omega 3 can help make CBD work more effectively.

CBD and other cannabinoids found in CBD oil interact with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. This system consists of three basic components:
1. Specialized lipids produced naturally in a healthy human body which are similar to the cannabinoids found in CBD oil
2. Specialized receptors within the cell membranes of brain cells, immune system cells, and various internal organ cells.
3. Specialized enzymes that produce cannabinoids and or degrade them.

When you take CBD oil, CBD and cannabinoids in the oil interact with the receptors in your endocannabinoid system, just like cannabinoids synthesized naturally inside your body because the chemical structure is essentially the same. They may also be modulated in their action by the specialized enzymes that can break them down (degrade them). It is this interaction with your endocannabinoid system that allows the cannabinoids in CBD oil to perform their magic.

It turns out that omega 3 plays a very critical role in maintaining proper functioning of your endocannabinoid system. This cannot be overemphasized enough so pay very close attention to this message: if you do not get enough omega 3 in your diet or through supplementation, you will not receive as great a benefit from taking CBD oil!

Here are just a few of the ways omega 3 helps maintain your endocannabinoid system:
– Keeps the receptors healthy and functioning properly.
– Helps you grow more receptors when you need them.
– Helps repair receptors.
– Helps synthesize cannabinoids within the body. You need this even if you are supplementing with CBD oil!
– Helps keep your omega 6 to omega 3 ratio low. You need this to maintain healthy membranes that can support the receptors.
– Helps create one type of cannabinoid out of another type as needed.
– Helps create the enzymes needed to produce or degrade cannabinoids as needed to regulate the whole system.

An important experiment looking at the effects of too little omega 3 on the functioning of the endocannabinoid system in mice was published in Nature Neuroscience in January 2011. The paper was entitled, “Nutritional omega-3 deficiency abolishes endocannabinoid-mediated neuronal functions.” Here is the URL if you’d like to read about it:

It is important to note that mice have a very similar endocannabinoid system to humans and all other mammals. Also, if you read this scientific paper, and others on this subject, it can get a little confusing because omega 3 is usually referred to as n-3 PUFAs. For clarity, PUFA stands for polyunsaturated fatty acid which is a type of lipid or simply a “fat.” So, just read n-3 PUFA as the code word for “omega 3.”  Much research in this area has been done in the last five to ten years. People who have a poorly functioning endocannabinoid system are sometimes said to have “Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome” or “Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency” and this is often brought on by poor nutrition, especially the lack of omega 3.

To get more omega 3 into your diet, eat more fish and seafood. Vegetarian sources like pumpkin seeds, walnuts, flax seeds, and dark green leafy vegetables are also sources of omega 3 but nowhere near as good as fish and seafood. On days you do not eat fish or seafood, consider taking an omega 3 supplement to improve the effectiveness of CBD oil.

The next time you hear the question, “Does CBD work?” or you see this question posted online, please point them to this article as an introduction.

Source: Highland Pharms

PRESS: SNN Small Business Saturday

We had a great Small Business Saturday, with thanks to SNN for featuring Wild Ginger Apothecary in their “Local stores hoping for a busy Small Business Saturday” clip!

Local Businesses are hoping you saved some room in your wallet after Black Friday for Small Business Saturday. They’re offering special deals for people continuing their holiday shopping.

“They’ll be a special gift with every purchase,” Corinne Bates said. “No matter how large or small.”

“Lots of Small Business Saturday deals,” Nicole Leffler said. “We’ve got a number of CBD items on buy one get one, we’ve got 50% off a huge amount of Holiday Clearance.”

Corinne Bates, owner of Blind Dezign Décor and More, says small business offer more than the big box store or online retailers.

“You’re not going to get the customer service,” Bates said. “You’re missing out on that one on one interaction, the customer service, the little specialty items you’re just not going to find online. The locally made artisans that bring in this beautiful crafted stuff.”

Wild Ginger Apothecary Owner Nicole Leffler says shopping small helps them grow and hire more local employees.

“We have a community of health and wellness,” Leffler said. “So we’re supporting about 100 different practitioners, teachers, and staff members that come in and out of here during the period of a year.”

Store owners are hoping people go out and visit many of the area stores, especially ones they’ve never been to before.

Are you seeking Spiritual Answers?

Greetings WGA Friends!

Are you seeking Spiritual Answers?

From AnnMarie Touchette, Spiritual Life Coach

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Many of us right now, are going through some major shifts.
Changes are happening in our lives.
This is affecting every aspect through our mental, physical, emotional  & spiritual selves.

I am here to let you know, that this is all part of our transformation of consciousness, energizing us as we go into the 2020’s.

Now is the time to awaken and look within.
All of humanity is now going up the next level in our development.
We all volunteered and came to attend Earth School. Today many of us have become aware that we are “more” and science has validated this for us.

Every one of us is a Spiritual Being, and we were given these special gifts when we came into this dimension to be a Human Being.

We now know more about the AfterLife, we don’t die, we have graduated and returned “home”.
Everyone has an “inner gut feeling” this is our natural knowingness.  
It is our inner voice or Intuition.

You may be feeling challenged, right now.  I am here to assist you.

My name is Rev AnnMarie Touchette,I am a spiritual life coach and educator.
My life path /purpose is lead by our universal source, God, guides, etc.  
Through this spiritual guidance, I have recently relocated to Sarasota Florida, via Texas and New Orleans.

As a Life coach, I offer one on one coaching and I use numerology and the tarot cards as tools to connect to your highest energy. I will discuss with you about your past present giving you the possibilities for your future. I am here to better balance the events of your everyday life in a loving, positive and prosperous direction.  I use my sense of humor to brighten your day.

As a Medium I am also able to connect to the afterlife and give you information that validates your loved ones are indeed around and watching over you. I offer spirit galleries and table tipping séances.

For those seeking more information about Who you were, as a Hypnotherapist I offer Past Life Regressions sessions. I also offer classes on developing your natural intuition.

I am available at Wild Ginger Apothecary by appointment.

For questions comments or more information contact me at: 817-528-8841 / AnnMarieTouchette.com

PRESS: Style Magazine Health & Wellness

As seen in Sarasota Herald Tribune's Style Magazine: HEALTH & WELLNESS: Nicole Leffler, owner of Wild Ginger Apothecary

Wild Ginger Apothecary offers a vast array of alternative and natural beauty and health products. After almost 15 years in the industry, owner Nicole Leffler makes sure to offer cannabidiol (CBD) in many of them. Though it is a derivative of cannabis plants, CBD is not psychoactive, and, in fact, is legal in all 50 states and does not require a prescription. 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota; 941-312-5630; wildgingerapothecary.com.

What are cannabinoids and what are the benefits to humans?
Cannabis plants contain over 100 naturally active compounds called cannabinoids. The human body has a central regulatory system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that contributes to a variety of biological processes, establishing the body’s natural state of balance for the central regulatory system.

Why would one supplement with them?
Endocannabinoids interact with the body’s central regulatory system. They’re the cannabinoids our bodies can produce as needed. If we have a deficiency or imbalance, our system recognizes and responds to cannabinoids from external sources (phytocannabinoids) that can promote healing.

How do endocannabinoids accomplish this?
Basically, they bind to cannabinoid receptors in both the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. This is also true for “phytocannabinoids,” the naturally occurring compounds that include CBD.

What’s the difference between THC and CBD?
Both are cannabinoids; THC, however, is psychoactive and requires a medical marijuana license for use in Florida. CBD is the most abundant naturally occurring non-psychoactive cannabinoid, totally legal in all 50 states.

What are some of the health benefits of CBD?
Research shows CBD has helped people with a host of conditions, including multiple sclerosis, arthritis, chronic pain, inflammation, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. This compound supports feelings of relaxation, and can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood and sleep and increase mental clarity.

Do you also recommend CBD for pets?
Yes, and for the same reasons. It’s effective for pain relief in animals and reduces anxiety, which is especially helpful during thunderstorms! Older dogs can really benefit from a daily CBD dosage.

What’s a short list of your CBD products?
CBD offerings include everything from tinctures, capsules, edibles (chocolates, gummies, honey, tea, etc.), vape options, topicals (balms, oils, face care, lotions, etc.), and more. We offer more than 100 options of CBD products.

How can our readers learn more?
CBD educators are always available in the store. They offer free, one-on-one CBD consultations, with a focus on individual health needs.

Review: CBD + Mood

I began my CBD journey with a bottle of CBD Oil. I used the 1000mg at first, experimenting with different dosages throughout the initial trial, and am happy to report my experience was a very positive one.

The first time using CBD Oil was in the evening right before bed, and when I woke up the next morning I could tell something was different. The last few years I have struggled with depression that seemed to be most intense in the mornings. It was like a huge dark cloud was waiting for me as I woke up.

After using CBD Oil, I woke up and the cloud was gone. I was in a bit of disbelief at first - but as the day continued I really felt different.  I felt lighter, my thoughts were clearer and it was much easier to focus. As I have continued to use CBD Oil, the biggest thing that I am observing is that not only is the dark cloud gone, but emotionally I feel much stronger on a day to day basis. Where I used to feel stressed, weak or overwhelmed, I now have a renewed sense of peace and resilience.

After having such a remarkable experience with CBD Oil, I wanted to get a better idea of why I was feeling this shift, so I jumped in to the research. What I started to understand was that CBD supports the body by regulating the nervous system, and helps balance the different neurotransmitters that play a role in almost every system in the body. What I was experiencing started to make more sense. CBD is referred to a “smart” supplement because it seems to know how to bring balance where things are out of balance. 

Because I was having such positive results I asked my 15 year old son to try it and after a couple of days he reported that the anxiety that he was living with (and just thought was normal) had disappeared.

After these experiences I am wishing that I would have opened my mind to CBD much earlier. In the short time that I have been working with CBD Oil, my quality of life has definitely improved.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone whose looking for “smart” way to support their nervous system and bring more balance to their life.

Guest post by Wild Ginger Apothecary customer.

Full-Spectrum CBD Oil and other hemp-derived CBD products are in-stock now at Wild Ginger Apothecary. Visit us at 6557 Superior Avenue in the Gulf Gate Shopping Village. Feel free to email or call anytime at 941.312.5630.  

What does Pisces season have in store for YOU?

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From Suzanne Gerber, WGA's on-site Astrologer:

Dear Friends and Fellow Seekers,

Pisces season is upon us, helping us "close the books" on another zodiac year and start planting the seeds we want to sprout in the next one, which begins on March 20, aka the first day of Aries. Regardless of your sun sign, these next three-plus weeks are prime time for clearing house, letting go and moving on.

The symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions yet bound together by an unbreakable cord. The Pisces among you innately understand that inner tug of war. But on a deeper level, as the last of the 12 signs, it also symbolizes the cycles of life and death—or really, birth and rebirth. (For what is "death" but transformation?)

Pisces rules the twelfth house of the zodiac wheel, where things dissolve and regenerate. Qualities we ascribe to this house and sign (and its ruler, nebulous Neptune) are endings, transitions, dreams, imagination, creativity, intuition, spontaneous healing, the divine, the mystical, the magical, the impossible. It's also associated with escape, addiction, fantasy, madness and secret enemies. See why so many find Pisces inscrutable!

I was taught and completely believe that all the signs have something to teach the rest of us. And I have learned at the feet of true Pisces masters! (There's a little astro-humor there, as Pisces rules the feet.) A short list of those teachers of mine includes my mother (double Pisces), my son (incalculably Pisces), four exes, and many super-close friends. These wise old souls have taught me to loosen up on my reins and let things flow; that manifesting doesn't happen by willful pushing; that we need to get out of our own way and align with greater forces; and when all those cosmic cherries line up, we hit the jackpot. For the record, not all of my Pisces teachers are aware of this curriculum. Sometimes we learn by watching others flounder—sorry, bad fish pun!

During these four weeks of introspection, rumination and catch and release, we are all invited to take spiritual inventory. What are you still trying to "reel in" to your life, what are you struggling to let go of? And—the real question—what's getting in your way? The other embossed invitation of Pisces season is to shift out of our manic, driven, goal- and self-oriented Western mindset and discover how it feels to feel our way through, as if we're wandering in pitch darkness. True, we might stumble. Yes, we might fall. But in the process, we may also stumble upon a way to fall into rhythm with our wiser selves. And by becoming entrained to a higher wisdom, we might finally figure out how the law of attraction really works.

Questions? Comments? Insights? I'd love to hear from you. And if you'd like your very own personal astrological consultation, just drop a line. (Drop a line: Get it??)

Nebulously yours,

Suzanne will be available for Astrology Readings Fridays and by appointment at Wild Ginger Apothecary: Studio + Lounge. To reserve a spot, call/text her at 917.748.4644 or email suzannegerber0@gmail.com.

Intuitive astrologer and energy healer Suzanne Gerber has been called “eerily accurate,” “insightful and transformational” and a “soul tuner.” By working with your birth chart and tuning into your energy field, she channels remarkably specific information about work, love, relationships, money, home, travel, health, life purpose and whatever else you’re curious about. As a “spiritual life coach,” Suzanne has helped thousands of people gain greater understanding of their talents, challenges and destiny over the past 33 years. A reading can provide insight, guidance and confirmation or help you navigate current roadblocks. But sometimes talking isn’t enough, and that’s where her training as a shamanic practitioner and Reiki/energy healer comes in. After she’s read your chart, Suzanne can cleanse and rebalance your chakras, locate and remove energetic blocks and cords, and perform traditional shamanic healings, like Illumination and Soul Retrieval. You can read more at her website, www.starsandstoneshealing.com.

Review: Curve CBD's Full Spectrum Oil


I was excited to try my sample of Curve CBD Full-Spectrum oil, and after using the product regularly for three weeks, I came to some very interesting conclusions!

I began my regular dosing of the oil on January 13th, and with only a couple of exceptions, used it each day in the morning as instructed. I didn’t change my exercise regimen during this time period, as I regularly practiced yoga and jogged in the mornings on a set schedule.  The oil is taken orally each morning, by holding it under your tongue for 15 to 20 seconds, and then swallowed for full effect.

As a general rule, I am a anxious person. Like many of us, I tend to worry about things that are beyond my control, and have trouble shutting down my mind at the end of the day, which leads to insomnia or poor quality of sleep.

Although I generally stay away from caffeine in large amounts, the anxiety makes me feel uneasy and jittery most working days, and I only feel relief on the weekends when I don’t have the usual triggers weighing on me.  After taking the CBD oil regularly for the last 3 weeks, I’ve discovered that there is a absolutely a pronounced difference in the way I feel.  The jitteriness has melted away, and I’ve felt at ease for the entire day.  My sleep is no longer disrupted, and I have been sleeping for a full 6 to 7 hours each night (which is about normal for me).

I have felt even bigger advantages when working out in the mornings. I’ve felt stronger, and have far fewer joint and muscle aches and pains since taking the oil. My running sessions have felt much more productive because my head feels clear, and I’ve been able to stay focused during my workout routines.  I seem to feel much less muscle soreness in my shoulders and wrists in the hours and days after each workout as well. The CBD oil has added a solid feeling of well-being on top of my daily routine, and made me feel positive about the experience. Additionally, my asthma, which usually plagues me during changes in the air or during exercise,
has felt much more in check since starting ingesting the product.

Not only did my workouts benefit, but my days at work have become much more productive and manageable since starting the oil. Situations that normally would challenge me and cause feelings of panic and anxiety seemed to come and go with ease, with much less mental strain. I have felt calm, and had the ability to slow down and think these situations through without letting them become toxic to my well-being. Even interactions with a certain coworker that normally ended in extreme anxiety didn’t bother me, and I was able to get out the words I needed to say to diffuse the situation and just let it go afterwards.

Lastly, the CBD oil had a significant positive impact on my anxiety induced by traveling, specifically flying on a plane. I suffer from fairly serious anxiety when on an airplane, especially during stressful moments such as takeoff and landings. While this is an issue that won’t dissipate completely, the oil definitely had a positive and welcome impact and lessened the amount of anxiety I was feeling when flying recently.

Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised at the difference Curve CBD oil has made in my daily life overthe last few weeks, and look forward to continuing use. I hope more people can have the opportunity to try the product like I did, and enjoy the benefits it can bring.

Guest post by Dana Gilbreath, Wild Ginger Apothecary customer & neighbor!

Curve CBD Full-Spectrum CBD Oil and other hemp-derived CBD products are in-stock now at Wild Ginger Apothecary. Visit us at 6557 Superior Avenue in the Gulf Gate Shopping Village. Feel free to email or call anytime at 941.312.5630.  

CBD Coffee: The Perfect Pair

3 Reasons Why CBD-Infused Coffee Is Amazing

Coffee and cannabis go together better than peanut butter and jelly. Recent research has found that caffeine and cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychotropic compound in the cannabis plant, may have some synergistic effects.

The study was conducted in zebrafish and found that long-term caffeine consumption protects against memory loss associated with extremely high doses of CBD (the benefits of isolated CBD seem to diminish the further you exceed your therapeutic dose range). 

While humans and zebrafish are two entirely different creatures, this perhaps suggests that caffeine might be a useful additive to consider in CBD therapies due their synergistic effect. And vice versa, you may benefit by splashing a little CBD into your daily caffeine dose.

Although research in humans is needed, the authors do mention that zebrafish have responses to CBD that are similar to other animal models.

So, what else can we say about this relationship between CBD and coffee?

1. CBD eases anxiety

Tired of having the jitters? CBD may be helpful for balancing out the sometimes overly stimulating effects of caffeine.

It is fairly well documented in preclinical literature that CBD is a potent anxiolytic.

Caffeine, on the other hand, can trigger anxiety attacks. Caffeine is a stressor that can trigger the release of the hormone adrenaline in the body.  Adrenaline is what triggers the fight or flight response, promoting stress and anxiety.  

CBD, however, may counteract some of these effects. CBD-infused coffee is stimulating without the edge.

CBD and caffeine both interact with adenosine in the body. Adenosine is a calming neurotransmitter that helps the body determine when it's time to stay awake and when you need more sleep. 

However, CBD and caffeine have opposite effects on this time clock chemical. Caffeine blocks the body from being able to feel the sedative effects of adenosine. With CBD, however, early research suggests that CBD may improve the body's response to adenosine. It seemingly does this by increasing the amount of calming adenosine available for the body to use.

This is why a little CBD can ease caffeine-induced nervousness. 

The anti-anxiety effects of CBD are quite powerful. In humans, British researchers have found that CBD is antipsychotic. In a phase 2 study of 88 patients with schizophrenia found that CBD successfully improved cognition and symptoms of the condition. In this case, CBD was used as an adjunctive therapy in treatment-resistant patients.

2. CBD is energizing and boosts mood

Early research has shown that low-dose CBD seems to have an energizing effect. This means that you can feel stimulated and awake with less overall caffeine. No need to order a second espresso or upsize your latte.

CBD also inspires an overall sense of positive well-being. Animal research suggests that the cannabinoid can boost mood, which can make waking up a little easier. 2016 rodent study found that CBD treatment caused a rapid increase in serotonin, a feel-good neurotransmitter that is often regulated with antidepressants.

Cranky in the morning? A cup of joe can help. Coffee also has some mood-lifting properties. A  2011 studypublished in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that women who drank 3 cups of caffeinated coffee each day were 15 percent less likely to develop depression.

Combining the two? Seems like a great way to start the day. Not to mention, CBD is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory, which can be helpful for those with morning time tension in the muscles and joints.

3. CBD and caffeine are both potent antioxidants

Both coffee and CBD are superfoods. Several compounds in coffee, including caffeine, are powerful antioxidants. Coffee is considered the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western Diet. Antioxidants protect cells and DNA from damage, which supports healing and offers protection against aging.

CBD is also a powerful antioxidant. In fact, the U.S. Government owns a patent (US6630507 B1) on “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants.” Cannabinoids like CBD are expected to be particularly helpful for recovery from major brain events like trauma or stroke.

We're thrilled to announce that our neighbors at The Clever Cup Coffee Shop now offer our Siesta Key Sea Bee Dee CBD tincture as an add-on option to their delicious coffee beverages!  Ask for it next time you place an order!  Or pick up your own bottle at Wild Ginger Apothecary next time you're in, to make your own CBD Coffee right at home!

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Anatomical Empowerment

Yoga for Anatomical Empowerment Workshop

On January 27th, 2018 from 2-4 PM I’ll be offering a workshop entitled Yoga for Anatomical Empowerment at Wild Ginger Apothecary's Studio.  When I first chose the title for this workshop, I liked it because it had some oomph, it’s a series of strong words that (hopefully) invoke curiosity -- it has for me, at least!

In considering more deeply what I meant by this phrase, I’ve delved into a deeper analysis of what EMPOWERMENT really means. This is one of those buzzwords, especially in feminist and other alternative circles, that gets thrown around without a lot of definition.

So the analysis begins with what is POWER? According to Starhawk, a leader in contemporary discussions about power, there are three types of power : power-over -- linked to domination and control, power-from-within -- empowerment, and power-with -- the influence we wield among equals (from The Empowerment Manual). Power has been coveted, shared, stolen, abused and upheld in countless ways throughout history, taking each of these different forms across contexts, and having become a bit of dirty word. But power is just a kind of energy, able to be wielded for good, evil and everything in between.

The power I’m interested in talking about here is power-from-within, which yields a sense of being EMPOWERED. To me, this means having the confidence and agency to act based on your own needs, desires, ambitions and preferences. Power is taken away from us when we are unable to act in our own best interest - empowerment is having the courage to act.

Power comes from many different sources, but the sources I hope to share in this workshop are information and awareness. I believe that much of the power of yoga comes from this source - the more deeply present and aware we are, the more consciously we can move through our lives, the more we can connect to a sense of confidence and agency.

There are many layers of awareness, perhaps best seen through the koshas, or the framework for layers of self laid out by ancient yogis. We can be aware of our physical body, breath body, mental/emotional body, wisdom body and bliss body -- the more tuned in we are to each of these layers, the more presence we cultivate.

In this workshop, we will focus primarily on the physical body, anna maya kosha, a layer of self many of us in our culture have lost connection to. As our jobs keep us sitting down for hours at a time, the pressures of our work keep us in our head, we often overlook the POWER that can come from awareness and information offered by our bodies.

Not only will we examine our physical movement patterns, and what a personalized yoga practice might look like for each student, we will delve in to how to feels to listen so deeply to our bodies, we gain a deep sense of empowerment. Our bodies are a treasure trove of information and guidance, available at any and every moment. Come connect to your anatomy through this practice, and cultivate your internal sources of power.

Leah Van Winkle is a Sarasota native, back for the winter from her home in Kentucky to share all that she has learned with the local yoga community! She has trained extensively in various styles of yoga at Kripalu Center in MA, The Om Place in Winchester, KY, and with teachers such as Doug Keller and Tom Myers, most of this training with a heavy focus on anatomy and the subtle details of alignment. Leah is also a professional Thai Bodyworker, trained with renowned teachers like Michael Sitzer, Noam Tyroler, and soon to train in the Soma Veda Lineage. Besides yoga, Leah loves outdoor adventure, delicious, nourishing food (especially ferments!), and learning as much as she can about whatever she can. Feel free to reach out with questions and clarifications about any of these offerings!

Stress and Relaxation

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We’ve all heard it a million times, chronic stress is unhealthy -- weight gain, inflammation, low energy, illness, and countless more symptoms are attributed to staying in a constantly hyper aroused, high cortisol state. The ill effects of our overbooked lives are no secret -- the phrase chronic stress is thrown around so often, the meaning is almost gone!

What do you think, feel or notice when the concept comes up - do you KNOW if you are chronically stressed? Do you feel able to do something about it? Do you know what stress feels like in your body? In your heart and mind? Does thinking about stress give you more stress?

What about relaxation? Do you have a clear idea of what relaxation FEELS like in your body, heart and mind? Can you imagine or feel that sense of release that comes when you let go of tension? What is the quality of thought or emotion when you’re in a relaxed state? How do you interact with the people around you? What is your relationship to creativity and expression?

Take a few moments to pause where you are, sit up tall and take a few deep breaths.What’s present for you here? Explore more deeply, and begin to notice the difference between stress and ease :

-Draw your shoulders up by your ears on an inhale, release all tension on the exhale
-Make fists with the hands on an inhale, release all tension on the exhale
-Draw navel toward spine, creating tension in the belly on an inhale, release all tension on the exhale
-Move through any other parts of your body you suspect may hold stress, inhaling to exacerbate and deeply experience that stress, exhaling to completely release

Pause for a few moments to feel the difference in your body, heart and mind -- are you surprised to notice that some part of your body was holding or gripping under your conscious awareness? What do you notice about your ability to be present after finding some release? What do you notice about the quality of thought and emotion now?

Decreasing stress levels doesn’t have to mean changing everything about your lifestyle -- it can be as simple as starting to notice the difference between stress and ease. Take a few seconds throughout the day to pause and notice where you’re holding tension in your body, to take a few deep breaths, and to let it all go. In those seconds, choose how you want to show up to your day - with presence, ease, kindness or whatever else.

The more often you experience a state of relaxation, the more deeply it gets patterned into your neurology, the more easily you will be able to tap into that feeling, no matter what you’re doing or where you are.

Of course, there are practices that can help cultivate that state -- regularly attending yoga classes, especially restorative and frequent massage can help make ease your default state.

Join Leah Van Winkle RYT-500 on January 20th from 2-4 PM at Wild Ginger Studio + Lounge for a Restorative Thai Mini Yoga Retreat, where you’ll learn to the difference between stress and ease, and drop deeply into states of surrender.

Leah Van Winkle is a Sarasota native, back for the winter from her home in Kentucky to share all that she has learned with the local yoga community! She has trained extensively in various styles of yoga at Kripalu Center in MA, The Om Place in Winchester, KY, and with teachers such as Doug Keller and Tom Myers, most of this training with a heavy focus on anatomy and the subtle details of alignment. Leah is also a professional Thai Bodyworker, trained with renowned teachers like Michael Sitzer, Noam Tyroler, and soon to train in the Soma Veda Lineage. Besides yoga, Leah loves outdoor adventure, delicious, nourishing food (especially ferments!), and learning as much as she can about whatever she can. Feel free to reach out with questions and clarifications about any of these offerings!

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