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Local entrepreneur pursues CBD skin care business at Taos Winter Market

By Kathy Córdova
For The Taos News
Posted 3/20/19

On Saturdays until April 6, the Taos Winter Market sells local arts, crafts and baked goods at the Guadalupe Gym on Don Fernando Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Local entrepreneur pursues CBD skin care business at Taos Winter Market

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When Kim Patterson feels passionate about an item or event, she uses her time, work and travel - anything - to assist in success. Patterson moves to and from various parts of Northern New Mexico and southern Colorado to farmers' markets, fairs and other community events educating others and offering products for healing possibilities through her business, CBD Isolate.

Patterson featured her organic skin care line at a co-op store in Colorado and at Taos Diner and Market in El Prado. Some of her clients order online. Other venues for her products include Red River, Angel Fire, the Crane Festival in Monte Vista, Colorado, and the Taos Winter Market.

Taos Winter Market

On Saturdays until April 6, the Taos Winter Market sells local arts, crafts and baked goods at the Guadalupe Gym on Don Fernando Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Patterson called the vendors "beautiful artisans." Her other descriptions of the market include "reasonably priced" and the fact that "artisans want to share their joy with other people." Some offerings include but are not limited to food, jams and jellies, woven baskets, clay sculptures, leather works and natural homeopathic remedies.

Patterson credited the creation and success of the event to Peter and Alexandra Rose. Through their tireless efforts, the market runs smoothly and is well organized and advertised.

CBD Isolate

Patterson said her CBD Isolate offers the purest, most powerful form of the cannabidiol (CBD) in the hemp oil industry. Customers may find the product in foods, supplements, edibles, and tinctures derived from the hemp plant through various processes. "Sometimes, oil gets cross pollinated, but not CBD. I always enjoy a challenge, and I try to help people with various problems such as insomnia, cancer, seizures, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, anxiety and respiratory issues. CBD-infused drops and balm for skin conditions are helpful, but depending on a customer's needs, I'll add terpenes, a large and diverse class of organic compounds produced by a variety of plants," Patterson explained, noting that that terpenes are tailored for each drop.

To determine the terpene needs of a client, the CBD Isolate company owner performed a blind test on one client. She helped a person with fibromyalgia, a back injury and inflammation, working with various test bottles. The process helped to narrow and pinpoint issues. Patterson performs much of her work alone, so mingling with people to determine the best course of action assists her greatly in her work.

"I was once a pharmaceutical representative, but my current work is much more than making money. It's faith-based, and I work with people, not lab rats. Some people aren't sure about the medical benefits of cannabis," Patterson said. "It's interesting because the government owns a patent on benefits of cannabis, and it ends April 29, 2019. Let's see what will happen then."

Past experience leads to present

Before launching her CBD venture, Patterson worked for a worldwide management consultant firm where she created medical plans for employers to offer their workforce. In Denver, she founded an interfaith organization for which she and her associates matched volunteers for projects. The program matched people from one congregation to another, and at times, from the public at large. Patterson retired, sold her home in Denver and spent her days in a full-time RV in which she travels for marketing CBD Isolate. She grew her own organic seasonings when time and land space permitted.

Patterson also volunteered for various medical-related organizations such as the ALS Association and the American Cancer Society.

Patterson said three books have helped her in her life and work: the Bible; "Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally and Chronically Ill" by Nishi Whiteley; and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Persig.

On a personal note

Patterson grew up as an only child in New Jersey and spent special times in New York City. She recollected watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from a second-floor level. Patterson enjoyed special meals at the Toffenetti Restaurant in Times Square. During its existence, the restaurant seated 1,000 guests, 24 hours a day, she said. Specialties included meat dishes, baked potatoes and spaghetti.

Patterson's father, the late Timmy Patterson, was a prisoner of war shot down in Austria during World War II. He lived as a prisoner for two and a half years. "No one knew much abut PTSD then, but he had all the classic symptoms," his daughter said. Her mother, Mary, at age 45, gave birth to Kim. "In those days, the doctors performed a hysterectomy on women bearing children at what they considered an advanced age to prevent them from having more children because of the possible danger involved. Unfortunately, this prevented me from having a brother or sister," added Patterson.

When she volunteered with hospice, Patterson noted how families come together during tough moments. She marveled, "To be able to live a life like that with family around you is beautiful."

Patterson plans to continue her travels and her work in Taos. "I'm self-motivated and want to make a difference. Visit me at the Taos Winter Market," she said.

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