All About CBD

Smart CBD Shop wants to not only sell the highest quality full spectrum CBD products, but also be a valuable resource for those who wish to learn more about CBD! This section of our site will include everything there is to know about CBD! Unfortunately there is so much misinformation and myths about CBD, that most people can’t get a straight answer to their questions and concerns about CBD & how to use it! We have spent countless hours researching and studying CBD and everything there is to know. We stand 100% behind all of our products that we sell, are extremely passionate about CBD, and wish to pass on this passion and knowledge! Let’s dig right in!

PART I – What Is CBD?

CBD is a cannabinoid or simply put a chemical compound that can be found in the cannabis plant. Cannabis plants contains over 100 different chemical compounds or cannabinoids. These cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) in many different ways, and the scientific community is still working towards fully understanding those interactions.

CBD is non-psychoactive, which basically means it will not get you high, but it has been shown to have a large number of health benefits, and that list is still growing! It’s health benefits come without the intoxicating effects of cannabis for which the compound known as THC is responsible for the “high”.

ECS – The Endocannabinoid System is relatively new to the scientific community as it has been just discovered! Endogenous cannabinoid receptors have been found throughout entire human body ( Yes your pets have some too ) These receptors can be located in out central nervous system, immune system, and peripheral nervous system. The location of these receptors is crucial and responsible for the functions of the brain and its’ control of the body!

CBD naturally occurs within structures known as trichomes, that grow on hemp and cannabis plants. These are very tiny structures, almost hairlike. CBD molecules have been first discovered around 1940, and been studied ever since. Just like all research related to the cannabis plant we still have ways to go. As the government starts to relax the regulation of this amazing plant, more research and studies will continue to reveal even more benefits!

PART II Hemp Vs. Marijuana

This is a big one! Actually it is huge! There is so much confusion and misinformation on this alone it is simply mind boggling! So is Hemp and Marijuana the same thing? Short and sweet answer is no, they are however both part of the cannabis family!

Type Cannabis Family? Compounds Psychoactive? (Will I Get High?) Cultivation Applications
Hemp Plant
Yes Low THC
(< 0.3%)
No Low Maintenance, easily grown in most climates. Paper Products, Auto Industry,Clothing, Construction, Food,
Marijuana Plant
Yes High THC
(5%-35%)
Yes High Maintenance, requires strictly controlled climate Medicinal & Recreational

Hopefully this little chart helps you to remember that hemp plant is very different from marijuana plant.  Therefore CBD extracted from these 2 different plants will have different compositions. Mainly, the biggest difference will be the THC content. Let’s talk a little about THC.

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC (much easier to pronounce right?) is the chemical responsible marijuana’s psychological effects. Average marijuana plant contains anywhere from 5 to 20% THC content. Some premium marijuana strains can have up to 25-32% THC content.

Hemp, is regulated and grown to only contain a max THC traces of 0.3%, essentially making it impossible to feel any psychoactive effect. In another words you won’t get high. Hemp plants contain high cannabidiol (CBD) content that acts as THC antagonist, essentially making the minimal amount of THC useless ( Yes there is proof that CBD “cancels” out the effects of THC )

As you can see it is very easy to confuse hemp with marijuana and vice versa. The government made it even more confusing when they passed the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Hemp was grouped with marijuana(both cannabis plants) and was declared a Schedule I drug. Schedule I drugs are considered to have high abuse potential and severe public safety risks. We have come a long way and are almost at the finish line when it comes to decriminlizing hemp and allowing farming of hemp in the USA. If you want to learn more about Hemp Farming Act of 2018, read more on Wikipedia.

PART III Benefits of CBD

Now before we get into the health benefits of CBD, let us cover some legal mambo jumbo which is important and you must read it!

The statements below have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. The efficancy of the CBD products discussed here have not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from licensed healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any supplemental products.

In this section we will discuss the main 5 health benefits associated with taking CBD. Now this list is much longer and it continues to grow as new effects are tried and discovered.

A. Pain Relief

The analgesic properties – or pain relief – of CBD are perhaps the most celebrated among the community! The studies published in the JEM ( Journal of Experimental Medicine ) discovered that CBD significantly reduces the inflammation in mice and rats that were studied.  These findings can be applied to all mammals. Reduced inflammation equals amazing pain relief. The best part of taking CBD for pain relief is that it allows pain relief without any sever side effects.  This is extremely important especially today when so many Americans suffer from opioid addiction! It is very comforting to know that there are alternatives to harsh pharmaceutical drugs.

B. Stress & Anxiety

Even though CBD is best known for its benefits for any physical issues, it is also used by individuals with a wide range of mental health issues. It has been studied and confirmed that CBD can have effects on activities recorded in limbic and paralimbic brain areas. These areas respond with study of the social anxiety disorders, as well as generalized anxiety. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. Discover CBD and how it can help you with any stress or anxiety related issues!

C. Insomnia / Sleep Issues

When reading up on CBD you will see that many many people take it right before going to bed. Many have given up heavy sedatives and pills such as Ambien and choose the natural properties of CBD to help with insomnia and other sleeping pattern problems. There is many different strains of the cannabis plant that are engineered especially to address this issue alone. Good and healthy sleep is crucial to our overall well-being, and CBD has been used to achieve just that by many people.

D. Cancer

Even though cancer treatment is somewhat controversial and relatively new area that CBD is being used in, there is more and more research that indicates CBD is a valuable tool.  CBD along with other compounds found in the cannabis plant are believed to have anti-tumor properties in certain cancers.  Other research also suggests that CBD could help to block the spreading of the cancer cells in specific areas of our body. Even though all of this research is very promising it is still in the very early per-clinical trials & studies and should not be concluded that CBD treats cancer. Don’t worry because if things continue on the current path we will have more definite research in no time!

E. Anti-Epileptic

The anti-seizure properties of CBD and other cannabinoids have been known for quite some time now. The recent approval of medical marijuana in many states has been a solid confirmation of these findings. More and more people are trying the natural way to address epilepsy, especially in young adults. CBD oils have been used to help with epilepsy in animals ( especially dogs ) as well. Thankfully there is more and more researched dedicated just to this health issue. Again since epilepsy is such a dangerous health condition, you must speak with your healthcare professional before trying cannabis to help with the seizures.

These are just the top 5 health conditions that CBD is being utilized to help & treat. We will have a full page of medical conditions that CBD could help with and you can really dig into it and explore your options.