CBD 101: An Intro to Cannabidiol

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If you’re here, it’s probably because CBD is becoming a pretty big deal. It’s a tough subject to just jump into for a beginner, so we’re putting together a short series of blogs that answer some of the most common questions we hear from customers. Be sure to check back in over the next few weeks as we go into some of the nitty gritty details like types of products and different extraction methods.

The shortest summary is this: CBD is a natural compound found in hemp and marijuana plants. All of the products you see on store shelves are derived from hemp, which is legal to cultivate and sell in South Carolina under the 2018 Farm Bill (which is a topic for another day). People attribute a number of uses to CBD, including pain management, and although that movement is gaining traction with researchers, there still isn’t a scientific consensus to back it up. The FDA recently approved a CBD-based drug for treating some forms of epilepsy, however the organization doesn’t allow the vast majority of CBD products to claim any therapeutic benefit. That’s why Smoke N Brew doesn’t make any claims about the uses or benefits of any product we shelve.

We can tell you where CBD products come from, though.

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis sativa plant. C. sativa plants fall into two categories: marijuana and hemp. Hemp is legally defined as having less than 0.3% THC by dry weight, and can be grown, cultivated, and sold in the US. Hemp plants also have significantly higher amounts of CBD than marijuana plants.

Cannabidiol is one of over 100 phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD has no euphoric side effects but does interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (again, another topic we’ll cover in a later post). 

For a more thorough breakdown of the differences between CBD and THC, you can check out this video below:

Why Don’t We Know Much About It?

While people have been talking about medicinal cannabis for a long time, the topic is still fairly new for the scientific community. In fact, the endocannabinoid system wasn’t even discovered until the 1990s. The scientific community moves slowly in an effort to be thorough, using peer-reviewed study processes and clinical data to verify findings.

Cannabis has also had a rocky road in terms of US federal legislation. Both forms of cannabis (hemp and marijuana) were included as schedule 1 narcotics in the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, and regulation of hemp didn’t loosen much until the 2014 Farm Bill.

Now that hemp-derived products are such a massive industry, it’s likely we’ll see more interest in understanding cannabinoids and their applications.

What CBD Products Are Available?

CBD is found in a variety of products, from oil tinctures to vape pens to hand lotions. All of the products you’ll find on store shelves are extracts created from hemp plants infused with common products like MCT or hemp oil tinctures, or a shea butter cream for easy use.

Because it’s such a fresh industry, brands and products are constantly hitting the market. You’ll find varying dosages, extraction methods, delivery methods, and carrier oil blends out there. At Smoke N Brew, we are constantly adding new brands to make sure you have access to the best CBD products available. We’re using these blog posts as a way to help you navigate the thousands of options out there and inspire you to research CBD more extensively.

If you want to browse our selection of CBD products, be sure to stop in to one of our Smoke N Brew stores.

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