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CBD: Hope or Hype?

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Your e-mail is probably filled with multiple offers to try the latest, “greatest” CBD product to hit the market. Lots of eager entrepreneurs are jumping on the bandwagon. The rapidly growing CBD market is attracting all kinds of companies, eager to cash in on this popularity explosion.

Why all the fuss? What is CBD anyway?
Is it legit? Is it legal? What do you need to know to make an informed decision that’s right for YOU?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, just one very important component of the cannabis plant.

Will CBD Make Me HIGH?

CBD is NOT the same as marijuana and it CANNOT make you “high.” Most CBD comes from the hemp plant. Hemp is a “cousin” of marijuana, but without a significant amount of psychoactive THC. By law, industrial hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC….less than 3 parts per 1,000. This minute amount is both safe & legal in the United States, thanks to the Farm Bill of 2018. This bill removed hemp, defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) and derivatives of cannabis with extremely low concentrations of the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). *1

Hemp is related to marijuana just like Dachshunds are related to St. Bernards. They are in the same canine “family,” but their characteristics are very different!

What Does the SCIENCE Say?

Let’s look at the unbiased science. In 1992, scientists in Israel first discovered the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). That’s right….our bodies are “hardwired” to use cannabinoids. We even produce limited amounts of them internally, if our bodies are working efficiently. Cannabinoids are not “foreign” to the body; they are even present in human breast milk. The problem is that the levels of healthy cannabinoids are used up pretty quickly, especially in time of stress. They need to be replenished regularly to achieve optimal function.

The “Orchestra Conductor” Extraordinaire

Think of ECS as your body’s internal orchestra conductor. Its role is to maintain perfect harmony (homeostasis) between cells, organs, glands, and tissues in the body. It also regulates our response to life challenges, both internal and external. This critical system works quietly, behind the scenes, to direct and orchestrate lots of biochemical signaling in the human body. *2

Our Endocannabinoid System modulates our mood, appetite, energy, immune system, hormones, brain chemistry, sleep, metabolism, inflammation, and overall well-being.

No wonder everyone is talking about CBD! When our internal level of cannabinoids falls, our “orchestra conductor” goes on vacation and the harmony falters. The finely tuned symphony of biochemical coordination can rapidly become a jumble of mismatched signals.

Supplementing with a pure, broad-spectrum hemp extract, rich in complimentary cannabinoids, terpenes, and other synergistic phytonutrients, provides important support for the ECS to restore balance and harmony.

There are lots of CBD choices in the marketplace. Some companies make outrageous and unsubstantiated claims and try to “dazzle” you with technical jargon.

Let’s be HONEST

NO CBD product can “cure” disease.
NO CBD product can create perfect health.

What premium quality, pure, CBD-rich, broad spectrum hemp extract CAN do is to support your personal, inborn, Endocannabinoid System. Your body-mind-spirit then creates a state of health, because it is now able to access and utilize the inherent wisdom contained in every cell of the body.

The human body was designed to be resilient and resistant against disease. The ECS helps to maintain balance and homeostasis. HempSMART CBD and CBD based formulas support and aid that process.

Not all CBD products
are created equal.

The Entourage Effect

Many CBD products in the marketplace are more “hype” than substance. CBD products frequently consist of “CBD Isolate”. This means that the product contains ONLY CBD. While a manufacturer may boast that CBD isolate is the “purest” CBD, you need to know how to evaluate that statement. It is PURE CBD because it contains none of the synergistic cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients that make up the powerful Entourage Effect. The Entourage Effect is created by the coordination and collaboration of more than 400 synergistic therapeutic compounds naturally present in hemp. These botanical compounds occur together naturally, in the hemp plant, for a reason. The action of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

The purity and integrity of a high quality broad-spectrum hemp extract preserves the powerful Entourage Effect without the potential side effects of THC. A THC-free product may also be important to you if you are drug tested. Drug testing is designed specifically to detect the breakdown products of THC.

Hemp: Natural Earth “Cleaner”

Some CBD products are contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides. You see, hemp is good for the planet because it is very effective at cleaning the soil. It pulls toxins and heavy metals out of the earth. The downside is that those contaminants end up inside the hemp plant. If your hemp is not organically grown, and scientifically tested for toxins, you may be ingesting them, without realizing the risk!

Many hemp products are untested and do not even contain the amount of CBD (or THC) that they claim to offer. HempSMART tests every batch of every product for cannabinoids, terpenes, heavy metals, pesticides, microbial contamination, mold, and solvents. All Certificates of Analysis (COA’s) are available online to see before you buy.

Our COA’s are always performed by an independent fully certified lab. We are so committed to quality, purity and integrity that we insist on DOUBLE testing! Raw materials are analyzed for purity and potency prior to formulation, and then the finished formula for every batch is tested again, prior to release for sale.

Stay tuned to this blog for more information on how to choose a safe, reliable and effective CBD product. To achieve Peak Performance, physically and mentally, your body need the right raw materials to support the inborn wisdom of every cell.

We’re in this TOGETHER! Our mission is to help you to live your BEST life. Be informed. Make good choices.
Be hempSMART!

Real results you can FEEL
From the brand you can TRUST!

References

  1. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/congressional-testimony/hemp-production-and-2018-farm-bill-07252019
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4789136/
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Should “HEALTHY” People Take CBD?

Should Healthy People Take CBD

This is a great question that I am asked frequently. Many individuals with physical challenges, like low energy, poor sleep, memory issues, pain from exertion, or stress, report impressive improvement after supplementing with a good quality broad-spectrum CBD product. But what if you are feeling GREAT, with plenty of energy, stamina, great sleep, no pain and no stress? First, let me say CONGRATULATIONS! You are in the fortunate minority.

Our bodies are amazing. Our cells were designed to be resilient and resistant to illness. Every cell has an innate intelligence that simply requires the right raw materials to function properly. Cells communicate with each other constantly to monitor and regulate our body functions. The “orchestra conductor”, behind the scenes, that helps our cells, organs, glands and tissues communicate is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).

The ECS does three very important things to keep us healthy:

  1. It regulates ALL of our hormones (sex hormones, thyroid hormones & adrenal hormones.
  2. It regulates our brain chemistry (neurotransmitters responsible for mood, sleep, learning, memory, focus, problem solving)
  3. It regulates our immune response (how we respond to environmental threats at a cellular level)

That’s right. We are hardwired to use cannabinoids and even produce small quantities of them internally. They are SO important, that there are even cannabinoids in human breast milk. Our native cannabinoids have a short life and are used up quickly in times of stress.

So back to the original question, should healthy people take CBD? The short but emphatic answer is YES! We live in a stressful world and our internal production of cannabinoids is constantly challenged.

Pure, organically grown, broad spectrum CBD is a wise investment in your continued health and vitality. We may FEEL healthy up until the time that our body’s resources are totally exhausted. When our ECS is unable to keep up with daily demands, the “orchestra conductor” has now walked off the stage! Multiple functions of the body now lack harmony and coordination. What started as a masterpiece of vibrant health deteriorates into a second rate production.

For individuals (and pets) with health concerns, hempSMART’s premium organically grown, broad spectrum CBD can offer a natural choice. For those lucky enough to already be enjoying great health, hempSMART offers comprehensive “insurance” that will pay dividends for decades to come! Don’t leave your health to chance. Choose wellness by supporting the wisdom of every cell. Be hempSMART. Real results you can FEEL from the brand you can TRUST!