SMITHFIELD – The staff at the new CBD ReLeaf Center on Putnam Pike in Smithfield say they can recommend products for pains and ailments and dispel common misconceptions and the stigma related to the hemp-based product.
Samantha Tavares works at the Smithfield center, located at 375 Putnam Pike, while the owners Joslyn and Douglas Cochrane operate the original store in Bellingham, Mass.
Tavares, a Rhode Island native who is a medical marijuana advocate, said the Cochranes selected her for her CBD-based knowledge and history. After years of hospital stays, daily doses of 25 pills, and intravenous medicine for Crohn’s disease, Tavares said CBD oil changed her life and stopped the pain.
“It was life-changing. I use it for everyday maintenance for my Crohn’s,” she said.
CBD, short for cannabinoid, is a chemical compound found in the human body and hemp and marijuana plants. Unlike THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana, CBD does not get a person high.
All products at CBD ReLeaf contain 0.3 percent or less of THC, if any.
Tavares said there are no known side effects to using CBD products.
CBD ReLeaf carries a variety of CBD products, including oils for under the tongue, lotion, balms, soaks, capsules, vape products, gummies and a line of pet products as well.
“You can trace the CBD back to the farm and sometimes the plant,” Tavares said.
Comparing CBD ReLeaf products to a fruit smoothie, she said the store provides the whole fruit while other CBD retailers are only offering fruit juice.
“It’s not the same quality product and you don’t really know what you’re getting,” Tavares said.
CBD ReLeaf sells tinctures with two concentrations of CBD. She said users can use more or less to experiment to figure out their needs.
Tavares said her job is to educate the public and make recommendations based on need.
CBD ReLeaf hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.