What is CBD
CBD is something on everyone’s radar these days, but what is it?
“CBD is showing promise as a pain reliever, epilepsy treatment, and for wasting disease associated with cancer,” says Taz Bhatia, M.D., an integrative health expert. “It’s being promised to cure everything from anxiety to acne.”
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a compound that can be found in the cannabis plant. Cannabis plants product more than 400 compounds, not all of these are unique to cannabis. Of those 400, more than 60 are totally specific to the plant genus cannabis. These are known as cannabinoids. CBD oil is what you get when you take cannabinoids from cannabis and mix them with a carrier oil, like MCT (a form of coconut oil).
CBD & THC – The Differences
The most widely known cannabinoids that are produced from the cannabis plant are CBD and THC (Tertrahydrocannabinol). Both these cannabinoids are found in cannabis, meaning most people associate them with getting high and being illegal, but that is not the case. THC is the compound that is responsible for the effects most associated with cannabis – getting high. THC is psychoactive, whilst CBD is not. CBD products contain very little THC – 0.2%. As long as they remain at this level or less, then it’s perfectly safe and legal. You get the benefits, without the high.
Benefits of CBD
There are many benefits to using CBD products, from alleviating physical pain, to helping reduce signs of depression and anxiety. CBD will never cure any pain or illness, but studies have shown the great results in reducing symptoms for many different conditions. These studies have suggested that CBD products are great to reduce symptoms for illness such as; multiple sclerosis, asthma, celiac disease, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease and many more. With these amazing benefits it’s no surprise that everyone is talking about CBD.
“Several studies show that CBD reduces chronic pain with muscle spasms, arthritis, and nerve pain,” says Taz Bhatia, M.D. “A study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD use led to reduced levels of chronic pain and that patients didn’t develop the dangerous tolerance noted with opiate medications. Another study that looked at using a topical CBD oil found reduced arthritis pain.”
How CBD Works with the Body
Within our bodies we have something called the endocannabinoid system. It runs deep and touches all the major systems of our body. Cannabinoids usually found in cannabis interact with the endocannabinoid system, making changes to our bodies such as altering and regulating our moods or stimulating appetites and reducing pain. CBD is one of the cannabinoids which is highly reactive to the endocannabinoid system, as it binds to the receptors in the body. It stimulates all sorts of changes and these are mostly beneficial, such as reducing pain.
Most Popular CBD Products
CBD products are available in many different forms, how you take CBD is completely down to personal preference. As long as you are taking the correct strength for your needs, it doesn’t matter how you take it.
Its so easy to take CBD today – you can put a few drops into your favourite drink, spray it under your tongue, or can even vape it using electronic cigarettes.
The most common form of CBD is CBD oil. This can be purchased in many different strengths and can be produced from both hemp and the cannabis plant. Always ensure you are purchasing a good quality oil before taking any of it.
Health and Beauty Products
Surprisingly enough, beauty products infused with CBD are a popular way for people to take it. With the many suggested benefits for your skin, this is a great way to ensure the products soaks directly in.
CBD can be purchased in e-liquid form, which can then be used with any electronic cigarette and vaped easily throughout the day.
There are many different products that fall under the edibles category; gummy sweets that can be consumed like a normal sweet, capsules which can be swallowed, and also drops/liquids that can be put into drinks.
Is CBD Legal?
As long as it contains less than 0.2% THC then the product is completely legal. Many people still struggle with the stigma surrounding CBD due to its association with cannabis, but it is a natural compound derived from a plant and is completely safe and 100 % legal to use.