Most common Questions about CBD answered here
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most recognised and widely studied non-psychoactive cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It interacts with our Endocannabinoid system (ECS), to assist our bodies in maintaining homeostasis. Studies show it typically aids in pain, inflammation, anxiety reduction, and improvements in sleep.
Cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body are part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, mood, metabolism, hormone regulation, immune response, and memory.
Our bodies contain two different cannabinoid receptors CB1 & CB2 that help your internal system function smoothly. They help our body manage the processes that govern pain, emotions, appetite, focus, memory, the immune system and other functions. CBD works with these receptors to help the body help itself to produce a variety of potentially positive benefits.
Full spectrum extracts, often called whole plant extracts, maintain the full profile of the cannabis plant. They contain a variety of cannabinoids, specifically CBD and THC, as well as CBC, CBG, and CBN, terpenes, and other phytonutrients.
Hemp and marijuana are the same species of plant — Cannabis sativa.
Like other plants, cannabis has many different forms (called phenotypes) depending on its genetic lineage and growing environments. Even though two plants may be the same species, they can be exceptionally different from each other. The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the amount of THC they produce. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that makes users feel high.
Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC by dried weight.
Marijuana is any cannabis plant containing more than 0.3% THC
Hemp seed oil is very different from CBD oil and is not a suitable alternative.
Hemp seed oil is made from the seeds of the cannabis plant. The seeds are rich in phytonutrients and omega-6 fatty acids but contain no active cannabinoids or terpenes.
CBD oil is made from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. It’s rich in phytonutrients, cannabinoids, terpenes, and other medicinal compounds.
Yes, CBD is legal in the UK as long as it is sold following guidelines and regulation designed to keep consumers safe. CBD is classed as a novel food product and can be sold legally in the UK. This includes both online and in stores.
Though the current regulation around CBD is improving, the legality around CBD oils can be vague. You’ll see a lot of retailers saying that a CBD product is legal as long as it contains less that 0.3% THC.
CBD is not psychoactive — meaning that CBD won’t make you high, even in very large doses. Most CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC — which is well below the psychoactive threshold.
In places where marijuana is legal, you need to be careful not to mistakenly buy psychoactive products. Always check the THC content listed on the bottle.
Always speak to your doctor before taking CBD alongside any medication. Even though CBD can’t be discussed in relation to medicinal properties due to its current legal status, it still interacts with the human body in ways which need to be considered.
There are many different ways to use CBD products. The most common way to use CBD is orally in the form of a CBD oil or CBD gummy. CBD balms are also popular.
Research indicates that CBD works best when held sublingually (under your tongue) for 30-60 seconds. The longer one tends to wait before fully ingesting, the faster CBD tends to absorb!
The perfect amount will be different for everyone, but don’t worry, you can’t overdose on CBD. Depending on how efficiently your body maintains it’s internal balance, the same amount of CBD might affect you differently compared to the next person. Any excess CBD that you don’t need, your body will flush out naturally.
CBD is best taken consistently as part of a daily routine, like a vitamin, so that it is always available in your system. Always start with manufacture dosage advice and slowly increase if needed.
Be consistent. Using CBD daily (or at least regularly) is the best way to see results. Know what to look for before you start. Paying attention to your body today will help you gauge where you’ll stand tomorrow. It could help to take it as you’re winding down each day, just so you’re able to observe how your body is responding. Changes can be small and difficult to notice, especially at first — taking notes can help you identify a difference over time.
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