What Is CBD | Health Benefits & Side Effects
THE LOW DOWN ON CBD
Okay, so you’re interested in CBD? Well you certainly aren’t alone, CBD has recently become one of the trendiest supplement options available on the market, and for good reason!
But, how much do you know about CBD?
Keep reading and you will know all you need to know when it comes to CBD.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound found in both the hemp and marijuana varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant. It belongs to a group of compounds known as phytocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids made by plants. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the most well-known phytocannabinoid. It’s the compound in marijuana that results in a “high” or “stoned” feeling. THC is the cannabinoid which shows up on a drug test.
Hemp plants have high levels of CBD and low levels of THC, while marijuana plants have the opposite. This is why marijuana is used for experiencing a “high” and hemp for CBD extraction. Whilst marijiuana or ‘weed’ is illegal, CBD is completely legal in the UK as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC.
So that leads us to our next frequently asked question.
Can CBD get you ‘high?
Now, this is a very popular question! Unlike THC, CBD does not result in an altered mental state. It’s about as psychoactive as ibuprofen...meaning that it isn’t very psychoactive at all. As previously mentioned CBD legally can only have less than 0.2% THC, which is an extremely small proportion, preventing you from becoming high. We are proud that our CBD contains absolutely 0% THC, meaning there is no chance of a high at all, and is completely undetectable through drug testing.
For people who have regular and strict drug testing through work, or competitions, we recommend you ask any supplier of CBD to provide third party lab results to be sure. Any legitimate and honest CBD supplier will definitely have third party lab results and should be happy to show you!
Is CBD addictive?
No. CBD is not physically addictive and does not produce any physical withdrawal symptoms when you stop using it. It is actually worth noting that CBD is currently undergoing study for its ability to minimize the brutal withdrawal from drugs like heroin. While CBD is not chemically or physically addictive, human beings can get addicted to just about anything that isn’t chemically addicting. Exercise, gaming, music, sex, and food are just a few examples.
How Does CBD Work?
So how, exactly, does CBD work? The answer is both complicated...and not yet fully understood.
As it stands, scientists cannot fully explain how CBD works, and this is hugely due to a lack of thorough research, however experience has taught us a lot about the effectiveness of CBD. Many people have taken CBD oil for a range of conditions and illnesses, with a high level of success.
What we do know is that CBD influences ion channels and receptors throughout the body. It even affects neurotransmitter levels, which are chemicals that regulate our mood, stress response, sleep, memory, appetite, and more.
Much of the benefits of CBD are believed to be thanks to how it influences a system integral to human health and homeostasis: the Endocannabinoid System.
Many people refer to CBD as a miracle product due to its extensive range of health benefits and preventative qualities. Let’s cover some of these benefits.
CBD’s Potential Therapeutic Properties
Extensive pre-clinical research has found CBD to help with the following:
Anti-inflammatory: Chronic inflammation is linked to many chronic conditions of our time, as well as brain fog, low energy, and difficulties focusing.
Neuroprotectant: By helping to promote the growth of new neurons (brain cells) and promoting neuroplasticity (how well neurons communicate with one another), CBD may help to protect or even improve memory and cognitive function.
Anxiolytic: Anxiolytics are compounds that help our bodies cope with both mental and physical stress.
Antidepressant: Depression is a hard-to-treat and prolific problem. Natural antidepressants help to promote a positive mood more safely than most prescription drugs, with many prescription antidepressants also being addictive.
Antioxidant: Oxidative damage by free radicals is a problem for every part of our bodies. Excess oxidative damage may accelerate aging and age-related diseases. Antioxidants protect the body from this type of damage.
Analgesic: Pain can reduce our quality of life. It can get in the way of achieving our goals. Analgesic substances reduce our perception of pain.
Anticonvulsant: Anticonvulsants reduce the frequency of seizures.
Antitumoral: Certain compounds have the ability to kill cancer cells or slow their growth, and CBD is one of them.
Blood Flow Enhancer: Blood is the body’s tool to deliver oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Blood flow to our muscles is critical for optimal performance and healing, and blood flow to our brains is important for memory and learning.
Does CBD Have Side Effects?
CBD as a whole has a favorable safe and beneficial profile. However, it is good to know the possible side effects when starting with a new supplement. When taken in large doses, temporary side effects include:
Appetite and weight changes
CBD may interact with certain drugs. For example, when used to treat epilepsy, the dosage of other drugs may need to be changed for optimal results. If you are currently taking any medication you aren’t sure about, you can consult with your Doctor before consuming CBD.
More research is needed on how CBD might interfere with medications, whether positively (by increasing efficacy) or negatively (reducing efficacy or increasing side effects). Most users report no negative side effects when taking CBD.
HOW TO TAKE CBD
So now you fully understand what CBD is and it’s many benefits, let’s look at how to consume CBD.
CBD is best taken by dropping several drops of CBD oil under the tongue, and holding for 60 seconds before swallowing. By keeping the CBD under the tongue, you are allowing the CBD the quickest route into your system. If you swallow CBD directly, the effects are reduced as the CBD oil is digested.
CBD dosage is a highly debated topic, with many opinions. However the recommended intake by medical professionals is 20-40mg per day. It is suggested that you should begin with the lower dosage and increase by 5ml per day if after a week you feel you need to increase the dosage. Most people take CBD twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, however this will change based on what you are using CBD, and again this is down to your personal experience with CBD.
Can you travel with CBD?
Within the EU you will not have problems travelling with CBD products, as long as they contain less than 0.2% THC. If travelling outside the EU check with your travel agent or airline. Within the US you can now travel between states with legit CBD products as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC.
The Bottom Line
CBD is an exceptionally healthy way to help you reach your full potential. It’s a safe food supplement source that is absorbed and utilised efficiently by the human body. CBD is particularly important for athletes to help them recover and perform well when it matters most.
When it comes to recovery CBD is the king of pain killers. CBD seems to be even better than other forms of scientifically chemically made products like ibuprofen. CBD is also a brilliant alternative for conditions such as anxiety and depression as unlike prescription medication is not addictive.
To find out if CBD can help improve your mood, energy, and health, try a full spectrum hemp oil or supplement. Be sure to source a high-quality supplement and take it daily for noticeable results.
If you are worried about CBD you can consult your doctor before trying, or perhaps look to YouTube and have a listen to some of the testimonials on there!