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You may already have heard about Cannabidiol in the health and wellbeing press and been intrigued. This fascinating, natural – and entirely legal – substance is already recognisable for its powerful calming benefits and is a very useful aid for overall health and wellbeing.
So what is CBD?
Also known as CBD, Cannabidiol is a fascinating plant-derived supplement that is relatively new to the market and now being heavily researched. Initial results are promising, and studies suggest that more valuable benefits are yet to be discovered.
So far, Cannabidiol is recognisable as a particularly valuable aid to relaxation and overall wellbeing, and customer testimonials rave about its benefits. The oil’s usage is still relatively rare and research is continuing to assess its effects and potential usage. You can find out more detail about how it works here: https://www.cbdoilsuk.com/discover/how-cbd-works/
What is already clear is that the supplements are both legal and safe to use. Let’s take a closer look at the facts:
What are Cannabidiol’s benefits?
There are three main areas of benefit that users can look forward to when incorporating this beneficial supplement into their daily lives.
Calm and relaxation
It has already been found that CBD helps users to feel calm and relaxed – naturally and without needing to resort to prescription drugs.
A natural neuroprotectant
Cannabinoids are already known to have neuroprotectant and antioxidant properties, which mean they are useful in the treatment and prevention of a range of diseases associated with oxidation – particularly autoimmune, inflammatory and age-related conditions. In 1999 the US government filed patents for cannabinoids possessing these neuroprotectant and antioxidant. More information on the patent can be seen here: http://www.google.co.uk/patents/US6630507
CBD also promotes everyday wellbeing and quality of life when used as a daily food supplement. Many users are also finding it benefits their pets as well!
Should I use it?
CBD supplements are completely safe, natural and legal to use and offer a whole host of wellbeing benefits. Research is still continuing to understand more about the best ways that we can utilise the properties of this plant and extract maximum value for health. In the meantime, the supplements can provide an excellent wellbeing boost to your everyday life.
How is Cannabidiol produced?
CBD originates from the cannabis plant, typically known as hemp. Hemp is already known to be a very rich source of varied health benefits, and CBD is separated and extracted from it. In fact, it is just one of a whopping 85 so-called cannabinoids which are all derived from the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol is found in the second greatest concentration within the cannabis plant itself and makes up 40pc of its extracted compounds.
So is CBD basically cannabis by another name?!
This invariably leads to some (understandable!) confusion, however it isn’t the case. The first most abundant element of cannabis is THC, and this is the illegal, intoxicating substance that allows smokers of marijuana to achieve their ‘high’.
Cannabidiol is entirely separate from THC, and it has no drug-like properties. However, it is easy to confuse the two substances and naturally it means that CBD attracts a certain amount of stigma – essentially through confusion because of its complex chemical properties, links with THC, and the fact that it is originally derived from the cannabis plant. The important thing to know is that you cannot experience a high by ingesting CBD oil – and it is completely safe, legal and beneficial to use as a natural health supplement.
Is it legal?
Yes – CBD is completely legal – so you can use CBD supplements without worry.
So I can also use it safely?
Yes, absolutely. Research has shown that CBD supplements are safe to use, even in large amounts or in high concentrations. Not only are they safe to use – they will boost your wellbeing by doing so! However, if you currently are prescribed medication please consult your doctor before use.
Why might I choose to use it?
There are thousands of supplements available on the health food market today. However, Cannabidiol is already standing out as something that is both new and potentially very exciting. In a busy, stressful world, CBD offers a natural way to achieve calm, relaxation and wellbeing thanks to its broad protective properties and it can be taken in a range of formats, including oils, gums, sprays and more.
As we mentioned earlier too, the rich antioxidant properties of the oil are also being investigated and there may well be further interesting news of additional benefits to come. Scientists are continuing to look at future, broader applications of the supplements and we will update these pages with latest findings as they occur.
Because Cannabidiol and cannabis derived compounds are a complex topic, we are keen to provide as much information to interested consumers as possible, so that you can be educated and aware of the facts.
Cannabis is a flowering plant with three key variations – ruderalis, indica and sativa. It has a huge array of medicinal and industrial uses, and has been valued since records began for its oils, fibre and medicinal uses. However, as it is also abused as a recreational drug, its cultivation is heavily regulated and controlled.
Hemp is a term that describes cannabis varieties that are grown specifically for seed, oil and fibre purposes. These raw materials are then commercially refined into a huge range of valuable products, including cloth, paper, hemp oil, wax, fuel, rope and cloth.
Cannabinoids are hugely diverse and include substances that are both artificially created and natural. Different types will have their own effects. Some are naturally relaxing and soothing, such as CBD, and others will be classified as drugs and be illegal.
CBD is the key compound in our supplements. It’s one of over 85 naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and is legal and safe to use. Unfortunately it has long been hidden in the shadow of THC and confusion still persists.
THC is found most abundantly in cannabis and is a powerful psychoactive compound. This means that marijuana smokers will use it to get high. Its growth, production and usage is very heavily regulated and largely outlawed.
Psychoactive substances are those that can travel through the bloodstream into the brain and effect the user’s central nervous system. Sometimes these substances are used in a controlled way for medical purposes – including anaesthetics – but recreational and uncontrolled usage can be harmful and lead to addiction.
Intoxicating substances are those that prevent the user from retaining full usage of their faculties. These substances also alter behaviour and are a typical feature of illegal drugs, which directly affect the brain.
So in conclusion, if you are keen to experience the benefits of a calming, relaxing and safe natural food supplement which will boost your overall wellbeing, it could be time to look at CBD supplementation.