CBD - What Is It and What Are the Benefits?
CBD has been getting a lot of press lately and still there are some who don’t understand just what it is and what the potential benefits of CBD are. They know that Cannabidiol is a popular food supplement that can be used for many common ailments to improve overall health and wellbein. To help everyone understand what CBD is, let’s take a closer look at it.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids typically found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. While THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, CBD is not psychoactive so the feeling of being “high” isn’t present when using CBD. This makes CBD more appealing for anyone looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects that marijuana and certain pharmaceutical drugs can cause.
CBD is traditionally used as an oil which is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like hemp seed oil. The effectiveness of CBD has made it quite popular in the health and wellness world and some patients are touting its effectiveness to cure their ailments and help them to stop relying on pharmaceutical medications.
The endo-cannabinoid system is an internal cellular system, similar to the central nervous system which maintains homeostasis or balance within the body. It primarily functions through two main receptors – CB1, predominantly found in the brain and CNS. CB2, predominantly found in the peripheral nervous system and immune system. As a result they play an integral role in our functioning and correct regulation of sleep, digestion, pain, skin, hair and cell functionality.
Many years ago hemp was a standard part of our diets, in today’s society, for obvious reasons our systems have become deficient. The reasons above determine why consuming foods and supplements that are rich in cannabinoids has become more and more common, as they supply a vital nutritional source to support and supplement the endo-cannabinoid system.
The Benefits of CBD
Now that you know what CBD is, let’s take a look at some of the benefits it can have on your health. Whilst we cannot claim any specific medical benefits, here are some of the studies into the potential application of CBD;
- Pain Relief
It is widely known that marijuana has been used to treat pain as far back as 2900 B.C. Studies have shown that certain components of marijuana, including CBD, are responsible for its pain-relieving effects. CBD could reduce a patient’s pain and help them reduce the amount of prescription pain meds they take.
- Reduce Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are common mental health disorders that can have devastating impacts on health and well-being and many are using CBD to lessen the effects of both anxiety and depression without harmful and addictive medications.
- Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms
Lots of research is ongoing around how CBD can help reduce symptoms related to cancer including those related to the treatment of cancer. These include nausea, vomiting, pain and more. Studies have shown that regular use of CBD reduced the spread of cancer in lab animals and it shows promising results in humans.
- Neuroprotective Properties
Researchers have found that CBD’s ability to act on the endocannabinoid system and other brain signaling systems can help treat neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Research is still in the early stages, but several studies have shown promising results.
- Heart Health
CBD provides several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure. Potentially this could reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack and metabolic syndrome.
The ongoing research into CBD oil has shown promising results in treating many common health issues, including chronic pain, anxiety, depression and heart disease. Although research of CBD oil is ongoing and there is still much to be learned about the efficacy and safety of CBD, many people who have used it swear by the results so you are encouraged to do your own research into how CBD may be used as a food supplement, containing vitamins and minerals to help with your general well being.
How to use CBD Oil and what is the dose?
We have laboratory reports for all of our CBD products to ensure they are full or broad spectrum as described in the listing. All products are high in CBD and less than 0.2% THC as per the regulatory expectations, bred and extracted via the correct processes.
All products have a recommended daily dose on the packaging - in the case of CBDFX Gummies as an example the dose is specified at 2 gummies per day which will deliver a dose of 10mg. We have lots of great customer feedback on the gummies as a simple way to measure and control their intake of CBD. It is recommended for anyone to start at 10mg for a week or so then increase to 20mg if they feel necessary.
Capsules are exactly the same and will have the correct dosage and labelling requirements.
It is important to ensure the daily amount does not exceed 200mg until we have further clarification from the MRHA.
In terms of oral drops, you will see they are often represented as an example 500mg or 5% strength.
A 10ml bottle will hold approx 250 drops therefore delivering approx 2.5mg per drop.
So for 10mg of CBD you would only take 4 drops from this bottle. Moving up to 20mg of CBD you would then take 4 drops, twice per day. so on and so forth. The higher strengths in oral drops from 500mg upwards clearly offer much more in terms of increasing higher dosage than the pre-constructed gummy bears, but given the increase in potency is is important this is managed by the individual. Also be prepared for a slightly bitter taste with the full spectrum oils.
Research has shown that the quickest way to absorb CBD is through vaping as it is absorbed into the blood stream, through the lungs and the effects are felt within 10-15 minutes.Followed by oral drops when absorbed via the mucous membranes. Absorbing via the digestive system does take a lot longer.
We have laboratory reports for all of our CBD products to ensure they are full or broad spectrum as stated in their descriptions and all of the necessary labelling requirements are met in terms of correct information as a food supplement.
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