Cannabidiol (CBD), is one of the major cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. A cannabinoid is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds. These cannabinoids have been found to interact with cells in our bodies endocannabinoid system. This has been proven to have many health benefits and ongoing research is discovering more about this fascinating chemical compound.
There are at least 113 different cannabinoids found in cannabis. The other major cannabinoid is the primary psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.
THC levels in recreational cannabis are favourably very high which is what gives users a head high or stoned feeling. THC is also proving to be beneficial, if not necessary, for certain health conditions. For now, we want to talk about the non-psychoactive, CBD.
The fact that CBD differs from THC with respect to the associated “high”, is what splits the legality of the two compounds. CBD is legal in the UK and since 2016 there has been a huge increase and interest in CBD products. With this open market we see a lot of brands appear overnight and this only caused confusion as well as people being miss sold an important product.
CBD, when extracted from cannabis or hemp plants, can be used in a multitude of products including oils, vape liquid, creams, edibles and capsules to name a few. It even started to appear alongside big brands including energy drinks. The issue here is that people were buying a product containing an ingredient they may not know much about.
People were also buying the product because it was associated with cannabis, then confused because they was not getting that “high”. This also created confusion with the current UK law as “medical cannabis” was made legal on 1.11.18.
Currently, CBD is legal in the UK and products can easily be purchased online and in some stores. If you are new to CBD it is best to do a bit of research, or take a look at our blog on purchasing CBD oil.
CBD can be extracted from cannabis to produce the oil that is seen in a range of CBD products. By binding to our CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are found throughout our body, CBD has been found to have many benefits for a range of conditions.
Already studies have shown positive results using CBD oils with conditions such as:
Inflammation can wreck havoc on our bodies and cause a number of painful conditions. It can appear on the skin, with conditions such as acne, within our muscles and joints, known as arthritis and also in our digestive system causing conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. Although our bodies need this defensive mechanism, when our immune system is compromised it can lead to many issues.
This is why CBD is so effective when it comes to a number of auto-immune conditions. Our endocannabinol system helps our immune system by restoring balance and easing inflammation. This balance is known as homeostasis.
Inflammation is the cause of most pain that we experience and lowering inflammation can help reduce this pain. Although CBD does not have as much effect on pain as THC does, it still can help manage our pain through different means.
Depression and anxiety
Thanks to anxiolyitc properties CBD has, it has been found to be effective for people who suffer from anxiety. It is not only the CBD but also the terpenes which help reduce anxiety which is why full spectrum CBD is preferred.
CBD has also shown to increase dopamine levels, which is a chemical produced in our brains that basically make us feel happy. This is important as depression and anxiety usually present themselves through each other an having one solution for someone who suffers with both is convenient.
These are just some of the conditions that CBD has been found to help. There are many more, with trials and research ongoing, there is still much more to discover.