What Is CBD?
With CBD products popping up everywhere including health stores nationwide, it's got a lot of people asking, what is CBD?
Lets go back to basics and explore what CBD is, where is comes from and what it is used for. CBD (also known as cannabidiol), is a naturally occurring non-psychotropic component of the hemp plant. There are many used for CBD which we will cover later, however, everyone has their own reasons for using these products.
How does it work?
The human body contains a system called the endocannabinoid system (or ECS), which uses naturally occurring cannabinoids. Your endocannabinoid system enables your body to maintain healthy cells and support your regulatory system from day to day. This system helps to keep our bodies in balance, from pain sensation, mood, memory, immune system, inflammation control and even appetite.
Consuming CBD helps to feed your endocannabinoid system and helps keep your body in check, which is why it has become such a popular product in today's health and wellbeing industry.
CBD does not, however, have the same effect on everyone, which is why it is mainly used to relieve symptoms of health conditions. Despite this, CBD does not in any way cure diseases, ailments or conditions, and you should be sure to stay away from any CBD products that claim this.
There have been many reports from CBD users regarding how it has helped them in their daily life. Many claim that CBD helps to reduce stress and anxiety and reduces the symptoms of depression. On the other hand, there are those who have claimed that CBD products have improved their overall performance and increased their energy and focus - not to mention improved sleep patterns and the reducing of pain and inflammation.
Whilst all these claims are positive, it's important to understand that CBD is not a miracle cure - it's important to try and live a healthy and active lifestyle at the same time.
Will CBD get me high?
This is a question that you'll probably see quite a lot. The short answer is no, CBD will not get you high. Most CBD products are derived from the hemp plant, which contains very low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component that makes users feel 'high'. UK laws are extremely strict when it comes to CBD products, and the legal limit for any THC levels in products is a maximum of 0.2%. If you're worried about THC levels in a product that you want to purchase, it's always important to check product descriptions or get in touch with the retailer for more information.
Products such as full spectrum hemp oil will contain very low THC levels within the legal limit, whereas other products that use a broad spectrum CBD oil have trace amounts of THC.
The main concern regarding THC levels in CBD products comes down to those who must take drug tests in their career, which is why we will always be on hand to help if you need information on whether a product contains THC or not.
How can I use CBD?
Thanks to its versatility, CBD can be used in many different products, giving customers a wide variety to choose from. If you're new to CBD, you need to ask yourself the question of what your goal is and why you're taking CBD in the first place.
The three most popular ways of taking CBD is through tinctures, edibles and vaping. Tinctures contain cannabidiol oil, that can simply be dropped under the tongue to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Most tinctures are available in a 'natural' hemp flavour, which can be described as an earthy taste. However, more companies are bringing out flavoured tinctures for those who aren't a fan of the natural flavour. Some tinctures can even be added as a flavour booster to your morning cup of coffee. Typically, users will feel relief in around half an hour after taking a dose, which will last for around four to five hours.
This is the same with edibles, however, edibles come in many different forms including chocolates, gummies and even drinks. These take longer to work as the body has to ingest them first to release the dose of CBD, and they are usually available in smaller doses. Despite this, they are an easy and tasty way of taking CBD.
Is there anything else I should know?
The only other advice we can offer you if you're taking CBD for the first time is to start off on a small dosage. This is mainly to ensure that you get the benefits you need from the product you are using.
It's also important to do your research to find out what product would be best for you. Would you rather use edibles, tinctures, creams or vape products? Having a look at product reviews is usually helpful!
Finally, it's important to know that CBD works best when it is taken every day, which will help you to feel the real benefits. With a wide range of products on our site, look around and see what products will benefit you today!