Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is one of the many identified cannabinoid molecules found in Cannabis plants. Like all cannabinoid molecules, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. But because CBD isn’t psychoactive, it doesn’t produce the “high” commonly associated with its more famous cannabinoid cousin, THC.
That means that CBD, which is often derived from hemp, or male cannabis plants, doesn’t produce the high that cannabis products are often associated with. Instead, CBD possesses a wide variety of medical applications. While research is ongoing, studies have already demonstrated that CBD is an effective treatment for epilepsy among many other conditions.
But this cannabinoid is what’s known as a promiscuous molecule, meaning that it interacts with many different types of neuroreceptors. That suggests current studies may just be scratching the surface of CBD’s therapeutic potential.
There is increasing awareness to the benefits of adding CBD to your everyday supplementation routine. Prevention is always better than cure.
More and more people are choosing CBD for more explicit therapeutic purposes. Our current laws dictate that no medicinal claims are made regarding the efficacy of CBD-rich cannabis.
Being non-psychoactive negates the recreational use and makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
Scientific and clinical research underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centres around the world.
CBD is the primary focus of a 20-year US Department of Health and Human Services study that seeks to develop a new class of antioxidant drugs.
Oxidative stress (and its primary symptom, inflammation) is the underlying cause of most diseases plaguing people today. The development of a drug aimed at getting to the root of most disease – instead of treating the symptoms, would be a significant, progressive shift and focus for conventional medicine.
Medical science has known since the early 1990s that the endocannabinoid system is responsible for the hugely important task of homeostasis.
Cannabinoids may be so important to our overall health that our modern diets, stress, and environment might make us deficient. Supplementing could bring the endocannabinoid system back to optimal functioning, thereby possibly eliminating the underlying chronic conditions impacting your everyday health.
Cannabis, like many herbal remedies, offers a very individualised experience, for some, a little goes a long way; for others, it takes more to produce the desired effect. When beginning CBD, it’s best to start with a small dose and build gradually. As with any new product, it is important to become familiar with how your body responds to CBD before increasing the dose.
In general, starting with a product that lets you have more flexibility in dosing (like drops or tinctures placed under your tongue) is often the best way to introduce CBD to your body and see how you respond.
Some general CBD dosage guidelines (per day):
Cannabis oil itself is illegal to possess, supply or use. The law did change to recognise CBD as a medicine or food supplement. This is down to scientific studies into its use. In a nutshell CBD oil is now legal in the UK.
No. CBD is not a psychotropic compound, and won’t produce the intoxication that THC does (the “high” that marijuana users are familiar with). In our experience, most people using CBD say they feel “clear-headed” and calmer than they usually feel.
A World Health Organisation (WHO) report has found no adverse health outcomes but rather several medical applications for CBD. According to a preliminary WHO report, naturally occurring CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans (and animals), and is not associated with any negative public health effects.
Experts further stated that CBD does not induce physical dependence and is “not associated with abuse potential.”
Moreover there is no risk associated with overdose. Unlike conventional pain killers which are linked to 10,000 - 12,000 deaths per year there has been no recorded deaths linked to cannabis in 6,000 years.
Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
If you are taking any prescribed medication or have any medical conditions always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any vitamins or supplements.
If you experience an adverse reaction, stop taking the supplement and seek medical advice.
We’re all different. Sometimes a supplement will suit one person but not another. If a product doesn’t suit you, stop taking it and we’ll be delighted to help you find an alternative.
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