What is CBD

What is CBD?

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is a natural ingredient found in the cannabis/marijuana plant and holds multiple mental and physical therapeutic benefits. It is safe and legal to use and can be consumed by adults, children and animals in various ways.

CBD is a Natural Extract

The cannabis/marijuana plant holds over 113 chemical compounds, each of which holds a different set of unique properties. THC, for example, is the principal psychoactive component while CBD holds many of the medicinal properties attributed in the past to THC, cannabis and other cannabinoids.

This is why when CBD is isolated and extracted from the cannabis plant in its purest form it carries many medicinal benefits, without having any of the psychoactive effects or the short-term memory loss associated with THC. In fact CBD has even been used in some studies as an antipsychotic.

CBD has Therapeutic Benefits

CBD holds multiple mental and physical therapeutic benefits that can aide children, adults and animals facing various conditions such as 

Physical Mental
  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Acne
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Menstrual
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Nausea
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Addictions
  • ADHD

One of the main physical beneficial effects CBD has on the human body is its anti-inflammatory ability and in its effectivity in reducing swelling and subsequent pain. This is why CBD if found to be very useful when treating arthritis, recurring pain, discomfort from long-term injuries and also in cases of pain caused by multiple sclerosis. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD along with its ability to control the overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands may also have beneficial effects on acne.

When it comes to cancer related pain, CBD can reduce symptoms related to cancer and side effects related to cancer treatment, like nausea, vomiting and pain. Some test-tube and animal studies have shown that CBD may even have anticancer properties as it clings to cancer cell’s receptors, causing them to destroy themselves.

Though research is limited at this time, CBD has been shown to ease symptoms related to epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. CBD was also shown to reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in test-tube and animal studies.

When it comes to the heart, studies indicate that CBD can improve the heart’s health in several ways, including reducing blood pressure and preventing heart damage. 

 

In terms of mental benefits CBD has the ability to act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behaviour .This is why CBD was found effective in treatment against the symptoms of anxiety and depression in both human and animal studies. CBD oil has even been used to safely treat insomnia and anxiety in children with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). 

CBD is Safe To Use

Though CBD is generally well tolerated and considered safe, it may cause mild negative reactions such as Diarrhea, Fatigue and changes in appetite and weight in some people. It may also interfere with certain medications so it’s important to advise with your doctor before using it.

Research on the potential health benefits of CBD oil is ongoing, so new therapeutic uses for this natural remedy are sure to be discovered.

Though there is much to be learned about the efficacy and safety of CBD, results from recent studies suggest that CBD may provide a safe, powerful natural treatment for many health issues.

CBD is Legal

The ongoing research of CBD, the scientific proof of its safe medicinal attributes and the subsequent increase in its popularity have led to a progressive recognition and legitimization of CBD by governments and organizations around the world. 

In late 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that CBD is safe to use, is not a dangerous and / or addictive drug and may be effective in treating various diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, psychosis, Parkinson’s disease and other serious conditions.

In 2018, The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the Sports Prohibited Drug List. 

In the US the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the Farm Bill) made it federally legal nationwide to purchase CBD as long as it doesn’t contain more than 0.3% THC. This was followed by similar changes in legislations since 2017 onwards in the UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries around the world.

CBD Consumption

CBD products generally come in two different forms: CBD isolates and full-spectrum CBD. These two extracts are made by putting hemp plants through separate processes. CBD Isolate contains nothing but pure CBD. Full spectrum CBD contains CBD in addition to other compounds called cannabinoids. It still won’t get you high though and is completely legal to buy.

CBD can be consumed in a variety of different forms and dosages, which vary according to what your goal is and why you’re taking CBD in the first place. The delivery method of CBD affects how quickly it works and what kinds of effects it has on the body.

Edibles are broad range of products to eat or drink and are a great and discreet way to try CBD. You can find a variety of CBD edibles including gummies, truffles, or even mints and it will take up to two hours to kick in, and you’ll absorb about 20 to 30 percent of the CBD you consume.

Oils and tinctures are processed and concentrated forms of CBD that are often placed under the tongue using a dropper and absorbed into the bloodstream

Pills and capsules are ingested orally and look similar to the vitamins and/or drugs you’d find in a drugstore. They typically contain CBD oil or CBD isolate.

Topicals are CBD-infused oils, creams and lotions that are intended to be used directly on skin, hair or nails. They’re a popular way to treat localized pain, but are also used as skincare, haircare and massage oil as well. 

Vaping, like e-cigarettes, involves inhaling a vaporized liquid that contains CBD oil. Nicotine is not usually present if CBD is, though it is possible to mix them.

Whatever product you decide to use, start off with low doses. This will allow you to observe how your body reacts to CBD. Check our Store to see which products are available now!