A Complete Guide to CBD
CBD which is short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. It is also sometimes known as Marijuana, however Cannabis has two primary classifications – Indica and Sativa and it is Cannabis Sativa from which all CBD products for sale are manufactured from as there is a much higher concentration of cannabinoids in the hemp plant. More importantly this plant has a much lower level of the controversial compound called THC which is the psychoactive ingredient of Marijuana. CBD is totally non psychoactive.
There are over 113 unique cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, and CBD is one of the most common of them…
What is CBD?
Cannabinoids (CBD) are plant compounds which stimulate the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and are naturally found in the body and in many nutritious vegetables including kale, broccoli, and Echinacea. It is most abundant in the hemp plant and when ingested in concentrated form, CBD is known to promote balance and tranquillity to the body and mind. Unlike THC, which has strong psychoactive effects, CBD is non-psychoactive and has a calming effect….
It was during a project in the 1930s that CBD and THC were first isolated. But the chemical structure of the CBD wasn’t described until the early 1960s. There’s been a debate as to whom was responsible for the discovery of CBD and THC – Raphael Mechoulam ( an Israeli organic chemist and professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) or Roger Adams who was responsible of isolating CBD back in the 1930s in the US and by Alexander Todd at about the same time. Raphael Mechoulam is considered the ‘grandfather’ of CBD research and we are very grateful to him and his team for their important discovery.
How CBD Affects the Body and the Brain
The human brain is made up of numerous neurons which communicate with themselves through a structure known as synapses. Synapses consist of a receptor and a transmitter. When a synapse is active the transmitter releases molecules that are absorbed by the receptor but when a synapse is inactive, there is no communication between the transmitter and the receptor.
CBD interacts with the brain in a similar manner. When introduced into the bloodstream, CBD molecules activate some groups of receptors. They are:
- CB1 and CB2
These receptors interact with some bodily functions such as pain sensation, appetite, memory, anxiety, and mood. These functions have a lot to do with the effects of CBD.
Can you get high from CBD oil in the UK?
Taking a high quality CBD oil, whether that be Full spectrum CBD or an isolate, will not get you high. CBD oil traditionally does not have any THC in it in the UK because THC is illegal. If there is any THC, there will only be trace amounts which conform to UK Government guidelines.
Not all CBD is created equal. Remember this. Currently the FDA does not regulate CBD and because of this, it is possible to buy a product that is more or less potent than advertised, or even contain other contaminants. It is very important to buy CBD products that come with authentic third party tested lab reports; this will assure the ingredients quality and at the very least you will know what you are putting in your body.
Different Ways to Consume CBD
CBD is available in several forms. This allows people to tailor their method of use to their specific need. Here are the most common ways to consume CBD.
CBD Edibles are one of the most popular ways to take CBD. They are affordable, portable, discrete, and tasty. There is also no guesswork involved. While CBD oils are incredibly beneficial in their own way, more and more people are starting to prefer the chewy (and tasty) doses of CBD gummies. They are a great, fun way to get your daily cannabidiol fix, and indeed they generally offer all the same benefits as conventional CBD oil. You know exactly what dose you are taking. CBD gummies (and other forms of CBD edibles) can be a wonderful option for those who do not enjoy the “earthy” taste of CBD oil.
Inhaling vaporized CBD oil, like e-cigs for CBD, is the fastest way to experience effects. Compounds are inhaled and absorbed directly from the lungs into the bloodstream. CBD vape oils can be a very potent (and tasty) method of consuming cannabidiol, but the idea of inhalation is (understandably) not appealing to every individual.
The jury is still out, though, on whether vaping does damage to delicate lung tissues. You should proceed with caution if you choose to vape CBD.
This is a very common method of consuming CBD. CBD oil can be added to any food or drink or taken directly.
CBD beverages are tasty drinks mixed with CBD that are available in many forms like CBD tea or CBD smoothies. They have many flavors and can be consumed throughout the day. It is the best choice for users who want their CBD to taste delicious and want to use CBD conveniently and discreetly in public. CBD beverages (including things like CBD syrup and CBD tea or coffee) are also becoming increasingly popular, as they present another option for consuming cannabidiol in a convenient, effective, and delicious way.
CBD topicals are available as creams, lotions, and lip balms that are applied directly on your skin. They provide mainly local effects with only minimal amounts absorbed and circulated through the skin. They are not as potent as most of the other methods of consumption, but they are safe and non-toxic.
It is the best choice for users who desire rapid local effects and want to improve their quality of life, e.g., in case of sports recovery, skin improvement or when experiencing local pain or inflammation.
CBD tinctures are the result of immersing hemp buds in heated alcohol. Flavors can be added to the CBD for a better taste. It’s a choice for users who do not like the taste of pure CBD. This is because tinctures are water-soluble with a wide range of flavors.
CBD tinctures are very much like oils, but they are applied through the underside of the tongue, from where it enters the bloodstream. It is applied sublingually, just about 2 drops under the tongue through a dropper. It enters the bloodstream very quickly through the sublingual artery. Only a few drips are applied as they are highly concentrated.
Some CBD oil sprays are usually bottles with a nozzle that disperse CBD in droplet form. They are available as mouth sprays while others are meant to be applied locally on affected areas.
It’s the best choice for users who need a convenient CBD product that is suitable for all possible cases and doesn’t draw attention from aside.
CBD powder refers to CBD isolate which is the purest form of CBD. After extraction from the hemp plant, other compounds are removed and the CBD is filtered down to the highest concentrations. It is the most potent CBD product that can be consumed in many ways. For example, you can put it directly under your tongue or add it to your drink.
It’s the best choice for users who need a large amount of CBD for long periods due to severe conditions e.g. people who experience strong pains.