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What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?

8 September 2021

What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?  An introduction by Enjoy CBD.

What is CBD (Cannabidiol) is a good question, something we will go through in detail below.  CBD or Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring chemical compound or ‘Cannabinoid’ found in Marijuana (Cannabis) and hemp plants.  Along with CBD, the cannabis plant contains between 70 – 100 other cannabinoids.  Most people have heard of THC (Δ⁹-tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the psychoactive cannabinoid that gets people high.  After THC, CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid and is generally considered to be non-psychoactive.

Cannabinoids function as part of the endocannabinoid system; the body’s complex network of chemical compounds (Endocannabinoids) and receptors which are constantly working to bring the body into homeostasis and optimum functioning.

Full spectrum CBD will not get you high.

Full spectrum CBD alone, will not get you high.  There are two main cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant: CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) “CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, so what that means is you won’t have any effects like euphoria,” says Junella Chin, DO, an osteopathic physician and a medical cannabis expert.  In other words “you won’t feel sedated or altered in any way.”

Not all CBD is created equal.  Remember this.  Currently the FDA does not regulate CBD, because of this, it is possible to buy a product that is more or less potent than advertised, or even contains small amounts of THC or 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.

The difference between Cannabis and Hemp?

Common terms in the CBD industry include cannabis, marijuana, and hemp. The plant Cannabis sativa has two primary species, hemp and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but there’s a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low (less than 0.3%) levels of THC compared to marijuana.

Hemp oil is oil extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant itself.  When high quality Hemp oil is extracted and tested, there are no cannabinoids, CBD or THC.  Hemp oil is bursting with healthy fats and you will see many beauty products utilising its moisturising benefits.

Does CBD have any health benefits?

It is still early days for case studies however as the popularity of CBD usage increases, so has funds for studies to further progress our understanding of CBD food supplements and their possible health benefits.

What’s the best way to take CBD?

There are an enormous selection of products out there – CBD tinctures, sprays, vapes, pastes, chewing gum and balms available from an ever-growing selection of companies of varying reliability.  From our experience, it is better to start with a CBD tincture that you can drop under your tongue 3 times a day and then you can gauge your bodies response.  Taking CBD is not an exact science so start slowly and build your dosage up.

Main delivery methods of our CBD food supplement: Oral, Inhalation (Vape), Skin (Topically), Sublingual (Under the tongue)

Some people don’t want to ingest anything and therefore prefer a topical CBD cream or ointment.  These are great to target Muscles and ligaments to target a localised area.

CBD Tinctures, edibles, and vape pens offer varying rates of delivery.  Vaping CBD is often faster as you are inhaling the CBD through your lungs.  CBD oil Tinctures and edibles take longer to work because they are going through your digestive system but can last four or five hours.  The CBD oil tincture is used to drop CBD oil under your tongue, if you prefer to taste something, you should choose an edible, whether it’s a capsule, gummy sweet or chewing gum.

What should I look for when shopping for CBD products?

By now you should be clearer about what is CBD (Cannabidiol) and the type of CBD product you’re interested in.  Now begins the task of working out who are the reputable sources to buy from and who are peddling little more than snake oil.

Don’t buy the cheapest

Don’t fall into the trap of choosing the cheapest on offer – there’s a fair chance it comes from low quality, non-organically produced industrial hemp containing pesticides and other contaminants.  It’s not worth risking your health with sub-standard CBD oil.

Online reviews

The best place to start when deciding whether you can trust a CBD manufacturer is by doing a quick online search of their company name.  Find out what other people say about them on independent review sites such as Trust pilot and if other reputable sites link to them?

Customer support

Look at their website, is it professional, do they display an email or phone number where you can contact customer support?  Give the number a call to see if anyone answers the phone.  Do a search for the company.  If they hide who owns their website it maybe a sign they have something else to hide.

Good Manufacturing Practice

Are they GMP certified?  Only reputable companies take the time to get GMP certified.  Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to the quality standards.  It is designed to minimise the risks involved in any pharmaceutical production that cannot be eliminated through testing the final product.

Independent Lab Tests

Are the companies lab analysis reports published online? A good lab analysis needs to check for pesticides and heavy metals, microbial organisms, fungus, mold and other impurities along with CBD percentages.  Simple, Transparent and honest.

How much CBD Oil should you take?

There are no nice clear instructions like you get on the side of an aspirin bottle.  That’s because CBD dosing isn’t an exact science.  Each company produces different strengths and types of CBD.

The effects of CBD will vary from person to person, so there is no hard and fast rules for dosing CBD apart from taking it on an empty stomach for maximum absorption.  We always suggest to start slowly and gradually increase your dosage as you learn how your body responds to this food supplement.

This is called the ‘Up Titration method of dosing’  in which you gradually increase your dose monitoring your response and observing carefully for any undesirable effects. Adverse reactions could be feeling overtired or over stimulated.  CBD affects the adenosine receptors similar to caffeine.  Some people report that too much CBD makes it hard to sleep especially when taken late in the evening.

Your body will tell you when you have reached your limit.  At this point back up and reduce your dose slightly for a few days and see if things change.  Then you can either reduce or increase your dose until you find your sweet spot.

Will taking CBD oil or CBD products show up on a drugs test?

If you are taking broad or full-spectrum cannabidiol (CBD), they may contain trace amounts of various cannabinoids including THC.  Unless you are taking a pure CBD Isolate, this is completely normal as the legal amount of THC allowed is less than .3%. Much like the consumption of poppy seeds may lead to a positive drug test for opioids, the consumption of certain hemp products may lead to a positive drug test for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is present in trace amounts in hemp plants. The legal limit of THC in hemp is no more than 0.3%. It’s important to understand that the underlying science behind the conversion of certain cannabinoids to other related cannabinoids when consumed is not yet fully understood. If you are subject to drug testing we strongly suggest consulting your doctor before consuming any hemp products because individual biochemistry, the potential for the conversion of cannabinoids, and the possibility of trace, but legal, amounts of THC inherent in hemp products are all factors to consider.


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