5 Essential Questions about CBD that will help you understand this all natural extract better!
There may be tons of other questions that would be on your mind, like “how much CBD should I take”, “is CBD legal”, “can we get a prescription for CBD”, “is CBD oil same as hemp oil” or more, and we would attempt to answer these in our coming blog posts!1. What is CBD?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is an extract that comes from the cannabis plant or hemp, along with another substance called THC (but we’ll come to that later). Now, inside the human body there’s a very intricate system in place called the Endocannabinoid System which handles your memory, pain sensation, general mood and even hunger, and CBD and THC essentially work on this system. Although CBD and THC both have similar functions, the major difference is that THC gives you the “high” that cannabis is known for, while CBD does not affect your cognitive senses in any way at all!
2. What is CBD Good for?
Now there are multiple benefits to the usage of CBD, which includes, but is not limited to treating epilepsy as shown by research. It also helps manage anxiety, it reduces chronic pain, controls inflammation too, but you should always consult a medical professional before usage.
Reference Research - https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ajp.2019.18101191
3. How can you take CBD?
Well, there’s a multitude of ways to take CBD, including ingestible oils, vape liquids and extracts. Oils are a quick way of taking CBD, equipped with a dropper you can control the dosage as instructed and requirements.
4. What are the different types of CBD?
There are multiple types of CBD that you can go for too: full spectrum, broad spectrum or CBD isolates. As mentioned, CBD is a naturally occurring substance from the hemp plant, along with other extracts like THC and more.
- FULL SPECTRUM CBD - Full Spectrum CBD not only contains CBD, but also cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, Terpenes, Chlorophyll and a very low concentration of THC, which results in the most minimal cognitive stimulation. But owing to something called the “entourage effect”, taking these different cannabinoids together is more effective than taking them on their own.
- BROAD SPECTRUM CBD - There also exists another form of CBD, the Broad-Spectrum CBD, which is a middle ground between Full Spectrum and CBD Isolates. Like Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum has other cannabinoids along with CBD, however, like isolates, THC is completely absent. Due to multiple cannabinoids, the previously mentioned “entourage effect” enhances the effect of the dose.
- CBD ISOLATES - As opposed to Full Spectrum, when the extraction contains only the desired CBD compound, it is called the CBD Isolate. CBD Isolates are the purest form of CBD without any infiltration from the other cannabinoids. Mostly, CBD Isolates are extracted from hemp due to its natural tendency to produce less THC, which is undesirable in isolates. Isolates may be preferred by people who do not wish to intake THC at all, or who may just not like the taste of chlorophyll or any other reason.
You can choose the variant of CBD as per your preference after consulting a medical professional. No one type is better than the other and every type caters to some need of the individual or the other.
5. Is CBD legal?
But after all this discussion about the types of CBD and the various ways to take the same, the question still arises...is it legal? Given that it is believed to come from the cannabis plant, the source of marijuana, the question has irked many potential users who wish to reap the medical benefits of CBD but are hesitant. This doubt primarily arises due to the other compound, THC, which results in psychoactive stimulation, unlike CBD which is completely safe for medicinal use.
As per the Misuse of Drug Act, many cannabinoids come under controlled substances. However, CBD is completely legal in the UK if it has a THC concentration of less than 0.2%. To achieve this, CBD must be obtained from industrial grade hemp which has been approved by the EU. Hemp has high concentrations of CBD and lower THC levels naturally, making it the perfect candidate for compound extraction.
"The first time I ever tried CBD was to help sooth my anxiety. I was fed up with taking various pills to try and make me ‘better’... it wasn't how I wanted to live my life anymore. So I gave CBD oil a try. It was a huge relief for me to feel like myself, yet the edge was gone. A bonus to the whole thing was the relief from various aches and pains I have. Especially the arthritis in my knees. It immediately alleviated 90% of my pain... The benefits of CBD oil are unlike anything any pill or medication can do." - Tom Hanks
Reference of the quote from Tom Hanks- https://thrive-magazine.co.uk/why-cbd-oil-has-become-a-favourite-with-celebrities/
To sum up everything that has been said, given these legalities according to UK Law, it is perfectly safe and constitutional to get your hands-on various CBD products! Be it oil or vape, the choice is yours. Everyone has their own requirements, their own needs, thus there is no one product to suit them all. There are proven benefits to the use of CBD while avoiding the cognitive hindrance caused by excessive amounts of THC. This all-natural substance is ideal for individuals looking for an alternative to artificially synthesized medicinal treatments.