What is CBD?
Everything you need to know about CBD, how it could help and some advice as to what products may suit you.
WHAT IS CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the major compounds found in the cannabis plant. Marijuana is a variety of Cannabis, so is hemp. Both marijuana and hemp contain CBD. Marijuana is heavy on tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is what causes the high. Hemp has no significant amount of THC.
WHERE DOES CBD COME FROM?
Our CBD isolates are extracted from hemp, a strain of the Cannabis plant that is grown specifically for its industrial uses. Hemp contains next-to-no THC, meaning when extracted the THC level is well below the legal amount and you will not experience any psychoactive effects associated with THC.
DOES CBD GET YOU HIGH?
No. CBD products are missing a crucial component that gives cannabis its psychoactive effects, THC.
IS CBD LEGAL IN THE UK?
CBD is legal in the UK as long as it does not contain THC, which is a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
FULL SPECTRUM vs ISOLATE
Although CBD isolate is a more concentrated form of cannabidiol, this doesn’t mean that it has greater effects. In fact, while more research needs to be done, some research indicates that full spectrum CBD, which is a combination of cannabinoids, plant compounds and sometimes other herbs, has a complementary effect also known as “the entourage effect”.
You should generally start with a low dosage and slowly increase your dose if required.
HOW SHOULD I TAKE CBD?
It really depends on what your goal is and why you’re taking CBD in the first place. The biggest differences are speed of delivery and how long the effects last.
WHY USE CBD?
Thought to have therapeutic properties, but researchers are still working hard to understand the specifics. A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed CBD may help treat symptoms relating to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, pain, anxiety, depression, cancer and some diabetic complications.
Vaping is the fastest way to experience effects. Compounds are inhaled and absorbed directly from the lungs into the bloodstream.
PATHWAY TO TARGETS
When CBD is inhaled, it passes to the lungs where it rapidly passes into the bloodstream. Inhalation avoids first-pass metabolism.
This is the quickest way to get CBD circulating through your system, but it also is effective for the shortest period of time. Peak bloodstream levels are within 10 minutes.
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These liquids, usually oils, are infused with CBD and placed under the tongue with a dropper. The oral mucosa is full of tiny capillaries that absorb the compounds quickly. Oils and tinctures are a good choice for anyone who can’t take pills or capsules.
PATHWAY TO TARGETS
CBD can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream from capillary-rich areas underneath the tongue, along the gums and cheek. From here, it avoids first-pass metabolism and is sent throughout your body.
This route gets CBD into your bloodstream faster than edibles. Under the tongue is generally quicker than against the cheek. However, because most of the CBD will eventually be swallowed, peak bloodstream levels range from 0.5 – 5 hours.
If you don’t want to take anything orally and you’re mostly using CBD oil to help with aches, pains and some skin conditions another easy way to take the oil is by a topical application.
PATHWAY TO TARGETS
Topical Cannabidiol (CBD) diffuses across your skin and reaches local targets, like muscles, inflammatory cells, and pain-perceiving nerves. Very little, if any, enters the bloodstream – unless it is specifically designed for transdermal activity.