With everyone talking about CBD and its many potential benefits for many different conditions and the diverse ways to take CBD, you might be eager to start getting your dose of CBD.
But with the increasing popularity, you’re more likely to find products of very low quality that don’t even offer the amount of CBD they advertise.
we’ve put together everything you need to know about CBD and its effects before you add this supplement into your life.
1. What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, can be derived from marijuana or hemp, both come from a species of the Cannabis Sativa plant. CBD derived from Hemp has only .03% delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD derived from marijuana is between 5% and 30% in THC.
CBD is a naturally occurring substance and it’s repurposed for use in products like oils, edibles and creams to provide its potential benefits.
CBD comes in various types:
- CBD isolate. Pure CBD is also known as CBD isolate. It contains only CBD and no other elements from the cannabis plant.
- Broad-spectrum CBD. Contains most cannabinoids from the cannabis plant but no THC content.
- Full-spectrum CBD. Full-spectrum products contain all cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, include levels of THC that are less than 0.2% for hemp-derived products.
2. CBD doesn’t get you high
THC Is the psychoactive component of marijuana that produces the popular “high”. CBD derived from hemp has no psychoactive effect and you won’t get high. There’s not going to be any feelings of euphoria from taking CBD.
3. CBD won’t show up in drug test
Cannabidiol (CBD) can’t show up in drug tests if you’re getting legitimate CBD products. If your product contains traces of THC and if there happens to be enough THC you’ll fail a drug test.
Only in very rare cases where there are high amounts of THC in a CBD product, can the use of CBD indicate a positive result as this depends on the product. So you should always research first.
Take time and read about the products you’re thinking of getting.
4. CBD is safe
Yes, to most people CBD is safe with little to no side effects. According to the world health organization, “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. Reported adverse effects may be as a result of drug-drug interactions between CBD and patients’ existing medications.”
There’s not enough information yet on the use of CBD for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
5. The Endocannabinoid System
Discovered in 1990 has been recognised as a vital modulatory system in the brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. This system not only responds to Endogenous cannabinoids produced in the body but also responds to external Phytocannabinoids or CBD to enhance the body’s function.
CBD binds with the receptors in your body and brain located in the spleen, tonsils, thymus immune cells, Hypothalamus, Hippocampus and Amygdala. With the potential to help treat many conditions and maintain homeostasis.
6. CBD is legal in the UK
Yes, there is no limitation in the legal purchase, possession and use of CBD in the UK, as long as it contains either no THC or a low THC percentage of under 0.2%. It also needs to be made using EU-approved industrial hemp marketed in full compliance with existing regulations.
7. How much CBD is right for you
The amount of CBD varies from person to person and the condition you’re looking to treat. The best thing to do is start taking CBD at a low dose and slowly build up from there until you get the benefits you’re looking for.
8. Ways to take CBD
CBD can be taken in many different ways and it all depends on what you’re looking to treat. CBD oils under the tongue seem to be a prefered way to take CBD for many as it acts fast and it’s easy to take. Some don’t like the taste and decide to try edibles like gummies or drinks. Generally, you can find CBD in the form of:
- Sublingual products
- Vaping and Smoking
9. Choose your CBD supplier
The most important part is relying on a company that delivers what it advertises. Anyone can be selling CBD products but make sure you’re getting high-quality CBD from a reputable company. The things to take into consideration when choosing a supplier:
- Clear packing information
- Clients testimonials
- Lab-tested reports (more on that below)
- Low THC content
- Customer Service
- Try some of their products (especially if they have starter packs)
10. Lab reports
Before you buy from a CBD company, make your they have third party lab reports available. Lab reports assess the quantities of cannabinoids in a CBD product sample to make sure what they advertise is what they sell. Lamentably, many businesses that provide CBD products aren’t being precise about what is and isn’t in their product. Third-party testing helps CBD businesses and consumers ensure the properties of the CBD products.
11. What does the research say
The clinical use of CBD is currently more advanced in the treatment of epilepsy. There is also data indicating that CBD may be a beneficial treatment for a number of other medical conditions.
According to the World Health Organization CBD may have therapeutic benefits in the treatment of chronic pain, depression, nausea, arthritis, diabetes, and many more.
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