What is CBD?
The debate around ‘medicinal cannabis’ in the UK has been hotting up recently with a few high profile cases shining a light on the benefits associated with Cannabis. Yet when people think of Cannabis, many imagine the recreational cannabis user but now they’re hearing amazing things about a cannabis compound that doesn’t get people high, it has left people wondering, what is CBD?
What does CBD stand for?
CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol which is 1 of over 100 compounds called Cannabinoids that the Cannabis plant produces. The most recognised Cannabinoid is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) this is the psychoactive compound but CBD has been giving it a run for its money recently.
What is the difference between THC and CBD?
The main difference between THC & CBD is that CBD is non-psychoactive so will NOT get you high. CBD products in the UK are derived from EU Approved Hemp strains. Whilst Hemp is a member of the Cannabis Genus of plants it is naturally low in THC, generally with levels less than one-percent THC yet rich in CBD.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is when you take the cannabinoids from cannabis and add them to a carrier oil. The strength of the oil is dependant on how much CBD there is vs Carrier oil. Further detailed information on CBD strengths and dosing can be found here; in the meantime the graphic below can help understand volume vs strength of CBD.
What does CBD oil do?
So if it doesn’t get you high, what does CBD do? There are many benefits associated with CBD oil and we urge people to do their own independent research but ultimately CBD is taken as a food supplement to supplement your Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a system of cell receptors found throughout the body that are composed of cell receptors call Cannabinoid Receptors, named after the plant that led to their discovery.
All mammalian species have an endocannabinoid system, Anandamide & 2-AG are the “cannabinoids’ that your body produces and that interact directly with the ECS. Consuming phytocannabinoids (plant derived CBD) assists in supplementing potential deficient cannabinoid levels in the body.
Does CBD oil have any side effects?
The diplomatic answer here is that researchers don’t fully understand the downsides of CBD oil although there aren’t a lot of negatives associated with CBD. That being said, the World Health Organization recently stated that:
“CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”
One potential negative side effect some users experience when taking CBD is what is known as The Herxheimer Effect. The Herx Reaction is a short-term reaction the body has as it detoxifies. It is quite common to experience flu-like symptoms including a headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, sweating, chills, nausea or other symptoms.
In short, there is nothing to worry about when consuming CBD but it is always advised to do your own research and discuss it with your doctor for your own peace of mind.