What is CBD and CBD Oil?
- CBD or Cannabidiol is one of over 80 active compounds derived from the cannabis plant. Once the CBD has been extracted, it is mixed with a carrier oil to make it more bioavailable to the bloodstream.
- Until recently, THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound that gets you high, was the most commonly known element of the plant. Today CBD is giving THC a run for its money.
- Cannabis Oil (CBD) is a completely natural supplement that is sourced from industrial hemp, which naturally has low levels of THC.
- Increasingly popular due to its health benefits.
- All of the research carried out regarding the medicinal properties of CBD Oil are independent and from many different sources and institutions.
- 40% of people that take CBD Oil have said that this has helped them quit prescription drugs.
- CDB Oil is legal in the UK as it carries less than 0.3% of the THC extract which is in line with UK and Home Office
- This trace amount of THC has no psycho-active effect.
CBD that has trace amounts of THC is known as “full spectrum”. Full spectrum CBD oil is the pure oil that is extracted from hemp and contains cannabinoids found in the original hemp plant. This type of oil is completely pure and contains an arrangement of cannabinoids and other essential minerals, vitamins, proteins, fatty acids, chlorophyll, terpenes, flavonoids, and fiber. CBD constitutes up to 90% of the cannabinoid content in full-spectrum CBD oil. Full spectrum CBD can show up on a drug test even though it causes no psycho-active effect.
CBD Isolate is 99% pure CBD and has zero THC. CBD Isolate is the crystalline form of hemp oil. In the isolate form, CBD is segregated from other cannabinoids that are found in hemp.
Why do we need CBD?
- We all have an Endocannabinoid System, including animals
- There are receptors in the Central Nervous System in the brain, the spleen, the pancreas and our white blood cells
- You need CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) to activate these receptors (full spectrum CBD)
- They keep our bodies balanced and healthy by regulating the major organs and systems we all possess
- This balance results in Homeostasis – “The ability, or tendency of a living organism, cell, or group to keep the conditions inside it the same, despite any changes in the conditions around it, or this state of internal balance”.
Benefits of the activation of CB2 receptors by CBD:
- Anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects
- CBD is a pleiotropic drug in that it produces many effects through multiple molecular pathways. CBD targets 65 different molecular targets in the body.
- CBD regulates functions such as sleep, immune system responses and pain.
- It can bind to TRVP, a protein associated with vanilloid receptors which can influence pain perception.
The activation of serotonin receptors by CBD benefits:
- High concentrations of CBD have been shown to activate the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor, exerting anti-depressant effects. Serotonin is the ‘feel good’ hormone.
- The same receptor is involved in a series of processes from pain perception, appetite, nausea and anxiety to sleep and addiction mechanisms
- This is just a general overview of how CBD works with the body. CBD has many more medicinal properties which help treat many conditions. A google search will bring up tons of information. You can also check sites such as www.projectcbd.org and www.comparecbd.com which have large CBD research libraries.