What is CBD?
Found within the wonderful hemp plant, CBD is one of many cannabinoids present - in fact it is one of 113 but we think CBD is the best one!
Short for Cannabidiol, CBD is a natural compound in the hemp or cannabis plant and once extracted, it can be consumed in many forms. CBD is legal for sale in the UK and most countries as it is a non-psychoactive, however always check the law where you are. Suggested benefits include pain relief, improved cognition, reduction in anxiety and stress levels and increased mobility although many of these have yet to be fully investigated.
CBD has been shown through much research and scientific studies to possess a variety of properties and potential health benefits, hence why CBD products are becoming more and more popular. CBD is provenly safe, legal and non-intoxicating.
As our CBD products are derived from the hemp plant and not the marijuana plant, they do not get you "high" in any kind of way, even if you were to consume large amounts. This is because our UK CBD products contain less than 0.2% THC. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is another cannabinoid from the hemp/marijuana plant, is the cannabinoid which causes the famous high but CBD does not do this.
CBD oil has many proven benefits, in fact since the 1990’s CBD has generally been recognized, by the medical and scientific establishments - but researchers are still working hard to understand the specifics.
How does CBD interact with my body?
You may be wondering exactly how CBD interacts with your body and the answer is simple, we are built to receive CBD. We all have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which responds very similarly to internally-produced cannabinoids and external cannabinoids, like CBD.
Your endocannabinoid system is made up of three core parts: endocannabinoids, a series of receptors around your body, and enzymes that break the endocannabinoids down. These receptors are found throughout all of your major organs, your immune system and your nervous system, ensuring that everything is at a state of balance. CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system allowing you to unwind and enjoy the potential benefits.
We have two receptors for cannabinoids throughout our body, called CB1 and CB2 receptors.
CB1 receptors are present throughout our body but many are found in our brain. This deals with coordination and movement, pain, emotions, mood, appetite and other functions. CB2 receptors are found more commonly in the immune system which affect inflammation and pain.
Unlike other cannabinoids, it has recently been believed that CBD does not bind to these receptors. Instead, it encourages our body to create more if its own cannabinoids to balance our system. This is part of the reason that CBD is considered safe in the wider health sphere.
After extraction from the raw plant material, CBD actually exists in its isolated form as a crystalline solid – similar appearance to sea salt. However, due to its biochemical nature, research has shown that the body absorbs CBD more efficiently when it’s ingested along with a carrier oil. This is the reason why we infuse all of our tinctures in pure, high-quality MCT or hemp seed oil.