CBD has enjoyed massive popularity in recent years with a lot of coverage in the press and online about its purported benefits for people from all walks of life. But what exactly is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol and it is a chemical compound which is extracted from the Hemp plant. CBD is thought to help with regulating sleep, immune responses and even pain, and therefore more and more people are open to trying it for themselves.

Hemp differs from Cannabis in that it contains hardly no THC (the compound which gets you high) and much greater amounts of CBD. Unlike Cannabis which is illegal, Hemp is perfectly legal so long as it contains trace amounts of THC.

Examples of how is CBD used

New CBD products are constantly being innovated but here are a few of the most common examples of how CBD can be used:

What is CBD for?

Much research is anecdotal but many people claim to have positive effects on their lifestyle by taking CBD. Examples of how CBD helps people is by improving quality of sleep, reducing anxiety and chronic pain, and helping with fatigue.

Although the benefits of CBD are not all medically proven, there are countless people who have noticed a difference when taking CBD products on a regular basis.

According to the WHO according to the evidence CBD is not addictive and is relatively well tolerated by the body. This suggests CBD is generally safe to take for most healthy people in managed doses.

CBD Frequently Asked Questions

Is CBD legal?

CBD is extracted from the Hemp plant which is similar to the Cannabis plant but does not contain the psychoactive compound THC. Therefore products containing CBD are completely legal in the UK as they contain only trace amounts of THC if at all.

Is CBD safe for me?

CBD is used daily by many people without any negative side-effects. However you should always take care when taking any new compounds. In general, for healthy people CBD will not cause any problems. Even if you suffer from physical or mental problems CBD could potentially provide you with some benefits. Please always check with your medical practitioner before taking CBD just to be on the safe side.

Does CBD get you high?

As CBD products contain no THC (or at least less than 0.2%) they are not able to get you high.

What are the different types of CBD?

There are a few different forms of CBD which are based on their purity and whether they contain any other elements. Full Spectrum CBD contains the whole Hemp plant in varying degrees. This is typically suited for those who believe other cannabinoids aside from CBD can provide benefit to them. Broad Spectrum CBD also contains the full range of cannabinoids apart from THC. CBD Isolate is the purest form of CBD and contains nothing else.

What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids come in 2 forms and refer to a range of compounds which interact with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids such as those found in Hemp/Cannabis interact with our body to give us the feeling of being high and also other perceived benefits such as wellbeing, better sleep, appetite and so on. Different cannabinoids interact in different ways within the body, CBD is one of them. More research is being done all the time.

Which CBD product is right for me?

If you are thinking of trying CBD products then there are many options available from tinctures, crumbles, oils, creams, vapes, lotions and more. The key things you need to consider are:

  • Type of CBD – As mentioned above different types of CBD can contain other compounds so you need to choose something which is right for you.
  • Bioavailability – This refers to how quickly the CBD enters the bloodstream. For example CBD Oils can be more readily absorbed compared to skin creams or edibles.
  • Your lifestyle – If you are more active and generally on the go then products infused with CBD can be easier to manage compared to oils or liquids. Alternatively if you prefer to have control over how much CBD you are taking then oils are preferred.

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