The rise of CBD oils over the past few years has been meteoric and not without its trials and tribulations! We discovered CBD had been legalised a few years ago and jumped at the chance to sell this wonderful oil knowing that it's completely safe, has extensive research behind it, and has been shown clinically (through hundreds of studies) to have great health benefits in a myriad of ways.
My own journey with CBD has now been extensive both as a retailer and user of the product for a few years. In this time, not only have I found it to be a profoundly helpful supplement but I have also heard many first-hand accounts of its potentially life changing properties.
CBD works as it binds into the endocannabinoid system which is extensive and impacts most major systems which is why CBD has such wide spread applications. Certain CBD receptors are more concentrated in specific regions. Some receptors are plentiful in the central nervous system whilst others are more prolific in the immune cells, in the peripheral nervous system and gastrointestinal tract.
Going through the last few years we had some major challenges to overcome with Evolution Organics, from building the new website to finding & fitting new premises whilst continuing to maintain the highest level of service and customer experience possible. For me, slightly paradoxically, running a health company was fast becoming the biggest challenge to my health and I needed some more supplemental support!
I tried various products that were specific for adrenal overload which were probably quite essential however unquestionably it was CBD that was a game changer. CBD is what I would call an experiential supplement, I can feel it working in the body when I take it. I found it profoundly useful to aid in relaxation when I was working beyond the threshold of my health and to help heal the CNS when experiencing high levels of stress. In short, in my opinion this is one of the best all round supplements available on the market today and provides a tonic to the modern-day pressure of work in a reliable, sustainable and healthy way.
Frequently asked questions about CBD oil
1) What is CBD?
CBD is an incredible group of over 60 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the marijuana or hemp plant. CBD is usually the second most abundant cannabinoid next to THC. CBD oil is commonly extracted from the seeds and stems of the hemp plant and comes in a liquid form of varying degrees of strength and a varying chemical profile.
2) What’s the difference between CBD and THC?
Despite their similarities, CBD and THC have distinctly different effects in how they interact with the endocannabinoid system and subsequently the natural effects they bring about.
One of the key differences between CBD and THC is that THC acts on the CB1 receptors primarily found in the CNS (central nervous system and brain) and brings about the ‘high’ associated with marijuana consumption.
CBD does not bind with and therefore act on CB1 receptors therefore can never cause a high irrespective of the amount consumed. CBD acts on the endocannabinoid receptors primarily found in the immune cells, in the peripheral nervous system and gastrointestinal tract which explains the wide-ranging health benefits.
3) Will CBD get me high?
CBD cannot get you high regardless of the amount consumed. CBD is considered an antagonist to THC binding on the CB1 receptors so it would inhibit the effects of THC. This makes It completely safe for day to day use with no psychogenic effects at all.
4) How do I take CBD?
There are a great variety of ways that CBD can be effectively taken and really depends on your preference and the result you’re looking for.
The most dominate CBD products are the oils which come in an array of flavours if the taste of hemp plant is to your liking. One simply places the desired dose under the tongue where it is held for 60 seconds or so before swallowing.
One could also purchase CBD crystals or vape oils for consumption via a vaporiser giving a more immediate, perhaps stronger, but shorted lasting effect compared to ingestion.
The 3rd option is the CBD suppository for a long-lasting release ideal for those that don’t want to dose throughout the day however requiring a steady release.
5. How does CBD work?
CBD functions by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. These receptors have many functions and associate to many different systems so giving rise to the wide variety of effects and health benefits.
CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety and help to elevate depression as a consequence of certain chemical interactions alongside acting to relieve pain and inflammation whilst boost immune response and reduce cancer cell proliferation. Therefore, I take it most days, it’s totally harmless with an incredible upside potential!
6) Is CBD natural?
CBD is indeed completely natural and the body does produce its own endocannabinoids which relate to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. We have much to learn about the endocannabinoid system however research demonstrates that there could be a strong correlation between CBD and reduced inflammation in our bodies.
7) Are there side effects of using CBD?
It seems that CBD has no known or verified side effects. Personally, I have head clients report such things as drowsiness, feeling of being tired or light headed. However there seem to be no issues with the long-term use of CBD. It's extremely well researched and has been used medicinally for a very long time, perhaps hundreds of years.
8) Are there medical studies on CBD?
There have been thousands of papers written and peer reviewed scientific studies on CBD and I am sure there is allot more to come. The CBD project is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in learning more about CBD and their site has a mass of useful and interesting scientific information.
9) How do I know what dose of CBD to take?
It's impossible to state how much CBD any individual should take as the oils vary in strength and the response is different from person to person. Most brands recommend taking between 10-50 mg of CBD per day. Some of the potent oils would have this much CBD in one 1ml serving so it’s worth checking. I always recommend starting with a small dose, say 10mg and slowly increasing the dose whilst monitoring how you feel until the correct daily quantity is found.
10) Can I cook with CBD and will it still be effective
Quite simply yes, you can certainly cook with CBD and there are many creative ways to add this wonderful oil in to both savoury and sweet dishes. Be aware of how much you put in and then how much of the dish you eat to avoid feeling drowsy. CBD is not damaged by heating.
As always, if you have any questions, get in touch!