What is CBD?

CBD is one of the fastest growing product categories within the UK’s health & wellbeing market and if you’re just discovering CBD you might have a lot of questions. Our guides aim to provide you with all the information you need as you start your CBD journey.

What is CBD?

CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which is one of the 113 cannabinoids that are found naturally in the hemp plant, or to use its correct term cannabis sativa L. For hundreds of years now hemp plants have been used by people for a variety of uses with CBD oil being one which scientists believe to offer a wide range of beneficial effects on the body and mind.

The hemp plant shouldn’t be confused with cannabis or marijuana. Both these plants have significantly higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the psychoactive cannabinoid in the plant that makes you high. CBD extracted from the hemp plant is a non-intoxicating phytocannabinoid (means the cannabinoid occurs naturally in the plant) and it does contain negligible traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), however and to reassure you on this part, the traces are nowhere near enough to make an impact and give a high. Since 2016 it has been legal to buy CBD products in the UK, they are non-toxic and non-psychoactive and offer an attractive option for those looking to support their wellbeing.

How CBD works with our bodies

Cannabinoids interact with our bodies via our endocannabinoid system (ECS). This molecular system is responsible for regulating many of our body functions such as sleep, anxiety, appetite and metabolism. It’s through our ECS that CBD works in harmony with the body to varying degrees to benefit our wellbeing.

Our Endocannabioid System (ECS) contains receptors: CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found mainly within the brain and CB2 receptors are found mainly within the body, specifically our nervous system and our immune system. Inhaling CBD will allow it to travel to the brain via the lungs, much quicker than applying CBD topically. However, if you have pain in your hand, inhaling CBD might not be as beneficial as ingesting it, for example, as a tincture (or oral drop).

The recommended way to intake CBD for your CB1 receptors (e.g anxiety or sleep issues) is by vaping it.

The recommended way to intake CBD for your CB2 receptors (e.g muscle pain or joint aches) is by applying topically as a cream or balm, or by taking a tincture (another word for oral drops) under the tongue.

Just think about it like this: You’re likely to pick the fastest route to get to your destination. When it comes to CBD, it isn’t any different. There are many ways to use CBD, just ensure you are choosing the most efficient route for your destination!

CBD has been used in clinical studies for cognition, anxiety, pain, aches and movement disorders with those treated believing in the beneficial properties of taking this natural supplement. As CBD is non-psychoactive it cannot cause addiction and perfectly legal to use without risk to mental health or risk of getting high.

With many different CBD products available on the market it allow users to consume it in different ways; from oral drops placed under the tongue, to soothing body and massage lotions, to vaping CBD e-liquids.