WHAT IS CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) has quickly become a point of great interest and excitement to the scientific community. This guide will take a closer look at this fascinating compound to better understand what it is, how it works, and precisely what it does.
WHAT DOES CBD STAND FOR & IS IT LEGAL?
CBD is an abbreviation of “cannabidiol”. There are 113 different cannabinoids in the hemp plant, which CBD is one of the most abundant.
You’ve probably heard about another cannabinoid called THC, which is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis that’s responsible for making the user feel “high”.
There are different rules in different countries when it comes to the THC level in the hemp strains that are permitted to be grown.
In the USA, it’s 0.3% THC, and in Europe it’s 0.2% THC. When it comes to THC levels in the finished product, UK law stipulates that any CBD product with more than 1mg THC per container is a controlled substance and therefore illegal.
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- Hemp extract containing CBD are sold as food supplements in the United Kingdom
- Occurs naturally in the industrial hemp (botanical: Cannabis Sativa L) plant
- Interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system
- Is currently being studied for a variety of potential biological properties
- CBD is non-high inducing (will not get you “high”)
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
Though both THC and CBD come from the same plant, they are vastly different. THC interacts with the CB1 receptors in your brain and central nervous system and causes them to function differently than normal, which makes the user feel “high”.
CBD on the other hand, does not interact directly with the CB1 receptors — so the users do not experience any psychoactive effects, nor does the molecule interact with the CB2 receptor.
CBD appears to indirectly stimulate the endocannabinoid system to produce its endocannabinoids like Anandamide (i.e. ones produced naturally by the body). Anandamide has been dubbed the “bliss molecule” due to its effect on how we feel. CBD also has the added benefit of making endocannabinoids last longer in your body because it slows the breakdown of naturally occurring cannabinoids by inhibiting the FAAH enzyme.
If you are confused by the science, don’t worry, we like to make things clear and concise, so we are going to set the record straight on some frequently confused differences between the effects of THC and CBD below.
CBD vs. THC
Though they share the same source plant family (cannabis), there is a huge difference between CBD and THC — both in the effect they have, as well as the way they chemically interact with your body. Until recently, CBD was somewhat stigmatised and not taken seriously as a potential useful supplement due to its chemical proximity to THC (the chemical that creates an intoxicating “high”).
- Non-intoxicating and has no psychoactive properties
- Stimulates body to produce its own cannabinoids
- Indirectly interacts with both CB1 and CB2 receptors
- Non-toxic and shown to be safe for humans
- Approved as a food supplement for sale in the UK
- Intoxicating and psychoactive
- A controlled substance in many countries
- Binds directly to CB1 and CB2 receptors causing both a mental and physical “high”
- Has been shown to cause paranoia and increase anxiety in some users
NEWS ABOUT POTENTIAL CBD BENEFITS
Not long after CBD became legal for sale in the UK, the World Health Organisation conducted an in-depth study of CBD in 2017 and found it to be safe and non-toxic even in relatively high concentrations. A recent survey found that six million adults in the UK use CBD on a regular basis.
WHAT IS CBD OIL USED FOR?
CBD oil is used for a variety of reasons by many vastly different individuals. Before we try to understand what people use CBD oil for, we should first be clear about what CBD hemp oil is in the first place. CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant, which is a species of cannabis plant that is non-psychoactive. Though some companies do extract CBD from Marijuana, a highly-psychoactive species of cannabis, this is illegal and leads to a higher THC content in the final product. All of the amazing CBD products that you will find here at Leaf+ have been derived from fine industrial organic hemp.
Our endocannabinoid system is responsible for a multitude of functions inside our bodies including receiving cannabinoids. CBD has been proven to interface with our endocannabinoid system, and this fact fuels curiosity of doctors and scientists around the world.
While we don’t fully understand CBD and all of its possible uses, we do know that people around the world are utilising CBD for effects that they enjoy and appreciate daily. With the constant research that is being performed on this incredible compound, it won’t be long before we find more ways to utilise CBD in our everyday lives.
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