What is CBD & How Does it Work?

February 2, 2021

CBD knowledge, awareness and products are still relatively new, and it can be difficult knowing what to buy, how much to buy, how much to take and what the benefits are. Hopefully this blog will help provide you with what you need to know to get going.

What is CBD?

CBD or cannabidiol (the official name) is one of over 100 cannabinoid compounds in the cannabis plant and all of which interact differently with your body. One, known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), is the one that gets you high/stoned and is illegal in most of the world. Industrial hemp (which is still part of the cannabis family) has more CBD and only traces of THC.

Is CBD addictive?

No, the fact that CBD won’t get you high or stoned is a reason that it isn’t addictive and there is actually some evidence to suggest that it can help addicts to reduce their substance abuse.

How does CBD work?

Here is the science bit . . . CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) by blocking an enzyme called FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase) which leads to higher anandamide levels allowing it to have more anti-inflammatory effects and do more mood-boosting work.

The ECS is an important part of our biological system (similar to our central nervous system) and may regulate physiological and cognitive processes, more research is required on this as it was only discovered in recent years (90’s).

The ECS has two main receptors – CB1 & CB2. Details about which parts of our body they are found in are below:

How much CBD should I take?

This is always a difficult question without more research being completed and the fact everyone is individual but the best way to start is low, usually the recommended doses on the products and see how it goes.

CBD effects depend on many factors including weight, genetics, tolerance, ailments and many other aspects so there is no uniform dosing for everyone. Perhaps writing down how you feel and the amount you have taken could be good to look back on after each week.

Our CBD dosage calculator is purely for guidance purposes and only a recommendation, there is no right answer. Start low, go slow and listen to your body, it may be best to start on 1 or 2mg and see how you feel, then after a week re-evaluate and increase or keep the dose as you have it. 

CBD Benefits

There has been studies conducted to show there may be health benefits from taking CBD and ongoing research is being carried out. A good way to keep up to date on the latest studies etc is through the Cannabis Health News.

There are thought to be a range of health and medicinal benefits of CBD including:

  • Reduced anxiety, stress and depression
  • Reduced acne
  • Improves heart function (by lowering blood pressure)
  • Improves sleep (by relaxing)
  • Relieves chronic pain
  • Reduces nausea (especially in cancer patients)
  • Has been used (successfully) to treat epilepsy (particularly in children), multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis  
  • Improves symptoms associated with chemotherapy
  • Has been shown (in some cases) to slow the growth of cancerous cells
  • Improves recovery from physical activity
  • Reduces menstrual cramps, pain and PMS in women
  • Reduces symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, e.g., tremors
  • Similar health benefits have been identified for pets too

We are always happy to talk to you about our CBD products or answer any questions, just get in touch with us by completing the form on our Contact Page.

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