Your essential guide to CBD (Cannabidiol)
Over the past couple of years, the CBD, or Cannabidiol, market has been growing (excuse the pun) exponentially and is showing no sign of slowing.
With a huge increase in demand comes an even greater increase in the number, and nature, of products available to consumers. This in turn leads to questions about which products to use for which benefits, what concentrations to use and ultimately, what actually is CBD?
Well, it is our job at CBD Club to help you get all of the information you need about CBD to make a clear and informed decision about which products to use. However, please note that we would always advise you to consult your GP before using any CBD products, especially if you are currently taking any other medication.
What is CBD?
Put simply, CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in both marijuana and hemp. It is one of over 100 such substances known as cannabinoids that can be found in these plants and is thought to provide users with an astonishing range of health and well-being benefits. Unlike the other most commonly known cannabinoid, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-psychoactive and therefore will not get you "high".
Where does CBD come from?
As mentioned previously, CBD, along with THC and other cannabinoids can be found in marijuana and hemp plants, which are the two primary species of the Cannabis Sativa species. The difference between the two is that marijuana contains high levels of THC, whereas hemp does not (usually less than 0.3%), however it does have a much higher percentage of CBD.
Because of this, CBD is usually extracted from hemp. By doing this also means that manufacturers can easily ensure that their products contain less than 0.2% maximum THC levels allowed in the UK.
What are the benefits of taking CBD?
As it stands, there is not enough clinical research data for us or anyone to be able to say with scientific certainty what the benefits of CBD for specific conditions are. However, there is some evidence that it can help to reduce the effects of schizophrenia, anxiety and childhood epilepsy.
Aside from this, there are also a huge amount of user success stories where CBD consumers have noticed significant effects for a wide range of conditions including; psoriasis, arthritis and muscular pain.
Is CBD safe?
As it stands, more research is needed to truly discover what the long term effects of regularly taking CBD are. However, to date, many studies have suggested that CBD’s lack of intoxicating effects and evidence of successfully treating chronic pain show that it could be an effective alternative to a number of other pain medications.
With that said, as there is still a lack of supporting evidence, you should always discuss CBD with your doctor before using it to treat any condition.
How does CBD affect existing medicines?
Again, there is not a huge amount of data regarding CBD when taken alongside other medication, though there is some existing information related to other widely used compounds that may explain some of the effects based on how CBD works in your body.
Grapefruit juice, like CBD interacts with the cytochrome P450 pathway, which is primarily found in the liver. Because of this interaction, it is possible that cannabidiol can inhibit or amplify any other drug that also uses this pathway. Find out more by reading this extensive article from The GrowthOp
Are there side effects from using CBD?
Generally, most users do not suffer any side effects from taking CBD and their bodies tend to react quite well, but there are a number of possible side effects.
A review by Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research found the most common CBD Oil side effects to be:
- Weight gain/loss
- Changes in appetite
Also, as mentioned above, there is the possibility that CBD could affect other medications you’re taking.
How often should I use CBD?
There isn’t really a right or wrong dosage amount for using CBD as each user has different needs, body type and level of pain or discomfort.
The best way to discover how often to take CBD is to start out with small doses and gradually increase them until you start to feel the greatest benefit. Only then will you truly know what schedule to stick to.
Is CBD legal?
In short, yes it is!
Currently, Cannabis is a Class B controlled substance in the UK, meaning it can lead to criminal charges for anyone in possession of the drug. So, how does this affect CBD Oil and other Cannabidiol infused products?
Back in 2016, The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) declared that CBD products advertised for medicinal purposes would require a license. However, since then, no licenses for medicinal CBD products have been issued but these products can still be sold on the UK market as long as no direct claims to their medicinal benefits are made.
How do I take CBD?
With the industry growing so rapidly, many companies across the world are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to deliver CBD to consumers. This has led to a huge range of products to choose from. Here we’ll break down the main players:
Obtained by extracting CBD from the hemp plant, CBD Oil is then diluted by using a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil or coconut oil, as well as other flavourings. CBD Oil is consumed by dropping it under your tongue. Often seen as one of the best ways to take CBD due to the ease of increasing/decreasing your doses and the fact it may offer a faster delivery than some other methods.
If you’re already a vaper, then this could be a great starting point for you to begin your CBD journey. Much like your normal VG/PG based eliquids, except, instead of nicotine these juices are infused with CBD Oil. Vaping will allow CBD to go direct to your bloodstream, meaning you will feel the effects much quicker than all other delivery options.
Topical application (when products are applied to your body and not taken orally) could be a good option for taking CBD when you are aiming to target a specific area of pain or injury.
You can check out our wide range of CBD Skin Care and Cosmetics products, tailor made to deliver exceptional results, no matter what your aches and pains.
Have a sweet tooth? Why not try CBD Edibles? A small, discreet and tasty way to consume Cannabidiol. There is however a downside to consuming CBD. Some research has shown that when CBD passes through the digestive system, it can be partially broken down by the Liver and Digestive tract, meaning it can take a lot longer for the effects to be felt and your may body may only absorb around 20-30% of it.
Extracts are generally a pure form of CBD and can be used in a variety of ways. However, a common approach with an extract might be to create your own edible CBD product.
What CBD strength should I use?
You’ve made the decision to start using CBD, but now is the time to choose what strength e liquid to buy. With a wide range of concentrations to choose from, this can sometimes get quite difficult. To help you make the right choice, and not get put off by a bad decision, let us give you some more information and a bit of advice.
By law all products containing CBD must state the amount of the ingredient that they contain, be it as a percentage of the overall contents (5%, 10% or 20% cannabidiol), or as a mg amount (250mg, 500mg or 1000mg).
While you may be inclined to dive straight in and go with higher doses of CBD, this is not something we would usually advise.
As a general rule, we would recommend you start with products that have lower dosage amounts, then start to gradually increase the concentration. By carefully monitoring the effects of the CBD over a period of time, it will allow you to assess the effects and increase your dosage if necessary. Once you achieve the desired effects you will be able to determine the right concentration for you.