Cannabidiol CBD : Your top 5 Questions answered
This week, to expand our customer feedback series, we’ve answered the five most common questions people in the UK ask us about CBD. Let’s dive straight into it.
CBD Oil, Cannabinoids, hemp extract, and Canabidiol get a lot of UK news coverage these days, so chances are you are already pretty intrigued by this health supplement with a seemingly endless list of benefits. There’s a lot of conflicting or confusing information out there (not to mention different strengths, applications, and plenty of jargon) so you could easily be forgiven for being a little confused.
Here are our answers to the five most common questions we’ve received this Summer:
Why does CBD work?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which comes from the aerial parts of cannabis and hemp plants. By “aerial parts”, we mean the stems, leaves, and flowers - or ‘buds’ as they’re more commonly known. It's in these aerial parts of the plant that we find beneficial phytocompounds called phytocannabinoids. One of these phytocannabinoids is Cannabidiol (CBD). There are more than one hundred phytocannabinoids currently known, but the one we’re interested in here is CBD. CBD in particular gets a lot of attention because of its long list of benefits.
CBD and all the other phytocannabinoids can be integrated into an internal biological system called the Endocannabinoid System. This system exists in all mammals, and the purpose of this network of receptors in the body is to keep them functioning well. Nature has endowed our bodies with the capacity to produce its own cannabinoids (called endocannabinoids) and these help keep everything in balance. Their functioning can be hampered for a variety of reasons such as lifestyle, poor diet, and external toxins, and this is why supplementing this natural system with a phytocannabinoid is an easy way to top up your Endocannabinoid System - boosting your natural wellness.
How does CBD work?
CBD can assist in many processes within the body, and it’s all down to that Endocannabinoid System again.
The easiest way to explain how this system works is locks and keys. The CB1 & CB2 receptors in the Endocannabinoid System are like locks, and these are stimulated (or turned in this analogy) by keys that fit them. Endocannabinoids, the ones that are produced naturally by the body, and Phytocannabinoids, the ones in plants, are both remarkably similar. CBD is a phytocannabinoid key that ‘fits’ the CB2 lock, and these CB2 receptors support your body to work at its best. Pairing endocannabinoids with phytocannabinoids can support the body more efficiently than endocannabinoids alone.
This system can be boosted even further by an effect which scientists have coined the “The Entourage Effect.” In a nutshell, taking phytocannabinoids from one strain of cannabis is great (providing the boost we mentioned) however when you take a range of phytocannabinoids from lots of different strains of cannabis, these can combine together to supercharge the Endocannabinoid System.
CBD is just one of these phytocannabinoids, though the benefits are boosted when combined. This is why it’s so important to invest in quality CBD products. Extracting & combining phytocannabinoids is a costly scientific process, and this is why you might see such a big difference in price between two items that seem similar.
With CBD you really do get what you pay for - cheap CBD products are made from the low cost, low value parts of the plants that don’t go into high quality CBD products. You can’t achieve the Entourage Effect with such products.
Will CBD work for me?
Put simply, yes. The reason we can so sure is because of some basic human biology (it’s that Endocannabinoid System again!)
Phytocannabinoids integrate with our body’s Endocannabinoid System. This network of receptors exists in our immune system, central nervous system, and within many organs that support major bodily processes. Phytocannabinoids like CBD fit into the cannabinoid receptors of the Endocannabinoid System, much like a key fits into a lock to "unlock" the benefits.
It's also important to manage your expectations when starting with CBD. It will work, but what are you expecting to achieve by using it? How long do you plan on using it? Have you felt underwhelmed when trying CBD before? We've also written helpful posts to help you start using CBD and finding the right strength
What do people use CBD for?
The benefits of CBD are plenty. Our bodies are biologically and environmentally unique, and we all treat our bodies differently. The quality of food we eat can have huge, often unnoticeable, side effects on our wellbeing - as can how much sleep we get, how much exercise we get, how much water we drink - the list is endless. Supplementing the Endocannabinoid System with CBD helps to restore your bodies natural balance and provides a huge boost to your general wellbeing. Many people use CBD for many reasons, but ultimately the reasons are almost always caused by your body being unbalanced.
What is in CBD products?
This is a tricky one. It could (and probably will) be an entire blog post on its own. What a CBD product contains is really down to the quality of the product, which is determined entirely by the quality of the plants used and the extraction & manufacturing techniques. As we mentioned earlier, CBD products are not all created equal - there are so many poor quality CBD products out there, the cheap ones typically found on Amazon and eBay sometimes don’t even contain any CBD!
This problem was one of our core tenets when we started CBD Oil Base - with so many rogue and poor quality products around, we wanted to build a place where only the best CBD products are available.
Good CBD products, such as the ones you’ll find on our website, are made from quality ingredients, extracted with high tech equipment, and manufactured with high quality processes. These elements combined mean that only the good stuff goes into each product.