What is CBD in medical terms?
Online searches of CBD and its medicinal properties are on the increase. It seems people are keen to understand more about this fascinating compound and its potential benefits. With that in mind, we get back to basics, taking a look at what CBD is, what we know about it, and what we have still to learn.
What is CBD?
An acronym of cannabidiol, CBD is one of over 100 chemical compounds found in the cannabis sativa plant.
Tetrahydrocannabiniol (THC) is perhaps the other most well-known ingredient of cannabis and is a psychoactive compound, responsible for the ‘high’ feeling associated with cannabis. While CBD and THC have the same chemical formula, the atoms are arranged differently and CBD does not possess psychoactive properties. CBD is non-intoxicative and non-euphoric. It doesn’t cause a high and is thought to have other beneficial effects.
The cannabis sativa plant has two main species – hemp and marijuana. In hemp, we find a high percentage of CBD and an extremely low level of THC. While THC remains illegal in the UK, you will find that all CBD products are derived directly from the hemp species.
‘CBD has been demonstrated as an effective treatment of epilepsy in several clinical trials, with one pure CBD product (Epidiolex®) currently in Phase III trials. There is also preliminary evidence that CBD may be a useful treatment for a number of other medical conditions’
What are the potential benefits of CBD?
CBD has been credited with supporting a number of conditions – from arthritis to eczema. Reports have suggested that CBD can help with insomnia, reduce anxiety, lower addiction cravings and help to control chronic pain. Unsurprisingly, numerous studies are currently taking place to investigate these claims further. This study, for example, examines the efficacy of transdermal CBD for reduction of inflammation and pain.
How can CBD be taken?
There are many ways to take CBD – the key is to choose the method that best suits you and helps to achieve your goals.
- Sublingually: place CBD oil under your tongue and let it sink in. This method by-passes the digestive system, letting the CBD absorb more quickly.
- Orally: ingest CBD gummies, tablets or capsules. This is a convenient way of introducing CBD into your daily routine, and great if you’re on the go. It also helps to ensure you maintain a consistent level of CBD in your body. Digesting CBD does, however, mean you have to wait for it to pass through the digestive tract before experiencing any potential benefits.
- Topically: apply oil, serum or cream directly on to the skin. This method is often chosen by those looking to use CBD in skin care or to focus on sore muscles or aching joints.
- Inhaling: Inhale the CBD vapour using a compatible vaping device. When CBD is inhaled it enters the lungs and rapidly passes to the bloodstream.
- Transdermally: Use CBD patches on the skin. This is a discreet and efficient way of absorbing CBD into the skin and allowing it to circulate around the bloodstream.
Essential research into the benefits of CBD is ongoing. If you would like to introduce CBD to your daily routine, you might decide to start with oil. Always buy from a reputable source. At ULU, our pure, full and broad spectrum UK certified CBD oils are entirely free of pesticides, herbicides and THC.
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