It’s a term we see more and more across the internet, but what exactly does CBD stand for? And what is CBD? CBD is an abbreviation of the word Cannabidiol: a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant, acclaimed for its capacity to reduce anxiety, improve cognition, and to control pain and movement disorders, amongst other things.
Phytocannabinoids are what are referred to as ‘classical cannabinoids’, being cannabinoids that are concentrated in a viscous (or thick and sticky) resin, produced in the structure of the cannabis plant. CBD is one of 113 identified cannabinoids and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.
Discovered in 1940, CBD started to gain momentum as a relatively side-effect-free treatment over the last 5 years. Unlike other compounds found in the cannabis plant, such as THC, CBD produces non-intoxicating effects, and numerous safety studies show Cannabidiol to be widely well tolerated. And because of this, CBD and other cannabinoids are classified as ‘novel foods’ throughout the EU and the UK. Therefore, CBD is completely legal, extremely safe, and is increasingly proven as being effective in the treatment of numerous common conditions.
CBD is also used in food and beverage products, but it is the administration of CBD as CBD oils that have seen it become the convenient, safe, and effective treatment it is today. Following its discovery in 1940 in Minnesota, US, through selective breeding programs, growers succeeded in stabilising cannabis plants with lower THC and higher levels of CBD content. Once the CBD has been isolated from the cannabis plant, it is then diluted into carrier oils to form ‘tinctures’. These tinctures are commonly sold as a 5% 500mg tincture, a 10% 1000mg tincture, and a higher strength 20% 2000mg tincture.
Natural oil tinctures offer an unadulterated CBD experience and tend to be suitable for consumption 2-3 times-per day. Placing drops directly under the tongue after each meal ensures that dosages are administered regularly and effortlessly.
CBD oils can be complemented with natural flavourings, including mint and orange, and they can also be enhanced to improve energy levels. Adding key terpenes (organic compounds), including Citral and Eucalyptol, have been found to provide a beneficial boost to the effects of CBD. Found in the lemongrass and eucalyptus plants, the process is referred to as ‘the entourage effect.’
CBD oils utilised for pain relief comprise tincture blends that amalgamate key terpenes including limonene and beta-caryophyllene. These are commonly found throughout nature in citrus fruits and rosemary, both of which are recognised for their beneficial effects. Together with CBD, they form a tincture acknowledged for uplifting and pain-relieving benefits.
The stress-busting capabilities of CBD oils come into play when CBD oil tinctures are formulated combining CBD with Myrcene and Pinene, a terpene found in pine trees and similar plants, and renowned for its soothing properties. These CBD oils are formulated to focus more on promoting calm and tackling stressful situations.
The applications of CBD oils are numerous and wide-reaching. Because CBD oils are often taken to relieve pain, lower inflammation, and decrease anxiety, they are becoming popular in complementing cancer treatments. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oils contribute towards them being recognised as a significant bronchodilator. This has resulted in CBD oils becoming an attractive addition to many asthma sufferers’ ailment controls. With studies, including a very recent one conducted by the University College London, pointing towards CBD oil’s benefits to the brain, CBD may increase region-specific blood flow within the brain. There is some evidence to suggest that CBD oil may help reduce symptoms of psychosis and anxiety, whilst improving memory function.
Several studies over the last 20 years indicate that CBD oil can help people living with paralysis and other problems resulting from spinal cord injuries. CBD oil’s anti-inflammatory benefits attract many patients with heart conditions too. Again, the anti-inflammatory properties, together with pain controlling properties garner more and more interest in CBD oils from users experiencing a plethora of ailments, discomfort and illnesses.
Whatever your problem or ailment, CBD oils are easy to take, and because they present very few contraindications, taking CBD oils poses very low risk and commitment. To find out more about our range of CBD oils, click here now.