CBD is one of the most popular natural remedies today. In fact, 11% of Brits consumed CBD last year – and that’s a lot of Brits. It’s no surprise, really, given that it provides effective natural pain relief, can be used to reduce anxiety, and could even help heart health, amongst other benefits.
But with so many varied uses, it might have you wondering: what exactly is CBD? And where does it come from? Understanding CBD and its uses is the best way to understand which CBD gummies, oil and more are best for you.
Here’s everything you need to know about where CBD comes from…
What is CBD?
When many people think of CBD, they instantly think of marijuana – but that’s not what CBD is. Sure, the two share a connection, but they actually have a lot of crucial differences.
CBD is made of Cannabidiol, which comes from the Cannabis hemp plant. Crucially, it does not contain any THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is what is found in marijuana, which on the other hand, comes from Cannabis marijuana plants. THC is psychoactive, and this is why marijuana gets you ‘high’. CBD, from hemp, has a very low THC level of 0.2% or under, and so does not give any of this intoxicated effect.
Instead, CBD retains the natural health benefits of the plant without the mind-altering effects of marijuana, which means that many people choose it for its pain relief and anti-inflammatory qualities, among others.
CBD comes in many forms – some of the most common being consuming it as an edible in food and drinks, topically by applying it directly to your skin in a cream or balm, and by inhalation, through smoking it in a vape form.
Where does CBD come from?
So, we know that CBD comes from hemp plants. But how does it go from plant to CBD gummy? Put simply, the CBD compounds are found in the flower, stem and leaves of the Cannabis hemp plant, and concentrated into a plant resin. Next, the resin is diluted with a carrier oil, like hemp seed oil, which improves its ability to be absorbed into the body. From here, it can be used as is – or used in gummies or other CBD products.
This resin is what gives a CBD oil all of its health benefits – and what defines the quality of the CBD oil itself. What this means is that the higher the resin of the plant, the better the CBD oil – so look out for labels which say “whole plant extract” or “full plant extract”. That’s the good stuff.
What is CBD used for?
There are a ton of properties in CBD which make it ideal for a range of uses to improve your wellness. Marijuana has been used for thousands of years for its pain relief qualities, but more recently, studies have shown that CBD also has those pain relieving effects.
The science behind the pain relief comes down to the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which does the job of regulating your sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Studies have shown that CBD can impact this natural endocannabinoid receptor activity – which reduces inflammation, and in doing so, can help reduce chronic pain. It’s also been shown to reduce pain and muscle spasms in people with multiple sclerosis.
CBD is also commonly used to help mental health too, by reducing anxiety and depression, and improving overall wellness. While depression has traditionally been treated with prescription drugs, these can come with a variety of less-than-ideal side effects, whereas CBD is a natural, non-addictive alternative.
A recent study found that taking oral CBD was highly effective in reducing anxiety during a public speaking test, while the same benefits of CBD oil have also been used to treat anxiety in children suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Is CBD legal?
Yes! CBD is totally legal in the UK – and it is not a controlled substance. There are strict regulations in the UK about the THC content of CBD Oil – which means you can rest assured knowing that any CBD you buy in the UK has a maximum THC content of 0.2%, and won’t have an intoxicating effect – but will give you the health benefits.
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