We all began somewhere in life and making a conscious decision on including cannabidiol ( CBD )  could mean the edge you have been looking for in life. CBD has seemed to have taken the world by storm in the last decade and many people are turning to this cannabis compound for medical, therapeutic and nutritional treatments. 


What is CBD? 

CBD is simply one of over 500 compounds isolated in the cannabis sativa plant. It is a major cannabinoid found in high volumes, especially in the industrial cannabis plant known as hemp. Hemp has been used for millennia both as an industrial resource and nutritional supplement for ancient and modern civilizations. CBD is technically known as a phytocannabinoid as it is produced via photosynthesis in the cannabis sativa plant. Something closer to home is our bodies naturally produce what is known as an endocannabinoid and these are used in our bodies to regulate bodily functions such as movement, memory, appetite, pain amongst many other important daily functions. What is fascinating about both phyto- and endocannabinoids are they both work in the same way throughout our bodies. This is accomplished through our endocannabinoid system ( ECS ) which is comprised of both our immune and nervous systems. Tiny receptors are located in our ECS and cannabis compounds such as CBD bind to these receptors. Once bound they regulate communications, hormone production and many other bodily functions mentioned above. You can think of endocannabinoids such as CBD as a supplement to your naturally produced endocannabinoids. 

How do people use CBD? 

CBD may be consumed in a variety of ways and since cannabis laws are being liberated many more cannabinoid based products are reaching the market. CBD oil is one of the most popular and effective ways to consume CBD, however using CBD oil orally may be healthy it does take up to 2 hours for one to feel the effects. Vaping CBD, on the other hand, is also a very effective and efficient way of consuming cannabis and the benefits are felt almost instantaneously, perhaps as little as 5 minutes. The reason for this is if you orally consume cannabis oil it will need to reach the liver before being digested and then reach our bloodstream, whereas vaping CBD the cannabinoids will immediately be absorbed into the bloodstream via our lungs. 

CBD may be used in cannabis food products known as edibles or medibles. CBD may also be used in topical sprays, suppositories, gel capsules and even in water. 

Is CBD Legal? 

Because CBD is non-toxic, non-additive and non-psychoactive it is a legal nutritional supplement in both the UK and EU. The US Food and Drug Administration has also recently approved its first CBD based medicine known as Epidiolex. This medicine was approved for the treatment of very rare epileptic conditions such as Dravet Syndrome.

CBD is legal across the United States under regulation for cultivation, processing and retail. The growth and relaxation of laws surrounding CBD is giving many people access to the supplement. The demand for CBD products is growing in the United States and is expected to be worth billions in the next few years.
Legal CBD products are easily purchased online through websites and even the likes of ebay.com are stocking thousands of CBD and hemp products. There are also many walkin dispensaries that offer a wide range of medical-grade CBD products. Its important to know what you are buying as there are many scam artists making a quick buck. Make sure you dont purchase hemp seed oil thinking it will help you with your insomnia, but dont worry, hemp oil is very nutritious and your body will benefit from including it in your diet.

So eventhough CBD is technically legal, you should always do your own research on a companies products. Its also important to understand some basic concepts of CBD like the difference between the broad and full-spectrum oils as well as the different concentrations of CBD found in the different products. 


Effects of CBD

CBD effects people differently. Even if you are using the same product, you may experience different effects than your partner. The effects of CBD are unique to eachh individual and are based on your age, sex, weight and metabolism. For instance, you will feel the effects of CBD far quicker by vaping some strong CBD ejuice, rather than the slow digestive process of eating an edible. 

Its always good to start low and slow when taking CBD products, that is unless you have experience and tolerance already. High doses of CBD will not kill you, but it may make you feel drowsy and have a dry mouth for a couple of hours.  


With all the fuss being made about CBD it certainly is a supplement worth investigating for your health and wellness.

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