Cannabidiol – also known as CBD not really known amongst the general public and is best recognised as the main active compound in hemp. However, It is very important to stress that, unlike THC, it doesn’t have psychoactive qualities and CBD will not make you “high”.
CBD’s action inside the body
Your body has a wider endocannabinoid system, this connects a series of receptors which spread from your brain to various other parts of the body. CBD and THC often work separately within this system: the latter activates your cannabinoid receptors, whereas the former doesn’t directly stimulate them. In order to differentiate between the two, let’s first take a look at how THC affects these types of receptors.
The CB1 and CB2 receptors
Cannabinoid receptors can influence your moods, appetite, memory functions and your ability to feel pain amongst a whole range of other things.
These can be activated by the endocannabinoids your body produces or plant cannabinoids, such as those found in hemp or cannabis.
These receptors can be split into different categories – CB1 and CB2. The former is mostly found in the central nervous system, as well as the kidneys, liver, and lungs. The latter is found in hematopoietic blood cells.
CB1 receptors influence the production and release of neurotransmitters; play a part in the lipogenesis process within your liver; appear to help maintain your homeostasis; and may possibly influence other factors such as pleasure, concentration, pain tolerance, and memory.
CB2 receptors are involved in various functions related to your immune system, including apoptosis and immune suppression.
CBD activates a variety of other receptors, including adenosine, serotonin, and vanilloid. Take the TRPV-1 receptor, for example: once activated, it can affect your body temperature, inflammation, and perception of pain.
To put things another way, activating the adenosine receptors provides anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects. The same receptors also affect the body’s release of dopamine and glutamate, the former of which plays a part in your levels of motivation, reward mechanisms, and motor control. The latter has a major impact on learning, cognition, memory and excitatory signals.
The amount of CBD used can impact the receptors it’s able to activate. For instance, high concentrations can activate the 5-HT14 serotonin receptor responsible for producing anti-depressant effects as well as influencing appetite, nausea, anxiety to sleep, pain perception and addiction mechanisms.
It can also block CPR55 signaling, a factor linked to your blood pressure and the modulation of your bone density.
The THC connection
The way CBD affects the FAAH enzyme is that the cannabinoid activates the CB1 receptor, thereby minimising how far THC can activate it in turn. The whole process ends up reducing the psychoactive effects of the latter.
This ability to keep THC in check is why both compounds are often combined together when used for treatment purposes. Yet ultimately, CBD can be advantageous without its THC cousin, purchasing products which only have “non-psychoactive CBD” on the label and in their list of ingredients have huge potential for improving your wellbeing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Will CBD help me with my illness?
All our products are sold as food supplements only to help promote everyday wellbeing. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Q. Are CBD and THC the same thing?
We’d like to clear something up. As the two main ingredients in the cannabis plant, it can be easy to confuse CBD and THC. But other than both being called cannabinoids, they are not the same thing. High levels of THC are commonly found in the popular plant but less so in the case of CBD. It makes sense, then, that THC can send you soaring on a high while CBD is reassuringly non-psychoactive. Disappointing to recreational users, perhaps, but brilliant news for the thousands of people looking to benefit from its proposed curative properties without enduring unwanted side effects.
Q. Is CBD Hemp Oil legal?
Yes, CBD Hemp Oil is legal in the EU and US, so fear not.
Q. How does cannabidiol/CBD oil work?
CBD doesn’t contain the same psychoactive properties as THC meaning it can be ingested without the side effects usually associated with marijuana or cannabis. So it’s not hard to see why it’s fast becoming a popular addition to people’s daily and dietary supplements.
Q. What is the best method of ingestion?
It depends entirely on what product you purchase from our shop but everything comes with its own dedicated set of instructions to make ingestion as simple as possible. From balm that you apply to your lips and gum you chew to capsules you swallow with water or drop under your tongue, there’s something to suit everyone. Meaning our products fit nice and easily into your life.
Q. What is the safety of cannabidiol and your Hemp CBD oil? Are there negative side effects?
As far as we are aware CBD is considered very safe. With all our products going through stringent production processes, we’re confident that our hemp CBD oil is safe for consumption. As ever, if you are already on any medication you should consult with your doctor beforehand.
Q. Why are hemp derived cannabidiol/CBD oil products so expensive?
Fine wine. Exotic foods. They’re both expensive because the best of them are usually imported from other countries. The same is true of our CBD products. Imported from the EU and US, we need to cover costly shipping fees to get them to us, not to mention the associated taxes. Prior to that, all our CBD products need to go through extensive manufacturing processes, from extracting the exclusive oil from the hemp plants initially to testing its potency and purity (multiple times) before it is finally packaged up and sold to us. All of which means it is expensive to produce. With that in mind, our prices are some of the most competitive on the market, bringing you premium CBD products at reasonable rates.
Q. Will I get ‘high’?
Good question. Unlike THC, the dominant marijuana compound that does cause a high, CBD does not contain the same psychoactive properties. For you, that means the safe and secure use of CBD, able to harness its benefits while being in complete control.
Q. What do you mean when you say a cannabis strain or product is “CBD-rich” or “CBD dominant?”
This means that we’re talking about the good stuff, the strains of cannabis that have more CBD than THC, or very little THC at all. So you enjoy all of the goodness and none of the nastiness.
Q. Does CBD interact with other food supplements or medications?
As always, you should consult with your doctor prior to taking any new supplements or medications to ensure there are no conflicts in their effects on your system.
Q. How do I make CBD-rich brownies or other CBD-infused edibles?
Making your ingestion of CBD tastier by baking it in a brownie or other sweet treat isn’t uncommon. Simply infuse your oil into the olive oil that you are using to bake with for the best results.