What are the benefits of CBD Oil?
CBD (cannabidiol) is receiving a lot of attention in the media lately. In this post, Lovely Liquid answers the questions "What is CBD oil?", and "What are the CBD benefits you can expect?" and "Is CBD oil legal?"
Governments and regulatory agencies have not yet fully approved the use of CBD to treat many of the symptoms and conditions it’s currently being used for, however the FDA did make headlines recently for approving the first CBD medication to treat some forms of severe epilepsy.
However there is widespread awareness of this fascinating compound. Let’s take a closer look at what cannabidiol (CBD) is, what are the benefits of using CBD.
WHAT DOES CBD STAND FOR?
CBD is an abbreviation for “cannabidiol”, this is one of the most abundant cannabinoid molecules produced within the cannabis (hemp) plant. The other well known compound being THC: the psychoactive chemical famous for making users feel “high” (CBD does not have this effect at all). The human body already has an endocannabinoid system, this is an extremely important molecular system that your body uses to regulate and perform various critical functions. CBD binds to receptors in this system; this means our bodies were designed to interface with cannabinoids from the very beginning -- we even naturally produce them!
CANNABIDIOL (CBD) FACTS
- CBD does not get you “high” (non-intoxicating)
- Is derived from hemp or cannabis plants
- Currently being studied for potential anti-seizure and anti-inflammatory properties
- Indirectly interacts with CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors
- CBD is totally legal to buy in the UK.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
The human body body already has a very complex endocannabinoid system that affects several different vital areas and functions. The endocannabinoid system system has “receptors,” these are sites that selectively bind to cannabinoid molecules. This binding process is a highly evolved chemical interaction that scientists are only just beginning to fully understand.
Unlike its related molecule THC, CBD does not make you feel high -- however a lack of psychoactive or intoxicating effects does not mean that nothing is occurring. According to studies, it has been noted that there are many chemical responses that occur when CBD binds to those cannabinoid receptors. The endocannabinoid system is found nearly everywhere in the human body, affecting vital functions like homeostatic regulation. Due to this, it’s quite difficult to discern everything that CBD does and exactly when the binding occurs. So scientists are working on fully understanding the exact interactions of CBD within humans.
Even though CBD and THC are derived from the same plant source (cannabis), there is a very big difference between CBD and THC -- both in the effect they have, and especially in way they chemically interact with your body. Until very recently, CBD was not considered as a potential medically therapeutic compound due to its chemical similarity to THC (the chemical that makes you “high”). However, CBD is finally being scientifically studied in full for the first time. When it comes to CBD vs. THC, here are the facts:
- Indirect agonist of cannabinoids
- Binds to the allosteric receptor site
- Non-toxic and safe for humans and animals
- Highly psychoactive/intoxicating
- Has been shown to cause anxiety in some users
- Still illegal in many parts of the world
- Directly binds to CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors
- Binds to the orthosteric receptor site
- Not safe or appropriate for animals
NEWS ABOUT CBD BENEFITS
CBD has been in the spotlight recently, and the feedback from users is very interesting, especially with news clinical studies continuing to highlight the unique benefits of this CBD.
There is a huge amount of research being performed on CBD , and there are many reports of happy CBD users all over the internet. This has caught the attention of the global media. Although user reviews should considered as a substitute for peer-reviewed scientific research, it’s hard not to get excited when you read the testimonials from CBD users who are experiencing great results and noting the CBD benefits for themselves.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also conducted an exhaustive report in 2017 on the public health impact and efficacy of CBD. Their conclusion? CBD is considered safe and non-toxic to use, even in extremely high doses.
WHAT IS CBD OIL USED FOR?
Before we delve into some of the uses for CBD oil, we should make it clear what exactly is CBD oil? CBD hemp oil is the natural extracted oil product of the hemp plant, a non-psychoactive species of the cannabis family. Although CBD oil can also be derived from the psychoactive species (marijuana) as well, those oils can end up containing higher traces of THC, which is not ideal for all CBD users. That’s why all the CBD Oil UK products found on lovelyliquid.co.uk have been derived from only organic industrial hemp plants.
The human endocannabinoid system, which CBD appears to binds with, has a profound influence on a many different areas and functions in our body. Therefore, the scientific community is working hard to try and understand if - and how - CBD can regulate or directly affect our endocannabinoid system to provoke positive effects in the human body.
More research is becoming available nearly every day day, and we don’t quite know definitively how or to what extent it works -- but the potential is astounding. The financial sector is certainly betting on CBD hemp oil’s continued popularity: a recent Forbes article estimated that the CBD market will grow 700% by 2020.