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What is CBD or Cannabidiol?

The legalisation of the use of medical and recreational cannabis has opened a world of possibilities since CBD is now far more readily available than ever before. Developing a closer understanding of how CBD (cannabidiol) works is the first thing you need to do if you want to enjoy the benefits of this phytocannabinoid.

Why use CBD & How CBD Works

Because CBD is used by the body’s endocannabinoid system to keep things in balance, it can be beneficial in many ways. By helping the body to maintain homeostasis, it is often used to address digestive concerns like a lack of appetite or indigestion. Other reasons people choose to take it include improved immune function, reduced inflammation, enhanced sleep and memory, etc.

 

At the moment, there is also a vast array of research projects underway to determine how CBD can be used to treat illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular diseases, etc.

 

 

Other medicinal avenues that are being explored for the use of CBD include mental health conditions such as anxiety, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and schizophrenia.

The most important thing to remember about CBD is that it is not some magic panacea. If you run around from dusk till dawn, subsist on a poor diet of processed foods and caffeine, and sleep very little, your body is unlikely to benefit much from the use of CBD.

However, if you treat your body well, feed it a good, varied diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, get enough rest and hydrate well, CBD is likely to have a positive impact as a part of your overall regimen.

LEARN MORE: Understanding How CBD Works

CBD Oil vs. Hemp Seed Oil

What's The Difference?

There is a distinct difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil. CBD oil contains the active compound that has a positive impact on the endocannabinoid system. It is extracted from the whole cannabis plant, including the flowers, stalks and leaves.

Hemp seed oil is a completely different thing. It is cold-pressed from the seeds of the cannabis oil. This is why it is also sometimes referred to and marketed as cannabis sativa seed oil. This type of seed oil is great for your health in general because it contains lots of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that benefit the body in many ways. However, it does not contain any cannabinoids.

How can I take CBD?

It all depends on your personal preference. The most common modes of ingestion include oils, tinctures, topical creams and lotions, capsules and pills, edibles (gummies and cookies), as well as vaporised CBD oil. The latter is normally ingested by means of vaping devices like e-cigarettes etc.

Will you get high on CBD?

No. CBD does not have any psychotropic properties, i.e. it does not produce a ‘high’. TCH (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a different compound which acts on the brain’s reward system and impacts the physical and chemical balance that leads to the feeling of being ‘high’.

CBD plays a different role and does not produce these feelings when it interacts with your endocannabinoid system.

You may however enjoy general feelings of wellbeing and restfulness depending on how your body reacts to CBD, as well as your general state of mind.

Feel free to explore the rest of the content on our website to learn more about how CBD works, how you can use it and what you can expect when you do. Also remember to connect with us on our social media pages if you would like access to a platform where you can engage with like-minded CBD users.

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