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WHAT IS CBD?

What is CBD and can it get me high?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, and there two main ingredients within cannabis are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD.

CBD is one of hundreds of, (yet the most active ingredient), found within cannabis or marijuana. However, the ‘high’ experienced is not a derivative by CBD by itself.

It contains non-psychoactive properties, which is supported by the World Health Organisation, who state that, ‘In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…To date, there is no evidence of public related problems associated with the use of pure CBD’.

In fact, it provides no sensation or altered states, as it is a naturally occurring substance.

The CBD oil cultivated from the hemp, will always be high-CBD and low-THC, as with very small traces of THC, users will not experience the psychoactive element associated with the THC, and fully enjoy the benefits of the CBD.

What is CBD Good For?

CBD oil and other CBD related products are used by various people for a number of reasons to include reducing inflammation, managing seizures and controlling anxiety.

Many people testify to CBD supporting with a whole host of health afflictions to include using it for relaxation, to improve the quality of sleep, osteoarthritis, back pain and even cancer.

However, if taking other medication, it is always advisable to seek consultation from your doctor.

1. Epilepsy

When it comes to epilepsy, it is a proven treatment supported by early research, with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2018, who after rigorous human studies approved the first CBD-based medication called Epidiolex. It is prescribed to those who suffer from rare types of epilepsy called the Dravet or Lennox-Gastrault syndrome.

This has been approved treatment by the FDA for patients as early as two years of age. This is due to studies, which have demonstrated a reduced frequency of seizures in comparison to a placebo.

It is unknown what precisely within CBD that helps control the seizures, however in an article within Molecules, a theory suggests that receptors called transient receptor potential vanilloid is involved in influencing the seizure activity.

2. Inflammation

The results of a study found in the National Library of Medicine (NIH) showed users of the Sativex suffering from rheumatoid arthritis in comparison to a placebo, found that ‘the CBM produced statistically significant improvements in pain on movement, pain at rest, quality of sleep, Disease Activity Score – 28 (DAS28), and the SF-MPQ pain at present component. There is no effect on morning stiffness…and there were no adverse effect-related withdrawals or serious severe effects in the active group’, which demonstrates that the inflammation had decreased.

Another study concluded based on the use of Sativex sprayed at the back of the mouth, that cannabinoids including THC:CBD, are modestly effective ‘in pain reduction among patients with chronic non-cancer pain’.

These studies and many others demonstrate that on inflammation, CBD does have some potential for effectiveness.

CBD oil is often used by sports professionals, athletes and gym goers to help support with the discomfort of inflammation in muscles and joints.

The CBD oil is either taken mainly sublingually under the tongue, in tea, drinks, as well as through using topical Freeze Roll On applied directly to the affected area.

3. Sleep and Relaxation

Many users of CBD claim increasing benefits to sleep, relaxation and muscle repair. For example, according to the Mayo Clinic, and research conducted, insomnia can be due to numerous reasons, such as anxiety and physical discomfort. On the basis of CBD showing the promise of effectiveness in treating anxiety and the sensations caused by inflammation, it would make sense that it may assist people to get a better night’s sleep.

CBD can be ingested through the following methods:

– CBD oil droplets placed again under the tongue Sublingually,
– CBD oil droplets in smoothies, drinks, tea or coffee, taken
– CBD Gummies
– CBD Vitamins
– CBD Vape
– CDB Tinctures

What is the Recommended Dosage?

CBD is not currently regulated by the FDA, and as a result there is not a specified recommendation of doses.

If you are taking other medication, please consult your Doctor before deciding to take any CBD supplement, as you would with any other supplement.

Is CBD Legal?

CBD oil is legal in the UK and is permitted to contain a very low amount of the compound THC.

In 2016, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) stated that products containing cannabidiol (CBD) for medicinal purposes are a medicine, and as such they must have a product license (marketing authorisation) prior to being able to be legally supplied, sold and advertised in the UK (unless exempt).

However, the product can still be sold, provided there are no claims about their medicinal benefits.

They maintain that licensed medicinal products must meet safety standards designed to protect public health.

Is CBD Legal in Sports?

CBD is permitted to be used in sport, as it is not listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List. It is of the view that CBD can be used at the athlete’s discretion, and that CBD products should be considered and perceived as any other dietary supplement.

Various other cannabinoids to include hashish, cannabis, marijuana and THC are prohibited in-competition, as the aim is to prohibit any cannabinoid that trigger the receptors in the brain giving the same effect as THC.

To be legally sold in the UK, CBD oil must not contain more than 0.2% THC and as a watch out it is advisable to ensure that for quality assurance the CBD you buy is third -party tested to ensure that the product contains the potency advertised.

It is not recommended that CBD be taken by those taking medication, who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and if you are taking medication at present, please speak to your doctor before using CBD products.

 

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