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What is CBD?

CBD Hemp is in the female of hemp plants, which have been specially bred to contain very high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) and low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and should not be confused with cannabis which has high THC and little to zero CBD and produces psychoactive effects on the mind. Hemp is typically distinguished from psychoactive properties and it has a THC content of 0.2% or less. Hemp will NOT cause a narcotic high.

Hemp and cannabis plants are made up of more than 100 cannabinoids, which are chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors and alter neurotransmitter releases in the brain. Cannabinoids have different impacts on the body and are concentrated to different levels. CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is a new compound in the health product industry and is the focus of new cannabis research. CBD is a phytocannabinoid that was first isolated and found in 1940, which can make up for 40% of a plants extract. 

Abundantly found in Hemp, CBD use has started to grow very popular in the UK. People using Cannabidiol have claimed it is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments. Unlike THC, CBD does not contain the psychoactive properties that comes with cannabis, which gets you high. This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who look for the relief which cannabis provides without the mind-altering effects that it typically comes with.

Cannabidiol can be used and taken in a variety of ways. The most common way that CBD can enter the body is oral administration, in the form of oil, paste and isolate which can be taken under the tounge, applied into food or even in drinks. Other ways CBD can be ingested or used is to smoke or vape the flowers, waxes, shatters or isolate extracts, applied to skin in cosmetics or eaten in an edible through different cooking methods. CBD products have a wide range of options, so you don't have to feel left out when it comes to the consumption method as different people need different things. 

CBD is gaining velocity in health and wellness, with some scientific studies suggesting it could ease symptoms like chronic pain, anxiety, depression and also contain neuro-protective properties. Researchers believe that CBD’s range of effects acts on the endocannabinoid system and may provide benefits for those with neurological disorders. In fact, one of the most important studied uses for CBD is in treating neurological disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Though research in this area is still relatively new but several studies have shown promising results.

Research also indicates that CBD may reduce the adverse effects of THC which is psychoactive. CBD does this by working against the negative effects of THC and makes it more biologocally available in the brain and lowers impairment of brain function due to neuro-protective qualities. Studies suggest that CBD may make the subjective experiences more pleasant for the user, making the typical high that comes with cannabis calmer. When CBD is in higher concentrations in a particular cannabis strain, it has been well known to have a typical 'stoned' feeling rather than the 'high' that comes with cannabis. More research is being carried out on what cannabinoids can do for human health and is looking very promising!