What is CBD?
Dr Christian on 'What is CBD?'
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the most well-known of the 80 or so biologically active compounds found in Cannabis plants. It has gained considerable popularity in recent years for its potential benefits in the world of health and wellness.
This surge in interest started following the discovery of a group of neurotransmitters and receptors in the central nervous system that closely resemble, or bind to, cannabinoids.
Because these various receptors are found on a wide variety of different cell types, including those in the brain, gastrointestinal system, and certain immune cells, it is hoped that CBD-like compounds can be usefully used to interact with these cells in specific ways, and show therapeutic benefits.
Although CBD is found in marijuana, it is not psychoactive and does not cause any of the euphoria, or high, associated with marijuana use.
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What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is most commonly sold as an oil. However, it can also be purchased as an extract or a vaporized oil and a capsule containing CBD oil. After extracting CBD from cannabis plants, the oil is diluted with carrier oils like coconut oil and hemp seed oil. You can find CBD in many products online and in shops, including dietary supplements and bath soaks as well as food and drinks.
What is CBD good for?
One of CBD’s most well-known effects, its ability to calm down, is why it is so popular.
A 2017 study published in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry measured the anxiety levels of 57 men about public speaking. Some participants were given a placebo, while others were given either 150, 300, or 600 mgs of CBD prior to their speeches. The participants who received 300 mgs of CBD experienced significantly less anxiety than those who received the placebo.
CBD can also be used to treat epilepsy. There is currently one cannabis-based medicine in the UK that has been licensed. It is available on the NHS for patients with Dravet and Lennox Gastaut syndromes. These rare forms of epilepsy are very difficult to treat.
It can also be used to treat PTSD. In 2018, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a small clinical study that showed 11 patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), were treated with CBD in an outpatient psychiatric clinic. They also received regular psychiatric care for eight weeks. Ten of the eleven patients experienced a decrease.
CBD has also been shown to decrease the effects of high glucose levels in other cells, which can lead to diabetes and other complications. Additional studies show that CBD may have significant benefits for patients suffering from diabetes, complications or plaque buildup in the arteries.
What is CBD good at? – CBD has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This was confirmed in clinical and preclinical studies. These properties may provide protection against a variety of pathological conditions, according to researchers.
A 2006 study showed that CBD-based herbal drugs approved in the UK in 2010 had a greater effect on quality of sleep, pain at rest, and movement in patients suffering from rheumatoid.
What is the popularity of CBD?
The CBD market is growing fast and the UK is one the largest consumers of CBD products.
British Cannabis, a leading independent producer of CBD in the UK, has declared that the UK is now the second largest consumer market for cannabinoids after the US. The UK spends more on domestic cannabis extracts than on vitamin B and C.
According to research, more than 8 million Britons now buy CBD products. Last year’s annual sales exceeded PS600m.
British Cannabis was established in 2015. It has a wealth of experience in both CBD and other cannabis compounds. This allows the company to create products and techniques that are unique.
British Cannabis CEO Tom Whettem stated: “Having developed our own cannabis cultivation, which supports product development and research, we are able to dynamically and compliantly react to any industry regulation change; this allows British Cannabis to bring to the market the most effective cannabis cosmetics and supplements possible.
“Across all our innovations, we have prioritized safe, compliant products over all else. We are just beginning, from our own flagship products to the many successful white labels Powered by British Cannabis.