You may have heard of cannabidiol – otherwise known as CBD. The world is currently riding the crest of a wave of a CBD boom as laws begin to change, enabling more and more people to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of CBD. And the UK is no different.

As we see more research into CBD, we are understanding more about how it benefits us and laws are changing to enable us to get CBD, it is something that Brits are taking to their hearts.

So, what is all the fuss about?

CBD explained

CBD is one of the compounds that is naturally found in the cannabis plant. It is known as a cannabinoid and is found amongst other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids in the plant.

The reason why the scientific community is getting so excited about CBD and other cannabinoids which are in the plant is that they have found that it can interact with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. This is a system which helps to regulate a wealth of functions of the body, including the central nervous system, immune system and mood.

They believe that by taking cannabis-derived cannabinoids such as CBD we can stimulate the endocannabinoid system and keep our body in the optimum condition to work properly.

Another cannabinoid which is also present in the cannabis plant is tetrahydrocannabinol – or THC. THC is the compound which is responsible for the high that many people associate with cannabis – and is also why the laws in the UK stipulate that cannabis-derived products should have very low levels of THC.

In the UK, unless you have a specific medical license, THC levels must be lower than 0.2% to be legal. This will ensure that there is no chance that you will get high.

To make it easier for producers and enable them to make the best quality products, a particular variety of cannabis has been cultivated which has very low (legal) levels of THC, called industrial hemp. This means that producers are able to use whole plant extracts of the plant, without the risk of higher THC levels.

Types of CBD

Contrary to what might seem logical, CBD actually is more effective when it is taken alongside the other compounds which are in the plant, than if it is taken on its own. If you are looking to buy CBD products there are three types available – full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate.

Full Spectrum CBD is made up of the whole plant extract so includes the other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids which are present and is, therefore, the most effective type.

Broad Spectrum CBD is made up of most of the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids in the plant and is almost as effective as full spectrum CBD.

CBD Isolate is almost pure CBD. Only the CBD is extracted and although should have an effect, is the least effective type.

Finding good quality CBD

Finding CBD products which are good quality can be tricky. The CBD industry is a new one, and still lacking in robust regulation in the UK. However, there are some ways that it is possible to find good quality and effective CBD products.

  1. Third Party Certificate of Analysis – Any trustworthy and honest CBD brand will make a Certificate of Analysis by an independent lab available. The certificate will give you a complete breakdown of what cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are in the product. Retailers such as Shopy will also make this information available where they can.
  2. Do your research – A little bit of online research should be able to give you lots of information about different CBD brands that are available. Many retailers will provide you with reviews of the best CBD oils that you can buy in the UK, which can help you to get extra reliable information.
  3. Beware of outrageous claims – In the UK, it is not allowed for CBD brands to make medicinal claims. Although there is potential for the use of CBD medicinally, at the moment its producers can only talk about it as a nutritional food supplement, and so if you find a company telling you that CBD will cure you of all your illnesses, they obviously have no respect for the law, so how do you know that they are being honest with you?

CBD is non-addictive, won’t get you high and is safe to use. And this is why the country and world are turning towards it. CBD can, however, have an impact on the way that certain medicines are processed, changing the balance in the bloodstream, so it is important that if you are thinking about trying CBD and you are taking medication that you talk it through with your doctor first.

No-one has ever managed to take a fatal overdose of CBD and taking too much will only result in the loss of its efficiency. Whether you would prefer to vape it, eat it, rub it on your skin, or let it be absorbed from under the tongue, there is a wide choice out there for those who think that they can benefit from CBD.

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