wHAT IS CBD?
There is no doubt that CBD (Cannabidiol) is gaining momentum and is fast becoming a popular remedy of choice. Many people are taking CBD to support their wellbeing as well as for anxiety, sleep and pain. Trying to figure out the difference between the most popular cannabis compounds like THC or CBD can be overwhelming, here is everything you need to know.
Cannabinoids & CBD
Cannabis is made up of many different cannabinoids along with highly nutritional phytonutrients such as terpenes and flavonoids, which are abundantly available in the full spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD oil. The two most prominent cannabinoids are CBD and THC.
Cannabis sativa (also known as hemp) and marijuana are two species of cannabis. Cannabis sativa, has a rich source of CBD, whereas marijuana is mostly used for its THC content and ultimately the ‘high’ feeling.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is found in the flowers, leaves, stems and seeds of the hemp plant and contains only very small amounts of THC. CBD is non intoxicating, meaning it does not cause the so called ‘high’ as experienced by marijuana. This unique quality of CBD is the reason why it has become such an appealing supplement for many. It offers all the benefits without the mind altering effects of marijuana, making it safe to consumed without intoxicating and stopping people from working.
Many benefits of CBD are still to be discovered but it is most commonly known for its pain-relieving and inflammatory effects. CBD can also be used to alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety and poor sleep as well as for general wellbeing.
CBD can be used in different types of CBD oils such as full spectrum CBD oil, broad spectrum CBD oil, and CBD isolates. CBD isolates are the purest and contain no other cannabinoids and phytonutrients.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive chemical that is found abundantly in marijuana and gives people the sensation of being “high." It is classed as an illegal substance, under the Misuse of Drug Act 1971. A controlled amount of THC has shown to be effective for pain relief, insomnia, anxiety and stress.
Full-spectrum CBD oil containing traces of THC produces a highly effective 'entourage effect' helpful to promote overall health and fitness.
Even though THC is illegal, according to the EU laws, CBD products should contain less than 0.2% THC to secure a place in the list of legal CBD products.
In the UK, CBD is legal provided it has been derived from an industrial hemp strain that is EU-approved or comes from outside the EU, and must not contain more than 0.2% THC.
- Cannabinoids: Cannabis derived compounds, such as Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
- Phytonutrients: Natural compounds produced by plants which are thought to have health-protecting properties.
- Terpenes: Aromatic compounds found in many plants. Terpenes are what give cannabis strains their distinctive effects.
- Full-Spectrum: Cannabidiol Oil that contains all beneficial compounds (such as cannabinaoids and terpenes) found in cannabis.
- Broad-Spectrum: Cannabidiol Oil that contains all beneficial compounds found in cannabis except for THC.
- CBD Isolate: Pure form of CBD, without other cannabinoids or terpenes.