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Here is the CBD lowdown

What is CBD?

CBD is becoming increasingly popular. While it has been in use for thousands of years, the number of people using CBD to treat and relieve various conditions and ailments (such as anxiety and arthritis) has skyrocketed over recent years. It’s proving to be a lifeline for many, but if you’re new to CBD, you’re likely looking to get back to basics. You want to know what you’re putting into your body, where CBD comes from and how it will make you feel. So let’s start from the start and explore — what is CBD? Put simply, Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally-occurring compound found in the cannabis sativa plant. It is one of the two main cannabinoids identified so far. There are various CBD extraction methods used today, and how it is extracted can tell you a lot about the quality of the CBD.

Until relatively recently, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was the most well-known compound in the cannabis plant. THC is what gives users the mind-altering ‘high’. CBD, on the other hand, doesn’t have any psychoactive effects, providing instead healing properties that have been used for thousands of years. The roots of CBD as a medicine can be linked back to 750 BC when it was used in healing rituals in Central Asia.

What users should know about CBD is that modern scientists and doctors readily test it. Research repeatedly shows CBD to be a safe, non-addictive substance with a therapeutic profile with possible health benefits, including inflammation reduction and pain management.

How CBD works

CBD interacts with the human body by binding with cannabinoid receptors — part of a complex cell-signalling system in the body known as the endocannabinoid system. When you ingest CBD, the body’s digestive system breaks the substance down and the cannabinoid interacts with these receptors, activating them to  produce health benefits.

Ways of Using CBD

People use CBD in several ways, for many reasons. Popular methods of using CBD products include:

  • Swallowing CBD oil capsules
  • Dropping CBD under the tongue
  • Mixing CBD oil into food or drink
  • Taking CBD with a pipette
  • Massaging it into the skin — which is why CBD moisturiser is popular

How much CBD you should consume will vary from person to person, and will depend on factors including:

  • The condition you are treating
  • The concentration of the CBD
  • Your body weight

Why CBD Has Become So Popular?

People are seeking more natural alternatives to pain relievers, and are turning to CBD for the answer. A growing body of evidence suggests CBD can be an effective treatment for chronic pain and various conditions while reducing inflammation.