The Basics of Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol  (CBD) is a naturally occurring chemical that can be found in in the cannabis sativa plant. For those readers who are not botanical experts and the term “cannabis sativa” does not sound too familiar, let’s make things a little bit clearer! CBD is one of the many components that can be found in the cannabis plant. CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical and it is considered to have several health benefits. Can you consume cannabidiol products without getting stoned? Is it even legal to use CBD products in the United Kingdom? What are the potential health benefits of CBD? Read our article and dive yourself into the outstandingly interesting world of CBD products.

Will CBD have any mind-altering effect on you?

Marijuana contains hundreds of different compounds. Two of the most recognizable chemicals found in the cannabis plant are CBD and THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). While THC is a highly psychoactive chemical which is likely to change your perception of reality, CBD has no mind-altering effects at all.  This is due to the fact that CBD does not affect the exact same receptors that THC does. The consumption of CBD oils will not change the state of your mind, therefore getting high on CBD is impossible.

Are there health benefits of CBD oils?

The potential health benefits of CBD products are recognized by both conventional and alternative medical institutes. At the time of writing this article, there is no clear scientific consensus about implicating CBD as a medicine. Medical researchers are constantly examining how CBD products can contribute to the treatment of medical conditions like:

  • epilepsy,
  • nausea,
  • pain,
  • anxiety,
  • depression,
  • neurodegenerative disorders,
  • opioid withdrawal,
  • and post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD.

The medical use of CBD oils

Common safety concerns and side effects

A recently published study conducted by German scientist examined the medical implication of cannabidiol. The findings of the research show a surprisingly promising image.  

“In general, the often described favorable safety profile of CBD in humans was confirmed and extended by the reviewed research. The majority of studies were performed for treatment of epilepsy and psychotic disorders. Here, the most commonly reported side effects were tiredness, diarrhea, and changes of appetite/weight. In comparison with other drugs, used for the treatment of these medical conditions, CBD has a better side effect profile. This could improve patients’ compliance and adherence to treatment. CBD is often used as adjunct therapy.”1

Can CBD contribute to the treatment of anxiety disorders?

There are thousands and thousands of positive testimonials about CBD products. According to the feedback from customers, CBD products can be an effective aid of anxiety and stress relief. While we truly appreciate the feedback from our customers, we also acknowledge the fact that anecdotal examples are not enough to back up a claim. Let’s take a closer look at a relevant scientific study!

“Overall, current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders, with need for further study of chronic and therapeutic effects in relevant clinical populations.”2

Blood pressure lowering effect of CBD

Cardiovascular diseases are one of the main causes of death in the United Kingdom. Approximately 160.000 people die from heart and circulatory disease every year in the UK.3 High blood pressure, which is also called hypertension, is a dangerous medical condition that can lead to diverse health effects like:

  • damaged and narrowed arteries,
  • aneurysm,
  • coronary artery disease,
  • enlarged left heart,
  • heart failure,
  • transient ischemic attack (TIA),
  • dementia, mild cognitive impairment,
  • severe damage to kidneys,
  • severe damage to eyes,
  • sexual dysfunction,
  • bone loss and
  • sleep dysfunction.

CBD is scientifically proven to have a blood pressure lowering effects. A randomized crossover study, which was conducted in 2017, came to the following conclusion.

“This data shows that acute administration of CBD reduces resting BP and the BP increase to stress in humans, associated with increased HR.”4

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