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What is CBD? Everything you need to know

Posted by World of Hemp on

Because there’s a lot to know.

CBD is the wellness solution that’s more than a trend. As scientifically-backed evidence for this natural product continues to pour in, people are turning to it by the millions. CBD isn’t something they’re buying once. CBD is getting noticed for a reason. Here’s everything you need to know.

What Is CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol. As the naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant, CBD has been used as a nutritional substance for thousands of years. Now filling lotion, tincture, vitamin, e-liquid bottles (and more), CBD extract is making its mark in the wellness world.

The unique aspect? The “phytocannabinoids” in it that are unique to the cannabis plant. While closely related to the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compound in cannabis that’s used for recreational highs, CBD is THC-free. It isn’t addictive. The human brain actually has receptors specific to it. Most importantly, it works.

What Are The Benefits Of CBD?

This one gets interesting. By and large, wellness products have limited benefits. St. John’s Wort mostly handles mental health problems. It’s used for Seasonal Affective Disorder, mild or moderate depression, anxiety, and sleep. Apple cider vinegar is used for digestive problems and blood sugars. It’s time to look at something with a scope that’s getting bigger by the day.

The solution people are turning to isn’t a prescribed opiate they’ll get hooked on. It doesn’t come dispensed in a drip that they’re hooked up to. A few drops under the tongue, a nightly rub into the skin, or a simple CBD tablet is helping them live (not just exist).

Then again, many CBD users simply use it to enhance aspects of their lives. A stressful job. A hectic personal life. Sometimes, you just want to be a bit more relaxed.

What Types Of CBD Products Are Available?

CBD started out pretty limited. People were mostly looking at CBD oil (still used), but the choice wasn’t exactly varied.

    • Oils/Tinctures: These are largely extracted CBD from the cannabis plant that’s diluted with a carrier oil, e.g. coconut or hemp seed oil. The oil can be dispensed under the tongue, held for 30-90 seconds, then swallowed.
    • Capsules: Possibly the easiest way to add CBD into your system. Easier than tinctures, CBD capsules come ready-to-go. Not a million miles off your daily vitamin C tablet. Gummies and chocolates are also available.
    • Concentrates: These are similar to tinctures. Once again, you’re looking at dispensation under the tongue. Concentrates are particularly popular with time-strapped individuals seeking high-potency CBD.
    • Topicals: Getting broader. From lotions, balms, creams, and lip salves, topicals see users get their CBD through the skin. CBD bath bombs are also fantastic (and make for great gifts).
    • E-liquids: The vaping world is already undergoing the CBD revolution. CBD e-liquids permit the user to inhale CBD vapour via regular e-cigarette methods. Instead of vaping regular propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and flavouring, they’re getting their CBD benefits via tobacco-free vapour.
    • CBD for pets: Because animals matter too. CBD oils, treats, and biscuits are also available for pets.

Which CBD Product Is Best For Me?

“It’s about personal preference. No-one dictates how you take CBD products. You’re the one in control.”

Still the most popular, CBD oils might be your best bet as a first-timer. With many sublingual terps and CBD oils available, you can easily find the best one for you. Likewise, the right dosage. Some people have higher sensitivity to CBD than others. With effects taking place within minutes, you can easily gauge where you stand here.

For creams and topical applications, you’re looking at a slower impact. That said, the overall effect from topical applications is longer-lasting. The skin absorbs ingredients slowly, but they’ll stay in your system for longer.

Edibles are for anyone who likes their health and wellness products in the mouth. It could be a honey stick, gummy, or chocolate. Since the human digestive system breaks down gelatin easily, this one is extremely popular (and effective).

When it comes to vaping CBD, you don’t need to be a quitting smoker to try this. While many ex-smoking vapers have turned to CBD e-liquids, not everyone vaping CBD has a history of tobacco addiction. CBD e-liquids will require you familiarising yourself with e-cigarettes, but devices these days are simple-to-use, hassle-free, and fairly cheap.

How And Why Does CBD Work?

CBD works because the brain comes with its own endocannabinoid system. That’s a set of receptors in the brain specifically waiting for cannabis or cannabis-like chemicals to enter the system. Regulating a range of functions from sleep and appetite to inflammation and mood, the receptors are ready to bind to CBD as it enters the system.

Is CBD The Same As Hemp? How Does Extraction Work?

“Same plant, different product.”

Hemp itself probably needs an explanation, here. Hemp is the same plant as cannabis, however it differs when it comes to THC compounds. While cannabis is high in them, hemp is low (but high in CBD).

In the EU, law compliance requires all CBD and hemp products to be approved. When it comes to extraction, methods range from liquid solvent, CO2, and oil solvents. A simple extraction process from the plant keeps all of the natural benefits in the form of tinctures. When it comes to flavours, these are based on what are known as terpenes- organic, plant-produced compounds that can be found in conifers and citrus trees.

What Is Winterised CBD?

Winterised CBD involves “winterising” of the cannabis plant. The CBD extract is soaked in alcohol then frozen. The aim is to separate the pure CBD from all other residual elements, e.g. waxes, fats, and the chlorophyll that’s natural to the plant. In short, it further purifies the hemp extract.

The point is to produce a more potent CBD experience. Winterised CBD also contains fewer terpenes- less of everything, if you will, but more purity. There are, however, conflicting opinions pertaining to winterisation. Some consider the health benefits of winterised CBD to be lower.

Winterised CBD is most commonly seen in oil and vape CBD products.

What Is Full-spectrum CBD (And How Does It Differ From Broad-Spectrum)?

CBD is sold in two main forms. One is known as an isolate. The other is full-spectrum.

    • Isolate: This only contains CBD. Pure and simple. This crystalline powder contains 99% pure CBD. The above-mentioned waxes, fats, and chlorophyll have been removed. You also won’t find any terpenes in isolate.
    • Full-spectrum: Pretty much what it says on the tin. Full-spectrum CBD has all the terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and fatty acids found in hemp. Since each comes with a wide range of health benefits, the overall effect from full-spectrum CBD can be greater.

The Features You May Not Know About...

  • Natural: No synthetic chemicals, no rubbish. CBD products in the UK are also strictly governed by EU laws for purity.
  • Not addictive: As per The World Health Organization’s report on CBD, it absolutely isn’t addictive. When people were given CBD for 60 days straight (and nothing on Day 61), they felt totally fine.
  • No psycho-active effects: While some people will always seek the THC “high”, most people taking CBD want to get on with their jobs and lives without having a psycho-active reaction. Since CBD’s THC component sits at 0.2%, there’s no high.
  • A way to take it that suits you: Whether you want oils and tinctures under the tongue, a tasty gummy or chocolate to chew, an easy-to-pop tablet, or a vaping experience, there’s a way for you to enjoy the benefits. It might even be that rubbing on a cream is your preferred way.

“CBD doesn’t limit you. It widens everything. It’s why we’re called World of Hemp”

Shop our range today. If you’re not sure what’s best for you, have a browse. If you’re still not sure, give us a call, shoot us a message, or check out our social. CBD is the way forward. Discover just how much better your life could be with our full range of CBD products.

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