What is CBD?

You may already have heard about CBD in the press and been intrigued. This fascinating, natural – and entirely legal – substance is already being recognized for its powerful calming benefits and is a very useful aid for overall health and well being.

So what is CBD?
Also known as Cannabidiol, CBD is a fascinating plant-derived supplement that is relatively new to the market and now being heavily researched. It has been primarily recognised as a particularly valuable aid to relaxation and overall wellbeing, and customer testimonials rave about its benefits. What is already clear is that the supplements are both legal and safe to use. Let’s take a closer look at the facts:

What are Cannabidiol’s benefits?
Relieves Pain and Inflammation
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD significantly suppressed chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain in rodents without causing analgesic tolerance. Researchers suggest that CBD and other nonpsychoactive components of marijuana may represent a novel class of therapeutic agents for the treatment of chronic pain. (4)
According to a 2007 meta-analysis conducted in Canada, the combination of CBD and THC buccal spray was found to be effective in treating neuropathic pain in multiple sclerosis, which can be debilitating for 50 to 70 percent of MS patients. (5)
open case reports and clinical trials in patients with schizophrenia, with a remarkable safety profile. (6)

Reduces Anxiety
Studies using animal models of anxiety and involving healthy volunteers clearly suggest an anxiolytic-like effect of CBD. Cannabidiol has shown to reduce anxiety in patients with social anxiety disorder and researchers suggest that it may also be effective for panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. (7)

A 2011 study aimed to compare the effects of a simulation public speaking test on healthy control patients and treatment-native patients with social anxiety disorder. A total of 24 never-treated patients with social anxiety disorder were given either CBD or placebo 1.5 hours before the test. Researchers found that pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, and significantly decreased alertness in anticipation of their speech. The placebo group presented higher anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort. (8)

Helps to Fight Cancer
Several scientific reports demonstrate that CBD benefits include possessing antiproliferative, pro-apoptotic effects that inhibit cancer cell migration, adhesion and invasion. (9) A 2006 study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics found for the first time that CBD potently and selectively inhibited the growth of different breast tumor cell lines and exhibited significantly less potency in non-cancer cells. (10)

In 2011, researchers added light on the cellular mechanism through which CBD induces cell death in breast cancer cells. They showed that CBD induced a concentration-dependent cell death of both oestrogen receptor-positive and oestrogen receptor-negative breast cancer cells. They also found that the effective concentrations of CBD in tumor cells have little effect on non-tumorigenic, mammary cells. (11)

CBD behaves as a non-toxic compound and studies show that doses of 700 milligrams per day for 6 weeks did not show any overt toxicity in humans, suggesting that it can be used for prolonged treatment. Not only does the research show that CBD benefits including being effective in fighting breast cancer cells, data also suggests that it can be used to inhibit the invasion of lung and colon cancer, plus it possesses anti-tumor properties in gliomas and has been used to treat leukemia. (12)

There are three main areas of benefit that users can look forward to when incorporating this beneficial supplement into their daily lives.

Should I use it?
CBD supplements are completely safe, natural and legal to use and offer a whole host of wellbeing benefits. Research is still continuing to understand more about the best ways that we can utilise the properties of this plant and extract maximum value for health. In the meantime, the supplements can provide an excellent wellbeing boost to your everyday life. Our customer testimonials will give you an insight into the sorts of benefits you can look forward to experiencing.

How is Cannabidiol produced?
CBD originates from the cannabis plant, typically known as hemp. Hemp is already known to be a very rich source of varied health benefits, and CBD is separated and extracted from it. In fact, it is just one of a whopping 85 so-called cannabinoids which are all derived from the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol is found in the second greatest concentration within the cannabis plant itself and makes up 40pc of its extracted compounds.

So is CBD basically cannabis by another name?!
This invariably leads to some (understandable!) confusion, however it isn’t the case. The first most abundant element of cannabis is THC, and this is the illegal, intoxicating substance that allows smokers of marijuana to achieve their ‘high’. Cannabidiol is entirely separate from THC, and it has no drug-like properties. However, it is easy to confuse the two substances and naturally it means that CBD attracts a certain amount of stigma – essentially through confusion because of its complex chemical properties, links with THC, and the fact that it is originally derived from the cannabis plant. The important thing to know is that you cannot experience a high by ingesting CBD oil – and it is completely safe, legal and beneficial to use as a natural health supplement.

Is it legal?
Yes – CBD is completely legal – so you can use CBD supplements without worry.

So I can also use it safely?
Yes, absolutely. Research has shown that CBD supplements are safe to use, even in large amounts or in high concentrations. Not only are they safe to use – they will boost your wellbeing by doing so.