What on earth is CBD and why should I try it?
We’ve been in the hemp game a long time. Over 20 years in fact, ever since our founders Henry and Glyn learned about the nutritional value of hemp seeds and started making oils and milk from it. So the word CBD isn’t new to us, but it might be for you. There’s been a lot of talk about it recently: in January that pretty reputable paper, otherwise known as the New York Times, said CBD was one of the 11 ways to be a better person in 2019, and every day there are more and more personal testimonials detailing their experiences using CBD for everything from anxiety and fatigue to eczema and inflammation. There are CBD drinks, CBD tampons and even CBD meatballs on the market (we think that’s going a bit overboard), but what actually is it? And why should you try it?
What is CBD oil?
CBD is one of 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids which are found in the cannabis plant (of which hemp is a variation).
What is CBD oil made from?
CBD is extracted from the flowers, leaves and the stalk of the hemp plant.
What is CBD used for?
There are currently hundreds of scientific studies underway looking at CBD as a treatment for a number of diseases and ailments as varied as parkinsons and cancer to anxiety and eczema and acne. Some studies have shown that CBD could have anti-inflammatory properties, relieve chronic pain and help with muscle repair, while much of the research is focused on the impact CBD has on high quality sleep.
Why are the uses for CBD so varied?
It’s thought that CBD works within your endocannabinoid system to help your body achieve homeostasis (aka balance) which means it could work in a number of different ways in different individuals. We all have cannabinoid receptors and cannabinoids in our bodies already (cool, huh) but CBD is thought to signal these receptors when there is an imbalance, encouraging our cannabinoids to work to fix it.
What are the benefits of CBD oil?
There’s a meme that says “I’ve got 99 problems and CBD can probably help fix 89 of them”. There’s another meme that says “pour some CBD oil on life” and that’s also how you could think of it. CBD oil may help fix specific problems like insomnia, anxiety, inflammation, over-stimulation but it also might just help your body prepare for the ups and downs of everyday life.
Who uses CBD oil?
Some celebs you might know who have spoken about using CBD oil are Jennifer Aniston, Mandy Moore and Morgan Freeman. Model Alessandra Ambrosio says she uses CBD to fall asleep before a big day and UFC fighter Nate Diaz said he uses it for muscle recovery: “it helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place.”
How do you take CBD?
Yes, we think CBD meatballs are a bit of a stretch too. But you really can take it in a lot of different ways. A few droplets of CBD oil under the tongue is one of the most effective ways to take CBD, holding it there for 30 seconds and allowing it to absorb. You can also take it in your morning coffee – it’s been said to give you an extra boost of energy but kill the unnatural buzz (sounds ideal right?) or in a soothing tea at night to aid sleep. We wrote a whole blog post about the different ways you can take it here.
Why do people keep talking about CBD alongside THC?
THC is another cannabinoid found in the marijuana plant and the psychoactive compound (aka the stuff that gets you high). That doesn’t mean it’s all bad – some people with epilepsy use small doses of THC with CBD. But most CBD in the UK will be THC free.
What’s the difference between CBD and Hemp Oil?
CBD oil is made from the leaves, flowers and stalks of the hemp plant while hemp oil is a culinary oil made from the hemp seed. We got a lot of questions about this. So we wrote a whole blog post dedicated to it.