CBD: Here’s a Detailed Introduction for Beginners
By Space Coast Daily // November 24, 2020
CBD use has grown massively in the last three years, using it to improve health, and the body of research showing how it can be beneficial is increasing.
There are now almost 2 million daily users in the UK, and if you’re interested in the product, but aren’t sure where to start, this guide will help you understand what CBD is and its applications.
CBD is short for cannabidiol, also referred to as a cannabinoid, and is found in cannabis. Over 100 different types of cannabinoids are all found in both the cannabis plant and our biological system.
Cannabis is a catch-all term for all plants in the same family that produce cannabinoids. It can be broadly divided into cannabis Sativa and cannabis Indica plants depending on their properties.
Sativa plants are taller and initially found in Europe, while Indica cannabis plants are smaller and bushier, originating from India. Cannabis plants have been used throughout history for many different purposes, and in particular, their stems can be used to create hemp products such as rope and clothes.
The most common association with cannabis is the female buds that are often consumed for a recreational high when left unfertilized.
When the plant’s bud is consumed either by smoking, eating, or vaporizing, a combination of cannabinoids works together to give the traditionally associated effects of consuming cannabis.
THC is the cannabinoid that provides the user with the feeling of being ‘high’ and changes a person’s mental state, while CBD gives other effects such as relaxation.
In CBD products such as Private Label CBD, the THC is removed, and only the CBD is extracted, which means that when using CBD products, the user doesn’t get high, and instead, only receives the effects of the CBD.
Benefits of CBD
While the CBD research is still relatively new, there are several conditions it appears to impact positively.
Initial clinical trials have provided evidence that people with epilepsy who use CBD oil had fewer seizures than those taking a placebo.
People have used cannabis for decades to reduce chronic pain, and CBD is the prominent cannabinoid that provides these effects. Studies suggest that people who use a CBD product have reduced perceived pain than those who used nothing.
Anxiety is another condition that people have used cannabis to reduce for many years. While most evidence is still mostly anecdotal, there’s some evidence that CDB may be beneficial. The evidence shows a variance from person to person, so some caution should be used.
Individuals going through chemotherapy often experience nausea and vomiting as a side effect, and additional drugs are often prescribed to offset them.
New research has suggested that the side effects are reduced more than when used alone when using CBD and these drugs. Also, CBD can improve appetite and potentially reduce pain, which are chemotherapy’s additional adverse side effects.