From oils, lotions, gummies and bath bombs at home and on-the-go to CBD-infused truffles, CBD cocktails, CBD coffees and even CBD laden vegan frozen yoghurt taking pride of place in some on the UK’s coolest food and drink hotspots, CBD is on everyone’s lips. It’s a buzzword, to say the least, but it spans industries, generations and interest unlike anything else before and with good reason. This nutritional supplement is a sheer joy to use and, as many user anecdotes will tell you, the enhancements and balance it can bring to everyday life are second to none.
But reading fan-boy ravings about CBD won’t necessarily give you a clear idea of what CBD has to offer, if you’re new to this cannabis-derived product. So, we’re here to tell you, simply, why everyone’s talking about it.
CBD and the 120+ other cannabinoids that can be found in full spectrum CBD products are pleiotropic components. This means they have multiple effects via a variety of molecular pathways. For example, you may have heard that CBD oil and other CBD products can impact many essential functions, such as sleep, focus, pain management, sex drive and much, much more. All of this is true, and it all comes down to how cannabinoids, particularly CBD and THC, interact with your inbuilt endocannabinoid system and endocannabinoids (cannabinoids produced naturally in the body). This leads us onto our next point…
One of the most incredible things about cannabinoids is how they interact so perfectly with the endocannabinoid system – one of the most important physiologic systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health. This system and its receptors cover just about every part of the body from your skin, to your brain right down to your immune cells.
The cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (and therefore in cannabis or hemp derived CBD oil) fit into endocannabinoid receptors, attach to them, adapt their shape and trigger their functions while also encouraging the release and free flow of cannabinoids made in the body, such as the ‘bliss molecule’ anandamide. There’s really nothing else quite like it.
A big part of why CBD products effect people in so many different ways is that it helps to re-establish equilibrium in the body by bringing things back into balance. The experience of CBD and what it brings to your life is always going to be totally unique because it all comes down to what you need, in the moment.
Although research into CBD and the effects it has on the mind and body is still in early days, studies so far have shown that side effects appear to be minimal and positive experience from those enjoying it on a regular basis far outweighs any negative. Because of this, lots of people all over the world are using CBD products as a way to manage their wellbeing needs in a wholly natural way that frees them from the shackles and side effects of synthetic alternatives.
Last, but by no means least, a huge talking point about CBD is of course the controversy! CBD and all of the other cannabinoids come from cannabis. It may be called hemp on some labels, but hemp is still cannabis. But does it get you high? Well, not the stuff in the UK, which only ever contains a nominal amount of psychoactive THC that is under the very, very low legal limit.
Want to find out more about the inner workings of CBD? Take a look at our CBD Basics page for easy-to-read articles on everything you need to know!
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