CBD chemical composition

    Cannabis or marijuana is derived from a hemp plant known for its healing properties as well as it’s nutritional attributes. Hemp was sold in the United States pharmacies till the 1930s after it was then classified as a narcotic. The UK has also a long history with the plant that can be dated as far back as the 1800s.However, over the past years, scientists have been discovering new uses of the cannabis drug and a very important and unique compound known as CBD. Now unlike conventional marijuana, CBD does not contain THC, meaning it doesn’t make you high because it isn’t psychoactive. Although some states in the US have approved of the marijuana plant both for recreational purposes and medical purposes, it isn’t that way all over the country and also the world.

    THC vs CBD

    The hemp plant tends to contain as much as 100 known cannabinoids and the most common cannabinoid include tetrahydrocannabinol and CBD.
    Cannabis contains cannabinoids which help the body as they react with the body’s self-producing cannabinoids known as endocannabinoids which are created by the endocannabinoid system (ECS) present in the body. The ECS is a complex system which sends information to keep the body functioning. It helps in regulating appetite, sleep, mood, memory and also the inflammation in the body.
    The use of CBD helps in promoting the function of this system, and this is how they help the body to heal better. There are many forms of CBD in the market and they all have different ways of intake as well as different compounds. However, they all contain CBD. Some of the most common forms of CBD are:
    • CBD oil
    • Water-based CBD
    • CBD salves
    • CBD creams
    • CBD lotions
    • CBD tinctures
    • CBD Crystals
    • CBD Isolate
    • CBD Wax
    • CBD E-liquids
    All these methods of CBD have different ways of intake and they are used to cure different problems in the body. Some are applied to the skin and others are ingested. They also have different levels of bioavailability, some working faster than others. Water-based for one has a very high form of bioavailability unlike the oil-based form of CBD but they all give you all the benefits involved.

    What Are The Benefits of CBD?

    You might have seen a lot of testimonies concerning the CBD and how much it benefits the body, whatever form it comes in. There are quite a lot of conditions that people can swear it has worked for and even the FDA has approved a drug known as Epidolex, which is a cannabis-derived drug used in the treatment of two rare animals due to severe forms of epilepsy which are found in children. Epidolex is developed by GW Pharmaceuticals a biopharmaceutical UK based firm.
    Of course, since it is quite a popular compound that even global organizations, as well as federal ones, are interested to see how it goes and how much it can be used for, we are all quite optimistic.
    Of course, cannabis-derived CBD cannot be one to cure all the sickness and illness a person might have but it is usually advisable to visit your doctor before you start consumption for any drug, even if it is a legal one. Research has shown that CBD is good at relieving:
    • Muscle spasms.
    • Seizures.
    • General aches and pain.
    • Chronic pain.
    • Multiple sclerosis.
    • Anxiety.
    • Depression.
    • Stress.
    • Insomnia.
    • Alzheimer’s.
    • Parkinson’s disease.
    • Acne.
    • Nausea
    • Lack of appetite.
    • Pain from the autoimmune condition.

    Are There Side Effects To CBD?

    Side effects of CBD are mild but possible. They are also very rare and they include :
    • Dry mouth.
    • Low blood pressure.
    • Dizziness.
    • Depression.

    How to intake CBD?

    Ingestion

    The easiest method to deliver CBD UK is to ingest it. Swallowing the oil allows it to pass through the digestive system and metabolize in the liver. The active compounds then enter into your bloodstream. This is of course similar to how we take vitamins.

    There’s no need to learn how to take CBD ingestible products, as just about everyone knows how to eat, drink or swallow a pill.

    CBD oil comes as capsules, candy, foods, or beverages. Cannabidiol oil can be mixed with a variety of products, including juices, baked goods, or salad dressing.

    It is worth nothing though that this is the least effective method. Enter

    Bioavailability

    Wait bio.. what? Not to worry!

    Bioavailability is just a measure of how a substance gets absorbed by the body.

    The higher it is – the higher the absorption – the higher the effect

    Now as the component passes through your ingestion system it is mixed with gastric fluids destroying some of its potency. To add to that the substance takes the long way to reach your neurotrasmiters all the way up in the brain and deliver the most needed calming effect. Therefore, we say that ingesting CBD has low bioavailability.

    Sublingual

    CBD oil, tinctures, and concentrates can be administered sublingually (under the tongue). Sublingual delivery allows the compound to be absorbed by the capillaries in the mucous membranes, and directly into the bloodstream. The rest is swallowed and slowly digested, allowing for both immediate and long-lasting effects.

    To take CBD oil sublingually, hold it under the tongue for a minute or so and allow the mucous membranes to absorb the medecine. This bypasses the digestive system and gets the CBD into your bloodstream and interacts with your endocannabinoid system as fast as possible. Higher biovailability with this method 😉

    Inhalation

    This is recommended for adults with some vaping experience. Cannabidiol enters the lungs and is diffused into the bloodstream quickly, bypassing the liver. Inhalation is the most efficient CBD delivery system, with more of the original product entering the bloodstream than other methods. CBD vape  products delivered in this manner also tend to pass out of the bloodstream within a few hours.

    Topical Application

    CBD Creams, lotions, and salves are typically made for local pain-relief and healing. These work primarily on the uppermost layer of cells, so cannabidiol does not enter the bloodstream.

    CBD topicals come in a wide variety of products including facial creams, body lotions, massage oils, heat therapy rubs and more.

    Now that you understand how to take CBD, the question is…

    How much should I take?

    The correct amount of CBD for you depends on a number of factors, including:

    • The condition you’re addressing
    • Your body chemistry
    • The concentration of the CBD you are taking
    • Your body weight

    Before using CBD, talk with your doctor about any potential risks, interactions with medicine you’re currently taking and the right dosage for you.  If your doctor doesn’t make a recommendation, start with a small amount and gradually increase it until you feel your symptoms improving

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