If you have just discovered CBD it can be slightly overwhelming with the amount of information that is floating about out there, but to make it easier for you and to ensure you know all the key information, we have condensed it into a quick and easy list.
What is CBD?
There are over one hundred cannabinoids present within the cannabis plant, and cannabidiol (CBD), is one of those. It is the second most common cannabinoid that is produced in the cannabis plant, although higher concentrations of CBD can be found in the hemp varieties of the plant.
CBD Does Not Get You High
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not produce a “high” effect when taken. Whereas THC is a psychoactive substance, and it is this cannabinoid that is associated with getting high, because of its intoxicating properties.
How Does It Work?
‘On a molecular level, CBD works by targeting a group of receptors in the brain and throughout the nervous system called the endocannabinoid system, which scientists believe to be the key mechanism for regulating functions such as pain, mood and sleep.’ Therefore, CBD works with the endocannabinoid system to create a happy balance within the human body.
CBD is Legal (In the UK)
Yes, CBD is legal in the UK. However, its counterpart THC is still considered illegal, this is due to THC’s intoxicating effects. Although, if the CBD concentration is high enough, these side effects of THC can be neutralised. THC is a controlled drug in the UK and is not allowed in food supplements.
It Has Been Used For Centuries
There is evidence of CBD use in Asia going back centuries, as well as American journals from the 1700s describing the use of hemp seeds and roots. Although CBD seems to be a recent discovery, that could not be further from the truth, the cannabis plant has been used in all areas of life by our ancestors. ‘In fact, the use of cannabis oil as an ingredient in skincare dates all the way back to Cleopatra, who supposedly used it to keep her skin looking young.’
There Are Different Methods of Taking CBD
CBD can come in a variety of forms and can be taken in many ways and here are just a few… There are edibles in the form of gummies, chocolates, mints, sweets, etc. Sublingual products like oils, lozenges, and sprays. Topicals- creams, salves, patches, and balms. And of course, you can also vape or smoke CBD.
Will Taking CBD Make Me Fail a Drug Test?
CBD will not make you fail a drug test, however, we do recommend researching the CBD products before you use them, as some products do have trace amounts of THC. Full-spectrum products could have trace amounts of THC, and cannabinoids are stored in your fat, therefore if you are using full-spectrum products regularly there could be a build-up of THC, which in turn could mean failing a drug test. We would recommend using products without any THC to avoid failing any tests.
There is so much more information out there when it comes to CBD and the cannabis plant, and new information is being released all the time, this can be confusing at times but hopefully, this list has provided a foundation of knowledge to help you on your CBD journey.