Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found, in the highest levels, within the resinous flower of the cannabis plant. Cannabis flowers and their extracts have been used as medicine for thousands of years.
Today, scientists and doctors are testing its therapeutic properties with the World Health Organization (WHO), confirming that CBD is non-toxic and non-addictive, i.e. safe for human consumption.
Cannabidiol is one of over a hundred "phytocannabinoids," which are naturally occurring molecules in cannabis and give the plant its robust therapeutic profile.
CBD is closely related to another medicinally active ingredient called THC, which is responsible for the plant's infamous "high" effect.
However, CBD is entirely non-intoxicating, making it a great natural alternative to many prescription medications that often come with an extensive list of unwanted side effects.
These molecularly similar components of cannabis are currently the most researched, with well documented yet different effects from each other.
They both play a significant role in what makes cannabis' potential so extensive!
The fact that CBD is so therapeutically potent with a long list of potential health benefits, as well as non-intoxicating, makes it such an appealing option for those who are looking for cannabis-derived-products to add to their health and wellbeing routine.
CBD interacts with our bodies in a variety of ways. One way is by mimicking the effects of naturally produced compounds inside us, called endocannabinoids - named because they work similarly to those found in the cannabis plant.
These compounds interact with neuroreceptors throughout our body that make up our endocannabinoid system. CBD works in a similar way to our body's endocannabinoids, supplementing their effects.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex biological system whose discovery has led to new medical advances.
Medical researchers discovered it in the 1990s and have since been able to identify how, like many other systems within our bodies, this one can affect appetite, sleep patterns and mood swings, chronic pain, amongst others.
Our bodies are home to an extensive network of cannabinoid receptors throughout our systems—in every organ and tissue type.
The ECS plays many roles within the body. It regulates pain responses, immune functions, inflammation reactions, metabolism, hunger/satiety cues, and even brain development and cognitive functioning.
The endocannabinoid system is involved in modulating chemical responses - by increasing or decreasing the strength of signals sent around the body.
This wide range of actions means that any given medical condition may benefit from cannabis oil by helping reduce side effects and stress on other organs and tissues involved in the process.
The potential effects are wide-ranging because cannabinoid compounds interact with receptors throughout the body, modulating a broad spectrum of chemical responses.
Due to the prohibition of cannabis and associated research restrictions, studies that research the medical benefits of cannabis and cannabidiol products are currently low in number.
However, in recent years, scientists have paid increasing attention to what can be learned from the study of cannabinoid receptors and how those findings may apply to improving human health.
Below is a list of potential health benefits associated with CBD:
CBD may be able to help you manage anxiety. Researchers think it changes how your brain's receptors respond to serotonin, a chemical linked with mental health.
Receptors are tiny proteins that receive messages from chemicals and relay them back in order for cells to work correctly; most notably, they play an essential part when nerve responses occur, which is what happens during mood swings and triggering bouts of depression or panic attacks due to too high levels of serotonin being released in response to anxiety-inducing stimuli such as stress, fear, trauma etc.
of 72 adults with anxiety found that 79% had reduced anxiety within the first month and remained decreased for the duration of the study.
Animal studies have shown that CBD, the main active component of cannabis or hemp plants, positively affects serotonin levels in the brain.
Low levels of serotonin are thought to play a crucial role in mood as well as pain.
Research is still being conducted and is looking at how this affects animals, so we don't know if it helps human depression symptoms yet, but animal research suggests some benefit for those with low-serotonin conditions such as chronic stress disorders.
By balancing serotonin levels in the brain, CBD may improve mood-disorder symptoms.
Cannabis oil has been used for centuries to treat various ailments, with recent studies suggesting that it might be beneficial in the management of conditions such as epilepsy.
The first evidence to support this claim comes from research commissioned by GW Pharmaceuticals.
They manufacture one variety of CBD-based medication called Epidiolex - an oral prescription drug recently approved by the FDA for two rare types of childhood epilepsies (Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet Syndrome).
CBD is prescribed to treat and reduce seizures in these medical conditions, with life-changing benefits reported by patients and their families.
This medicine contains both THC & CBD; researchers feel that CBD's anti-inflammatory properties play an essential role in aiding pain relief by reducing patients swelling, which may be why so many report relief from other inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
Clinical trials with CBD have shown promise but need further research and evidence as there have been limited studies conducted on humans so far.
CBD has been shown above to have the potential to improve pain, anxiety and mood disorders. As a result, it may also help to provide relief from your sleep disorder!
Researchers are looking into a receptor located in the brain, the CB1 receptor, to learn how CBD could potentially help people with neurodegenerative disorders.
These diseases cause nerve cells and tissues to deteriorate over time.
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
The effects of CBD on receptors in the immune system may help reduce overall inflammation in the body.
Cannabidiol is listed as an approved active ingredient in the EU cosmetic register, designated safe for use in skincare products.
It possesses anti-sebum & anti-inflammatory properties, both of which may help treat acne.
CBD can be made in various forms, but most often, it is extracted from the hemp plant and mixed with other carrier oils derived from hemp seeds, olives or an MCT oil like coconut, for example.
Extracting cannabidiol begins by growing "industrial hemp" cultivated legally from approved seeds known to produce no more than 0.2% THC in the dried yield of the crop as per EU regulations.
The cannabinoids are then extracted from the hemp plant's flowers and stalks before they are refined into oil.
Several extraction methods are commonly used in the industry, including CO2, ethanol, and cold pressing, with our preferred methods being CO2 and cold-pressing.
These are the cleanest methods and preserve the most cannabinoids and terpenes (the essential oils that give the cannabis plant its unique smell).
We will soon have an in-depth look into how CBD oil is made in an upcoming blog article!
Yes, CBD is safe.
It has been widely reported as safe by health bodies, including the World Health Organization, as long as it is taken as prescribed or advised by your country's relevant food safety agency.
In the UK, we follow the Food Standards Agency's recommendation of no more than 70mg CBD in 24 hours. More information can be found on their website here.
At Beliebis UK, we are fully compliant with the Novel Food Regulations governing all new foods that were not considered widely consumed before 1997.
Our extracts come from reputable farms that have ensured they meet the highest standards, including testing for heavy metals and pesticides.
This means all of our products have undergone extensive safety testing to ensure the extraction method used is safe or the product is exempt from regulation due to the traditional extraction method used.
These exempt products were either widely consumed before 1997, such as cold-pressed oils or are cosmetic products, which are not governed by UK/EU food regulations.
The World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a thorough report into cannabidiol in 2017 based on the scientific evidence available and contained a long list of potential therapeutic benefits.
In summary, the report states that CBD is safe for human consumption and that it is non-toxic & non-addictive.
Minor adverse effects of CBD may include nausea, dry mouth, low blood pressure, light-headedness and drowsiness.
Another adverse effect CBD can cause is increased levels of certain other medications in your system such as some anti-depressants and opioid painkillers.
These drug interactions can cause an increased risk of side effects; therefore, it is important to seek medical advice from your doctor or consultant if you take any prescription medications before adding any new dietary supplement to your regime, including cannabidiol.
Choosing the right CBD brand and product can seem like a daunting task, at first. Many companies are claiming to provide the best or the strongest CBD oil on the market.
But what should you buy? What exactly should you be looking for in a CBD food supplement? And how will you know you're going to get what you're paying for?
CBD has gained massive popularity due to the increasing number of scientific studies and the reports of thousands of people finding relief in CBD.
However, not all CBD companies are born equal!
Many are making false claims about the content of their products, and some are not taking the necessary steps to safeguard customers.
We are a UK registered Food Business Operator and have worked tirelessly to ensure our products are Food Standards Agency compliant.
We go above and beyond to produce hemp-derived CBD products that are years ahead of the rest of the industry.
All of our premium CBD products
are 3rd Party, UK Laboratory tested. As a result, each product is delivered with its Certificate of Analysis (COA).
Consequently, we produce high-quality CBD products, and most importantly, you can enjoy the peace of mind and stress-free buying experience from Beliebis UK!
We are also incredibly proud to be a part of the Bluelight Card scheme, offering discounted CBD oil, CBD oil capsules & CBD Gummies to our over-worked and underpaid key workers!