What is CBD oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the cannabis plant and is most often consumed as CBD oil.
CBD oil should help you to feel deeply relaxed and positive. These are effects from the natural properties of CBD and are not based on getting 'high' and do not lead to intoxication.
The trend for CBD comes - as so often - from the USA. There, CBD oil has developed into a huge growth market in recent years, in line with topical discussions about the legalisation of cannabis in the US. However, the market is rapidly growing in the United Kingdom and we are excited to see changes in both attitude and law in the coming years.
It is clear though that the research related to CBD is still in its infancy. Due to the decades of illegality of the cannabis plant and the lack of patentability, very few scientific studies have been funded. In particular, the long-term effects and interactions of CBD oil with other compounds are not 100% known.
Below we summarise some of the key areas where CBD can help.
CBD oil for prevention and general health
CBD oil is a natural agent that many people regularly use to strengthen general health and well-being.
The largest areas of application are pain, anxiety and sleep. But it is also used by many people to prevent stress or inflammation.
It is worth bearing in mind that CBD can only alleviate the symptoms of these ailments. CBD oil cannot eliminate the physical and mental causes.
How does CBD oil work in the body?
As soon as CBD oil enters the bloodstream, it works with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is explained in depth on our ECS page.
But in short, the ECS controls the communication from cell to cell by means of the release of messenger substances. To do this, the ECS uses various neuroreceptors.
These neuroreceptors regulate a variety of bodily functions, such as sleep, appetite, mood, pain, memory or inflammation.
CBD oil has the ability to bind to the ECS receptors that are distributed all over the body. In this way, CBD oil can inhibit or stimulate the release of certain messenger substances and thus influence the body's own functions.
Various studies have shown CBD to have anxiolytic, antipsychotic, antiemetic and anti-inflammatory properties. Because of these properties, advocates predict the cannabinoid CBD has enormous pharmacological potential.
How to use CBD oil
CBD oil normally comes in a CBD tincture and is usually dripped under the tongue. This allows the oil to enter the bloodstream directly through the mucous membranes. It takes effect after a few minutes. With the help of a pipette, the CBD oil can be dosed drop by drop.
Alternatively, CBD can be smoked with vaping pens. However, if this is your preferred methods you should use CBD liquids for vaping, as CBD oil clogs vape pens and e-cigarettes.
You should never vape CBD oil.
Other ways to take CBD
If you are keen to have zero THC content in your product, or if it important that you have clear test results, CBD isolate may be the option for you. Typically CBD crystals are most commonly known for their pure CBD content. But other products, such as CBD gummies can also be offered with 0% THC. Always check the label thoroughly, because it possible that companies state there is no THC, when actually there are traces of it within the product.
From our experience, sublingual ingestion of CBD oil under the tongue has the fastest and most intense effect.
How is CBD oil made?
There are several ways to make CBD oils from the cannabis or hemp plant. The most extraction method common is the CO2 extraction process.
In CO2 extraction, only certain parts of hemp can be used. The CBD oil should also be within the legal limit for the UK which means it should have no detectable THC.
Our advice is to choose a manufacturer where you can see the laboratory certificate. This way, you can be more sure that the CBD oil contains what it says it does.
What other CBD products are there?
Other dosage forms of CBD already covered on this page and elsewhere in our website are:
With the world of CBD rapidly expanding, you can get all kinds of CBD products! From skincare to mattresses, from chocolate spread to ice-cream! We do have our suspicions that some of these products may be more gimmick than CBD, so always be sure to check the ingredients and check third party lab reports.
CBD oils can be used in many different ways and are already being used successfully by a large numbers of people in the UK and worldwide.
Scientific studies have proven the high pharmacological potential as well as the mild side effect profile.
There are a wide range of oils available on the UK market, so if you are interested there are plenty of options to see how or if CBD can help you.