What exactly is CBD? A bit more detail…
CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol, which is one of a group of phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD, and other cannabinoids, are active ingredients and each is known to have specific effects when consumed. These effects are often enhanced by other active ingredients in the cannabis plant, such as flavonoids and terpenes. This is called the entourage effect.
Hemp plants (a term often used interchangeably with cannabis plant but which does have a stricter definition revolving around the relative content of CBD to THC) usually contain cannabinoids in the form of carboxylic acids.
CBD connects to cannabinoid receptors in are primarily found in our central nervous system and can both block the messages that our sent around our body, and enhance them. But we'll stop there - we could easily get carried away here, but we’ll save the sciency bit for our specific pages on the science behind CBD. Including how CBD actually works on human body, cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system. For now, we’ll continue to only mention another key cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC for short). This is better known for the fact that it produces the ‘high’ or intoxicating effect associated with cannabis.
For our purposes here, it sufficient to note that CBD and THC are distinct compounds and can be isolated. This is why we mentioned ‘hemp plants’ earlier, because hemp from the cannabis sativa plant is known for having relatively lower THC and higher CBD content. This is a good starting point for the production of CBD products, such as oils or consumables.
Is CBD safe to use?
This is one of the advantages that CBD has over other cannibinoids and cannabis more generally. CBD is considered safe and does not lead to physical addiction.
Also, research and reports so far indicate very few and mostly minor side effects from using CBD. Nevertheless, it is still important to note that CBD has not been fully researched yet, so other side effects may become better known with time.
That being said, the number of success stories for wide ranges of ailments (such as skin conditions) and medical conditions (such as PTSD, anxiety and depression) should be taken into consideration. CBD has even been cited as beneficial for people suffering from cancer.
What CBD products are available?
The sheer number of types of products, let alone the products themselves, can be a little overwhelming. Here we’ll give an overview of the types of products available, with other pages on our site going into more detail on these types and then specific products.
As is often the case, the best place to start is with a list… The following covers a good selection of the types of products you might be interested in learning more about before using them yourself.
The 10 best CBD products
1. CBD topical creams and skincare
2. CBD bath bombs
3. CBD capsules
4. CBD crystals
5. CBD massage balms
6. CBD vaping liquid/e-liquid
8. CBD oil
9. Hemp tea and hot chocolate
10. Hemp cookies, brownies and chocolate
There are, of course, many more types of products out there but this is a list of the most common, which we explore in more detail on our products page.
What is particularly interesting in the world of CBD is the growing range of CBD cosmetics and CBD foods, including gummy bears, cookies, teas and a wide range of others.
One should be wary, that as the CBD market expands, as will the number of CBD products available. The choices emerging are often weird and wonderful, but some are no more than a gimmick and potentially do not even contain CBD. Always check the labeling and buy from a reputable seller to ensure you are buying a high-quality product.
We cover many products in subsequent pages, but we’d be remiss not to include a little more here about the best known and discussed product, which is CBD oil.
CBD oil is the most common form of CBD. It is often and misleadingly called cannabis oil. CBD oil is produced from the female cannabis plant and is often mixed with a carrier oil, such as olive oil.
It is difficult to fully explain the benefit and potential pitfalls of using CBD oil without getting into some of the science behind this and other cannibinoids, which are often included to produce the ‘entourage effect’. This effect, the exact method of producing CBD oil and the appropriate amounts of other cannibinoids (e.g. THC) are discussed on our page explaining how CBD oil is made.
Can you give CBD to your pets?
Likewise, pets can suffer from many ailments that CBD can have positive effects for. There is increasing interest in possible therapeutic uses of CBD for pets, given animals also have an endocannabinoid system where CBD has a similar mode of action.
However, unlike humans, animals can overdose and are obviously not able to verbalise their experience. Therefore, it is advisable to exercise caution with dosing and speak to your vet beforehand.
You can read more about CBD and pets here.