2 March 2020
An ingredient that carries with it a wealth of beneficial properties, CBD is gaining a reputation as an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. If you’ve been searching for a supplement that can relieve pain, reduce inflammation and improve mood, look no further than CBD.
While hugely beneficial to the millions of people who use it, we understand that an ingredient which is extracted from cannabis may be cause for concern for some readers. That’s why we’ve created this article to help put to rest any worries or questions you’ve had about what CBD is and where it comes from.
What Is CBD?
CBD is an abbreviation of cannabidiol, a beneficial compound from a group known as cannabinoids, which are found in the cannabis plant. Another of these cannabinoids is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is responsible for the inebriating qualities you may think of when you hear the word ‘cannabis’.
However, cannabis is in fact not a single plant, but a family of plants which includes hemp and marijuana. While marijuana is high in THC, hemp is biologically very different. The hemp plant has been used for centuries in the manufacture of cloth, paper and rope, thanks to its easy cultivation, hardy nature and fibrous stalk. Importantly, it is naturally low in THC, allowing the beneficial CBD to be extracted without any of the mind-altering aspects of its sister-plant.
How Does It Work?
Our body has an internal endocannabinoid system which is involved in everything from mood and appetite to inflammation and pain. As a phyto(plant)cannabinoid, CBD is able to enter this system and impact the cannabinoid receptors, helping to rebalance the body.
Studies have found that CBD is able to reduce the perception of pain, control inflammation in conditions including arthritis and IBS, and improve the symptoms of a wide range of conditions.
Who Can Benefit From Using CBD?
If you have a chronic health condition that stems from inflammation or results in you experiencing pain, taking CBD regularly is an option well worth exploring. Thanks to its pain-relieving qualities, it can also be great to throw in your gym bag for using as and when it’s needed. CBD also naturally reduces anxiety, which can benefit those struggling with stress, insomnia or low mood.
Always speak to a doctor before using CBD, as it can counteract some medications, including antidepressants and antibiotics.
What Products Contain CBD?
CBD is available in many forms and can be used in different ways depending on the condition you are struggling with. While the fastest effects come from inhaling the CBD in vape form, there are less invasive, more discreet options also available. Here are a few of our favourites:
Whether you have painful arthritis in your joints or simply want something to soothe those post-exercise muscles, a balm is a great choice. Applied directly to the desired area, the CBD absorbs into your skin’s receptors and gets to work alleviating pain.
Taken under the tongue, oral drops are one of the most effective ways to take your CBD as they absorb directly into your system via the thin tissue.
In terms of ease of use, nothing is much more straightforward than taking your CBD in capsule form. This option does take a little longer to take effect but is an easy way to incorporate CBD into your daily routine, making it particularly good for chronic conditions.