What is CBD?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a natural compound found in cannabis plants. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid biological system found in mammals.
The endocannabinoid system regulates cognitive and physiological processes that include mood, sleep, appetite, and pain sensation. CBD and other cannabinoids can assist in regulating these processes and creating the much-needed balance.
Hemp vs marijuana – what is the difference?
CBD is found in both hemp and marijuana plants. Even though CBD is a component of both plants, it does not cause a high. Marijuana and industrial hemp are different varieties of the same plant species, Cannabis sativa L.
Marijuana typically contains 3 to 15 percent THC on a dry-weight basis, while industrial hemp contains less than 1 percent (Blade, 1998; Vantreese, 1998). Most developed countries that permit hemp cultivation require the use of varieties with less than 0.3 percent THC. However, the two varieties are indistinguishable by appearance. DeMeijer et al. (1992), in a study of 97 Cannabis strains, concluded that short of chemical analysis of the THC content, there was no way to distinguish between marijuana and hemp varieties.
All Healing Alternatives CBD is currently produced from a tenured genetic library of seeds which has been developed over the years to create a CBD-rich Hemp with less than 0.2 THC.
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated the following: “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential… To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Is CBD legal?
This is the question that is most commonly asked, and the answer is quite simple – yes. CBD is completely legal in the UK, Europe and the US.
What can CBD do?
WHO released a report in 2018 that CBD could provide potential relief for people suffering from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetic complications, cancer, multiple sclerosis, general pain, depression and anxiety – to name but a few.
The Journal of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry published a study that linked CBD oil to weight loss. “The drug can cause “fat browning”, which turns the dangerous white fat associated with obesity and diabetes into hard-working brown fat cells. These actively aid weight loss by burning extra calories through thermogenesis, your body’s heat-production process.”
How can I take CBD?
Verywell states that you can use it sublingually, take it in capsule form, use oral sprays or drops, or apply it topically to your skin. CBD is also available in the form of edible treats.