WHAT IS CBD?
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the flower of cannabis, a plant with an extensive history as a medicine going back thousands of years. Today the therapeutic properties of CBD are being studied and confirmed by doctors and scientists around the world. A safe, non-addictive substance, CBD is one of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids, another similarly popular/ researched is THC and this is the cannabinoid which causes you to feel high.
What are some of the benefits?
Although CBD is effectively still in the early stages of trials it is hard to be definitive with benefits, it’s supplementary nature means that it may not give everyone the same benefits. However, some of the suggested benefits of CBD are as followed:
- Anti-Inflammatory properties – used widely for joint mobility and arthritis
- May help improve anxiety
- May help sleep, with many people managing to have a bettered night sleep
- May help reduce pain
CBD has boomed in recent years with the shift towards natural medicine and health, and with the results many people have acheived with CBD it's easy to see why!
Are there any side effects?
Like any supplementary product, there are possible side effects to be aware of. On average very few people experience a negative reaction through CBD, but it is important to note any negative changes that you do experience. CBD leaves your system in typically 3-4 days or less, this means that when discontinued the side effects are short lived. The side effects of CBD may be as followed:
- Negative changes in mood
- Dry mouth
Can anyone take CBD?
Although CBD is generally considered safe to consume by all, it is important to check with a healthcare provider if you are taking any ongoing medication, especially if you have conditions effecting your liver. Another risk category is pregnant/breastfeeding women, there has been little testing done in this field and therefore it is better to avoid taking CBD if you are expecting or breastfeeding.
CBD is a great supplementary product that is helping many with conditions for arthritis to poor sleep. If you suffer with inflammation, poor quality sleep or ongoing pain it may prove beneficial to try CBD. When looking for CBD products online, make sure you do your research on the company you buy from! You should be able to check the lab reports from a company if you wish to, and it’s beneficial to opt for a THC free CBD oil. THC free CBD is safer for those frequently drug tested, as THC is the component that is tested for.