What is CBD? A beginners guide.
What is CBD? To say there is hype surrounding CBD right now is no exaggeration. The answer to all of our problems seems to be this popular compound. But what is CBD? How does it work? Also, could you benefit from adding CBD oil to your supplement routine?
What is CBD?
First of all, CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of the many cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, found in cannabis and hemp. While beneficial for wellbeing, CBD doesn’t have the psychoactive properties of it’s more famous cousin THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Even at high doses, CBD will not get you high. Therefore, it is safe for all the family.
CBD is one of the most exciting cannabinoids that we are aware of today. It is one of the most abundant compounds found in hemp, and its usage continues to increase each year. CBD is being recognised as a potential breakthrough wellness supplement that could benefit millions of individuals.
What is CBD and how does it work within the body?
Without getting too technical, CBD and other compounds in CBD products, interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system, which is found in all mammals, is tasked with regulating a wide array of our body’s functions like mood, appetite, sleep, hormone production, and even stress and immune system responses. Our ECS is regularly adjusting these functions in an effort to keep them in balance or homeostasis.
Our ECS is made up of receptors (CB1 and CB2) and natural cannabinoids that fit into these receptors, much like a key fits into a lock. The entire system, when in balance keeps your body and mind in optimal health. But it needs nourishment if it is depleted by stress, illness or other factors. Cannabinoids from CBD oil can help; they bolster your natural endocannabinoids and help maintain the balance you need.
An introduction to cannabis compounds.
Cannabis plants are chemical powerhouses that produce more than 400 different compounds. These compounds (cannabinoids and terpenes) all play their part in keeping our bodies in balance, and can promote wellness. CBD is only one part of the equation and the combined beneficial effects of all these compounds cannot be ignored.
What are cannabinoids?
The cannabis plant produces a large class of chemical compounds, called cannabinoids. Scientists have identified over 113 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Each interacts with the ECS in different ways.
The only compound with any therapeutic benefits was believed to be THC until quite recently. But with the discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), and the study of how all cannabis compounds interact with this system, we now know that each cannabinoid offers its own potential health benefits. Other beneficial cannabinoids found in cannabis include; CBDA, CBDV CBG, CBGA and CBC.
Terpenes and the Entourage Effect.
Cannabis produces another group of compounds called Terpenes. They are a large and diverse class of organic compounds, produced by a variety of plants. Terpenes are fragrant oils that give cannabis its aromatic diversity – think of them like essential oils. Like cannabinoids, they interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. They also have their own individual beneficial properties.
The benefits are amplified when the “whole plant”, including an abundance of cannabinoids and terpenes, is ingested, in what is commonly called the “Entourage Effect”. This means the combined beneficial effect is greater than the individual components. This is why we would always recommend you take a ‘full spectrum’ CBD oil, which is made from the whole plant, not just CBD alone.
Why buy Feel Supreme CBD products?
At Feel Supreme we have a selection of CBD products to meet all your requirements including CBD oil, CBD capsules, plus a CBD balm! All of our CBD products are made from the “whole plant” so they contain a multitude of other beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes, not just CBD alone – just as nature intended.
CBD products can only legally be sold in the UK as a food supplement, therefore, we are forbidden from discussing the potential medicinal properties. However, there are countless studies and articles discussing this subject. Therefore, we recommend you carry out your own research.
However, CBD oil can have a big impact on our health and wellbeing, and in the UK alone, it is estimated that in excess of 250k people enhance their health using this supplement.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a vital role within our body and CBD positively interacts with this system, while helping to boost our bodies natural defenses. CBD oil also provides a good source of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, healthy fatty acids like Omega-3 and protein.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle while incorporating CBD into your routine is the best thing you can do to protect yourself from all forms of illness.
Will your supplement routine benefit from CBD?
CBD is safe for all the family to take on a daily basis. According to a report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) “naturally occurring CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans (and animals), and is not associated with any negative public health effects”
CBD oil offers many benefits without the nasty side effects often associated with alternative treatment options. It helps our bodies reach optimal health by encouraging balance or homeostasis. CBD is truly one of the most remarkable compounds in the natural world.
With all these benefits it’s no wonder more and more people are turning to CBD for a multitude of reasons.
Whatever your health situation or fitness levels, CBD could be the natural answer you are looking for to enhance your wellbeing. Is it time your added CBD to your diet?