What is CBD?

CBD has gained real momentum over the past few months in the UK, but while there is a lot of buzz around this incredible compound there is also a lot of confusion.

What is CBD?

Approved by the World Health Organisation, CBD stands for cannabidiol and is completely natural compound derived from the cannabis plant. It is completely safe for humans to take.

Now here comes the science bit… concentrate

The human body in fact produces very similar produces similar substances to CBD on its own (which are known as endogenous cannabinoids). All cannabinoids - both those produced by the human body and the cannabis plant - react with complex network of cannabinoid receptors also known as the endocannabinoid system.

First discovered in the 1990s, there is still a lot we don’t know about the human endocannabinoid system, but what we do know is that it plays a vital role in regulating our physiological functions, such as sleep, pain, mood, inflammation, memory and reproduction.

The endogenous cannabinoids that our bodies produce naturally sometimes need a little help to maintain a healthy internal balance and this is where CBD comes in. By taking CBD, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system receptors to provide a therapeutic effect.

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Will CBD get me high?

Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive or intoxicating properties and you will not get ‘high’.  In fact, any CBD product you can buy within the UK market cannot contain more than a trace of THC at 0.2%

Instead, new research is showing that CBD can have incredible therapeutic benefits, from helping with sleep, reducing anxiety and improving focus. Studies are also suggesting it has anti-inflammatory benefits and can help deal with pain.

We believe there are still many more benefits of CBD that are yet to be proven. As we gain a deeper understanding of the human endocannabinoid system, we will better understand how this wonder molecule can benefit us all.

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