So, what exactly IS Cannabidiol (CBD)?
In recent years, researchers have discovered that there are around 100 different chemical compounds within the Cannabis Sativa plant. These compounds are often referred to as ‘cannabinoids’ (CBD) or ‘phytocannabinoids’.
Cannabidiol is generally extracted from hemp plants which are mainly used for industrial uses such as making paper, rope, clothes & even health food. Hemp has a high CBD content and only contains trace amounts of THC.
One of the main components of the Cannabis Sativa plant is Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) while CBD only makes up a percentage of Cannabis extracts. In a report from the World Health Organization, it states that “CBD does not produce the effects that are typically seen with cannabinoids such as THC. It has also failed to produce significant effects in a human study of abuse potential.” It is also known that, unlike its other half, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – CBD is a non-psychoactive compound thus does not induce any ‘high’ effect.
In our day and age, cannabidiol is growing in popularity and is being used in a wide variety of products such as: CBD Oils, CBD Balms, CBD Coffee and even CBD Shampoo, with the list expanding as the industry progresses. Due to certain marketing and advertising laws, CBD products are currently being sold as a health supplement providing the THC content does not surpass the 0.2% legal threshold.
The potential benefits, what are they?
The list of benefits CBD may potentially offer users is ever growing due to an increasing amount of research being carried out to determine if & how effective CBD could potentially be. Research carried out so far has found there may be many potential benefits from using cannabidiol daily, with some of the most commonly reported being relief from stress & depression, radical inflammation fighter, helps reduce chronic pain and helps battle against anxiety.
Some studies have shown that CBD may help promote homeostasis within humans potentially providing additional benefits such as the ones listed below:
- Stimulates the human Endocannabinoid system
- Maintains homeostasis
- Promotes bone growth
- Provides relief from Stress & Anxiety
- No psychoactive compound
- May relieve seizures for epilepsy sufferers
- Helps maintain natural bodily balance
- Helps maintain a more natural sleep
- 100% natural ingredient
Further research has shown that if used correctly CBD may have the potential to be an effective treatment for people suffering from Epilepsy. In the same report mentioned earlier by the World Health Organisation, it states that “CBD has been demonstrated as an effective treatment of epilepsy in several clinical trials, with one pure CBD product (Epidiolex®) currently in Phase III trials. There is also preliminary evidence that CBD may be a useful treatment for a number of other medical conditions”.
Although there has been no definitive or official research to say Cannabidiol has definitive medicinal benefits, alot of consumers are reporting positive gain from using Cannabidiol based products.