Many people feel that there is a stigma around the consumption of cannabis (marijuana) because of the psychoactive component known as THC (tetrahydrocannabidol) – however, although CBD is an active ingredient of cannabis, it has no psychoactive properties. Therefore it does not produce a “high”, and is not known to cause addictive dependency or issues with substance abuse.
CBD stands for Cannabidiol – a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol is proven to help manage and diminish a number of health conditions, and give your system an extra boost of something that it actually already produces naturally: Endocannoabinoids – which help elevate mood, dampen pain and even fortify your memory.
Here we will talk about the various uses for CBD products and what you need to take into consideration should you choose to use them.
CBD for Epilepsy
There is strong scientific data that proves consumption of CBD-related products can have a positive effect on many different types of health condition. Most notably over the past year, it has become mainstream knowledge that CBD can be used concurrently with traditional medication to help stem seizures for children with epilepsy conditions, such as Dravets Syndrome and LGS (Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome). Whereas previously some children with epilepsy conditions did not respond to anti-seizure medication, CBD as an alternative treatment is offering proven results, and hope to many parents around the world.
CBD for Mental Health and Neurological Conditions
CBD is also proven to alleviate the severity of a number of mental health conditions, most strikingly helping those diagnosed with anxiety and stress-related sleep issues, such as insomnia. For many with anxiety, depression and insomnia, finding the correct medication can often be a challenge – and facing the plethora of known side-effects from antidepressants can sometimes be detrimental to the recovery of the patient. CBD oils and capsules are an excellent starting-point for those with mental health conditions, and can help alleviate some of the lesser symptoms before moving-on to pharmaceutical medication.
The ability of CBD to calm and suppress certain functions of the central nervous system, can provide real life-changing results for patients with neurological conditions including Alzheimer’s, and tests show that CBD can even help slow-down the degeneration of neurons in patients.
CBD for Chronic Pain Relief
Before CBD was separated from its fellow cannabis component THC (which provides a “high” when smoking marijuana) and became available on the high street, many people with unbearable chronic pain conditions would be forced to illegally purchase and consume cannabis to try to alleviate their suffering.
There are countless chronic pain conditions that can be managed more easily with either CBD capsules, oils or even better, specific balms that can be applied directly to sore, aching joints and problem areas to bring much-needed relief.
Massaging with CBD balms can be especially beneficial for those with sore and tender joint conditions – as CBD has anti inflammatory properties that offer promising pain relief for those with arthritis and joint injuries.
Types of CBD Explained
You may be feeling a little bewildered by the different types of CBD products currently on offer, and understandably so. The market for CBD products is growing at a daily rate, and everything from Vapes to hemp gummies are being sold. Below we will explain some of the most common options for CBD usage, and also some information about the strains of CBD currently available in the UK.
- Oils and Tinctures – These are created for you to ingest orally, usually by putting a few drops on or under your tongue. CBD Tinctures are mixed with alcohol, CBD oils are usually mixed with a carrier oil like hemp. Often people do not like the taste of the oils, however you can mix your tincture or oil into smoothies and juices if you prefer.
- Topical Balms and Creams – Whether you prefer lotions, balms or salves – there is a CBD-infused option for everyone. Many high-end topicals combine natural and organic essential oils together with CBD extract to create luxurious face balms and soothing massage salves for aching, painful joints.
- Capsules and Supplements – Capsules are ideal for those who like the routine of taking a tablet each day, and can simply be taken with a glass of water like you would with any other sort of tablet. Many are produced in gelatin-free, vegan capsules, and the CBD content will vary depending on the strength chosen.
- Vapes or Vaping – As Vaping is now so commonplace in society, it seems only natural to consider vaping CBD vape oil – however it is said that vaping CBD is actually less effective and beneficial than other methods of administration, with tinctures being the most effective and speedy way to benefit from the effects.
Strains and Strengths of CBD Oil
There are three main strains of Cannabis from which CBD is processed. Each strain has its own specific qualities, that will be beneficial depending on what condition you are wishing to treat.
Once you have chosen your desired strain, it is then time to choose a strength – again this can be subjective as everyone reacts differently to different strengths – but it is best to start on a lower strength and work-up from there if you feel the need to.
Cannabis Sativa plants have long, slender, light lime green leaves. Sativa CBD provides an invigorating, wakening effect that is excellent for treating stress and anxiety. Usually considered the “daytime” cannabis, many use it for boosting focus and creativity.
Health conditions Sativa works best with include: anxiety, depression, PTSD
The leaves of the Cannabis Indica plant are stubbier, broader and darker in colour than the leaves of the Sativa. Cannabis Indica is associated with an overall relaxing feeling, contributing to a sense of calm and peacefulness. Sativa is known as the “nighttime” cannabis.
Health conditions Indica works best with include: Insomnia, aches and pains, muscle spasms and tremors, epilepsy, arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease and autism
Hybrid CBD is exactly what it sounds like – a crossbreed of the Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa plants. Therefore the effects will be a balance of the qualities of the Indica and Sativa plants used. Each hybrid is different, and the outcome of effects will depend upon the ratio of the two plants within the hybrid strain.