So exactly what is CBD? Is it a plant? A drug? A medicine? What are the potential CBD benefits? The questions are never ending on this topic so read on to find out a little more about this awesome product.
The two main ingredients that are found in the marijuana plant are CBD and THC. Together these both belong to an exclusive class of compounds known as cannabinoids.
Most of the CBD used as a food supplement is found in the least processed form of the cannabis plant, known as hemp. Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, but they couldn’t be more different.
From birth, we naturally produce endocannabinoids-a compound similar to CBD. People are shocked to find out it’s already in our body, and our bodies already love it. Cannabinoids aren’t just found in the cannabis plant, they’re in us too. That’s why taking CBD is so important in supporting our health and wellness.
Every human and many animals too have a system present in their bodies known as The Endogenous Cannabinoid System. This system is so heavily involved in our health that it can restore balance when we are ill or make poor lifestyle choices.
When we take CBD, it stimulates our endocannabinoids system which is a system of receptors throughout the body. It is vital to keep this system in check as it helps our immune systems, protect our brains, help us manage stress and even keep our bodies in balance.
CBD is known as a non-psychoactive cannabinoid meaning when you take it, it won’t get you high-this unique feature of CBD is what makes it so great and appealing for taking care of ourselves.
SurePure products are 100% natural, safe, non-toxic and are of the highest quality.
CBD DERIVED FROM HEMP
Unlike Marijuana, hemp is naturally rich in CBD and low in THC (the bit that gets you high). Therefore, it makes practical and legal sense to obtain CBD from hemp.
Our SurePure products are produced using concentrated liquid hemp oil which is created using the C02 method. This is the gentlest method of raw hemp extraction and doesn’t require a long evaporation process like a liquid solvent extraction.
This way the most important active molecules in the plant remain intact and there is minimal risk of contaminants in the finished product.
We sell CBD on a food supplement basis only and cannot advise medically. Our CBD is completely legal and non-psychoactive meaning you will not get high from using our products.
Why People use CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a product that is derived from cannabis plants; it is a type of cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are the chemicals which are naturally found in marijuana plants. However, even though it comes from marijuana plants, CBD doesn’t create a “high” effect or any form of intoxication — that’s caused by another cannabinoid, known as THC.
There has been some controversy around cannabis products like CBD oil simply due to its link to recreational marijuana, even though the two are taken differently, are separate parts of the plant and have very different effects.
The good news is that there’s now growing awareness about the possible health benefits of CBD. UK legislation dictates that we cannot promote direct benefits of any of our products but here are some general uses and study based claims of CBD potential:
CBD may be able to help you manage anxiety. Researchers think it may change the way your brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, a chemical linked to mental health. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical messages and help your cells respond to different stimuli.
- reducing stress
- decreasing physiological effects of anxiety, such as an increased heart rate
- improving symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- inducing sleep in cases of insomnia
CBD has been in the news before, as a possible treatment for epilepsy. Research is still in its early days. Researchers are testing how much CBD is able to reduce the number of seizures in people with epilepsy, as well as how safe it is.
The American Epilepsy Society states that cannabidiol research offers hope for seizure disorders, and that research is currently being conducted to better understand safe use.
A study from 2016 worked with 214 people with epilepsy. The study participants added oral doses of 2 to 5mg of CBD per day to their existing anti-epilepsy medications.
The study’s researchers monitored the participants for 12 weeks, recording any negative side effects and checking on the frequency of their seizures. Overall, participants had 36.5 percent fewer seizures per month. However, severe adverse effects were recorded in 12 percent of the participants.
Researchers are looking at a receptor located in the brain to learn about the ways that CBD could help people with neurodegenerative disorders, which are diseases that cause the brain and nerves to deteriorate over time. This receptor is known as CB1.
Researchers are studying the use of CBD oil for treating:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease
CBD oil may also reduce the inflammation that can make neurodegenerative symptoms worse. More research is needed to fully understand the effects of CBD oil for neurodegenerative diseases.
The effects of CBD oil on your brain’s receptors may also help you manage pain. Studies have shown that cannabis can offer some benefits when taken after chemotherapy treatments. Other pre-clinical studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health are also looking at the role of cannabis in relieving symptoms caused by:
- chronic pain
- MS pain
- muscle pain
- spinal cord injuries
Nabiximols (Sativex), a multiple sclerosis drug made from a combination of TCH and CBD, is approved in the United Kingdom and Canada to treat MS pain. However, researchers think the CBD in the drug may be contributing more with its anti-inflammatory properties than by acting against the pain. Clinical trials of CBD are necessary to determine whether or not it should be used for pain management.
The effects of CBD on receptors in the immune system may help reduce overall inflammation in the body. In turn, CBD oil may offer benefits for acne management. A human study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that the oil prevented activity in sebaceous glands.
These glands are responsible for producing sebum, a natural oily substance that hydrates the skin. Too much sebum, however, can lead to acne.
Before you consider CBD oil for acne treatment, it’s worth discussing with your dermatologist. More human studies are needed to evaluate the potential benefits of CBD for acne.
Some studies have investigated the role of CBD in preventing cancer cell growth, but research is still in its early stages. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) says that CBD may help alleviate cancer symptoms and cancer treatment side effects.
However, the NCI doesn’t fully endorse any form of cannabis as a cancer treatment. The action of CBD that’s promising for cancer treatment is its ability to moderate inflammation and change how cell reproduce. CBD has the effect of reducing the ability of some types of tumor cells to reproduce.
The list of claimed benefits is almost endless but our own research has shown that some of the most popular reasons why customers have started a CBD regime are:
- Reduce Pain
- Reduce Side Effects Of Chemotherapy In Cancer Patients
- Reduce Muscle Spasms
- Reduce Epileptic Seizures
- Reduce Ocular Pressure In Glaucoma Patients
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Relieve Symptoms Of Asthma
- Relieve Symptoms Of Constipation
- Relieve Symptoms Of Depression
- Relieve Symptoms Of Epilepsy
- Relieve Symptoms Of Insomnia
Note: we are not doctors or medical professionals. This article is meant for educational purposes only and should not be used in place of medical advice or treatment.