What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol. The hemp and cannabis plant produce this chemical compound. These compounds affect a human’s endocannabinoid system. The system is complex with receptors throughout our body including our brain, tissues, organs and tissues. Research shows that CBD increases our body’s natural endocannabinoids, reacting positively with both serotonin receptors and also pain receptors.
What are the benefits of CBD?
The popularity of CBD oil, e-liquid and paste is steadily rising as misconceptions around the product, and the people who use it dissipate. Even the World Health organisation have officially recognised its health benefits in treating symptoms relating to diseases such as MS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons Dease, cancer and even depression.
For over a thousand years people around the world have sought out the medicinal benefits of CBD. In 2017 in the UK the MHRA formally classed CBD as medicine which is now available through prescription from a specialist doctor for certain ailments.
CBD has been shown to help with:
- achieving a relaxed and calmative state.
- Symptoms of MS. Aiding in reducing muscle spasms, stiffness and pain
- Alzheimer’s in slowing progression and assisting behavioural issues including agitation and aggression
- Epilepsy. Can reduce some types of seizure activity. Recommended where the use of anti-seizure medication and ketogenic diets do not work.
- Cancer. Throughout all the studies it is clear that Cannabinoid does help cancer patients. Many more studies are underway to investigate how cannabinoids can cause a cell to die and stop cells from dividing.
In the past year alone, cannabidiol users in the UK have doubled and as demand grows so too has the research into exactly how and why the CBD works and what further benefits can be unlocked.
What is the difference between CBD and THC
Within the Cannabis Sativa Plant are two main cannabinoids. While Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are both cannabinoids, they interact differently in the body’s cannabinoid receptors.
THC is a psychoactive chemical responsible for a ‘high’. THC is found in the cannabis plant and provides an altered state of mind. While there are definite benefits to THC, the chemical does affect your thinking, memory, concentration, coordination and sensory perceptions, which may make it dangerous to use when operating machinery or driving under the influence. The side effects of THC also include dizziness, anxiety, fatigue and an increase in appetite.
CBD, on the other hand, combats the effect of THC, despite having a similar makeup of THC. CBD is not a psychoactive drug and will not induce a high and offers both calmative qualities and also medicinal benefits. For this reason, CBD often comes from industrially grown Hemp which contains a negligible amount of THC. Moreover, CBD with a negligible presence of THC has no addictive properties.
Does CBD vape juice get you high?
A vape e-liquid which contains CBD oil will not produce a ‘high’ if it does not contain THC. If the CBD vape oil comes from the industrially grown hemp plant, it will include a negligible amount of THC that will not affect your body.
CBD will give you a relaxing mellow feel which is often characterised as a ‘high’. However, the two are entirely different.