What is it?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, a naturally occuring compound in the resinous flower of the Cannabis plant. THC is the compound that gets you high, CBD is the other compound that does NOT have this effect, and potentially has a host of health benefits for both mind and body.
Hemp has a rich history as a medicinal plant going back thousands of years and today the therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world. A safe and non-addictive substance, it is one of more than 100 medicinal 'phytocannabinoids'.
Safety and Quality when purchasing CBD
High strength, medical-grade CBD is not available to purchase over the counter and will require a prescription in most countries.
For those looking to take over the counter remedies as a health supplement, there is a rapidly growing number of options available. However it is of primary importance that quality and safety are made clear. Many stockists are misleading - Hemp seed oil is not the same as Hemp oil. CBD comes from the leaves, not the seeds.
There are also many poor quality products in the market, especially on large market places such as Amazon. It's important to find brands that you can trust, which is why we make all our certificates and lab test results public. Make sure you do your research and find a trusted supplier that is sustainable, ethical, high quality and complies with UK regulations.
The current research is a new and emerging field and currently supports the use of CBD as a supplementary compound rather than curative, with fewer side effects than some of the synthetic compounds on the market. CBD has proven neuroprotective effects and small amounts are produced naturally by the body in breast milk.
How does it work?
CBD interacts with the body in a variety of different ways. They mimic compounds in our bodies called 'endogenous cannabinoids', so named because the compounds in our bodies are so similar to those from the cannabis plant. These are part of our bodies endocannabinoid system.
The discovery of this system within our bodies has significantly advanced our understanding of health and disease. It has major implications for nearly every area of medical science and helps to explain how and why CBD and THC are such versatile compounds.
Our endocannabinoid system contains CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain and central nervous system. The CB2 receptors are found mostly in the peripheral organs, especially cells associated with the immune system.
This system plays a role in regulating a broad range of physiological processes that affect our every day experiences, including: mood, energy levels, intestinal fortitude, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, the way we experience pain, stress, hunger and more.
In the natural Cannabis plant, CBD and THC are balanced in a healthy ratio (not like the illegal cannabis one might buy off the street which is incredibly THC heavy as this is the component that gets you 'stoned', and is purposefully bred to be much lower in CBD).
If the body's endocannabinoid system is not functioning properly and is either deficient or overactive, it will manifest as disease. Cutting-edge science has shown that the endocannabinoid system is dysregulated in nearly all pathological conditions. For those with serious medical conditions, pharmaceutical grade CBD is an option you can discuss with your health practitioner.
Natural CBD oil is a supplement that can be taken by healthy individuals as means of enhancing a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Whether you put it on your skin, inhale, or ingest it, the benefits may be many and varied.
At Yūgenial, we use a CO2 based extraction process so that our products are more environmentally friendly, safe, cleaner, non-toxic and considerably more palatable than fossil fuel based extraction.
All products comply with existing UK laws and are sourced from non-GMO hemp grown in Europe without herbicides or pesticides. Mother nature knows best, especially when combined with the latest and greatest in sustainable and responsible scientific research.