The cannabis plant has been utilized for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The plant contains more than 80 different compounds, which are known as cannabinoids. While tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most abundant and is well-known for its psychoactive properties, the second-most found compound, cannabidiol (CBD) does not have psychoactive effects.
CBD is not a controlled substance, and is perfectly legal in the UK as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC. To ensure this, most CBD products are made from hemp, a plant that still belongs to the cannabis family but contains far less THC than marijuana.
CBD will not cause any intoxicating effects as it only contains a trace of THC at the most, which is not enough to make you feel high. Because of this, and the potential benefits that CBD may bring, it is completely legal as long as it complies with guidelines set out by the government.
Many people have turned to self-treating with CBD to see if it will help with their anxiety. However, just because the CBD that you can buy on the high street is not a medicine, it does not mean that there are no benefits or healing properties. Anecdotal evidence can be found within social media groups and online forums about how CBD has helped people with various conditions from pain relief to mental health.
In our bodies, we have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is part of the nervous system. It interacts with cannabinoids from the cannabis plants in order for the body to respond to them. Where THC is concerned, it binds to receptors in the endocannabinoid system in the brain, causing psychoactive and intoxicating effects, but CBD works differently within the ECS to provoke a different response.
Whilst CBD can still bind to the receptors in the brain, it does not have the same effect on the body that THC does, and instead is thought to produce therapeutic effects such as reducing inflammation. However, it is also believed that CBD can have an effect on the neurotransmitters that are involved with serotonin, a chemical that is involved with the regulation of mood. Low serotonin levels have been linked to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, with first-line treatments for these conditions consisting of medicines that raise the amount of serotonin in the brain.
If CBD does alter serotonin receptors like current theories claim, it is entirely possible that it could aid with depression and anxiety, supporting anecdotal evidence on social media sites and forums.
CBD has been investigated for having potential antidepressant effects. Some antidepressants work by acting on serotonin receptors in the brain. Low serotonin levels may play a role in the development of depression, and studies suggest that CBD might have an impact on these receptors which may produce antidepressant effects.
A 2018 study found that the antidepressant-like effects that CBD produces depend upon the serotonin levels in the brain. Cannabidiol does not appear to increase serotonin levels but instead affects how the brain responds to serotonin that is already present in your body.
Because CBD may have a calming effect, it may also hold promise in treating sleeping difficulties. Sleep is a critical component of mental health and well-being, and not getting enough sleep is linked to health conditions such as depression, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
One study conducted with adults who had symptoms of anxiety and poor sleep found that 65% experienced improvements in sleep quality scores after a month of taking an average of 25mg of CBD daily.
There are many different forms of CBD, and not all of them are taken in the same way. One of the most common forms is CBD oil, which can either come with a dropper or as an oral spray. These types of CBD should be absorbed sublingually (under the tongue), and allow you to control the dosage yourself. Because it is not a medicine, there is limited patient information to tell you how much to take, so it is always a good idea to start off with small doses and gradually build up to find your tolerance level.
If you think that using CBD might help you with mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, it can be found in varying strengths. You should gradually increase your dose if you do not feel any benefits by taking a low-strength version, but make sure that you stay aware of how you are feeling, and do not stop taking any prescribed medicines without speaking to your doctor first.
Starting with a small dose, and gradually increasing it also ensures that you are not paying for a more expensive, higher dose than you actually need to achieve the optimum effect of the CBD.
In summary, in terms of risk and reward, there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that starting your day with a cup of CBD coffee or CBD infused peanut butter on toast is going to have anything other than a positive effect on your health and wellbeing.
The only risk is that unfortunately, the industry is heavily unregulated, so SpecialityCBD was formed to offer products with current and compliant lab reports, so that we can guarantee that you get the level of CBD that you pay for, without poisonous chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, GMOs and heavy metals.
With your safety in mind, all of our products display independent laboratory reports, and we are licensed by the UK Government.
In March 2021, it will be illegal not to display these lab reports at point of sale, so you should not buy from anywhere that does not provide evidence of what is in the product, which unfortunately includes some major high street chains, and online stores.
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