What is CBD?

The internet is buzzing about CBD oil and hemp, but what are these products, what can you use them for, re they safe, and are they legal?

The U.S. market for CBD has exploded, and current estimates put its value at 2.1 billion dollars. This figure represents a whopping 700 percent growth from 2016 numbers.

CBD, THC, and Hemp

Hemp and marijuana plants are both cannabis, but they have significant differences in chemical makeup, creating key differences in how they can be grown and used.

Cannabis sativa L, or hemp, is a dioecious plant, which means that it can be separated into male and female varieties. Various parts of the hemp plant have been used for tens of thousands of years to make everything from paper and rope to clothing and animal feed. 

Hemp contains a broad range of cannabinoids, one of which is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound responsible for the high marijuana is well-known for.  However, there is not enough THC in hemp to create any intoxicating effects when consuming or smoking it.

While hemp does not produce large quantities of THC, it can be used to create non-intoxicating cannabidiol (CBD) in significant amounts. It's the low levels of THC in hemp that make it possible to use CBD legally in many states where marijuana has not yet been legalized.

What is CBD?

The cannabis plant is a veritable treasure trove of more than 100 different chemical compounds called cannabinoids, and it's these cannabinoids which give the marijuana plant its beneficial properties.

The body possesses an endocannabinoid system, and the cannabinoids in CBD can interact with this system in ways that researchers are still working at understanding.

CBD is a cannabinoid derived from hemp containing no or very minimal psychoactive elements to get you high. This feature has helped it pass through the World Anti-Doping Agency as a legally usable substance in a wide variety of products, from skincare to pain relief. 


What Can You Do With CBD?

CBD has attracted a lot of attention as a possible treatment for many different ailments. Many people turn to CBD to manage physical pain, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, and headaches.

Scientific evidence is growing as research continues to study the effects of this versatile compound. Even the U.S government is beginning to fund research into looking into the benefits of CBD for treating alcohol use disorder AUD. [*1].

According to reports from NPR [*2], there are also indications that CBD has anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties. More studies are underway to examine how CBD may assist with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and help reduce withdrawal symptoms from drug dependency. 

Is CBD Legal?

CBD is legal in all 50 states in the USA and also legal in the UK. To find out more about the legality of CBD, read our blog post: Is CBD legal?

When sourcing your CBD, make sure the label states that it came from the hemp plant. Industrial hemp is legal nationwide, which means any CBD sourced from it will also be permissible to use.

To shop CBD products including oils, food and skincare visit www.cheuphoria.co.uk

[*1] https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03248167

[*2] https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/04/23/604307015/anxiety-relief-without-the-high-new-studies-on-cbd-a-cannabis-extract

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