What is CBD ?
CBD is derived from the cannabis plant and has been used for centuries for health benefits and relief of some medical conditions and pain. Considerable research is currently being carried out to establish its true medical value and it is becoming more and more popular in the general community for use as a health supplement.
It can be taken in many different ways -as we describe below.
CBD, shortened from Cannabidiol, is a natural oil derived from the cannabis plant. It is not THC which is another element in the same plant and which gives the “high” associated with cannabis use. Because it has no psychotic effect CBD is legal in UK. Mixed with a carrier such as coconut oil it can be supplied in a bottle for easy and measured oral ingestion. It is available also in flavoured form.
Some people prefer to take CBD oil in capsule form rather than from a bottle. They provide an accurate dose and avoid the direct taste of cbd in the mouth. The soft gel capsule taken with a little water is easy to swallow and digest.
This is another and popular way of taking CBD. The e-liquid is inhaled through a vaporiser for speedy absorption into the body. It also tastes good. Many people are already familiar with vaping as a substitute for cigarette smoking, so it’s an easy option for those who want to try out CBD. Research is being carried out into the effects of vaping.
These topicals are designed to be applied direct to the body and are available as creams, lotions etc. Intended for use to relieve localised and muscular pain and are much favoured by athletes.
Again, a very popular and discreet method. CBD is infused into gummy bears, lollipops, mints and so on. Gummies are available in a variety of colours and flavours and also ensure an accurate dose.
Tinctures are very similar to the Oils but more concentrated and have an alcohol base which increases the rate of absorption into the body. They are taken, using a dropper, under the tongue i.e. sublingually. More often than not they contain herbs and other flavourings to give a pleasant taste. As a matter of interest tinctures can be added to coffee, other drinks, or food.