What Is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

Many are confused about the differences between cannabis and hemp and the cannabinoids that derive from them. So what exactly is cannabidiol (CBD)?

CBD is a cannabinoid and is part of the Cannabis Sativa L plant species. The amount of CBD varies significantly throughout the subspecies.

CBD is used on its own or in combination with other cannabinoids. CBD has a wide range of medicinal properties and minimal side effects. It is not psychoactive as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)‚ another cannabinoid, is known to be, which causes the effects of getting high.

In fact, CBD counteracts the effects of THC. THC is illegal in the UK because of its psychoactive effects. CBD is perfectly legal and has many medicinal purposes.

Delivery Methods

None of the delivery methods for CBD is considered better than the others but is usually a matter of personal preference and in consideration of what you are using it for.

You can find these types of products for CBD:

  • Sublingual (drops of CBD oil under the tongue)
  • Ingestion via pill, food, or drink
  • Inhalation
  • Topical
  • Rectal (suppository)

Absorption rates differ between these delivery methods. Likewise, the length of CBD’s duration and how the body distributes CBD is impacted by the delivery method used.

Again, the delivery method you choose will most likely be determined by the reason why you are taking CBD.

CBD and Psychotropic Effects

You can not get high from CBD products as you can from THC. And remember that THC is illegal.

CBD and Your Medications

CBD can interact with other medications. You should plan to have a two-hour window between the use of CBD and other medications or supplements. CBD can interact in your liver and interfere with the processing of other medicines or supplements, which can make them less effective.

Visiting Your Doctor

Before starting any medicinal regimen, it is wise to consult your doctor for his/her advice on drug interactions.

Dosage Size

CBD impacts every user differently. It is better to start small and increase your dosage if you need more effectiveness. For this reason, dosage sizes will not be indicated on CBD products.

CBD and Hemp Oil

CBD comes from both cannabis and hemp. The flowers, stems, or leaves can be used to make the CBD product. Hemp seed oil is created from seeds and has an entirely different composition than CBD.

Special Note

People often ask what exactly will CBD cure? The answer is nothing! CBD is to be used as a food supplement only.

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