What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol and is just one of over 100 phyto-cannabinoids found in the Cannabis Sativa L/Hemp plant.
Hemp has traditionally being used in industrial environments for its fibre etc., dating back more than 8000 years.
The phyto (plant) cannabinoids found in the plant have shown to have therapeutic properties.
CBD & THC are the two most prevalent cannabinoids in the plant, each differ in both their chemical structure and effects.
CBD, Cannabidiol is the cannabinoid providing wide therapeutic effects including it being commonly used for anxiety, pain relief and sleep disturbance such as insomnia
CBD, taken as a dietary supplement has shown to supplement the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
The ECS is just one of the many systems found in the body, such as the Nervous System, Endocrine System, Respiratory System etc.
It has being labelled ‘The Maestro to the Symphony that is every physiological System’ – Rachel Knox
Any animal that has a spine, has an Endocannabinoid System.
We produce our own cannabinoids, Endo cannabinoids, called Anandamide & 2AG.
Anandamide is known as the Bliss/Joy/Delight molecule, CBD is said to prevent the breakdown of Anandamide.
We have receptors in our body called CB1 & CB2. The cannabinoid 2AG activates the CB1 receptor
CBD encourages homeostasis in the body. Bringing the body back to balance Naturally.
What is the Endocannabinoid (ECS) System?
Your body is made up of a variety of different systems such as, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, nervous system, endocrine system. All have being extensively studied in medical school and science.
In the 1990’s, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, a professor of medical chemistry and natural products, was working in a lab at Hebrew University, Jerusalem Israel, and made an amazing discovery. Together with his team, they uncovered a naturally occurring neurotransmitter called anandamide (and 2- AG discovered a while later). Further investigation produced a remarkable find: Anandamide is an “endo” cannabinoid produced in the body, and it is similar in structure and activity to CBD & THC derived from cannabis.
The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) supports the body’s natural responses to pain, stress, anxiety and many other issues. It is comprised of receptors that lie within the body; the brain, organs, connective tissues, and glands. These receptors are CB1 (found predominently in the brain and the central nervous system) and CB2 (found primarily in the immune system and even found on white blood cells).
Your ECS primary function is creating homeostasis (balance) that works with all the other systems within the body. The ECS is a bridge that connects all your body’s organs and systems that helps balance the mind and body. Balance is vital to your life and well-being, and maintaining your homeostasis, is critical to your survival.
Your ECS helps regulate major functions in your body, including: Communication between cells, Immune response, Memory, Metabolism & Appetite.
Endocannabinoids are created in your body through help from things like Omega-3 fatty acids found in hemp seeds as well as wild-caught fish like sardines and salmon. Because your body tends to not make enough cannabinoids naturally you can choose to supplement them. Research has discovered that cannabinoid supplementation can help build more natural cannabinoid receptors in your body which can help keep you in homeostasis.
There are three general varieties of cannabinoids:
1. Phytocannabinoids – are plant-based cannabinoids. ie. hemp derived CBD
2. Endogenous Cannabinoids – Your body produces these naturally.
3. Synthetic Cannabinoids – These are produced artificially in the lab. This is a very basic explanation of the Endocannabinoid system (ECS).
What is the difference between CBD and
CBD stands for cannabidiol, and THC for tetrahydrocannabinol. They are just two of over 100 cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plants.
One of the main key differences between CBD and THC is that CBD does not induce a high.
As a result, CBD is legal in most countries while THC is not.
In actual fact CBD has being removed from the prohibited list with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), but THC is still prohibited
Differences between CBD and THC CBD:
• Non-psychoactive: doesn’t give users a high. • No side effects are known.
• It is legal in most countries.
• Psychoactive: gives users a high.
• Has side effects such as paranoia and anxiety. • Effects are consistent to a psychosis.
• It is illegal in most countries.
How is CBD extracted?
To extract CBD cannabis oil, the first thing needed is a CBD-rich plant material such as Cannabis Sativa plant.
There are a variety of ways to extract oil from the cannabis plant, each has its pros and cons.
Some methods are safer and more effective than others.
Chemical extraction methods that use solvents like butane, hexane or ethanol may leave unsafe residues These residues could lead to health problems. Supercritical CO2 extraction is non-toxic and produces high quality oil. It requires significant expertise and access to expensive equipment. The Supercritical CO2 extraction method is the only CBD extraction method used by all the CBD products available from Healthy Hemp, an official Hempture Stockist and all its partners.
Can CBD make me drowsy, Can I drive?
No; CBD oil or CBD infused products do not make you feel dizzy or tired at all.
Many mistake the calming effects for sleepy effects.
For many who suffer with anxiousness, the first calming effects that they experience from taking the CBD, can be mistaken for ‘sleepy effects’, but it is actually just the calming of the nervous system that they are experiencing. This is why CBD is regularly used by people who suffer with poor sleep, sleep disturbance and insomnia.
Calming = Improved Natural Sleep/Better Sleep
Yes, you can drive and operate machinery whilst taking CBD supplements.
Does CBD interact with other medications?
NO. There are no indications that CBD has any contraindications to most medications.
Although to be cautious, I would urge you to check your medication for a
warning against consuming Grapefruit.
Yes. CBD inhibits the cytochrome P450 enzyme, produced in the liver, which is involved in metabolizing many drugs.
Compounds found in grapefruit inhibit the Cytochrome P450 enzyme too, which is why warnings regarding grapefruit ingestion is found on SOME medications.
Taking CBD with those particular medications, can result in either a reduced or increased effect of the medication.
In some situations, YES it may effect your medication, therefore it may be advisable for a GP to monitor a patient’s blood levels of other medications while taking CBD.
Always consult your GP.
Will I fail a drug test while taking CBD?
No, all the CBD oils and CBD infused products available from Healthy Hemp, strictly abide by the Irish & EU regulations stating that no more than 0.2% max Thc content is permitted. Most are well below 0.2% to 0%.
But for some, Yes, you may fail a drug test. Let me explain.
So although the Full Spectrum CBD Oil you are taking, gives you no ‘Euphoria/High’ effects, because it contains the strictly abided by Irish & EU regulated levels of max 0.2% THC content, the drug tests are geared toward identifying THC, not CBD.
Therefore, if you supplement with CBD oil that has a small/trace amount of THC, the THC may register on the drug test.
That is why Healthy Hemp stock a variety of THC-FREE CBD products, perfectly suited for Athletes (WADA Compliant) and professionals who are required take regular drug tests as per conditions of employment.
Where can I buy good quality CBD products from?
Healthy Hemp stock only the highest Quality CBD oil and Hemp products.
IIHA Approved (Irish Industrial Hemp Association) Eirlab Tested
Irish & EU Hemp CBD
V-Label – perfect for Vegan & Vegetarian
Visit our online store https://healthyhemp.ie/shop/ for all your Hemp CBD & Hemp Nutritional Supplements