What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical found in the cannabis or marijuana plant and is one of its two most common compounds. CBD is available in many products, such as oils, coffee or sweets and its popularity is growing. Studies suggest that CBD might have many benefits. It may have a positive effect on inflammation, chronic illness, pain, cancer and disorders of the brain. The other commonly known compound in cannabis is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. So what’s the difference between the two? Read on to discover more about CBD, how it’s taken and what it could do for you.
CANNABIS, CBD OR THC?
Chemically speaking, THC and CBD are built the same. The difference lies in the way they are put together. Subtle variations between the two compounds mean that THC produces mind-altering effects and CBD definitely doesn’t.
How does CBD work in the body?
Your body has a special way of controlling functions such as mood, pain and immunity. It does this through the endocannabinoid system (or ECS). Think of it as a biological communication system. The ECS contains receptors that bind together with cannabinoid compounds like CBD and THC. The chemical structures of CBD and THC are very similar to the endocannabinoids found in the body. They can therefore easily interact with the cannabinoid receptors in the ECS.
How does CBD differ from THC?
So, what’s the main difference between CBD and THC? The bottom line is that THC has psychoactive and mind-altering properties where CBD has absolutely none. You will find high quantities of THC in marijuana where hemp contains an abundance of CBD. As far as your body is concerned, CBD and THC are completely different.
What are the benefits of CBD oil?
The legal status of CBD has hindered studies over the years but research is beginning to emerge. Although CBD would benefit from more comprehensive investigation, science is now beginning to catch up. So far, tests have shown that CBD has much to offer and may produce many positive effects for health. It has the potential to:
- Relieve pain
- Reduce symptoms of chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis
- Improve sleep, even reducing insomnia
- Decrease effects of anxiety
- Increase alertness
- Reduce inflammation
- Act as a neuroprotective
This is just the beginning, as CBD has more to offer for stress relief, neurodegenerative diseases and autoimmune conditions. The list goes on and CBD is worth checking out for any diseases caused by inflammation. In actual fact, that’s most of them.
Are there any side effects of CBD?
Generally, there are no side effects and most people tolerate CBD well. It may cause drowsiness or a drop in blood pressure. You may notice your skin is a little dryer than usual after using CBD, as cannabinoid receptors are found in the skin. In the main, however, studies have shown that CBD does not affect:
- Heart rate
- Sensory perception
You should avoid taking extremely high doses every day, as there is a risk of causing liver damage. However, you would need to consume a large amount of CBD to get to that stage. Some producers might use pesticides on their plants, which could cause adverse effects that aren’t as a result of CBD. It is a good idea to choose your supplier carefully. Carry out your own research and look for CBD sourced from natural products that don’t use harmful chemicals. PureSports CBD uses only natural ingredients for their CBD and it is free from harmful substances.
Does CBD show up on drug tests?
Depending on the strain, CBD may contain a trace amount of THC. This wouldn’t be enough to give you any psychoactive effects. However, if you take an extremely high dose every day (about 1000 mg or higher) it may be enough to show a positive result. That being said, this is really a false positive result, as using CBD is not the same as using drugs. Of course, interpretation is up to whomever is ordering the test. If your employer carries out random drug tests, check with your HR department to see if CBD use is likely to be an issue.
Is CBD oil legal in Australia?
Currently, CBD is only available through an authorized prescriber or via the Special Access Scheme (SAS). Australian authorities class CBD as legal, provided the content of other cannabinoids in the product, including THC, does not exceed 2%.
How do you use CBD?
There are several ways to use CBD and results vary depending on the types of treatment required. Dosage takes into account various factors such as age, weight and what you want to achieve. It’s worth seeking advice to determine what dose works best for you.
Ingestion (swallowing or absorbing)
You can ingest CBD either by taking it directly from a dropper, in capsule form or adding it to food.
Sublingual (under the tongue)
Place either a lozenge or a drop of oil under the tongue. You should feel the effects as quickly as if you had ingested the CBD.
Transdermal (absorbed through the skin)
CBD can pass through skin to enter the bloodstream. This means that you can apply CBD infused oils or balms exactly where you need them. PureSport CBD’s products are available as a capsule or tincture, which is great if you have concerns about taking the correct dosage. When used as a balm, PureSport’s CBD can target muscle injuries directly.
Is CBD for me?
Research so far indicates that CBD may have many positive benefits for health. Studies have shown that it isn’t harmful or addictive. At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide whether it is for you. Make sure to do your research and locate a source that you can trust.