What is CBD: A short guide to cannabidiol (CBD)

What is CBD: A short guide to cannabidiol (CBD)

In recent years, the wellness & nutritional supplement industry has witnessed a growing interest in CBD, which is short for cannabidiol. A content that originates from the cannabis plant. CBD has gained huge popularity for its potential health benefits, without the psychoactive effects commonly associated with its counterpart, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is found to a more noticeable degree, in non-industrial.


Understanding CBD

CBD defined

Cannabidiol is one of more than a hundred cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce a euphoric or "high" feeling but is instead believed to have more therapeutic effects.

Legal status in the EU

The sale of CBD and the rules for it vary within the EU and the rules can change from time to time. You can read more about this by clicking here.

How Does CBD Work?

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the human body. The ECS plays a critical role in the regulation of physiological processes, including mood, sleep, appetite and immune response. By influencing the ECS, CBD can have an effect and help maintain balance in the body.

Popular forms of CBD

CBD oil

One of the most common and versatile forms of CBD products is CBD oil, which may be due to this being an easier and cheaper form of production. The use of oil can be more challenging for some, as you typically drip a few drops under the tongue, which allows for relatively quick absorption into the bloodstream. However, absorption through the mucous membrane will have a reduced effect compared to other types of CBD, and with a lower THC content (typically below a level of 0.2%) you will most often be able to taste the taste of hemp, which is not preferred by many.

CBD edibles

From wine gums to chocolate, edible CBD products often offer a tasty and discreet way to incorporate cannabidiol into your everyday life. But taste and nice colours can often mean sugar, artificial colourings and other unhealthy ingredients, and these will often have the lowest absorption value in the body.


CBD capsules

For those who prefer a familiar way of consuming dietary supplements, capsule format is an easy and understandable approach to daily intake of CBD. CBD capsules can in some cases be more ideal than others, for example the advantage of some capsules is that they contain micro-encapsulated and water-soluble CBD which will appear in powder form to the human eye. Here, there will typically be higher absorbable than most commercial CBD products on the consumer market.

Health & wellness benefits

Potential stress relief

CBD has been variously linked to stress reduction and anxiety management, making it a popular choice for those looking to support their mental well-being. At present, there are different opinions about the effect, with some studies showing progress. However, it is recommended at all times to consult a medical professional before making any decision to try treatment of any disease or the like.

Pain management

Studies suggest that CBD may have anti-inflammatory properties, but as in every other case, you should always consult a medical professional before starting CBD to improve any pain conditions.

Improved sleep quality

Some users report improved sleep after consuming CBD for a given period. However, this must be seen as individual results and this cannot be expected before start-up, as it can vary.

Choosing quality CBD products

Full-spectrum vs. isolate

Full-spectrum CBD contains a variety of cannabinoids, whereas CBD isolate is pure cannabidiol. Both have their advantages, so you should read more about this before making your choice. By choosing an isolate, you will lose the effect from some cannabinoids and the effect from this. You can read more and the difference between isolate and full spectrum CBD here.

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