CBD is a derivative from the cannabis plant- and as widely known as it is that this product contains no hallucinogens, people generally are still wary. Let me explain the differences between CBD and THC, and show you how you can use CBD in your every day life as casually as paracetamol.
CBD is a shortened version of the word cannabidiol – it is an active ingredient which is usually added into coffees (mainly), post-workout smoothies, edibles and even teas. You can pop into your local coffee shop in either Basingstoke, Woking, or Farnborough. Click here to browse their online shop.
The effects of CBD are widely recognised, and in some people CBD is used as a regular pain relief. The positive effects are:
- Pain relief.
Cannibidiol has been recognised (when consumed orally) to reduce sciatic nerve pain and also inflammation throughout the body.
When taken by injection, CBD relaxes the patient and they feel less pain when an incision is made.
- Treatment of severe epilepsy.
Specifically Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome; these two cases do not usually respond to anti-seizure medication. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these people and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing – they are quite striking.
- Anxiety calming.
Not only does CBD aid anxiety relief, it has also been found to reduce the symptoms associated with many psychological conditions and brain disorders – such as post traumatic stress disorder.
The first recorded use of cannabis for anxiety relief was around the year 1500 in India.  Ever since then, experts and healthcare professionals have been busy studying the effects of cannabinoids as a potential treatment for a wide range of brain diseases and emotional problems like depression, post-traumatic stress, work-related stress, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, and many more.
The benefits of CBD outweigh the negatives – which of course we need to be aware of. Like anything else, CBD must be used in regulation as to not become a substance that one becomes dependant on.
The negatives of consuming CBD are as follows:
- Dry mouth
- Reduced appetite
Once a controversial substance, due to its association with cannabis, products like CBD oil (also known as cannabis oil or cannabidiol) have soared in popularity. According to the Cannabis Trades Association UK, the number of cannabidiol consumers shot from 125,000 in 2017 to 250,000 in 2018.
Cannabis-derived products are gaining increased recognition for their medical usages. Last year a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed CBD may help treat symptoms relating to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, pain, anxiety, depression, cancer and diabetic complications.
So, if you suffer from chronic pains like myself and don’t want to be sick every day as a result of using strong codeine-based pain relief, give CBD a shot.
You can order CBD drops from many online shops, however I highly suggest you use oils from reputable sources, as many have unhealthy substitutes in them.
My personal experience:
It has been a great experience dabbling in the different methods of consuming cannabidiol – I usually choose to have three shots of CBD in my flat white, and after half an hour I notice the calming sensation take effect on my body. I make it part of my day if I’m in or around the town centre!