CBD oil (or for the posher term; Cannabidiol) is becoming a hugely popular natural remedy for many common ailments. In fact, you can’t pass a health food shop window these days without seeing its name headlining something new.
So, what actually is it?
One of the 113 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa, it’s important to note now that it does not contain Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis or Cannabis indica that causes the sensation of ‘being high’ or ‘stoned’.
So what sets CBD apart from the stuff you can get in Amsterdam.
CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the flowers and buds of the cannabis plant before diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed. Becoming a bit of a star in the health and wellness world, there is growing evidence that it may help with a variety of health concerns. Studies are currently ongoing for its use in supporting mood balance and inflammation.
Although we’re still very much discovering its natural powers, let’s check out why there’s nothing far out about CBD…
As far back as 2900 B.C (yes, really), Marijuana has been used traditionally for a variety of medical ailments, including joint pain. Most recently, scientists have discovered that certain components of cannabis, including CBD oil, can result in pain-relieving effects.
To be all science-y for a minute, the human body contains a system called the endocannabinoid system (ESC) which is involved in regulating different functions such as sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. The body produces endocannabinoids which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. Studies suggest CBD may help by impacting this endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.
Several ongoing human studies into medical-grade CBD have found that a combination of CBD and THC (though not legalised in the UK) may help in treating inflammation-related conditions such as multiple sclerosis and arthritis.
According to the World Health Organisation, depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, and along with anxiety disorders can have devastating impacts on people’s health and wellbeing. They’re usually treated with pharmaceutical drugs, but of course, come with a number of side effects from insomnia and headaches to sexual dysfunction.
Preliminary studies in human and animal have shown that CBD’s ability to act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behaviour, is responsible.
Man, so what’s next for CBD?
Clearly further research and studies need to be done, but the future of CBD oil is exciting and we can’t wait to see where it leads. Something tells us this is just the tip of the iceberg of what it can do for our health and wellbeing. Not bad coming from something that just used to be rolled up in a joint, eh?
Swisse Me & CBD oil
We are beyond excited to tell you that we’re already beavering away on ideas, formulations and ways to use this powerful and natural remedy. But for now, watch this space…