However, CBD is not a recreational drug, or a legal high, but is instead an advanced and powerful natural supplement, offering multiple potential benefits.
Let’s define what CBD means, what variants it is currently sold in throughout the UK, and what impacts you might experience when using it.
But Isn’t CBD the Same as Cannabis?
In a word, no – but it’s an easy association to make since CBD is indeed extracted from cannabis and hemp plants.
Here’s the difference:
- CBD is a cannabinoid – and is one of many compounds to be found in hemp and cannabis plants.
- However, the ‘high’ comes from a different compound called tetrahydrocannabinol – or THC as you likely know it.
- THC creates a high, increased sensation and happiness; but it is not the same form as CBD.
Like most things, the science of separation between CBD and THC isn’t quite that clear. For example, full-spectrum CBD oil will contain elements of all of the beneficial compounds to be found in cannabis – including THC, albeit in very small and legal amounts.
Why Do So Many People Think You Can Get High From CBD?
A lot of this misconception is vagueness about different cannabis compounds.
While CBD and THC can be extracted from the same plant, they are cousins rather than siblings; and so live in different categories when it comes to impacts, benefits and side effects.
CBD itself is not intoxicating in any way, so is safe for those who are concerned about any psychoactive effects.
In the UK, THC is illegal in concentrations over 0.2%, but you can purchase CBD Oils including some element of this compound:
- Full-spectrum CBD Oil does contain a low-level concentration of THC.
- Pure CBD Oil is solely extracted CBD and therefore is THC-free.
It’s worth clarifying that even full-spectrum oils with THC present will not get you high or cause any mind altering states, given the trace concentration.
EU-produced hemp and cannabis plants, by law, cannot include higher than the 0.2% concentration. Therefore, produce created will not have enough THC to produce psychoactive symptoms.
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What is the Best Way to Take CBD Oil?
Another reason for the blurring of the understanding between cannabis and CBD relates to the ways in which it is sold and the previous stigma about talking about CBD because of the connotations associated with THC rich cannabis.
CBD oil is the purest, most natural and easiest way to digest a product to experience the benefits of organic CBD. This is typically taken in pipette form, placing your desired dose under the tongue for 60 seconds, then swallowing. Dosage and frequency of use varies from person to person, depending on their specific needs. If you have any questions on what may be best for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.
CBD can also be used in a topical lotion, applied to the area of concern. This offers a targeted approach, allowing you to get quick and localised results. Adio also provides a CBD Cream, created to the same high standards as our CBD oils, and blended with Organic Bees Wax.
Here at Adio, we create premium quality CBD oils, rather than other delivery mechanisms. Why? Because tinctures provide a direct delivery system to maximise the benefits of your supplements.
Not so good ways to take CBD?
Edibles or gummies might be tasty, but additives, colourants and flavourings can all damage or destroy the potent cannabinoids, and likewise render the product merely a delicious sweet.
Likewise, digestion and metabolism can significantly change our experience of ingesting a supplement, even at the most intense concentrations.
Other products on the market include:
- Vape pens
- CBD drinks
- Edibles – food, cakes and gummies
What is the Difference Between CBD and THC?
Both of these products are compounds extracted from cannabis and hemp plants. Given that they are both cannabinoids, both substances impact the CB1 receptors in your brain.
Cannabinoids can interact with your natural cannabinoid receptors (the CB1s) since THC and CBD are similar in structure to your endocannabinoids.
In effect, this interaction releases neurotransmitters. These chemicals are responsible for countless functions and sensations, from pain to sleep, and stress to relaxation.
- CBD prevents intoxication by blocking the CB1 receptors.
- THC activates the CB1 receptors resulting in the high.
So, while THC and CBD might be related, the effect you will feel when consuming either compound is starkly different.
These compounds have the same molecular structure, with precisely the same numbers of oxygen, carbon and hydrogen atoms. However, these atoms are arranged differently.
In some cases, combining CBD and THC as a supplement can be beneficial.
However, it is essential only to consider THC within legal CBD oil products where the concentration levels from the plants used are documented as being within the permitted EU legislation.
What are the Side Effects of CBD vs THC?
Almost any supplement or health aid you take can have potential side effects; even multivitamins or food products can activate allergies, sensitivities or cause reactions that you might be unaware of.
Therefore, it is always advisable to start with smaller doses at a low concentration to ensure you do not experience adverse side effects and allow yourself to decide how best to increase your dosage over time.
Cannabinoids do carry potential side effects, but unlike THC, CBD oil will not create any psychoactive effects such as a high, feelings of joy or cravings for food.
The potential CBD side effects include:
- Appetite changes – usually feeling less hungry.
- Tiredness – usually if taking a high dose in high concentration.
- Weight loss.
- Dizziness – as with tiredness often related to the dosage.
- Gastrointestinal complaints – hence being essential to increase dosing gradually.
THC, on the other hand, can cause:
- Rapid heart rate
- Dry mouth
- Sore, itchy eyes
- Anxiety and paranoia
- Memory loss
- Lack of coordination
- Increased appetite
It is vital to weigh up potential side effects with benefits; and in the case of CBD, the exceptional relief from stress, pain, anxiety, and inflammation will tip the scales.
When starting any new supplement, even if you purchase from a verified seller, take time to educate yourself over recommended doses.
It is crucial to understand the contents and quality of the product you have bought. In doing so, you will be in an excellent position to experience optimal benefits with minimal adverse side effects.