In the last couple of years the internet has become full of stories about CBD and the great benefits that many people are experiencing from adding it to their diet as a food supplement.
But what is CBD and how is it related to cannabis, which is an illegal drug?
CBD stands for cannabidiol which is one of more than 100 chemicals in cannabis called cannabinoids. It’s one of the most abundant cannabinoids but probably the most important thing is that it is not psychoactive. It will not get you ‘stoned’, you will not feel ‘high’ after using it. The cannabinoid that produces the ‘high’ is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is also one of the most abundant cannabinoids but not in the sort of cannabis that CBD products are made from.
CBD products are made from a type of cannabis called industrial hemp that can be grown legally under licence. It contains only trace amounts of THC but it has lots of CBD and other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and compounds found in all forms of cannabis. It’s important to realise that, apart from crystals, all CBD products are ‘whole plant extracts’ so they contain all these ingredients, just the tiniest trace of THC, which is why they are legal to buy and sell.
You see, contrary to much of the misinformation that has been published over the years, cannabis is a very nutritious plant. It’s very good for you and with the THC taken out there is no risk of side effects, just the beneficial effects which just like vitamins, minerals or other food supplements, can help to improve and maintain your health.
A ‘whole plant extract’ is an oil produced by a high-tech process that uses carbon dioxide to get all the goodness out of the plant. Love Hemp then takes that oil and makes it available in a variety of different products. The oil itself is available in different concentrations and may be taken neat, added to food or drink. It can be used as an e-cig liquid, in fact this is one of the most efficient ways to get CBD into your bloodstream. It’s also available as capsules, creams, in a spray bottle or even as sweet and juicy gummy bears.
We would encourage you to experiment with different Love Hemp products. Find out what suits you best. Take a daily CBD supplement and see how much better you feel!