Basics And Uses Of CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a plant extract derived from hemp and used in CBD vape oils and e-liquids. Cannabis is famous for its psychoactive properties, but CBD is non-psychoactive, instead it is taken to treat a variety of physical and mental health conditions.
CBD is just one of the many cannabinoids in cannabis and a lot of research has already been done into the effects of CBD on the human body. But as CBD has only recently become legally available, more research is needed to fully understand the benefits and side effects.
Until recently the legal status of CBD was confusing in the UK, but its status has been clarified and now products containing CBD are legally available. In the short time that CBD products have been on sale, it has grown in popularity and CBD e-liquids are the most widely used way of taking CBD.
What is CBD taken for?
CBD is commonly used for pain management, stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia as well as an anti-inflammatory. But because CBD has only recently become legally available in the UK, not everyone will be familiar with the benefits or side effects.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system which is a biological system in our bodies that’s involved in the modulation of neurotransmitters, metabolism and inflammation.The endocannabinoid system also helps regulate processes like fertility, pregnancy, appetite, pain-sensation, mood and memory.
Depression is one of many mental health problems that CBD is taken for. CBD allows more anandamide, a naturally occurring anti-depressant produced by our bodies to remain active in the endocannabinoid system, helping ease the effects of depression.
People often use CBD to help manage nausea and stress. As well as producing a sedative effect, CBD stifles the stress hormone cortisol, which in turns leads to a more relaxed feeling throughout the body. CBD also reduces nausea by interacting with serotonin receptors and can ease anxiety, which can be a cause of chronic nausea.
Although more research is needed to fully understand the process, it’s also believed that CBD can reduce inflammation and pain and is used as a treatment for arthritic pain.
CBD can be taken in many forms, but as the effects can be felt faster when vaping compared to ingesting capsules or edibles, vaping with CBD e-liquids is the most popular method for managing anxiety, stress and insomnia.
Other Methods And Side Effects
Vaping has become the most popular way to take CBD with e-liquids outselling all other products. This is because the effects of CBD can be felt quicker and vaping also allows more CBD to be absorbed by the body.
CBD edibles are foodstuffs which contain cannabidiol. These edibles are usually sweet treats like gummies, brownies or cookies, but other products are also available. Edibles appeal to people who want to take CBD but don’t like the idea of inhaling vapour. The flavours and uplifting nature of these sweet treats help make CBD gummies and other edibles one of the more popular choices after vaping.
CBD can also be taken in the form of capsules or syrup. These products are ingested like CBD edibles, which means that the effects are felt slower than with vaping, but they can be taken like other supplements instead of eaten as food.
As well as being eaten or inhaled, CBD can also be absorbed through the skin in the form of lotions. These skin creams can be applied to an area of the body where the cannabidiol is then absorbed. This form of CBD appeals to people using cannabidiol to relieve swelling or pain, like other topical ointments.
And finally, CBD shampoo allows CBD to be absorbed through the scalp as well as nourishing hair.
Although the medical benefits have not received as much research, the side effects of CBD have been studied for years. The results suggest that CBD doesn’t generally cause any severe problems, but there are some potential minor side effects.
CBD can lower blood pressure and cause lightheadedness as well as cottonmouth. Although not serious, the dry mouth sensation of cottonmouth is cause by the cannabinoid receptors in the saliva glands.
Higher levels of CBD can also cause drowsiness and inhibit the liver’s ability to metabolise drugs.
CBD Vape Oils And Liquids
While CBD vape oils and e-liquids can both be vaped, there are some important differences between them. CBD e-liquids can be vaped like other e-liquids, but vape oils require special equipment and come with additional health risks.
CBD e-liquid is almost identical to any other juice except that it contains CBD instead of nicotine. The base of PG and VG is the same as a standard e-liquid and can be vaped using a standard vape kit.
CBD vape oils use a base of oil instead of PG and VG which requires specialised equipment to vape and carries a risk of lipoid pneumonia, an inflammation of the lungs. Lipoid pneumonia presents with symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and often fever.
Now that products containing CBD are legally available in the UK, a lot of people are taking an interest in edibles, skin creams and vapes with CBD.
CBD is taken for a variety of reasons including pain management, stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia, as well as an anti-inflammatory. E-liquids have become the most popular way to take CBD as this allows the effects to be felt quicker.
Side effects of CBD can include lower blood pressure and lightheadedness as well as cottonmouth. High levels of CBD can also inhibit the liver’s ability to metabolise drugs.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system which helps regulate processes including fertility, pregnancy, appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. Although the amount of evidence on the benefits of CBD is growing, more research needs to be done to fully understand its effects.