CBD, What Is It?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from hemp and used in CBD vape oils and CBD e-liquids that are becoming increasingly popular in the United Kingdom. Mental health conditions and other ailments are the most prominent reasons why so many people are turning to CBD.
CBD can be vaped or taken in other forms like a capsule, edible, skin cream or syrup, although vaping remains the most popular.
As CBD has only recently been made legal in the United Kingdom there is a limited amount of research on the benefits of CBD compared to similar products. But the amount of information is growing rapidly and the results we have so far suggest that cannabidiol has a variety of benefits.
The endocannabinoid system
Many of the benefits of CBD are linked to the endocannabinoid system which is a complicated biological system involved with the regulation of various processes including fertility, pregnancy, appetite, pain-sensation, mood and memory. The endocannabinoid system is also involved in the modulation of neurotransmitters, metabolism and inflammation.
Mental Health Issues
Depression is a serious condition that affects around three million people across the country and is one of the areas where CBD may be of value as a treatment.
The endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating depression as anandamide is part of this system and a naturally occurring antidepressant produced by our bodies.
CBD suppresses the enzyme that degrades anandamide, allowing more of this antidepressant to remain active in the endocannabinoid system. While the antidepressant effects of anandamide aren’t a miracle cure, it does suggest that taking CBD can help regulate and boost mood to some degree, helping ease the effects of depression.
Like depression, anxiety affects around three million people across the United Kingdom and research shows that CBD can have a positive effect when it comes to treating anxiety.
Although there is a limited amount of evidence at the moment, the volume of research is growing. The results of one survey of anxiety patients suggested that they coped better after being treated with CBD.
GABA is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate the kind of brain activity that causes anxiety. CBD helps reduce anxiety by allowing the GABA neurotransmitter to work more effectively.
As the effects of CBD can be felt faster with vaping compared to ingesting capsules or edibles, vaping with CBD e-liquids is a popular method for managing anxiety.
Insomnia affects around a third of the United Kingdom population and can have a severe impact on day to day life as well as at night, affecting concentration, mood and fatigue. One of the things that the endocannabinoid system does is help regulate sleep and CBD is being used to treat insomnia.
CBD can produce a sedative effect, which is just what sufferers of insomnia are looking for and unlike other sleep aids which can have hallucinogenic side effects, CBD has no psychotropic properties. And because vaping CBD is the fastest way to feel the effects, it’s easy to see why people are choosing CBD e-liquids for insomnia.
It’s difficult to know exactly how many people in the United Kingdom are suffering from stress as it can often go unreported or unrecognised. But surveys suggest that more than forty percent of the population suffer from long term stress.
Many people self-medicate stress using nicotine, but this has been shown to make the situation worse in the long run. Taking CBD can help relieve stress by inhibiting cortisol, a hormone that causes stress.
Schizophrenia affects more than a million people across the world and can involve hallucinations, delusions, cognitive impairment and concentration issues. Treatments for schizophrenia can help manage some of these symptoms, but not all of them.
Early research suggests that taking CBD could help manage some of the symptoms that current treatments are struggling to deal with. Although more research is needed to understand the relationship between CBD and treating schizophrenia in more detail, one study shows that CBD acts as a neuroprotectant against cognitive impairment.
Psychosis is classified as a severe mental disorder and can be caused by various factors but is closely linked with use of cannabis and other drugs. THC, one of the psychotropic components of cannabis, can cause psychosis by inhibiting the functions of the endocannabinoid system while CBD has the opposite effect, acting as an antipsychotic.
Some people self-medicate using CBD e-liquids or vape oils and although more research is needed, it is believed that CBD can help lessen the effects of psychosis.
Other Things CBD Is Used For
As well as mental health issues, CBD is also used for pain management, treating nausea and as an anti-inflammatory.
Although illegal, cannabis has been taken to relieve nausea for years and it is believed that CBD plays a big role as an antiemetic. CBD interacts with serotonin releasing receptors, helping to alleviate vomiting and the sensation of nausea. CBD can also reduce the effect of anxiety which can be a cause of chronic nausea.
CBD is often used as an anti-inflammatory which is part of the reason why CBD lotions are a popular way to treat pains and swellings. Although CBD is known to have an anti-inflammatory affect, more research needs to be done to fully understand how CBD reduces inflammation.
One Last Thing
CBD is a plant extract used in CBD e-liquids and vape oils that have recently become legal in the United Kingdom and are popularly used to relieve the symptoms of various health conditions.
At the moment there hasn’t been the same level of research into the health benefits of CBD compared to other treatments, but the amount of evidence is growing and what we know so far suggests that CBD could be effective at relieving a variety of conditions.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system which helps regulate processes including fertility, pregnancy, appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. CBD is also popularly used as an anti-inflammatory and to manage pain as well as for mental health conditions like anxiety, depression and insomnia.