What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol, CBD for short, is a compound that’s found in cannabis plants. You read that right, cannabis – is it even legal? Yes, because CBD must follow strict guidelines to ensure it doesn’t cause any intoxication.
Can CBD Make You ‘High’?
You might be thinking, 'if CBD comes from cannabis, will it make me high?' and the answer is no it won't, here's why.
There are different varieties of the cannabis plant, and the 2 most popular ones are Cannabis satvia also known as hemp, and Cannabis indica more commonly known as marijuana - this one is illegal in most places.
In cannabis plants, there are 2 main compounds which are known as THC and CBD. To put it simply, THC is the compound that makes a user ‘high’, it’s psychoactive and produces a high sense of euphoria. CBD on the other hand is not psychoactive and so it doesn’t cause a ‘high’ feeling.
Marijuana plants contains both CBD and THC, however hemp plants only contain CBD. CBD products are made using hemp meaning there are no traces of THC.
Why Is CBD So Popular?
CBD has gained popularity fast and has paved its way into holistic medicine as a natural medicine. In the UK, around 1.3 million people use CBD on a regular basis thanks to its alleged health benefits. There have been studies on CBD that show it has a positive impact on reducing stress levels and helping with anxiety.
There have been studies that suggest CBD can help with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis and there are success stories of CBD moisturisers helping oily skin and acne.
CBD helps to support relaxation which makes it useful for people who suffer from insomnia. Research shows that CBD can interact with our serotonin levels which are directly related with mood and anxiety, and it can boost our GABA levels. With higher GABA levels, our brain’s receptors can reduce the amount of signals our brain receives, which promotes mental relaxation and a state of calmness for our bodies.
What Types of CBD Are Available?
So that's mostly everything you need to know about CBD, so the next question is, how do you take it?
Well CBD comes in a variety of different forms, you can get everything from drops to sweets, but one thing to note is something called bioavailability. It's a key factor when it comes choosing the right CBD product - the higher the bioavailability, the more efficiently it’s absorbed.
That's why we love Vitality CBD Oils, they have a high bioavailability. You simply put drops of the oil under your tongue, so it absorbs directly through your blood vessels. Vitality’s CBD Drops are available in 3 flavours: Natural, Berry and Lemon. The natural flavour has the earthy taste of CBD which may not be to everyone’s taste, whilst the Berry and Lemon options have been naturally flavoured.
Follow the instructions on the bottle/package for the correct dosage during the day. That’s all there is to it.
The Vitality CBD Oral Drops 1200mg is only available in a natural flavour so if you don’t mind an earthy taste then this bottle is perfect for you. It’s a great product to start off with when taking CBD because it’s lower in strength, so you can start with a low dosage and slowly build it up. If you’re not a fan of drops, the CBD bottle comes with a spray head too.
The Vitality CBD Oral Drops 2400mg is available in a berry and lemon flavour so it’s a better option to take if you can’t stand a slightly bitter taste. The strength of CBD is higher with this bottle so it means it will last you for longer depending on your daily dosage. This CBD comes with a spray head too.
The Vitality CBD Muscle Balm is made with a combination of organic coconut oil, organic beeswax, eucalyptus essential oil, lavender essential oil, and CBD. Now we know CBD promotes relaxation, but the other ingredients like coconut oil will keep help to hydrate your skin, and the eucalyptus oil will help cool your muscles and can help with pain and inflammation. It’s definitely worth giving the balm a go after sports session to aid with any recovery.
The balm has a much lower strength than the CBD drops at only 300mg. Topical CBD products have a reduced bioavailability, so less CBD enters your circulatory system and it can take up to an hour for your body to absorb it.
To use the balm, you just need to apply a thin layer to the desired area of your skin and gently massage this in. This is a great option for someone who wants to start using CBD without having to take it orally. Given the release time is slower and the body takes longer to absorb the CBD, it’s great to use before bed.
Get Your Hands On CBD
CBD is a great supplement to take if you’re someone that prefers natural and holistic medicines thanks to its range of benefits. So, whether you’re suffering from sleepless nights or need help to manage your stress and anxiety, CBD might just do the trick. You can start off slow with the Vitality CBD Oral Drops 1200mg or the Vitality CBD Balm, or dive straight in with the Vitality CBD Oral Drops 2400mg.