CBD products are everywhere these days, with drops for your coffee or in fruity gummies. But when we think of CBD, it’s easy to jump to the stereotypes of cannabis, but that’s not the case with CBD products. So to set the story straight, we’re answering some of the most commonly Googled questions on CBD, below.
CBD is short for cannabidiol (which is a bit wordy, so we’ll stick to CBD) and it’s the second most significant active ingredient in cannabis1. It's either sourced directly from the hemp plant or made in a lab and it does not cause a “high” in isolation, meaning you won’t get high from using CBD products as it doesn’t contain THC2.
Potentially, yes. Some people may find that it causes them to feel drowsy – but everyone’s experience may be different.4,5
When it comes to choosing a CBD product, there are a couple of different factors you should consider first. The strength of the product should be taken into consideration, because you may not feel confident going for a high-strength option right away – and it’s likely better to build it up slowly!
Additionally, you should consider the format of your CBD. For example, if can’t swallow tablets you can choose an option that suits you better. Or if you’re not sure about the taste of CBD, you can opt for a flavoured product instead. The different formats of CBD that you can choose from include:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the digestive system, causing symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation6. Some research suggests that CBD may help to manage pain and inflammation – which play a role in IBS.7,8,9
Having said this, it’s not approved as a remedy for this condition, so it’s best to speak to a medical professional for advice and treatment first.
While research is ongoing, some recent studies suggest that CBD helps to regulate the perception of pain.10,11
Specifically, CBD might aid in reducing chronic pain by affecting something called the endocannabinoid system – which plays a part in a variety of bodily functions, like the immune response, sleep, appetite and pain sensation.12,13
In terms of the type of pain it may help, nerve and back pain seem to be the most successful. However, some studies suggest that it’s most effective when taken with THC.14,15
As long as the manufacturer follows the regulatory guidelines, CBD drinks are legal in the UK.
CBD oil comes in a range of formats, but if you want to know how to take it from a dropper, here’s what you have to do:
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And that wraps up the most frequently Googled questions about CBD, so we hope that we’ve answered some of your burning questions. For more information like these check out our latest articles below: