A beginners Guide to CBD
There’s a lot of exciting research emerging about CBD oil and its potential benefits! So it is no surprise that CBD has become popular with those seeking to make positive changes to their health and well-being. But the terminology and phrases used by many brands can often be bewildering and off-putting when you are just getting started.
We’re going to run through all the essential facts about CBD, explain some key terms, and give you the knowledge you need to get you started on your CBD journey.
Let’s dive in.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a natural compound found in the Hemp plant.
One of over 113+ different ‘cannabinoids’ found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD isn’t intoxicating, meaning it doesn’t give you that high feeling.
It is extracted and used in many different products such as CBD oils or ‘tinctures’, capsules, creams, gummies and more!
Are Hemp and Marijuana the same?
Most people know about marijuana and how it is illegal in most countries due the levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) it contains – the compound that causes the intoxicating effects. It is a common misconception that CBD oil will get you high the same way that marijuana does. This is of course not true!
Both are known to have various effects and benefits and although they are technically the same species, the plants themselves are actually very different. Hemp naturally contains higher levels of non-intoxicating compounds such as CBD or CBG and contains lower levels of THC, less than 0.2%, which is the reason it is used to produce CBD products. Whereas Marijuana is the opposite, containing higher levels of THC and lower levels of CBD. Since THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, this is the cannabis plant that gets you high, not Hemp. Although Hemp naturally contains trace amounts of THC, it is not enough to have an intoxicating effect.
Hemp is grown all over the world for many purposes. The seeds are edible and can be ground to make Hemp seed oil, which is a nutritious addition to salad dressing and it is also becoming popular in skin and hair-care products. The fibers from the stems can be spun to make clothes, rope, or other textiles. And, of course, it is a source of beneficial active compounds like CBD.
Is CBD Legal?
Following a lengthy court case that took place in France known as the “Kanavape Case”, The EU Commission & ECJ have recently ruled that CBD isn’t a narcotic at all. It is now considered a food supplement in the EU, under the Novel Foods Act. They have also stated that CBD can be marketed and sold freely in Europe, as long as the Hemp is grown in an EU member state using EU-certified seeds. It also needs to be extracted and produced in an EU member state.
The regulation surrounding Hemp is continuously changing. Different countries have their own regulations when it comes to Hemp and particularly its THC content. As of December 2020, the legal limit throughout the EU is 0.2%. In the USA, it is slightly higher at 0.3%. In Italy the legal limit for THC in CBD products is 0.6% & in Switzerland it is higher again at 1%.
Here at The Trojan Hemp Co, we comply with all EU regulations in regard to CBD. All of our products are made from the highest quality EU-certified Hemp, are produced in Europe and contain less that 0.2% THC.
CBD and the Entourage Effect – Why is it Important?
If you’ve been researching CBD, you might have seen the entourage effect mentioned. But what does this term mean? And why is it important?
To answer these questions, you need to understand a little more about how CBD and other cannabinoids interact with our bodies.
Our systems produce endocannabinoids – which are molecules that bind to receptors on our cells and help our bodies maintain the healthy balance known as homeostasis. This system of endocannabinoids and receptors is called the Endocannabinoid System or ECS. You can learn more about it here.
Cannabis plants contain over 113+ different types of phytocannabinoids – plant-based cannabinoids – like CBD. They are very similar in structure to the endocannabinoids that our bodies naturally produce. Some of these plant-based cannabinoids can bind to our cell receptors, while others appear to enhance the function of our own endocannabinoids and its system.
Research into the endocannabinoid system and its interaction with cannabinoids from cannabis plants only began in the 1990s, so there is still plenty to discover.
In other words, CBD is thought to be less effective on its own than when it is combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes. This is known as the entourage effect!
Why Choose a Full-Spectrum CBD Oil?
Understanding the entourage effect is important because not all CBD Oils contain the full range of active compounds from the Hemp plant.
Some only contain CBD itself (Isolates), while others have gone through additional processing to remove even the small amounts of THC (Broad-Spectrum). Only Full-Spectrum oils have the whole range of cannabinoids and terpenes which naturally occur in the Hemp plant. To learn more about how to choose a high quality CBD Oil, click here.
As a beginner, it can be easy to assume products that contain only CBD are the best. In fact, it is the polar opposite. To maximise the potential benefits of taking CBD oil, you should opt for a Full-Spectrum product.
At The Trojan Hemp Co, we only produce Full-Spectrum oils so that our customers can benefit from the full effect of the plant. We are also one of the few brands in Europe and the only brand in Ireland to go a step further and add our own terpene blends into our Full-Spectrum Oils, which is thought to enhance the final product and improve the taste.
How Will CBD Make Me Feel?
As we’ve already discussed, CBD isn’t psychoactive and doesn’t have an intoxicating effect. In other words, it won’t make you high.
Since we are all unique, CBD affects each person slightly differently, which means the only way to know how it will work for you personally is to try it and see for yourself. But evidence suggests that it impacts our endocannabinoid system in beneficial ways.
Our endocannabinoid systems are involved in keeping many of our vital processes working properly. It is thought that cannabinoids like CBD might support our mental and physical wellbeing by helping this system to function correctly.
Many people say that taking CBD oil helps them to manage stress levels, sleep better, and feel less anxious. Others say they take CBD to support their general health and wellbeing.
For more information on how to take CBD and how make it work best for you, check out our Dosage Guide.
Why is CBD Popular?
As research continues into the benefits of cannabinoids like CBD, more and more people are embracing it as a supplement and incorporating it into their daily lives. Our new understanding to the benefits of Hemp and Cannabis means attitudes are changing fast.
With the end of the negative stigma towards this wonderful plant in sight, it is no wonder that taking CBD has become an increasingly popular way for people to support their wellbeing.
It is also extremely versatile. CBD can be used in numerous products. You’ll find it in gummies, vapes, teas, creams, oils, capsules, haircare, skin-care and many other products made with CBD.
Oil tinctures remain the most popular though, as they absorb easily into our bodies. They also make it super easy to control your dosage. And you can add them to other things if you want to try CBD in different forms, for example in smoothies or in your salad.
We focus on oil tinctures because we believe it is the best, easiest and most cost-effective way to incorporate CBD into your daily routine. Your can find our CBD Oil range here.
Ready to Get Started?
We hope this guide has answered some of your questions about CBD. If you are ready to get started on your CBD journey, you can find the product that is right for you via here.
We know it can be an overwhelming subject, so we are here to help! If you are still unsure about anything check out our Discover Pages and our Blogs, which are packed full of information on Hemp, Cannabis and CBD. Alternatively, reach out to us through our support page – we aim to respond to all queries within 24 hours!
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