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Even though you might already be familiar with all the CBD basics, there’s so much more to discover about it. From its diverse usage in animals to the best place to store your CBD, here’s the inside scoop on top things you may not be aware of about this incredible elixir.
1. CBD Oil Can’t Get You High
With all the hype surrounding CBD’s relationship to marijuana, many people think it can get you stoned. However the truth is it simply can’t. Whilst CBD contains THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the high sensation, it contains less than 1% of THC which isn’t enough to get you high.
2. The Best Place To Store CBD Is In The Fridge
As with all natural products, they degenerate and break down over time. The best way to prevent and slow this down is to store it in a cool place like the fridge where it can best defend light, heat and air exposure which breaks down the natural cannabinoids. If you find that your CBD oil is too thick when you take it out, just run it under a warm tap before usage. Storing your CBD correctly will make the world of difference to its longevity.
3. The Best Time Of The Day To Take CBD Is Whenever It’s Most Convenient To You
Whilst a lot of users like to start their day with CBD in the morning, there isn’t a one size fits all. Everyone is affected by CBD in their own unique way depending on how much your endocannabinoid system needs it. If you find that CBD gives you an energy boost, then it’s a great thing to consider in the morning especially as a substitute for coffee. If you find CBD relaxes you then it’s also a great thing to consider just before bed.
The effects of CBD normally last for approximately 4-8 hours and after a bit of experimentation, you might find that you want to take CBD at different points throughout the day for different needs. Check out our in-depth guide on how best to take CBD for your body type here.
It’s also important to ingest CBD 30 mins - 1 hour after eating a healthy meal to reach its maximum effect. The most important thing however is to stay consistent with your routine and to ensure you are nourishing your body with high quality products.
4. There Is A Huge Difference Between Broad Spectrum And Full Spectrum Oils
Full spectrum CBD is the most pure, unprocessed, and unfiltered extract of the hemp plant which contains all the plant's amazing nutrients: cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils. Taking full spectrum oil is a very holistic approach to CBD because each element in the plant works together harmoniously providing the full effect of the plant and can have an entourage effect. In this form, full spectrum oil does contain THC but it will always be under 1% which will be too small to invoke a high feeling.
Broad spectrum CBD begins as a full spectrum extract with all of hemp's terpenes and cannabinoids intact, before it is sent through a refinement process to remove the THC compound. It still contains the important terpenes and essential oils from the hemp plant.
5. CBD Oil Is Finding Its Way Into Beauty Products
Many wellness brands are enhancing their beauty products with CBD oil because of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. This makes it an incredible addition to massage oils and muscle soothing balms for achy joints and sore muscles before and after workouts. Scientists are finding more and more evidence that it is an effective treatment for dry skin, psoriasis and eczema, which is why it is being increasingly used in so many face creams, serums and body lotions. CBD also helps suppress breakouts of acne by regulating oil production of the sebaceous gland.
6. Cannabidiol Is Just 1 Of 485 Incredible Ingredients In The Cannabis Plant
Although cannabidiol is one of the most prevalent ingredients in the versatile cannabis plant, there are over 400 ingredients in a cannabis plant that have varying effects on the human mind and body.
For example, there are over 100 terpenes that are found in cannabis plants. Terpenes are highly aromatic compounds found in plants which are responsible for the way a plant smells, and frequently attracts pollinators or repels predators. Myrcene, Limonene, Linalool and Pinene are 4 out of 100 terpenes in the cannabis plant that have incredible effects on the body, Myrcene is a terpene typically found in other plants like eucalyptus and is a powerful antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties. Limonene is a very citrusy terpene that assists in relieving effects of certain gastrointestinal issues such as ulcers. Linalool is the terpene found in lavender that gives it its unique scent. It’s great for combatting stress and has many anti depressant, anxiety and cancer effects. Pinene is responsible for the smell in plants such as pine trees, rosemary and basil and is believed to improve memory and focus, as well as acting as a powerful tool against viral and microbial infections. These are just 4 examples of this incredibly complex and healing plant!
7. CBD Can Be Derived From Other Plants
Contrary to popular belief, CBD is not just limited to the cannabis plant as it can also miraculously be derived from yeast. By loading a brewer’s yeast with genes from the cannabis plant, researchers can massively simplify production by turning microbes into cannabinoid factories without going down the usual time consuming and complicated route of cultivating cannabis plants either outdoors or in greenhouses. This means scaling can be done much more sustainably without emitting greenhouse gases. You can also completely isolate THC from the process which is valuable when producing for medical reasons.
8. You Are Allowed To Fly With CBD Products In The UK + USA
It is safe and legal to fly with CBD in the UK and the USA, but there are certain things you should be aware of. Firstly, your CBD product must contain less than 0.3% of THC. If flying from the UK, the product must be grown from industrial hemp from EU approved seeds. It’s important to check if CBD is legal in the country you are flying to and it’s probably safer to pack it in your hold luggage. If you do pack it in your hand luggage, it might be worth printing a lab report for the brand you buy your CBD from, which most trustworthy brands offer readily on their websites.
9. CBD Blocks The Addictive Effects Of Painkillers + Cigarettes
CBD oil can successfully block the addictive effects of highly addictive painkillers such as morphine, drugs and cigarettes. Addiction works by triggering the pleasure and reward system in the brain, which over time creates a compilation to seek out addictive substances. When a person stops using something, they experience painful withdrawal symptoms.
CBD reduces the pleasurable feeling of addictive substances and helps to manage withdrawal symptoms. It reduces cravings for the substance and also increases overall well-being, making users less likely to seek out addictive substances. This can be a crucial solution to treat things like the opioid crisis and personal addictions.
10. The CBD Market Is Thriving Under The Covid Crisis
Even without the Covid-19 Crisis which catalysed our importance and interest in health and well being, the global cannabidiol market was valued at $4.6bn in 2018. The market is on course to grow by 400% in Europe alone and is expected to grow globally at a compound annual growth rate of 22%. The demand for CBD for medical and wellness purposes is due to its immense healing properties which has been a key factor in driving the growth of the market. Another major factor of demand has also been due to the fact that more and more governments are approving CBD products in their countries.
Disclaimer: This post is intended for informational purposes only and not intended to serve as professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor and listen to your body on what works for you.