What is CBD oil?
This page is the result of 5yrs of using CBD oil to support my body with it’s health and stress challenges and 3 months of intensive research.
I’m big CBD fan, but frankly I found all really confusing and there was a lot of misinformation around. Plus there are STRICT rules about what we can and can’t say about it.
What is it?
It’s a food supplement – think of things like vitamins etc that you take to support your body (but in my opinion, better!)
It’s made from hemp plants
But is completely legal if the THC levels are low/trace so it won’t get you high!
Is it the Solution to Every Problem you’ve ever encountered?
Does taking CBD oil mean all your illnesses and diseases will be miraculously cured?
That you will never have to eat healthily, drink water, exercise and sleep every night?
NO – of course not!
I’m really sorry, there is NO ONE SOLUTION to anything – I would love to be able to wave a magic wand for you, but that isn’t the case. And there is no option that doesn’t mean that you also need to take responsibility for your own body.
Here is a quick video introduction where I explain more deeply what it is and why it has helped me.
In fact if you don’t make other lifestyle changes, then a lot of the work that the CBD oil is doing will be counteracting unhealthy choices, rather than supporting your body.
But CBD oil did make it easier for me to make the other changes that I had to make and made a noticeable difference for me.
It is an incredibly supportive part of my own toolkit, I wake up feeling more refreshed, I’m able to stay calmer and my body is much less restricted. Whilst I can totally see being symptom free this year, and therefore being able to reduce some of the money I invest in myself, there are a couple of things that I don’t see myself stopping and one of them is CBD oil.
But of course if you are interested in potentially taking CBD oil, you SHOULD ALWAYS check with your medical professional to see if there is any conflict with any medication you are taking or contraindications for your health challenges.
Phytocannabinoids available naturally
CBD oil is a food supplement extracted from hemp with additional terpenes & flavinoids (also good for you).
Full spectrum CBD oil includes THC.
Broad spectrum has only tiny traces of it.
Isolate has no THC and no terpenes.
It is a phytocannabinoid, that helps the natural endocannabinoid system in the body that binds to the brain receptors that affects a lot in our body including our perception of pain, immune system, central nervous system, sleep and anxiety.
A lot more scientific research into how it works is needed, but many people claim to find it very supportive of their health and wellbeing.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The Endocannabinoid system is made up of endocannabinoids, receptors and enzymes and helps to body to come back to homeostasis or balance – so it’s ‘job’ is to help everything run smoothly.
There are receptors through out the body. When an endocannabinoid binds to it, it signals the ECS to take action.
The CB1 Receptors are mostly in the nervous system.
The CB2 Receptors are mostly in the peripheral nervous system especially the immune system.
Enzymes then break down the cannabinoids, once they have carried out their role.
CBD behaves differently from THC and scientists are still trying to work out exactly what it does and how it helps the ECS. But many people are finding that taking CBD oil supports the areas of the body that the ECS governs.
What is important to look for?
It can be really confusing, so here are the criteria that I used for choosing an oil:
- Full/Broad Spectrum (this includes terpenes, flavinoids and hardly any or no THC).
- Under 0.2% of THC (legal limit) in the hemp it is created from AND only 1mg in a bottle / container, which would be for under 0.01% in a 10ml bottle.
- Organic – hemp sucks up the rubbish from the soil, so it must be organic
- CO2 extraction – otherwise there might be chemicals left over from the process.
- Clear Lab Test Results – so you can see it’s been tested
- Clear description of the strength and size of the bottle – some are very misleading
- UK supply – so that postage is quick and there are no customs issues (or your country).
- Ethical company – that sticks to the compliance rules and doesn’t creating a range just for the sake of it.
- Strong options for me, light options for my family.
When choosing an oil it will tell you how many mg’s are in it and the size of the bottle.
E.g. a 500mg strength in a 10ml bottle is different from 500mg’s in a larger 30ml bottle.
Generally they come in 500mg, 1000mg, 1500mg and 2000mg in 10ml bottles.
People build up, so only in certain circumstances would they go straight for 2000mg’s. Instead they would start lower, and then just increase the number of drops they take, until it’s worth going for the stronger bottle.
Would you like to buy some?
I am currently a wholesaler for Revitalize – their oils have worked brilliantly for me, so I can order oils through my wholesaler link for you if you are interested. Message for more info.