In recent years, CBD has gained popularity as an alternative remedy in the wellness industry. CBD is reframing the way people are thinking about wellbeing, nutrition, medicine and the hemp plant which is part of the cannabis family. Along with more and more people turning to all-natural remedies as either a compliment or replacement for traditional pharmaceutical drugs. CBD users are reporting many benefits in tackling a range of common and rare conditions. Cannabidiol, often referred to as ‘CBD’, is a continually been discovered by new people, and therefore there is always new appetite to understand more clearly what the compound is and how to best use it.
Meet Sandy who found Mee CBD very gentle on her inflamed tummy after recovering from cancer (and felt a boost to her immunity). Meet Rob who believes Mee CBD helped his Mum manage a nausea condition and associated anxiety. And meet Mollie who reported improved sleep and exam performance and finally Tom who reduced his chronic pain and now sleeps better with less general associated anxiety.
So what is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the many compounds in the Cannabis Sativa plant. There are over 113 cannabinoids (compounds similar in nature to CBD). However, CBD is one of the most impressive compounds and accounts for up to 40% of the flower of the plant! CBD is frequently referred to as producing a ‘body high’. Although CBD is non-psychoactive, users can experience calming effects on the body making them feel relaxed and less stressed. The cannabinoid interacts with receptors in the brain and body that can influence mind and body wellbeing.
CBD versus THC
The main misconception surrounding CBD is its relationship with THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is another cannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plants. However, unlike CBD, THC is psychoactive, meaning it produces a high when inhaled or consumed. THC remains illegal in most locations around the world due to its classification as a recreational drug. Canada was the first country to legalise THC. In the UK it is illegal and any hemp or CBD must not contain any THC to be legally sold in shops and used by consumers.
One of the main reasons people take CBD is they believe it helps with pain management. As consumers shift towards more natural remedies and formulas, many wish to avoid over the counter painkillers. CBD is proving to be a viable alternative to taking potentially addictive opioids for pain relief.
Research suggests that CBD reduces pain by interrupting and changing the body’s inflammatory reaction. When our bodies become inflamed, they’re trying to protect us, but inflammation is also the cause of pain. By reducing inflammation, we can lessen the pain we experience.
Another popular use for CBD consumption is to help improve mental wellbeing and manage diagnosed conditions. CBD has been shown on many people to help relax the mind through interacting with neurotransmitters in the brain. As a result of altering brain function, CBD can reduce mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.
CBD reacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The ECS is a range of receptors responsible for different functions in the body and brain. Our type 1 receptor is linked to the production of two chemicals: serotonin and dopamine. When someone is struggling with mild or acute mental wellbeing issues, they tend to be experiencing a chemical imbalance. Taking CBD has been shown to help regulate chemical production. Instead of having abnormal serotonin and dopamine levels, CBD can help chemical imbalances restore to a neurotypical brain function and improved health.
CBD is not addictive and no public health conditions have been linked to the compound, therefore it is safe to take. In fact, people often use CBD to help them reduce cravings or addictions of other bad habits like smoking and drinking.
Yes, in most western countries, CBD is legal. The increasing popularity of the compound means it’s available from many high street shops and reputable retailers. However, if you’re travelling, we advise researching the law surrounding CBD before taking your CBD products with you.
The CBD industry is in its infancy. As with any new industry there are many ways to consume CBD including oils, lotions, pills and capsules, edibles, powders and vaping. At Mee CBD, we have explored the world to find the most effective, healthy, consistent, trusted and easy solution. Mee CBD products are grown organically, pharmaceutically prepared and easy to take as they dissolve in any drink. For a full list of why Mee CBD’s water-soluble products are the most advanced and easy to take CBD products click here.
CBD in Summary
The CBD industry is growing rapidly as more people report life-changing experiences. CBD helps the mind and body balance, restoring the natural immunity mechanism in the body that manages and tackles existing conditions and improves daily wellbeing. Research is catching up with the anecdotal stories that we hear on a daily basis about improved mental and physical health. The low risk and seemingly high impact nature of the plant-derived substance is providing many people with a tried and tested alternative to mainstream medication. Our CBD journey is just beginning, and we are deeply touched by the transformative effects it has had on our customers.