What is CBD?
What is Cannabidiol (CBD?)
The two main compounds found in the hemp plant are CBD and THC. Together these both belong to an exclusive class of compounds known as cannabinoids.
Most of the CBD used as a food supplement is found in the hemp plant.
CBD is known as a non-psychoactive cannabinoid meaning when you take it, it won’t get you high.
CBD Life UK products are of the highest quality.
What is the Entourage Effect?
The Entourage Effect describes the way that the cannabinoids work when they interact with the body. The effect is described as synergistic – which means that the effects of the cannabinoids working as a whole is greater than the effects of an individual cannabinoid on its own. There are over 100 cannabinoids that have been discovered. Two of the most famous of these cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
So, The Entourage Effect states that if you were to consume 25mg of CBD, on its own and in its purest form, the effect would be lower than if you took 25mg of CBD in a mixture that contains other cannabinoids. This doesn’t state that the CBD on its own doesn’t have any effect; only that its effects are enhanced when in the presence of other cannabinoids.
Understanding Our Products
Raw CBD oil is created by CO2 extraction. This is a process that does not use solvents or heat. This method is used not only in getting CBD, but is used to extract all the necessary substances from plant material.
Refined CBD products are made from a rich, golden coloured oil. These oils have been refined so will be missing some of minor cannabinoids found in Raw CBD products. Refined CBD products are THC free.
Pure CBD is extracted by means of oil extraction. With this extraction method, only the buds of the hemp plant are used. The taste, on the other hand, is perceived as minimal and more pleasant than the taste of the RAW oil.
What is the best way to consume CBD?
Types: CBD oil, tinctures
Pathway to targets: CBD can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream from capillary-rich areas underneath the tongue, along the gums and cheek. From here, it avoids first-pass metabolism and is sent throughout your body.
Time-frame: This route gets CBD into your bloodstream faster than swallowing. Under the tongue (sublingual) is generally quicker than against the cheek (buccal). However, because most of the CBD will eventually be swallowed, peak bloodstream levels range from 0.5 – 5 hours.
Types: CBD Capsules, oil, powder
Pathway to targets: When CBD is ingested, it passes through the digestive tract, where it’s absorbed into the bloodstream and travels throughout your body.
Time-frame: This is the slowest route for CBD to reach its targets, but also the longest period of time that it’s active. Peak bloodstream levels are reported anywhere between 1-6 hours. Best for long-term supplementation.
Types: Muscle rub, massage oil, body custard, Bath bombs
Pathway to targets: Topical CBD diffuses across your skin and reaches local targets, like muscles, cells, and nerves. Very little, if any, enters the bloodstream — unless it is designed for transdermal activity.
Time-frame: Varies, depending on the target.
Types: Vape pens, dab pens
Pathway to targets: When CBD is inhaled, it passes to the lungs where it rapidly passes into the bloodstream. Inhalation avoids first-pass metabolism.
Time-frame: This is the quickest way to get CBD circulating through your system, but it also is effective for the shortest period of time. Peak bloodstream levels are within 10 minutes.