What is CBD?
Now that you understand the key composition of cannabis and the ECS, let’s take a look at CBD. The subject of much research, CBD has shown to have some very exciting properties that may improve our health and bring us back to balance. As you read earlier, CBD can interact with the endocannabinoid system which in turn helps regulate the body and encourage homeostasis. In addition to affecting the ECS, it also activates other receptors such as the serotonin, dopamine and opiod receptors. This is why the application of CBD is currently being investigated to treat various conditions. In the U.K, CBD is a licensed medication to treat seizures as well as multiple sclerosis. However, this is just the start of its potential, therapeutic application.
As the body of evidence increases and more new data is uncovered, we will have a better understanding of the therapeutic effects of CBD. Although there is substantial evidence, both scientific and anecdotal, we can not make any direct medical claims until it is verified by NICE (national institute for health and care excellence). Therefore at Ascension Gardens we advise you to do your own research into the effects of CBD using reputable sources such as PubMed and other online journals. We can however, cite some studies for your information which you can find on our research page.
Effects of CBD on the body
Anecdotally, people have been using CBD to treat various conditions such as pain, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, chronic inflammation and appetite disorders to name a few. Studies have shown that CBD may be effective in pain management, sleep disorders and management of anxiety. Although more research is needed to confirm the minimum effective dose.
What does CBD feel like?
CBD does not produce any strong, noticeable effects as it non-psychoactive and does not get you high. People report feeling calm and relaxed and sometimes energised. As CBD brings us back to homeostasis, the effects are subtle in that they cause a reduced inflammatory response, less neuropathic pain and a calmer nervous system.
Route of administration
CBD comes in many forms to suit the individuals needs. It most commonly comes as an oil, however capsules, chewable gummies, topical creams and ointments as well as vape liquid are also commonly used depending on the condition and circumstances. The route of administration then determines how the CBD effects your body. For example taking the oil sublingually (under the tongue) takes longer to get into your system but once inside it lasts much longer when compared to inhaling. Cannabinoids are also absorbed better, when taken on a full stomach. At Ascension Gardens we believe in a holistic approach to wellness, which is why we recommend taking CBD as sublingual oil drops for the majority of uses. This is because by ingesting CBD, it can then get absorbed by the body into the bloodstream and be distributed evenly throughout the body.
"Start low, go slow"
Start off low, with a suitable strength oil. If you have never taken CBD before then we suggest starting off with a 5% oil. This is so that you can see how you will react to CBD. Place 1-2 drops under the tongue and hold for 60-90 seconds, then swallow the remainder. Do this daily for 1 week or so whilst recording how you feel. If you need to increase, then do so after about a week. This go slow approach not only primes your ECS but, also reduces waste as you may find that a low dose is all that is needed.
Side effects & interactions
As with all medication and supplements, there is always a risk of side effects. Though with CBD they are considerably far less than most. As you know, CBD is non-psychoactive which means it will not get you high. Other side effects that have been reported with CBD include:
- Blood shot eyes
- Drop in blood pressure
It is also worth mentioning that these side effects are not usually serious and would require exceedingly high doses to be experienced.
If you are currently taking any prescribed medication then we advise that you contact your GP or pharmacist for further advice. This is because CBD effects certain enzymes called CYP450, which are located in the liver and are responsible for breaking medication down. Do not take CBD if you are taking:
At ascension Gardens we take your wellbeing very seriously. Therefore we strongly advise you to seek professional counselling if you are unsure if CBD is safe for you. Our team of doctors and pharmacists are always on hand to answer any questions you have so that you may get the best out of CBD.
Not all oils sold are of the same quality and some are frequently mislabelled, contaminated or contain no cannabinoids in it whatsoever. As healthcare professionals, we believe it is our duty to inform you of what to look out for in a quality, premium product.
A broad spectrum distillate is simply a CBD oil which contains no THC (or less than 0.2%). It contains all the cannabinoids you need including CBG, CBN, CBC as well as the essential terpenes, flavonoids and fatty acids. Based on scientific research we believe this is a far superior formulation compared to CBD isolate which does not give rise to the ‘entourage effect’.
As THC is currently illegal, we advise looking for products which can guarantee a THC free product or at least less than 0.2%.
As discussed earlier, terpenes are essential for the phenomenon known as the ‘entourage effect’ to occur at its most effective. They are a vital part of a broad spectrum distillate which adds so much more to the depth and dynamics of CBD oil. As most terpenes are lost during the extraction process, we recommend looking for products which have added natural terpenes to enhance and enrich the oil.
Certificate of analysis (CoA)
A CoA is lab documentation which consists of a breakdown of the oil into its molecular parts. So an authentic CoA will have the exact % of CBD, THC, CBG, CBN etc. as well as a breakdown of any pesticides, heavy metals and impurities to ensure product safety. This document should be third party lab tested and NOT in house by the company. We also advise that you buy from a company that has a solid supply chain, from seed to shelf to ensure traceability and consistency.