What is CBD?

What is 'CBD'?

Cannabis has over 450 known naturally occurring compounds, of these, 66 are classified as cannabinoids. These are completely unique to each plant, and contain varying combinations and quantities, depending on the strain. THC refers to a well known type of cannabinoid and the chemical that's responsible for the 'stoned' or 'high' feeling from conventional cannabis. 

CBD refers to cannabinoid group known as 'Cannabidiol'. These are considered non-psychoactive and believed to hold much of the cannabis plants natural healing properties.

What can CBD be used for?

CBD's are molecules that interact with the ECS (endocannabinoid system). This is a naturally occurring set of brain receptors found in all mammals. The ECS works as one of the body's regulatory systems and related to functions such as appetite, digestion, immune functions, memory, mood, motor control, pain, reproduction, sleep and body temperature.

Whilst CBD is not approved by the MHRA as medicine, it is completely legal to purchase as a lifestyle supplement to aid in the above regulatory functions. With such a low risk profile, many people have purported to the benefits of using CBD supplements as part of their daily regime. 

Which forms does CBD come in?

CBD products generally begin as an extraction from either the male or female cannabis plants. Much of what is currently available on the market is created from industrial hemp, which has very low THC levels in comparison CBD content. CBD can be extracted from female plants, but THC must be reduced to trace (>1%) for it to be legally compliant with current UK law.

Extracted CBD materials are then turned into products such as Oils, Tinctures, Wax, Shatter or Crumble, E-Liquids and edibles, all designed for oral use. However, there are also many topical applications such as patches, creams and balms and much more. In fact, the range of CBD-containing products is always diversifying.

What are the possible lifestyle benefits of CBD?

Effects vary from person to person. As mentioned above, there are a number of correlations between the ECS and use of CBD. Many people who seek CBD are looking for benefits in the area of pain relief, mood/anxiety, relaxation or sleep as these are the some of the more well known effects to have been reported. There are many accounts of CBD calming symptoms such as spasm and conditions related to muscular or motor control.

Unfortunately, we cannot make any claims on UK CBD Review about how using CBD might affect you. We recommend that you research ahead and check with a physician before taking any new dietary supplement.

Does using CBD have any side effects?

Side effects reported on the whole seem to be very low. The risk profile is considered low but be aware that you may still experience nausea or stomach discomfort with higher doses. It's always worth checking with a physician before including new dietary or lifestyle supplements.

As many of these products only work on the ECS, there is little interaction with other receptors or chemicals in the body. Because of this, CBD is considered quite safe in lower, non-medical doses. Whilst we cannot advise on particular circumstances, CBD are generally considered to have very little side effects.

Is it legal to purchase CBD products in the UK?

The simple answer is yes! The more complicated answer is 'yes, as long as the trace THC content is below 1%'. This site is here to showcase and review products that are specifically available, and legal to buy in the United Kingdom. 

All products featured on UK CBD Review are available to order, with direct links to the product manufacturers website. In all cases they supply CBD and Hemp products available for mail delivery in the UK. 

Be careful when ordering any CBD product and ensure it complies with MHRA recommendations. Remember that it is illegal for CBD products to be sold as a medicine without an official license, and must be considered as a food supplement. 

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