Cannabidiol – or CBD – oil has been popping up all over the place lately, and whilst many people are actively using it to help manage pain and anxiety, there are lots of misunderstandings and confusions about the oil, what it actually contains and what it does.
As a recent, but now regular, convert to the dark, viscous stuff, I wanted to post about my experiences with CBD oil and share my thoughts about the lovely, independent brand, Bristol CBD, along with a lovely discount code for their products.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil comes from the hemp (cannibis sativa) plant, and is rich in cannabinoids and terpenes. It contains only trace (less than 0.2%) amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the psychoactive compound in cannabis, and therefore cannot get you ‘high’, but has many wide and varied benefits. It is certified by the World Health Organisation, as non-toxic, non-addictive and non-psychoactive.
The cannabis plant that is used for cannabis oil contains much higher levels of THC and is therefore psychoactive. Apart from this definition, the two plants are virtually identical.
Due to this misunderstood connection with cannabis, CBD was unfortunately prohibited in the 20th century. CBD and hemp are now fully legal in the UK and the EU, but sellers of CBD oil are not allowed to make medical claims regarding its benefits. Cannabis oil is still, however, currently illegal in the UK.
The Endocannabinoid System
When hemp and CBD were legalised a few years ago, many people began to take CBD and other cannabinoids extracted from hemp plants to top up their cannabinoid levels and bring more balance to their endocannabinoid systems.
In 1992, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli scientist, discovered that every human and many animals have a system present in their bodies known as The Endogenous Cannabinoid System or Endocannabinoid System. This system is activated by cannabinoids.
Our bodies create cannabinoids, which are used by the endocannabinoid system to maintain balance (homeostasis) in the body. However, unfortunately most of us are unable to create enough of our own cannabinoids and therefore our endocannabinoid system may be out of balance, resulting in poor health.
The endocannabinoid system has often been described as the most important system in the body for maintaining long-term health.
Research suggests that taking CBD oil helps your body to create more of the cannabinoids needed by this system, which helps our immune systems, protects our brains, helps us manage stress and generally keeps our bodies in balance.
My Experiences with CBD Oil
I started using CBD oil around 6 months ago, as I had read lots of reviews about the benefits with anxiety. I suffer from low to medium level anxiety, over-thinking and general dwelling on things for too long. I very quickly found that a dose of CBD oil really took the edge of of a busy mind, or an over-active brain and allowed me to function without so many thought distractions.
Bristol CBD kindly offered me the chance to try their 500mg at 5%, as I had previously had good experiences with other strengths of CBD and was not a new user.
If you are new to taking CBD it is wise to start with a low or medium strength CBD oil. If you are a sensitive person, then it is recommended that you start with the 3% CBD bottle, although it is perfectly reasonable to start with the 5% CBD bottle.
With this particular strength, each 10ml bottle contains full spectrum organic hemp sativa extract of which 500mg is CBD (cannabidiol). CBD is 5% of net weight, suspended in hemp oil.
Being very conscious about what I put into my body, I wanted to only buy the best organic, full spectrum (from the full plant) product. Bristol CBD oil is made from the whole-plant extract, so the resulting oil is black and viscous, and contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes. It is grown & extracted in the EU, and hand-crafted in small batches and bottled by Bristol CBD in the UK.
I found that when taking the 600mg Bristol CBD oil I often only needed one dose a day, compared to the two I was taking with an alternative brand at a 400mg strength. If I felt the need later in the day, I could easily take another 4-5 drops and feel very relaxed and calmed within about 20-30 minutes. It’s hard to describe the sensation from CBD oil, it’s really just a “shut down” of the excess thoughts in the brain. I suddenly find that my mind fog clears and I am able to sit back and relax, forgetting about my problems, or able to see them in a more logical, less cloudy context.
If my brain is really active when I’m getting ready to go to bed, I like to take a few drops of CBD and then I find I can relax and get to sleep on time. I sleep very soundly and wake feeling much more refreshed when taking it just before bed. There are many other benefits of CBD, and some people use it for pain reduction.
The recommended dosage is 2 – 15 drops per day. Maximum dosage is 30 drops per day. I fully recommend starting with the minimal suggested serving, and then increase the amount gradually until you reach the results you want.
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I’d love to hear your experiences if you’ve tried CBD oil before.
Thanks for reading.