- How Does CBD Oil Work? -
How CBD oil works in the body
CBD oil works via many biochemical pathways in the body.
It interacts with the endocannabinoid system, serotonin receptors, and has even been found to support neuroplasticity.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system is a biological messaging system that exists in the bodies of humans and many other animals.
It is made of cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that the body produces naturally.
There are two known cannabinoid receptors, CB₁ and CB₂, but there is evidence to suggest there may be more.
It is by interacting with these receptors that CBD, via the endocannabinoid system, exerts a therapeutic effect on the body.
Does CBD increase serotonin?
This serotonin receptor plays a key role in regulation of mood, fear response, blood pressure, body temperature, and many other bodily functions.
When this receptor is activated, it can increase serotonin levels and decrease levels of norepinephrine, a fight-or-flight hormone.
CBD’s relationship with serotonin receptors may account for CBD oil’s anti-anxiety and calming effects.
CBD and neuroplasticity
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to create new neural pathways. Neuroplasticity is important for the prevention and extinction of disease.
Research has found that when CBD interacts with the CB₁ receptor, it triggers new neurons to form in the part of the brain called the hippocampus.
The hippocampus is the part of the brain that controls our emotions, fight or flight response and memories. This is one of the reasons that scientists believe CBD could help people suffering from PTSD.
Find out more about how CBD works on our blog. We upload articles weekly with the latest research, so you can stay informed about the world of CBD.
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How does CBD oil work?
CBD works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system in the body. The endocannabinoid system helps to regulate mood, sleep, inflammation and endocrine, immune and hormone function. Some research suggests that CBD also interacts with some serotonin receptors in the body and promotes neuroplasticity.
Does CBD oil have any side effects?
Most anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD has little to no side effects. Evidence from clinical trials suggest that CBD can cause drowsiness and changes in appetite (results based on synthetic CBD-based preparations. No research has been conducted on the side effects of natural CBD preparations.) Research has found CBD to have a ‘favourable safety profile’ in comparison with many pharmaceuticals. Always consult your doctor if you have any doubts about the side effects of CBD.
What are the benefits of CBD oil?
While we cannot make any direct medical claims about the efficacy of CBD oil, both animal and human trials have found CBD to be a promising therapy for anxiety disorders, cancer prevention and treatment, Alzheimer’s disease, inflammation and arthritis, and many more. For more information about the benefits of CBD, go to our blog where we upload articles about the benefits of CBD every week. Other great resources include PubMed and Project CBD.
Does CBD oil get you ‘high’?
CBD is non-psychoactive and therefore does not make you ‘high’. All our CBD products contain less than the legal limit of 0.2% THC.
Is CBD safe to take with other medications?
Interactions with CBD are rare, but there is some research to suggest that CBD may interfere with how long it takes for medications to be metabolised by the body. Please check with your doctor if you would like to use CBD along with other medications.
Can children take CBD?
Clinical trials have found CBD to be safe for children over 2 years of age. We recommend lower doses of CBD for a child. Please always consult your doctor before starting your child on any new supplement.
Is CBD safe for pets?
Clinical studies suggest that CBD is safe for dogs, cats, horses and rodents. We recommend lower doses for pets. Please consult your vet before starting your pet on a new supplement.
Is CBD legal?
CBD is legal in the UK, if you are ordering from abroad please check the laws in your country prior to ordering.
How is CBD oil made?
Our CBD oil is made from CBD rich hemp plants using a process called supercritical CO2 extraction. This process means we can make CBD concentrations high while keeping processing to a minimum. To learn more about how CBD oil is made, check out our article ‘How is CBD Oil Made? From Plants to People’.
What is the difference between CBD and THC?
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, which are compounds naturally occurring in hemp and cannabis plants. CBD and THC have different effects in the body. CBD counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC.
Is your CBD oil natural?
Yes, our CBD oil, paste, balm and edibles are all 100% natural and not made from CBD isolate.
How long does it take for my products to arrive?
All packages we send are shipped by Royal Mail first class recorded delivery, generally received after 1 – 3 working days. The only exception is the CBD infused raw chocolates, that are made in Europe and shipped express delivery to the UK. These take 3-5 working days to arrive.