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What does CBD stand for?

1st May 2020

A lot of people know that CBD is a derivative of cannabis but 'CBD' actually stands for cannabidiol (can·na·bid·i·ol), which is one of the primary compounds found in the cannabis plant.

What is CBD?

CBD is a naturally-occurring cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It's actually similar to several cannabinoids (chemicals) that your body produces as part of your endocannabinoid system. This internal network in your body is responsible for everything from mood to temperature to appetite to pain and is controlled by a number of receptors throughout your body.

CBD is completely safe and legal in the UK, as long as each container of oil contains less than 1mg of THC. It's been qualified by the World Health Organisation as having a "good safety profile" and so far there have been no complications linked to CBD and any condition or medication.

Harvesting CBD

There are hundreds of different species of cannabis plants but they can mainly be grouped into marijuana plants and hemp plants. A lot of people mistakenly believe the differentiation is something to do with male/female but it's actually all about the compounds that each kind contain.

Both marijuana plants and hemp plants contain CBD, but the distinguishing factor is the concentration of THC. While CBD is a primary compound in the cannabis plant, it's far from the only one. In fact, there are hundreds of different compounds (known as 'cannabinoids') and the other main one (besides CBD) is THC. The difference is that CBD is non-psychoactive, yet THC is famed for causing the "high" associated with cannabis.

Marijuana plants are classified as those with a THC concentration of more than 0.3% and the plants that contain less than 0.3% THC are classified as hemp. Although marijuana plants can contain anywhere up to 30% THC (and usually only 0-2% CBD).

Because the THC cannabinoid is an illegal substance, CBD manufacturers use the hemp plant to ensure their products are safe and legal, and also because hemp plants contain a much higher concentration of CBD.

Health benefits of CBD

So far, there have been no proven health benefits of CBD. To prove that any substance or supplement carries health benefits or to prove it can be used to treat or improve an ailment, it must first go through rigorous trials and studies. Sometimes this can take years and as CBD is still a relatively new substance, time is still needed to properly explore what it may be used for.

Searching online may throw up some findings of research completed so far, and you can find plenty of user reviews, but as it stands, producers and sellers of CBD are unable to make any medical claims.

However, we do know how CBD works. It has an effect on the receptors of your endocannabinoid system and can therefore support its function. Considering the fact that CBD is safe, legal and non-intoxicating, you may want to try incorporating it into your routine to try it out for yourself. You can buy CBD oil (including the highest strength one in the UK!) from UK Meds, as well as CBD gummies, CBD chocolates, CBD vape, CBD capsules and more!