CBD has become the well-being tool of choice for millions across the UK. But does the fact that something is popular mean it will work for you?
Read on to discover how CBD works, who it might benefit, and who it might not!
What is CBD?
For those of you who don't know, cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over one hundred cannabinoids that are naturally produced by cannabis plants. Although CBD is almost always sourced from the legal, low THC variety known as hemp.
Cannabinoids are compounds that have the ability to interact with our own endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS).
In simple terms, the ECS can be seen as the master regulator of a wide range of bodily functions, that plays a key role in maintaining balance, otherwise known as homeostasis, in the body.
It consists of a complex network of cannabinoids produced by our own bodies, receptors that these cannabinoids interact with, and enzymes that facilitate the interactions.
CBD and other plant-derived cannabinoids can actively influence how our ECS works by interacting with our own cannabinoid receptors.
It is through this mechanism that many of CBD's benefits are thought to come from.
What Are The Benefits Of CBD?
Now that we've established how CBD works, you're probably wondering what exactly it can do for you as an individual.
For many years now, people have been using CBD for its calming effects, which seem to positively impact overall mood and well-being.
As a food supplement, and not a pharmaceutical company, that's about all we can legally say to our customers. Our products are not sold as medicines and we are not medical professionals, after all.
But due to the way it works with our ECS, CBD has the potential to support a wide range of issues.
Indeed, if you type ‘CBD for (insert issue here)' into Google, you will find a huge amount of articles about CBD benefiting hundreds of more specific issues.
While some of this information is based on sound science, much is from individual experiences (anecdotal) that are difficult to verify. And the critical thinkers among us will understand that there is unfortunately a lot of BS on the internet.
Why CBD Might Not Work For You
We are firm believers in the power of CBD for optimising health and well-being, and over 80% of our customers report experiencing benefits.
But as with anything in life, it just might not work for you. We are all different and there are so many variables that could influence how cannabinoids impact your specific circumstances.
Sometimes, customers who have insignificant results with one product, then find a different product to work better. And others may have benefited from CBD in the past, but no longer do.
We have even spoken with one customer who started off with great results, then stopped experiencing benefits, only later to return to CBD and have better results than when he first tried it.
Many companies won't communicate this through fear of giving CBD a bad name, but there's no need to oversell what it can do.
It's also important to understand that many of the benefits that people experience from CBD products may not be due to CBD alone. Full-spectrum CBD products contain hundreds of biologically active compounds that could be influencing specific effects.
At the end of the day, if you're looking for a natural, well-tolerated supplement to support well-being, hemp-derived products are certainly worth a try. But be objective and understand that results always vary from person to person.
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