Your CBD Questions Answered
At CBD Queen, we have had hundreds of questions from customers wanting to know more about CBD and how it works. We have curated the most popular questions into an easy to understand format so you can understand more about CBD.
We also have a dedicated section that explains more about the products we offer and the terminology used to describe them, which you can view here.
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1. What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the name of an active compound found in cannabis. There are over 100 identified compounds that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids.
CBD is one of the dozens of non-psychoactive cannabinoids naturally found within the plant. CBD is one of the main cannabinoids and responsible for up to 40% of the hemp plant. Studies have shown cannabinoids have significant benefits, proving to be hugely beneficial towards our well being and are completely non-addictive.
One of the most well-known cannabinoids is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the only psychoactive cannabinoid and produces the various effects most users would associate with being ‘high.’ THC is illegal in the UK.
Some other cannabinoids include Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabinol (CBN), and Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA), to name a few.
2. What does CBD do in my body?
The human body contains its own Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which houses various cannabinoid receptors. CBD naturally acts on the ECS signals to increase receptor function and flow with no psychoactive reactions in the body.
The chemical compounds that interact with the ECS support are memory, mood, brain reward systems, and energy balance. The ECS system has also been found to be beneficial in combating depression, anxiety, increasing appetite, and creating feelings of well-being.
For more in-depth information, please see the Endocannabinoid system below.
(If you want a highly effective method of consuming CBD, we recommend trying the Pockex vape).
3. What is an Endocannabinoid System?
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) refers to a collection of cell receptors and corresponding molecules located throughout the body – in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells.
Though it performs different tasks in each tissue, its goal is always homeostasis or optimal balance within the body.
The endocannabinoid system is made up of three mechanisms:
- Cannabinoid Receptors
- Enzymes that create and break down endocannabinoids
Whenever our functions get out of balance, the endocannabinoid system responds by triggering the release of enzymes designed to synthesize endocannabinoids.
These endocannabinoids – the most major of which are Anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol – bind to cannabinoid receptors that are found on cells in the brain and throughout the body.
Two primary cell receptors make up the ECS, Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 (CB2). Once the cannabinoid receptors are activated, they control the passage of proteins between cells, sending chemical messages between nerve cells explaining that adjustments need to be made. This process triggers a chemical response specifically designed to bring the function that had become unbalanced back into balance, or homeostasis.
CB1 receptors are abundant in the central nervous system. CB2 receptors are more often found on immune cells, in the gastrointestinal tract, and in the peripheral nervous system. Because cannabinoid receptors are found in so many places in the body, they are crucial for optimal health. In fact, they play a significant role in regulating many bodily functions like:
- Motor control
- Immune function
- Reproduction and fertility
- Temperature regulation
Because of its ability to maintain homeostasis within the body, the ECS is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health.
5. Is CBD safe?
CBD is generally well tolerated by most people and is considered safe, but that is not to say some people may have an adverse reaction.
CBD is also known to interact with several medications. We would highly suggest speaking to your GP before taking any CBD products.
6. Is CBD Legal?
Yes. As long as the THC content is below 1mg, CBD is legal to purchase and sell in the United Kingdom.
All of our products continually go through 3rd party lab testing to ensure THC content is below the legal 1mg threshold.
7. Can I get "high" using CBD?
Absolutely not! CBD does not cause a high and is a non psychoactive cannabinoid compound.
THC is the compound responsible for the “High” feeling and all of our products contain less than 1mg to comply with UK laws.
8. What's the difference between CBD and THC?
THC is a psychoactive compound that produces the various effects most users would associate with being ‘high’.
THC is currently illegal in the UK. Any product that contains any traces of THC must comply with the UK law which states it must be under 1mg.
CBD on the other hand is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and therefore offers no psychoactive effects whatsoever.
CBD is legal in the UK and according to various different studies carried out, it’s generally considered safe to take with extremely low risks of any side effects.
Hemp and marijuana are both strains of the cannabis plant. The hemp plant contains much higher concentrations of CBD and low traces of THC.
Whereas marijuana has much higher concentrates of THC and lower traces of CBD.
9. What is the Entourage effect?
The phrase “entourage effect” was coined by two Israeli scientists, Raphael Mechoulam and S. Ben-Shabat, to describe their findings; that taking the entire spectrum of natural compounds found in cannabis work far better together and are much more beneficial than only taking a single isolated molecule compound.
Raphael Mechoulam and many scientists who’ve followed his work maintain that all of the natural components of cannabis behave synergistically to produce far greater results than any single compound.
10. What health benefits does CBD offer?
For more information on the findings from studies and the benefits of CBD supplements, please visit our Blog page.
CBD Queen sells products as food supplements. We make no medical claims, nor do we suggest that CBD can cure, treat or prevent illnesses.
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