What is CBC (Cannabidiol)

This month’s herbal remedy article compiled in conjunction with the Body Store, Syston looks at the healing qualities of Cannabidoil (CBD).
As with any herbal or alternative remedies, if you have an existing health problem please consult your medical practitioner before taking.
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one if over 100 cannabinoids, flavonoids and other natural substances found in Cannabis sativa, also known as industrial Hemp. CBD is one of the most well-known cannabinoids. It has no psychoactive properties, is not classed as a narcotic substance, and its use in food supplements is not restricted.
Hemp is a source of nutrients unlike any other with an oil containing all the families of essential fatty acids and a protein with all the amino acids human require, and now CBD is set to join this list with its own amazing health promoting properties.
Cannabidiol is one of the most prevalent chemical compounds found inside the resin glands (trichomes) of the female cannabis plant. These chemical compounds are known as cannabinoids. The human body produces compounds similar to those in the Cannabis plant, called endocannabinoids. Cannabinoids are substances that bind to special receptors on your cells that are part of the extensive endocannabinoid system found throughout the human body.
The endocannabinoid system is a vast network of cell receptor proteins with many functions. Certain receptors are heavily concentrated in the central nervous system but others are found all over the body. They’re in your skin, digestive tract, and even in your reproductive organs.
The endocannabinoid system plays a part in controlling many body functions including mood, cognition, movement, appetite, immune response, sleep, ovulation, and sperm development.
The other common cannabinoid is called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the compound which has psychoactive properties, it is therefore restricted.
Industrial Hemp is legal to grow under licence; however, the plant contain less than 0.2% THC. All Cannabis sativa oils and CBD products must be tested to prove that the finished product still provides only trace amounts of THC.
For more information on the range of CBD products available, as they come in different forms, balm, atomiser sprays etc., call in and speak to Raj, he can advise or pick up a leaflet.