We aren’t strangers to CBD oil at CPRESS, in fact, we’ve been putting it in our hash brownies for months already, and, go figure, they’ve been super popular. Whilst we can’t promise you that our brownies will get you high, we can explain why we think CBD oil is a valuable part of any wellness warrior’s medicine cabinet and useful addition to our 21st Century lifestyles.
CBD oil comes from the cannabis plant but it’s made up of a different part that’s non-psychoactive. Within the Cannabis plant, there exists THC and CBD. TCH (Tetrahydrocannabinol), is the main psychoactive component of cannabis and is responsible for the “high” associated with recreational cannabis use. TCH works by mimicking neurotransmitters that are responsible for how we experience pain, appetite, sleep and other bodily functions and effects can include relaxation, hunger, fatigue and a feeling of calmness.
Both CBD and TCH are cannabinoids, which are naturally occurring compounds found in nature, but most well known for being found in abundance in the cannabis plant. Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system which is a physiological system involved in maintaining homeostasis within the body, homeostasis is just a fancy way of saying balance. CBD and TCH stimulate receptors within this system and therefore help to promote homeostasis, reducing pain and inflammation.
CBD differs from TCH in that it doesn’t contain any of the same psychoactive properties as TCH, but it does still help to promote homeostasis. TCH is an illegal drug which has been shown to have long term side effects relating to mental cognitive side effects such as impaired thinking and reasoning. CBD is legal and has been shown to be helpful in the following circumstances:
- Pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis, cancer and neuropathy.
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Despite being a big wellness trend these days, it does seem as though CBD oil is helping people to regain that sense of balance in their lives. However, because it’s become such a trend there are CBD companies out there that are just into to make a quick buck, instead of selling a product that’s been well researched and tested - it’s important to note that the CBD market is new and unregulated. A good quality CBD oil is likely to be pretty expensive, and you shouldn’t ever take it unless you’ve done your research into the company, the sort of dosage that might be right for you and the reasons behind why you may want to take it in the first place.
In terms of our 21st Century lifestyles, it might be a helpful addition to anyone that deals with chronic stress and anxiety, usually brought on by our hectic lives juggling work, family commitments, being “online” and contactable 24/7 (thanks, technology) and struggling to properly switch off to be able to rest and rejuvenate.
If you just want a delicious brownie with a bit of a kick back, you know where to go!