CBD products have gained popularity in recent years as a trending food and wellness supplement. The market continues to grow as more people begin to realise its natural therapeutic benefits for the mind and body. But what is it?
What is CBD and where does it come from?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many naturally-occurring organic compounds found in hemp, a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant. These active chemical compounds are called cannabinoids, and CBD is the second most prevalent one.
Not to be confused with its more famous counterpart, also known as marijuana or cannabis, hemp is non-psychoactive and completely safe for use and consumption.
It’s important to understand that cannabis has two classifications, Hemp and Marijuana. The latter contains low amounts of CBD and high concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound responsible for the plant’s bad reputation. Hemp, on the other hand, contains just trace amounts (less than 0.2%) of THC and has high concentrations of therapeutic CBD, meaning that it has no psychoactive or mind-altering effects but all the natural benefits that we’ll talk about later.
Grown specifically for industrial or medicinal use, the hemp plant is very versatile and has thousands of uses: its stems produce a fibre that can be used for making 100% biodegradable, environmentally friendly products like paper, textiles and building materials; its seeds are a source of protein and its leaves and flowers produce oils - and that’s exactly what goes into our products.
Is CBD safe?
This is a question we hear a lot. That’s because there’s some confusion surrounding the cannabis plant and the relationship between hemp and marijuana, but there’s a big difference. While hemp is often misconstrued as a dangerous ‘drug’, it’s actually quite the opposite!
Cannabidiol (CBD) is legal in the UK but has to adhere to strict regulations to ensure high quality, safety and efficacy standards are met.
Since CBD is not a controlled substance like THC, it is lawfully available in the UK, providing it has a THC content of no more than 0.2% and is derived from an industrial hemp strain that is approved by the UK.
The Foods Standard Agency announced CBD as a novel food in January 2019, which means that it must:
- not be a risk to public health
- not be nutritionally disadvantageous when replacing a food
- not mislead the customer
According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that CBD has any potential to cause abuse or dependence, nor any serious side effects.
"In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse of dependence potential." - World Health Organization
Although CBD products contain trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), you should not test positive on a drug test if you consume CBD products. This is because drug tests don’t screen for CBD as it is not an illegal substance, but they may test for THC and its metabolites.
This is just another reason why it’s so important to buy CBD products from reliable sources that ensure minimal THC content. For example, Natural Greens only sells certified products that contain less than 0.2% THC which is the legal limit in the UK.
CBD products from Natural Greens
Natural Greens offer quality full-spectrum CBD oils and CBD chocolate in a variety of delicious flavours. The CBD that we use is cold-pressed, organic and entirely vegan; making it a safe and healthy food supplement to enhance your wellbeing.
Our CBD is extracted from carefully cultivated industrial-grade hemp strains that are approved in the UK, and are specially grown on certified organic farms.
We infuse our products with full-spectrum CBD which incorporates hundreds of other extracts naturally found in the whole plant, including various cannabinoids, essential oils and terpenes to provide even greater benefits through a process known as the Entourage Effect.
Full-spectrum CBD products from Natural Greens adhere to the FSA guidelines and are fully certified to contain high-quality cannabidiol. Because our products contain less than 0.2% THC content, they’re totally legal and safe for consumption, meaning that they do not have any psychoactive, intoxicating or mind-altering effects - but they do have a wide range of benefits for your wellbeing.
By using the traditional cold-press extraction method, our CBD oil maintains its purest form to offer all of its natural properties to make the best CBD oil available. Since this extraction process avoids contact with any solvents or chemicals, our CBD oil is also very high in CBDa (the raw version of CBD) which is thought to interact with the body even better than CBD.
What are the benefits of CBD?
CBD is non-psychoactive and can provide relief for anxiety, pain, depression and insomnia, among a wide range of other benefits that support good health and wellbeing.
Animal studies, clinical trials and research in humans have been exploring its benefits and suggest that CBD may help with:
- Chronic pain
- Muscle spasms
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to help balance and boost the body’s internal functions, making you feel better from the inside out.
How can CBD help you?
If you’re seeking a complementary addition to your wellbeing routine, Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural supplement that can bring a whole range of benefits.
Our full-spectrum CBD products are great for alleviating all sorts of adversities. By helping you to relax, elevate your mood, or keep your worries at bay, they are ideal if you’re having trouble sleeping, struggling with low mood or anxiety, feeling sluggish, or just not at 100%.
With the right CBD product, you may find that you have a better night’s sleep, improved mood and motivation, increased energy, and enhanced concentration - among many other possible benefits!
By incorporating high-quality CBD products into your lifestyle, you may see improvement in physiological functions like:
- Sleep & energy
- Mood & motivation
- Stress response
- Muscle movement & control
- Memory & concentration
When looking for CBD products, make sure to buy them from trusted sources. With a ton of unreliable sellers on the market, there’s no point wasting your time searching for the best CBD oil on some random website - so buy from a reputable store that you can rely on!
Natural Greens is a reputable supplier that offers fully organic certified full-spectrum CBD oils and chocolates, so you know that our products are completely safe for consumption.