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CBD: What’s it all About?

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Talk of CBD has become increasingly more widespread in recent months. For many of us, however, there are still many questions when it comes to CBD products and what exactly they are used for. Now widely available, products that contain the extract range from oils to creams and coffees, claiming a myriad of health benefits. It’s time to set the record straight and get a clear and concise view of CBD products, and how they can be used in daily life.

What is CBD?

CBD is the short term used for cannabidiol, which is a compound derived from the hemp plant. While the hemp plant is part of the cannabis family, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound and will not get you high, which is perhaps the most important myth to bust when talking about CBD. When extracted, CBD forms a concentrated oil, and it is this that is used to make supplements and other products.

Why has CBD Become so Popular?

So why are we seeing CBD products everywhere right now? While the health benefits of CBD have been suspected for many years, it wasn’t until 2018 that the US Farm Bill legalised the farming of hemp on an industrial level. This move made CBD oil more readily available and affordable, allowing companies to start developing products and begin research and clinical trials. Following a surge in people looking to try a more holistic approach to a variety of health issues, testimonials and positive reviews of CBD products began mounting up.

The last few years have also seen many people, young and old, join what can be described as ‘the wellness movement’, which is the increase in popularity of healthy balanced living. It is now more fashionable than ever to eat clean, exercise and practice self-care, and the perceived health benefits of CBD fit incredibly well into our new and improved lives.

What are the Benefits of CBD?

But, are there really any benefits to taking CBD? While research remains in the early stages, as more and more scientific studies are revealed, we definitely see a huge number of positives. An article by Harvard Health informs us that the first FDA approved medicine to contain CBD has been used to treat severe cases of childhood epilepsy, after a number of studies revealed that the extract was able to significantly reduce, or even stop, seizures.

CBD products also boast of improving a vast variety of health and wellness ailments, from chronic pain to anxiety. Interestingly, some patient advocacy groups and charities have begun releasing their own guidance for those wanting to try CBD safely. The first to do so was The Alzheimer’s Society, after early research and testimonials discovered that CBD might be able to help manage some of the behavioural symptoms of dementia. From personal recommendations, CBD products can help in a variety of ways, including:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Chronic pain

It is highly likely that we will see a lot more research regarding these and much more.

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How do I Buy CBD?

CBD is available to purchase legally anywhere in the UK either online or in specialist shops. The only thing to be cautious of is ‘fake’ CBD products, which contain little or no active ingredients. The best way around this is to buy from a reputable source, either ask for recommendations or check out the company’s reviews. CBD oils and capsules are the simplest way to incorporate it into your life if you are interested in trying it out be sure to follow the product guidelines.

Disclosure – this is a sponsored post.

ElleVance Sciences manufacture and research a range of CBD products for humans and animals. Using a unique maximum strength cannabinoid & terpene blend, their products are designed to give complete support for the body’s endocannabinoid system – keeping everything in balance.


1 Comment

  1. January 28, 2020 / 8:05 pm

    I keep hearing about CBD but didn’t really know much about it. Thank you for shedding some light on it. It sounds like it could be very helpful to some people. x