What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is just one of the 113 cannabinoids naturally found in the cannabis sativa plant. In contrast to the more commonly known cannabinoid, THC, it has no psychoactive properties, is completely legal, and when isolated, can have a multitude of health benefits.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
In order to understand how cannabidiol (CBD) works, you must first understand the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system is internal to the body, hence its prefix – ‘endo’, taken from the Greek word meaning ‘within’. It consists of endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors and enzymes that either make or break down endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are fatty substances that interact or bind with cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are proteins in our cell membranes that enable signals to be relayed into the cell. There are CB1 and CB2 receptors in the central nervous system and CB2 receptors in the immune system, as well as many other cells of the body. CB2 is increased in the body when cells or tissues are stressed or damaged. Scientists have suggested that there are other CB receptors but this is still theory at present. Our cells produce endocannabinoids to help regulate important bodily functions, and as a form of phytocannabinoid, CBD has the potential to support such regulation.
CBD vs THC
Whenever we see the word ‘cannabis’, our minds jump to its recreational uses and psychoactive effects. Put more simply, we think of its capacity to get us ‘high’. While all plants in the cannabaceae family harbour this potential, it depends heavily on their cannabinoid profile. More specifically, the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) must be present.
At Dragonfly, we carefully select cannabis sativa (hemp) strains that are low in THC and high in CBD, as well as using specialist extraction techniques to reduce THC content to trace amounts. Produced from a premium CBD extract, all of our products are completely legal, non-psychoactive and specially designed to boost your health and wellbeing.
How is CBD made?
As an entirely natural compound, CBD is actually ‘extracted’ – not made – from our carefully cultivated hemp. Shortly after harvesting, our organic flowers are taken down to the lab to be processed using state of the art alcohol extraction. The plant material is first soaked in ethanol, in order to remove all cannabinoids, then distilled and evaporated into natural CBD extract via advanced chromatography techniques. Not only does the alcohol help to produce premium CBD oil, it also protects all our extract from bacteria and fermentation.
How can I take CBD?
While there are a number of different ways your body can take in CBD, each method has its own unique advantages. Options include ingestion, inhalation, topical application and sublingual administration (under the tongue), all of which vary in terms of absorption rate, convenience and longevity. Ultimately, choosing between them boils down to personal preference as well as your reason(s) for seeking out out the benefits of CBD.
Ingestion: CBD is swallowed or infused into food. Perhaps the most convenient way to build CBD into your routine, ingestion offers lower absorption rates yet stays in your system and boosts wellbeing for longer periods (six to eight hours).
Inhalation: CBD is taken in through the lungs via a vape or nebuliser. While this method ensures immediate relief and high absorption rates – of up to 50% – effects last for a shorter period.
Sublingual administration: CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream through tissues under the tongue. This is perhaps the best way to maximise absorption and reap the benefits of CBD for longer periods.
Topically: CBD is absorbed through the skin via pastes, balms and creams. While absorption rates are typically low for topical applications, this method is the best way to target specific areas, particularly those that are painful or inflamed.
Is CBD legal in the UK and Europe?
Yes, CBD is legal in the EU as well as the US.
Does CBD have any side effects?
Some side effects of CBD may include drowsiness, a dry mouth and low blood pressure. If you suffer from low blood pressure, or take any medication that lowers it, we recommend consulting with your doctor before taking CBD. Like any food supplement, CBD can also cause an allergic reaction in rare cases.
How does Dragonfly guarantee premium quality?
In order to ensure quality from seed through to sale, we test our products at every stage of the extraction process. All our extract is derived from EU, organic certified land. Our thorough testing procedure includes analysing the raw material, compounds and our final products through cannabinoid and terpene profiling, microbiological testing and pesticide testing. The final product is also third party tested in independent, accredited labs to ensure the utmost quality and compliance.
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