The acronym CBD represents cannabidiol – one of the over 100 natural cannabinoids found in cannabis sativa (the Latin name for this type of cannabis/hemp). It is believed to have a multi faceted variety of health benefits, is legal in many countries, non-toxic, and completely non-psychoactive.
CBD is the second most famous compound in cannabis. The most widely known cannabinoid is THC, which is the ingredient in cannabis well known for producing a feeling of being ‘high’. Unlike THC, CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and does not cause a high whatsoever. In fact, CBD has antipsychotic effects, which means that it works in a completely different way than THC. Numerous studies suggest that CBD also can act to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC.
Hemp contains almost no THC (> 0.2%) and is rich with CBD. Depending on the extraction method, it is possible to completely remove the THC in its entirety. In KannaSwiss products you will find 0% THC unless otherwise clearly stated.
Hemp oil and Hemp Extracts are simply other words used for CBD oil. Consumers should however be aware that there is a distinct difference between hemp oil and hemp seed oil.
Hemp seed oil is derived purely from hemp seeds, and is used in food preparation but does not contain CBD or any other cannabinoids.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a homeostatic regulator of neuronal activity and almost every other physiological system in the body. It has a regulatory role on pain, inflammation, memory, emotion, sleep and metabolic function.
It comprises a vast network of receptors in the brain, central and peripheral nervous system and cannabis-similar compounds called endocannabinoids.
It has been compared to a dimmer switch, constantly working to bring balance when there is too much or too little activity in the body.
Natural cannabinoids like CBD and THC interact with the ECS, which researchers believe may explain some of the physiological effects of the cannabis plant.
Recent research has demonstrated that active compounds from other plant species such as carrot (Daucus carota), kava (Piper methyscum), New Zealand liverwort (Radula marginata), ginger (Zingiber officinale) and black pepper (Piper nigrum) contain compounds which also interact with the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system plays a role in almost every physiological system in the body. For a long period of time it was overlooked as a possible therapeutic target, particularly because there was not enough known about the implications of the system. However, with the incredible success stories reported from the use of cannabinoids, particularly CBD, many medical scientists have started to focus on the endocannabinoid system.
The ECS was discovered in the early nineties by scientist Dr. Lumir Hanus, while investigating how the psychoactive compound THC reacts with our internal system. Hanus found that the body produces its own compounds similar to cannabinoids found in cannabis. The organic system which produces the body’s own cannabinoids was named the ‘endocannabinoid system’. The ECS is composed of CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 cannabinoid receptors are predominantly found in the brain and the central nervous system (CNS). CB2 receptors are mostly found in the immune system.
Recently, more conclusive evidence is coming to light supporting the theory of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency posited by Dr. Ethan Russo. Given the large number of symptoms that are linked to endocannabinoid abnormalities, this is an area which will undoubtedly be explored further in the very near future.
There are some scientific experiments that indicate that cannabinoids work in a similar way to the endocannabinoids that the human body already produces in healthy people.
Hemp contains a complex matrix of natural plant compounds that offer a wealth of potential health benefits.
At KannaSwiss we extract only the highest quality extracts that stay true to nature. When it comes to the effects of CBD, biologically everyone is different. Taking CBD is as simple as taking any other supplement, however you should expect to have your own personal experience, as its effects may vary from person to person.
Knowing just how CBD affects the body, can help to explain how CBD could potentially fit into your overall wellness regime. Before we investigate the potential effects of CBD, it is paramount to understand what CBD is and where it comes from.
‘CBD is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. In fact, CBD is one of over 100 compounds that are derived from the plant. CBD is non psychoactive and will not make you ‘high.’
CBD works by interacting with your endocannabinoid system. This system, also known as the ECS, is a key homeostatic regulator that plays a vital role in almost every physiological system. The endocannabinoid system is best explained as a vast network of receptors that receives chemical compounds. These receptors impact your overall well-being and are themselves activated – by natural compounds like CBD.
Scientific research on the effects of CBD on the endocannabinoid system, suggest that cannabinoid receptors line the outer layer of cells that are distributed throughout your body. CBD is thought to react with the CB2 receptors that are found outside of the CNS, in your immune system.
It is theorised by scientists that CBD interacts with the CB2 receptors. And by doing so, potentially prompts your body to produce its own cannabinoids, which work to restore overall balance and well-being.
Even though there is still much more to be discovered about the endocannabinoid system, a PubMed search reveals more than 1500 studies and reviews that have been published in this area of science.
One of the best qualities of CBD is its personalised effect. It’s fair to ponder ‘what are the CBD effects?’ or ‘how will CBD make me feel?` It’s a common misconception that CBD will make you feel ‘high’, like THC. However, CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it won’t give you that euphoric feeling associated with other strains of cannabis. When CBD is derived from hemp, it has less than 0.2% THC.
The reasons why people seek to use CBD may vary depending on factors such as health, lifestyle and circumstances. Therefore its effects may differ from person to person.
Some people describe CBD’s effects, as being slightly energized with an increased feeling of focus. While others may feel more calm and relaxed which could help support better sleep. The wonder of CBD is that everyone’s CBD journey will be different, so to manage your expectations you should find your own CBD ‘sweet spot.’
When taking CBD the golden rule really is – everyone is different. Some studies show that CBD stays in your system for two to five days. However, this is also dependent on your metabolism. The amount of time it takes for the molecule to completely leave the human body depends on each person – as well as how much has been taken.
Factors such as weight, sex, metabolic rate and how healthy you are will all play a role in how long CBD will stay in your system, in addition to the following:
The chosen delivery method – Some methods allow the body to absorb less CBD than others
The frequency in which your CBD dose is taken.
We can’t say this often enough, but all bodies are different and will react differently to what we put inside them. Therefore, a good rule of thumb is to always pay attention to the signals your body is sending you.
It’s also important to remember that CBD can affect everyone differently and what might happen to one person might not be the same for you.
We recommend starting with a low dose and gradually building your way up to a dose that feels comfortable for you. Monitor your dosage to see how much you are taking and if you notice any side effects, simply lower the dose again.
Some of the side effects of CBD may include:
- Dry mouth
The compound CBD and KannaSwiss CBD products have NOT been approved by the FDA. However, The World Health Organisation (WHO) does recognize CBD as being non-toxic, safe and with little to no side effects.
The information supplied by KannaSwiss in this info page about the potential CBD effects serves only as a guide. Making reference to the science linked to the compound CBD only and not KannaSwiss products.
The research mentioned in this page does not in any way relate to the effects of KannaSwiss CBD products. CBD and KannaSwiss products have not been FDA approved and do NOT intend to treat, diagnose or cure any diseases or conditions. For more scientific information on the effects of CBD, we recommend reading the latest published research at Pub med.com