As one of the top places to buy CBD oil in South Africa, the most common question we receive is: What in the world is CBD?! Simply put, CBD stands for cannabidiol (pronounced cann-a-bid-EYE-ol) and is one of the 100+ chemical compounds found in both known types of cannabis plants, which include hemp and marijuana. These compounds are called cannabinoids, and they interact with the endocannabinoid system in many parts of the human body (as well as in all mammals, including your furry best friends!), with a growing body of evidence that it has a number of health benefits. Most importantly, CBD oil is non-psychoactive, which means it won’t get you (or your dog) high.
To better understand what CBD (or cannabidiol) is, it is helpful to understand what CBD is not. CBD is one of the most common compounds found in cannabis plants – including both hemp and marijuana strains – the other common compound being the well-known (and well-demonized) THC. However, CBD has recently become the most-talked about cannabis compound as research is now showing many benefits that promote whole-body health.
Though CBD and THC are found in the same plant, THC comes from the leaves and flowers of the cannabis sativa species, often referred to as marijuana; while CBD typically is derived from the stems and seeds of a type of cannabis known as hemp. Technically speaking, it’s THC that has long been classified as illegal since it is the compound that “gets you high” while cannabis plants containing negligible (or zero) THC have no psychoactive effects. Since hemp has practically zero THC, products made from Hemp CBD have two important advantages: they don’t make you high and they are legal to use and to carry with you.
CBD oil is created from hemp plant material that has been processed to filter out everything but the cannabidiol, leaving behind a white powder or crystal referred to as CBD isolate or crystalline isolate, which is 99.9% pure CBD by volume. This substance is used as the basis for many CBD products, including CBD oils, balms, lotions, edibles, tinctures and CBD vaping e-liquids, with more products hitting the major markets regularly.
How does CBD work with my body?
The way CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system is still being studied. It wasn’t until the mid 1990’s that researchers realized how important CBD is to our general health. What they discovered is that the human body has an endocannabinoid system which uses cannabinoids to keep the body in balance. According to Wikipedia: “A cannabinoid is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. Ligands for these receptor proteins include the endocannabinoids produced naturally in the body by mammals, the phytocannabinoids found in cannabis and some other plants, and synthetic cannabinoids. The most notable cannabinoid is the phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. Cannabidiol (CBD) is another major constituent of the plant.”
Endocannabinoids and their receptors (which bind to CBD specifically) run throughout the whole body, affecting everything from your immune and nervous systems to virtually every organ. CBD1 receptors are located in the brain, central nervous system, lungs, muscles, blood vessels, reproductive organs and digestive tract. CBD2 receptors are located in the pancreas, bone marrow, brainstem, liver, and periphery organs.
Endocannabinoids appear to be literally a bridge between body and mind. By understanding this system, we begin to see a mechanism that could connect brain activity with states of physical health and disease.
When the body’s natural CBD supply is deficient, that’s when supplementing with plant-based CBD from hemp can help.
What can CBD do for me?
Scientists are still working on new research to fully understand the benefits of cannabinoid supplementation on the endocannabinoid system. Research to date has shown CBD to have a positive effect on conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation and pain, seizures, anxiety, PTSD, cancers, addictions, and many more.
CBD oil has been shown to be beneficial in treating a number of ailments, but the most important benefit comes from the fact that CBD in conjunction with the endocannabinoid system does more than just control the symptoms, as it works with your body to actually improve any underlying conditions. Another great benefit over pharmaceutical options? CBD is non-addictive and non-toxic to your body!
Some of the most popular uses of CBD hemp oil products include:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Chronic Pain
- Seizure Disorders
- Joint Pain
- Digestive Issues
- Skin Allergies
- Addiction/Withdrawal Symptoms
- Recovery and Repair
How do I use CBD?
CBD products come in various forms: e-liquids, balms, tinctures, oils, lotions, edibles, and many more. Just remember that CBD isolate made from 99.9% pure CBD derived from hemp should be the basis for any CBD containing product you buy. You should choose a product that makes the most sense for what (and whom) you are treating. Chronic muscle tension may be suited for a topical balm, while those using CBD to quit smoking gravitate towards CBD e-liquids; meanwhile your yorkshire terrier is going to be happiest with pet-specific CBD oils, tinctures, and treats.
Is CBD safe for my pets?
Research shows that all mammals have an endocannabinoid system, not just humans, so the same benefits you receive from CBD your pets may also enjoy. One study investigating the safety of CBD in animals found that CBD is safe and non-toxic, even at high doses.
Some of the most popular reasons to give CBD oil to your dogs, cats, horses, and whatever other mammal you’re keeping as a pet include:
- Joint Pain
- Geriatric Conditions
- Digestive Issues
- Seizure Disorders
- Cancer Symptoms
- Loss of Appetite
- Skin Allergies
While we’ve spent some years now researching the cannabis plants – including both hemp and marijuana – there still remains much to understand, especially in regards to how CBD oil interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid systems. The mounting evidence continues to show that daily CBD supplementation should be highly recommended for both humans and our animal friends alike. One study proposed the idea of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD), stating: “Migraine, fibromyalgia, IBS and related conditions display common clinical, biochemical and pathophysiological patterns that suggest an underlying clinical endocannabinoid deficiency that may be suitably treated with cannabinoid medicines.”
While South Africa is unfortunately not currently leading the way in research & development on the emerging health benefits of cannabis-derived supplements, you can still buy CBD oil in South Africa including CBD balms, CBD lotions, CBD vapes, CBD pet oils, CBD tinctures, and many more at our online shop: CBDstore.co.za
Always consult your physician or veterinarian when adding to you or your pet’s diet. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease, and no claims regarding such are made. Products have not been evaluated by the MCC or the FDA.