Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally-occurring substance found in hemp and cannabis which has recently gained a lot of interest because of its various health benefits.
CBD is was declared safe and non-addictive by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 14th December 2017. WHO also stated that CBD should not be controlled and it should be available worldwide since it can be potentially helpful to relieve symptoms in a wide range of conditions.
Since CBD is non-intoxicating, there is no potential for abuse. It is safe for everyone except in pregnancy and breastfeeding. One should seek medical advice if taking any medications because of the possibility of drug interactions.
How does it work?
CBD produces its effect on the body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and enhancing its function by boosting the levels of our naturally-occurring neurotransmitters. The ECS is an extensive system of receptors which was discovered around 1990 and is responsible for keeping the body functioning in its optimal state. The ECS maintains a state of homeostasis in the body by correcting any abnormal hormone and neurotransmitter levels, protecting against inflammation, infection and other types of chronic illnesses including cancer. The ECS is also important in healing and repair.
The endocannabinoid system is now known to be the most important physiological system in our body and CBD oil has been shown to enhance this system in a natural way without side effects. In this way, CBD can help with various health issues where the homeostatic mechanism in the body is compromised, boosts the immune system and provides countless health benefits.
What is CBD oil and how should you take it?
CBD is extracted from the hemp or cannabis plant and can come in various forms such as drops or oil, capsules, food products containing CBD known as edibles, topicals which can be applied directly onto the skin and extracts made specifically to be vaporized and inhaled. The most common form that CBD is usually found as is oil or drops.
CBD oil is an extract of CBD dissolved in oil. The CBD is extracted from the plant using alcohol or CO2. The active ingredient is diluted in an oil such as hemp oil, olive oil or MCT coconut oil. The percentage of the oil represents the dosage of active ingredient (CBD) per drop. A 5% CBD oil contains 500mg CBD per 10ml oil and delivers 2mg per drop. A 10% CBD oil contains 1000mg per 10ml oil and delivers 4mg per drop. A 15% CBD oil contains 1500mg CBD per 10ml oil and delivers 6mg CBD per drop.
When choosing a CBD oil, always ensure that the brand you choose is reputable and that it has been recommended to you. Some brands may produce cheaper products and these may sometimes be inferior in quality and contain less CBD than is declared on the bottle. Some CBD products bought on the internet contain no CBD at all!
If you are starting CBD as a food supplement and you do not have any health issues you wish to address, it is advisable to start with 2.5% or 5% drops. If you any symptoms which you would like to address, it is advisable to start with a 10% oil and increase to 15% or higher if necessary. It is highly recommended to seek medical advice before starting CBD oil to treat any symptoms which you may be experiencing. If you are symptom-free and not on medication, anyone can take a 2.5% or 5% CBD oil as a food supplement unless pregnant or breastfeeding.
Whether you are starting with 2.5% or 15%, always start with 1 drop twice daily initially, increasing to 2 drops twice to three times daily. It is recommended that one doesn't exceed the maximum daily of 15 drops which can be taken in divided doses of 5-5-5. When you are tailing up the dose one drop at a time, try to observe how you feel and explore increasing the dose especially on days which may be more challenging. You can slowly find the dose that you feel your body functions best with and fine tune depending on day to day changes and symptoms.
Some users may take their CBD oil once daily, twice daily or three times daily depending on personal preference. It is very safe if higher doses are taken and human trials have been done with doses exceeding 1000mg daily - that is a whole 10ml bottle of 10% CBD oil!
Is it legal?
CBD is legally available as a food supplement throughout Europe as long as it contains <0.3% THC. In Malta, it is legal for patients to buy CBD products for their own personal use as long as they have a prescription from a medical doctor and the product they buy is manufactured under GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), like the products in this web store. Since no CBD products are available in pharmacies in Malta, patients need to access CBD online or from licensed outlets.