CBD (Cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid naturally found in the cannabis sativa plant or in hemp. It is a non-psychoactive cannababoid (which means there will be no high). CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system.
The skin is the largest organ on the human body and while acting as a barrier for harmful substances it is also a useful molecular passageway and quickly absorbs CBD. Therefore, when you apply it topically the CBD activity targets acute regions and starts therapy at the source of pain and discomfort.
There are two known Cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. When used topically the CBD interacts with the CB2 receptors which research suggests has positive results regarding pain, inflammation, immune response, muscle formation, bone growth and remodelling, as well as skin and nerve function.
Distillates are also one of the most potent types of concentrates that exist. Distillation of hemp allows for the extraction of cannababoids that offer a pure, versatile, and potent product that has unlimited potential as far as usage is concerned.
Distillation uses heat to vaporize cannabinoids. This vapour is then collected in the distillation cooling system. This eliminates everything from the cannabinoids, including plant matter and chlorophyll.
In turn this creates a very clean, very concentrated liquid that is also completely solvent-free. The distillate can then be put into everything. And the benefit, obviously, is that there is nothing in it except the desired cannabinoids.
There’s a reason people in the hemp industry sometimes refer to CBD distillate as The Pure. That’s exactly what it is. A product that’s virtually pure cannabinoids.
It is wise to check with your doctor before using CBD oil if you are using other medication. According to the World Health Organisation CBD oil is non-toxic, non-addictive and non-psychoactive and there have never been any reported cases of overdoses or serious side effects.
In some studies, certain doses of CBD have been known to temporarily deactivate Cytochrome P450 (CYP450), a class of liver enzymes responsible for the breakdown of some clinically prescribed medications. This can lead to the delayed breakdown and prolonged activity of administered prescription medications (as well as some OTC medications).
While not believed to be life-threatening, it is advisable to pay attention to any changes in health whilst taking medications alongside CBD and always visit your GP if you are concerned about any new symptoms.
Some people already have anomalies in the CYP450 enzyme system, which can impact the way they metabolize CBD, as well as certain medications. For these individuals it may be necessary to re-evaluate the dosage of CBD.
First of all a disclaimer: UK Home Office regulations prevent us from providing any medical claims regarding CBD’s efficacy. We cannot give any recommended dosages for particular issues.
Having said that, there are thousands of studies published online that you can discover or read what people are using CBD for and read about their experiences.
In 1992, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli scientist, discovered that every human and many animals have a system present in their bodies known as The Endogenous Cannabinoid System or Endocannabinoid System. This system is activated by cannabinoids.
Our bodies create cannabinoids, which are used by the endocannabinoid system to maintain balance (homeostasis) in the body. However, unfortunately most of us are unable to create enough of our own cannabinoids and therefore our endocannabinoid system may be out of balance, resulting in poor health.
The endocannabinoid system has often been described as the most important system in the body for maintaining long-term health.
Research suggests that taking CBD oil helps your body to create more of the cannabinoids needed by this system, in turn helping to maintain balance and wellbeing in the body.
Taking CBD oil helps your body to create more of the cannabinoids that your endocannabinoid system needs to help maintain balance and well-being in the body. It is vital to keep this system working well as it helps our immune systems, protects our brains, helps us manage stress and generally keeps our bodies in balance.
The FSA (Food Standards Agency) suggests you should not take CBD if you are pregnant. If you have any concerns, please contact your healthcare professional.
Shakti Moontime CBD Butter is not suggested for pregnant women due to the Clary Sage Essential oil ingredient.
We use CBD broad spectrum distillate in our CBD oils. Broad Spectrum means that the CBD has other cannabinoids present within it so it can induce what is known as the entourage effect, which means the cannabinoids are working together to help treat conditions. CBD Isolates contain just CBD, and although the method still works, it is believed not to have the same effect. Our CBD oils are THC free but contain smaller amounts of other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBC CBDV & CBN, which allows the entourage effect to take place.
The simple answer is no. CBD and THC fight for the same receptors and essentially do opposite things. THC is psychoactive where as CBD is not. CBD is non psychoactive but still works on the body’s endocannabanoid system.
For example, if you were to smoke cannabis and then have some CBD, the CBD would reverse the effects of the THC. It’s the equivalent of a drink that stops you/ reverses the effects of you being drunk.
Some people sleep well on CBD, others don’t. It usually depends on the reason why sleeping is difficult. For some, CBD can help relax the body and mind so that sleeping becomes easier. On the other hand, some people notice an uplifting, energising effect, which could make falling asleep more difficult. Should you notice that falling asleep proves more difficult, then take your last drops of the day some 2-3 hours before sleeping.
In addition to the cannabinoids, other molecules in the cannabis plant are biologically active (not to mention fragrant and flavourful). Terpenoids, know no as terpenes are very common chemical compounds found in plants that function as major biosynthetic cellular messengers. Many hormones including Estrogens are terpenoids and share the same basic organic chemical structure. All cannabinoids are classified as terpenes but are unique to the cannabis plant.
Terpenes are oils secreted by the glandular hairs found most densely on the floral leaves and flowers of the female plants. Their flavour and smell identity the particular strain along with their known health effects.
Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants. The oils capture the plant’s scent and flavour, or “essence.” Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence.
Essential oils are obtained through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Once the aromatic chemicals have been extracted, they are combined with a carrier oil to create a product that’s ready for use.
The way the oils are made is important, as essential oils obtained through chemical processes are not considered true essential oils.
The FSA suggested dose for healthy adults is as follows;
“As a precaution, we recommend that healthy adults do not take more than 70mg a day, unless a doctor agrees more. This is about 28 drops of 5% CBD. This doesn’t mean that these levels are definitely safe, but that the evidence we have suggests adverse health effects could potentially be seen above this.”
Yes, you can find the lab test results for our distillate CBD and for the CBD paste we use in our balms here. Our CBD balms are also covered by the CPSR (Cosmetic product safety report).
CBG or Cannabigeriol is known as the mother or precusor cannabinoid because all other cannabinoids grow out of it. It is another non psychoactive Cannabinoid in which early research has shown it has many potential benefits for improving human health.
Isolated, each cannabinoid has its own beneficial properties, many that overlap, but when CBD and CBG are taken together, the benefits of the CBD last longer and are more pronounced. CBG also amplifies the other cannabinoids in broad spectrum products.
Here’s how it works. CBD works with FAAH to stimulate anandamide and the production of endocannabinoids in the body. If your system is under or over-producing, CBD helps to regulate it. CBG interacts with the receptors, and together they have the potential for lots of health benefits.