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What are Cannabinoids?

What are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are compounds found in the cannabis plant. There are at least 144 separate cannabinoids that have been isolated, each offering different effects. They bind to receptors in our bodies and you can find out more information on the endocannabinoid system here

Below we look at the 5 most commonly identified cannabinoids found in the plant:

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD is a chemical found in the cannabis plant. CBD doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis that produces a high. CBD does not change a person’s state of mind when consumed. 

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

THC is the main psychoactive compound found in Cannabis. Certain pharmaceutical forms of THC have been approved by the FDA to stimulate appetite and to treat sickness from chemotherapy. It has also been used to treat neuropathic pain, spasticity and overactive bladders.

Cannabinol (CBN)

CBN forms when the THC in cannabis degrades due to over exposure to air or ultraviolet light. It is mildly psychoactive and is thought to have sedative effects. According to a 2002 study it can also help with pain relief.

Cannabigerol (CBG)

This is the parent cannabinoid, to which other cannabinoids are synthesised. When the plant grows, all but 1% of CBG converts to the other compounds mentioned in this article. So far, invitro studies have shown some indications that CBG may help with colitis, neurodegeneration, and could potentially inhibit the growth of certain cancer cells.

Cannabichromene (CBC) 

There has been little research into CBC however we do know that it is non-intoxicating, so it doesn’t produce a euphoric high like THC. It is thought to bind to different receptors in our body and has potential to increase levels of the bodies natural endocannabinoids like anandamide.

CBD for Meditation

CBD for Meditation

It is of our belief that CBD should not be used solely to enhance an experience but should be part of a holistic self-care routine. Having said that the stress-relieving qualities of CBD and meditation could work hand in hand to reduce the anxieties of the modern world.

Similar to the practice of meditation, CBD also has properties that may help you to relax. The addition of CBD into your daily routine can produce similar effects as those seen with the addition of meditation. We believe that this is why many people often choose to enhance their daily meditation with a dose of CBD.

Results do depend on the dose and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all. As a general rule of thumb, it’s always good to start with a low dose when incorporating a new supplement into your routine and then gradually increasing this when required.

Another consideration to take into account is that CBD can take time to work and it may not show results right away. CBD works with your endocannabinoid system in an interesting way; the more you consume it, the more receptive your body becomes to it. It might take some people a couple of months of continuous CBD consumption in order to fully experience the benefits. If you are consuming CBD orally it’s also important to know that it can take up to an hour to absorb into your body — this delay will need to be worked into your preparation for mediation.

Many CBD users report positive and relaxed moods after consumption, something that can help a lot when it comes to meditation. It also promotes awareness and focus, helping people’s thoughts stay in the moment.

All in all, there have been very few studies on CBD and meditation and whether or not they are more effective taken together. However, we do know that by themselves, CBD and meditation are independently capable of helping a person relax and feel a sense of calmness so why not give it a go.

CBD Gummies

CBD Gummies

There are many different ways to consume CBD. Within this post we will explain why we chose to create the most natural, vegan friendly, vitamin enriched CBD gummies available in the UK. 

What are CBD gummies?

CBD gummies are sweets containing cannabidiol (CBD) oil. They are rising in popularity and in North America, edibles now make up a third of sales. This increase in popularity is due to the fact that they are a discreet and tasty way to ingest CBD. It is also much easier to dose CBD gummies than it is when smoking or vaping CBD flower. This allows consumers to start slow and increase the number of milligrams (MG) consumed to get to to the right tailored dose.

How to consume the CBD gummies?

CBD gummies can be more active (bioavailable) when held in the mouth rather than chewed and swallowed immediately. The cannabidiol in the CBD gummies enters the bloodstream quicker when absorbed sublingually than it will through the digestive system. So enjoy the natural flavours of our CBD gummies before swallowing.

Can CBD enhance your yoga?

Can CBD enhance your yoga?

Yoga and cannabis have a history. Cannabis is a sacred plant in India – where yoga originated – and has been smoked by holy men in conjunction with yoga practices for centuries. We turn to yoga as a way to calm down, go inward, and let go. It soothe’s in the short-term and allows us to check in rather than check out, whilst addressing anxiety with calmness.

Why CBD?

Yoga is one of many great ways of coping. However with the increasing legalisation of cannabis and hemp-derived products around the world, the stressed-out among us are exploring new ways to cope with anxiety.

It all comes down to CBD, a cannabinoid compound found in the cannabis plant. Although CBD shares some similarities with THC, hemp’s better-known cannabinoid, there is one big difference: CBD has no psychoactive effects and won’t get you high.

CBD isn’t a miracle ‘cure’ for anxiety, and neither is Yoga, but research has opened our eyes to how they can both help. You may be able to take your yoga practise to another level when pairing with CBD.

So in summary, CBD can enhance your mind-body connection through the endocannabinoid system, improved yoga adaptation through local activation of the endocannabinoid system in muscle tissue, reduced inflammation, and enhanced focus and concentration during your practice.

CBD – The Basics

CBD – The Basics

In the UK, interest in CBD is at an all time high. We are seeing over 100k google searches a month for ‘CBD’ and £300m spent annually on products containing the compound. We want to use this opportunity to answer some of the most common questions we are asked about CBD ( Cannabinoids ) – What is CBD?

What is CBD?

CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis that produces a high. CBD does not change a person’s state of mind when consumed. 

Is CBD legal?

YES! CBD products that contain less than 0.2% THC are fully legal for sale in the UK. 

Should I use CBD?

As we are not medical practitioners we are unable to give any medical advice. However, research suggests that, at the time of writing this, no negative side effects have been associated with CBD.

You should always consult your GP before making any medical decisions.

The Endocannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid System

In this post we will explain the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and how CBD works with the ECS in plain English.

What does the ECS do?

The ECS is responsible for regulating and balancing many processes in the body. These include pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and the reproductive function.

How does it work?

The system is made up of endocannabinoids, receptors and enzymes.

Endocannabinoids — these are made by the body and include anandamide and 2-AG

Receptors — the two main receptions are the CB1 receptors (found in the central nervous system) and the CB2 receptors (found in your peripheral nervous system particularly in the immune cells)

Enzymes — fatty acids amide hydrolase breaks down the anandamide and monoacylglycerol acid lipase breaks down the 2-AG

The body produces the endocannabinoids which then bind to the receptors. The effect will depend on where the receptor is within the body and which receptor it binds to. The enzymes will then break down the endocannabinoids when they have carried out their function.

Phytocannabinoids

There are over 100 known phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant including CBD and THC. These bind to the receptors in the same way as the endocannabinoids that the body creates itself which is why there is so much medical research into phytocannabinoids. Research has already discovered that THC binds to our CB1 receptors and CBD binds to our CB2 receptors.

Summary

This explains why cannabinoids are purported to be a cure for all. The ECS is responsible for balance across so many process in the body. Sometimes our body does not produce enough endocannabinoids and it is thought that by adding phytocannabinoids we can help to bring balance to our ECS.