All You Need To Know: CBD Oil
A natural, legal high? We know what you’re thinking: just some marketing trickery to get you to open this email. But we wouldn’t do such a thing (ok, maybe we would, but not this time!). Instead we’re here to give you the down low on CBD oil - also known as cannabidiol.
WHAT IS CBD OIL?
First things first, what is CBD oil? Good question - it took us a little while to get our heads around this bit too. CBD is one of the main chemical compounds in the cannabis plant (we hear you, surely not legal to sell, right?), but unlike the more famous molecule, THC (the bit that gets you really high), CBD is non psychoactive - with only trace amount of THC found in CBD oil.
But surely that means no natural high? Not so much - CBD is all the relaxation without the intoxication. You’ll be feeling pretty chilled out, just without any of the side effects associated with THC. So whilst CBD still has an effect on your body enough for you to feel it, by consuming it without THC it isn’t going to send you on the cerebral adventure that usually comes to mind when cannabis is mentioned.
Better yet, CBD is the part of the cannabis plant responsible for some pretty serious health benefits. Preclinical trials over the past four decades have found that the cannabinoid shows promise as an:
- anti-inflammatory (reduces inflammation)
- antioxidant (removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents from the body)
- neuroprotectant (prevents injuries from getting worse by slowing the loss of neurons)
- anxiolytic (anxiety reducing)
- antidepressant (depression reducing)
- analgesic (pain relieving)
- anti-tumoral agent (used in the treatment of cancer)
- anti-psychotic (used to treat psychotic disorders)
With emphasis on the ‘shows promise’ because those are some big claims to make, but it’s still a pretty good CV to hold. And whether you’re trying it for the benefits, or just that appealing uphoric feeling, there's not too much to lose!
WHERE CAN I GET CBD OIL?
The only downside to CBD oil is that it’s not too readily available, and it’s pretty high budget too. But with the way our naturopath swooned over it, we couldn’t not get in on the action (and yes, we swoon over health products in P+G HQ, it’s not your 'typical' office). Planet Organic have very recently started stocking it, but that's about the only bricks + mortar retailer in the UK we’re aware of. Understandably, being so closely related to cannabis, it’s still a little ‘taboo’ to sell, however in the UK, CBD was recently declared as medicine by the NHS, so hopefully availability will grow (albeit probably on pharmacy shelves rather than in health stores…).
AND HOW SHOULD I ‘TAKE IT’?
CBD can be taken in various forms including smoking, vaping and using oil/supplement products. Unless you’re really clued up on the process, we advise buying the extracted oils as when you buy a high-CBD flower (to smoke) that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s THC-free - and is therefore still pretty much illegal. When buying oils, it’s easy to get confused between CBD oil and hemp oil - most CBD oils are referred to as CBD hemp oil, and tend to have a % of CBD next to it (e.g. 5% - 20%) - the higher the %, the higher the amount of CBD oil present, mixed with hemp oil. This is different from just your regular hemp oil which doesn’t contain any CBD, and will likely be a fraction of the price (confusing, we know). We recommend trying any of the oils available here and for a breakfast with a boost, try our CBD smoothie recipe!
RAW CACAO + CBD SMOOTHIE
GF | WF | DF | RSF | VE
Serves 1 large or 2 small
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 dates, pitted
- 3 heaped tbsp raw cacao
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 5-6 hazelnuts
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp flaxseed
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
- 10-25 drops CBD oil (follow the recommendation of the oil you're using)
1. Freezer your banana (it’s easiest to do this the night before you want the smoothie - just peel and cut up a bunch of bananas, put them in a zip lock bag and freeze!)
2. Add all the ingredients to a blender
3. Blend and serve