CBD: What It Is & How to Consume It

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Disclaimer: we don’t claim to be medical experts nor do we claim that any of our CBD products will cure illnesses and/or diseases. We simply wish to educate people on the health, wellness and therapeutic benefits that our customers and other CBD users have seen as a result of cannabidiol usage.

Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is just one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis, and is a legal substance that has been shown to host a range of different therapeutic and health benefits, including protection against bone diseases, resilience to degeneration and pain fighting properties according to clinical research.

Despite the success and ever growing popularity of CBD products both in the UK and worldwide, few actually understand exactly what it is and its characteristics.

Luckily, here at Kingdom of Green, we have a wealth of knowledge and are on hand to offer our expertise and educate you on everything CBD so that you can choose products that are safe, effective and suited to your needs.

In this informative guide, we will be taking a look at what CBD is, how it works and common ways to consume CBD, as well as what cannabinoids and terpenes are and their characteristics.

What is CBD?

First things first, you need to understand what CBD is and how it works within your body before trying it out. Simply put, cannabidiol is one of the most prevalent chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, but unlike traditional illegal cannabis, CBD is non psychoactive so does not have the same mind altering chemicals and as such, you won’t get high.

CBD is legal, safe and boasts a number of different health and therapeutic advantages. If you’d like to know more about the benefits of taking CBD and how it can have a huge impact on your long term health, then check out our helpful guide CBD: The Benefits, Dosage & How it Works.

Cannabidiol interacts with your body’s native endocannabinoid (EC) system – a system that regulates bodily functions such as hormone production, appetite, sleep, mood, pain and immune system responses. The EC system regularly adjusts such functions to keep them in harmony and balance to ensure your overall wellbeing, and CBD can help to make these crucial adjustments.

What are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are a large class of diverse chemical compounds produced by the cannabis plant, and occur naturally in the human body. CBD is just one of the 113 cannabinoids found in the plant, and interacts with the EC system in a unique way just as the other cannabinoids do. Cannabinoids host a range of benefits from relieving anxiety to reducing inflammation to aiding sleep.

The main cannabinoids and their characteristics are as follows:

  • CBD – promotes bone growth, reduces seizures, inflammation, blood sugar, nausea, relieves pain and anxiety and is neuro-protective and antibacterial.
  • CBDa – reduces inflammation.
  • CBG – aids sleep, relaxes muscles, slows bacterial growth, promotes bone growth and relieves anxiety and pain.
  • CBC – promotes bone growth, reduces inflammation and relieves pain.
  • THC – relives pain, reduces inflammation and relaxes muscles. To find out more about the differences between THC and CBD, take a look at our informative guide: CBD vs THC: What is the Difference?

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are fragrant oils that give the cannabis plant its distinct and aromatic diversity. The large class of organic compounds are responsible for the wide variety of fragrant flavours and smells in cannabis, and have therapeutic properties which interact with the body’s EC system in the same way in which cannabinoids do. When searching for the CBD product that best suits you, the terpene profile should be a huge determining factor.

The main terpenes and their characteristics are as follows:

  • Caryophyllene – reduces inflammation and is analgesic.
  • Limonene – works as an antidepressant, reduces anxiety and treats acid reflux.
  • Linalool – reduces anxiety, promotes relaxation and is anti convulsive and analgesic.
  • Myrcene – aids sleep and relaxes muscles.
  • Pinene – reduces inflammation, aids memory and promotes alertness.
  • Terpineol – is antibacterial and antiviral.
  • Terpinolene – reduces pain and aids digestion.
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How Do You Consume CBD?

CBD comes in many different forms and as such, there are many different ways of consuming it. Which method of consumption you choose is largely down to personal preference, but absorption rates (bioavailability) and the issues you want to treat will play a huge part in the decision process.

There are a number of different consumption methods that you can choose from, so let’s take a look at the 4 most common methods so you can decide which is best for you.

CBD oil is one of the most popular ways of consuming CBD as it comes in varying different strengths and is one of the easiest and quickest methods of consumption. It’s a simple as placing a few drops under your tongue and waiting for the cannabidiol to take effect.

CBD oil works fast and is one of the most cost effective CBD consumption methods, but bear in mind, this method isn’t very discreet if you’re out in public or at work.

CBD e-liquids are another common method of CBD consumption, especially with the rise of e-cigarettes and the vaping phenomenon. When vaping CBD, the cannabidiol enters your lungs and diffuses directly into your bloodstream, making it the perfect method if you’re looking for a quick CBD fix.

You can even choose tasty vape juice flavours to make the CBD vaping experience even more enjoyable. Don’t forget though, there are certain restrictions on vaping indoors.

CBD edibles have fast become one of the most popular consumption methods as not only do they taste great, but they also deliver all the traditional benefits of cannabidiol.

Whether you choose gummy bears, chocolates or lollipops, the effects of CBD edibles guarantee to last hour after hour and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Hemp flowers, which are fast acting and available in varying strengths and sizes, are also another common method of CBD consumption. CBD hemp flowers are available with a range of different flavourings, including pistachio and strawberry, which give the flowers a pleasant taste and smell.

CBD hemp flowers are loved universally as a consumption method thanks to their calming, relaxing effects and fair price.

Here at Kingdom of Green, we are proud to offer an extensive range of CBD products, from your traditional hemp flowers and oils to the more unconventional CBD coffee and bath bombs. We even stock a collection of CBD products for pets, designed specifically for the needs of your furry friends.

To Conclude

Whilst it’s a lot of information to take on board, it’s important that you fully understand CBD and its characteristics before trying it out. If you’d like to know more about CBD, or the products we sell here at Kingdom of Green, then don’t hesitate to get in contact with one of our experts. We’re always happy to help!

We hope this guide has been helpful in making the world of CBD a little less intimidating and that you’re now ready to give it go. If so, head over to our shop to browse all our CBD products.

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