With all the media coverage and rave user reviews, you might feel like you’ve heard or read everything there is to know about CBD. However, the world of CBD is ever-evolving and incredibly nuanced.
New studies, regulations, and products hit the market at an astonishing pace across the European Union, so here are five things you need to know about CBD and its ever-growing role in the world of wellness.
1. Not All Hemp Is Created Equal
Cannabidiol (CBD) is sourced from the non-psychoactive industrial hemp plant. However, not every strain of industrial hemp is created equal. In fact, the quality of the hemp used greatly impacts the quality of your CBD oil.
Industrial hemp that is grown with heavy pesticide use or in sub-par soils can impair the growth and development of the hemp plant. Harvesting and curing methods are also critical in the quality of CBD. That’s one reason why Canzon uses sustainable, ethical farming methods and sources CBD from hemp grown in the mountains of Switzerland, where organic farms keep the soil and water pure.
The result is CBD whose quality and purity are affirmed by a third-party laboratory test. Full-spectrum CBD oil combines the calming, soothing benefits of CBD with terpenes, other non-psychoactive cannabinoids, and flavonoids. Organic, non-GMO, vegan, and cruelty-free, it provides a natural form of CBD that may help reduce inflammation associated with chronic soreness and manage daily stress.
2. Flavonoids and Terpenes Matter, Too
You may have heard that other cannabinoids, such as the non-psychoactive CBG, can help amplify the health-promoting benefits of cannabidiol. This is known as the entourage effect. Some preliminary studies also link terpenes and flavonoids to improvements in certain health conditions because of their potential anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Both terpenes and flavonoids are naturally-occurring botanical compounds.
Unlike cannabinoids, they aren’t just found in the cannabis sativa plant family. They’re present throughout the plant kingdom. Flavonoids are responsible for many of the white and yellow pigments through many trees, flowers, vegetables, and fruits. About 20 different flavonoids have been identified in the industrial hemp plant. Studies show they may provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
Terpenes, on the other hand, are hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of almost anything that grows out of the ground. They help produce many of the smells we know and love in pine needles, citrus fruits, and perfumes. While each of the 100+ terpenes in the hemp plant contains its own unique benefits, some terpenes stand out above the rest. For instance, one study found that beta-caryophyllene–a terpene responsible for the spicy smell and taste of black pepper–can help enhance wound healing and regulate inflammation.
Those are just a few reasons why so many people rave about vegan, cruelty-free, full-spectrum CBD balm. It contains all the terpenes and flavonoids found naturally in organic, non-GMO industrial hemp, which can help nourish dry skin, fight inflammation, and soothe sore joints or muscles.
3. CBD Is Being Used in Medicine
Some traditional pharmaceuticals are associated with uncomfortable or even painful side effects. This fact has led many individuals and families to seek alternative forms of treatment for themselves and their loved ones. However, some pioneering pharmaceutical companies are breaking new ground and combining the best that CBD has to offer with high-tech medical advances.
GW Pharmaceuticals is one such company. Their drug, Epidolex, provides life-altering relief to patients who suffer from rare forms of childhood epilepsy, such as Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS). These conditions are associated with chronic pain and severe difficulty in pain management. In this pharmaceutical form, CBD provides relief, with minimal side effects.
With the creation of Epidiolex, GW Pharmaceuticals became the first company to have a CBD-based medical drug FDA-approved in the US and for use in the UK by the NHS. Other European nations are also working to introduce this life-altering pharmaceutical to their healthcare systems. While the power of these pharmaceuticals cannot be immediately generalised to consumer CBD products, it does suggest CBD holds even more potential than many thought.
Generally considered safe by the World Health Organisation, CBD products can help provide on-the-go relaxation and relief to individuals suffering from stress or soreness. Although it cannot yet legally be classed with dietary supplements, research is ongoing and promising. Many users attest to consumer CBD products’ ability to calm frazzled nerves and help focus the mind.
For individuals who require the soothing benefits of CBD in the middle of busy lives, CBD e-liquids are an excellent choice. Available in a variety of tasty flavours such as Super Lemon Haze and the Green Apple, these e-liquids are compatible with herbal vaporisers. While a wonderful option for travelling, check CBD regulations in your destination, as CBD laws can vary.
4. CBD is Used by Athletes
It’s true that some competitive athletes choose to steer clear of full-spectrum CBD products to avoid even the tiniest, non-psychoactive amounts of THC. CBD on its own does not make you fail a drug test. Due to their calming, anti-inflammatory benefits, Canzon’s THC-free CBD products can help athletes promote optimal performance.
One such product is the CBD Long-Term Action Recovery Cream. Perfect for applying after your post-training shower or before bed, it features Sativa seed oil and sunflower seed oil for a slow, controlled release of CBD and soothing moisturisation. With 0% THC content and certified organic non-GMO CBD, it delivers powerful relief and relaxation to the hard-working, devoted athlete.
4. CBD May Help Medical Cannabis Patients
Several European Nations–like some areas of the United States–have legalised medical cannabis use for severe health conditions. Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic, for instance, all allow for the medical use of cannabis in varying degrees.
Despite the stigma associated with cannabis, these THC-rich products can provide compassionate relief for individuals who suffer from severe illness. Research suggests that CBD products can potentially help complement and balance the effects of THC for medical cannabis patients. In this instance, THC and CBD can work together.
Pure CBD isolate is a powerful product. Also known as CBD crystal, CBD isolate contains 0% THC and is odourless and tasteless. This makes it ideal for medical cannabis patients, who do not want to introduce any extra THC into their system, and for athletes, who do not want any THC.
As CBD gains more acceptance throughout the world, more people will come to know the many benefits of CBD and its potential as a wellness alternative. Educating yourself on CBD begins with finding reputable sources and seeking out advice from CBD vendors who pride themselves on providing high-quality, potent CBD backed by third-party lab testing.
At Canzon, our CBD products are designed to seamlessly integrate into your daily wellness regiment to provide the most health benefits. Let us help you find the perfect CBD oil, balm, cream, cosmetic, or e-liquid to complement your busy lifestyle. Call us on +442070971223 and for your peace of mind, ask us about our third-party lab tests on all our CBD products.