With its recent rise to fame, you may have already read (or heard) about CBD. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is the latest wonder that is changing people’s lives all around the world, but what is CBD and what is it actually good for?
CBD is just one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. Yes, we mentioned the word marijuana! But don’t think that CBD is going to be making you high. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC as you may know it is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive making CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs.
The world of health and wellness is always expanding, and right now, CBD is at the forefront gaining traction as more and more scientific studies are published confirming CBD may help with ailments such as anxiety, stress and various chronic pains. Below is a list of the benefits that have been backed by scientific evidence:
It Can Relieve Pain
For people around the world experiencing chronic pain, CBD has now come into the limelight as a natural approach to relieve pain. CBD is now being publicised as the alternative to pain medication in treatments such as arthritis and back pain. But how does this happen? Well, It’s thought that CBD oil helps in easing chronic pain in part by reducing inflammation and certain swelling.
It Can Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms
As you might have heard Toby Cavill discussing while on our show, CBD may help reduce cancer-related symptoms and side effects related to cancer treatment, like nausea, sickness and pain. He also mentioned CBD also helped him reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, which are among the common chemotherapy-related side effects for those with cancer and it seems that many other people worldwide agree.
While going through chemotherapy, there are also drugs that help with these distressing symptoms that a patient goes through, but they are sometimes ineffective, leading some people to seek alternatives as Toby did. A perfect example shows a study of 16 people undergoing chemotherapy found that a one-to-one combination of CBD and THC administered via mouth spray reduced chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting better than standard treatment alone
It Can Reduce Anxiety And Depression
You might have already read about how CBD is currently being used to help with Anxiety and Depression? Both are common mental health illnesses that can have overwhelming impacts on health and well-being and PROLIFE CBD said that over 30% of its clientele purchased CBD Oil for either anxiety or depression and according to the World Health Organisation “depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are ranked sixth”
Both depression and anxiety are normally treated with pharmaceutical drugs, which can cause a number of side effects. On the same note medications such as benzodiazepines can be addictive and lead to further problems such as substance abuse.
So far, CBD oil has shown huge potential as a treatment for both depression and anxiety and people worldwide have jumped on this bandwagon, taking the natural route with CBD to help themselves and loved ones with minimal side effects. CBD oil has even been used to safely treat insomnia and anxiety in children with post-traumatic stress disorder. These qualities are linked to CBD’s ability to balance the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that controls mood and social behaviour.
It Can Reduce Acne
Acne, as we know, is a very common condition that affects more than 10% of the population of the UK. When you break down the factors that cause ACNE it could be due to a number of reasons such as bacteria, genetics, underlying inflammation and the overproduction of sebum (oil secreted from the skin). PROLIFE CBD have reported a number of clients that have had ACNE completely clear up through the use of CBD Oil on a daily basis. Co-founder of PROLIFE CBD, Toby Cavill has even seen huge personal results using CBD after suffering from ACNE for 15+ years.
So does it work? Well based on some scientific studies CBD Oil helps treat ACNE because of its ability to reduce sebum production and also its anti-inflammatory effects. A study has found that CBD may be an effective and safe way to help and treat ACNE, thanks in part to its remarkable anti-inflammatory evidence.
Its Neuroprotective Properties
As you will have heard Cherry Cavill discussing, one of the most studied uses for CBD is for treating neurological disorders like epilepsy and MS. Despite research in this area is quite new several recent studies have shown very positive results.
One study found that an oil (made up of CBD and other compounds) reduced spasms in 75% of 276 patients with MS who were experiencing muscle spasticity that was resistant to medication. You can read this here. In a separate study, 214 people with severe epilepsy were provided with 0.8–2.2 grams of CBD oil per pound of body weight. Following this, seizures in the patients were reduced by over 36%!
In the neurological world, it's not just epilepsy and MS that CBD has shown to assist with, and research is shown that CBD can be used to treat several other neurological ailments! A prime example is that many studies have shown that any treatment with CBD improved sleep quality and overall quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Several Other Potential Benefits of CBD:
CBD Oil hasn’t only shown to help with just the above, though more research is needed, CBD is thought to provide the below health benefits too:
- Antipsychotic effects
- Substance abuse treatment
- Anti-tumour effects
- Diabetes prevention
So, what strength of CBD do I need? What type of CBD? What to look for when buying:
So, it’s all good that knowing you want to use CBD, but following that these are the questions you will have:
-Which brand do I purchase?
-What strength should I be using?
-How much CBD do I actually need to take?
-Finally, the confusing %/Ml/Mg/Oz labels it can be a nightmare trying to figure all this out!
Cherry and Toby Cavill - the founders of PROLIFE CBD - went through all of the above questions while trying to use CBD to assist their ailments. After struggling to find the right quality’s or clarity of the CBD they were buying and getting fed up with the confusion PROLIFE CBD (home of natural high-quality CBD oil) was born.
PROLIFE CBD’s mission was to create clarity and eliminate all of this confusion to their clients while providing the highest quality CBD Oil available. Below we will go over how to choose the right strength of CBD oil depending on the ailment that you’re trying to assist with and ensure it’s the quality that you want to be consuming. Thousands of people use CBD as a treatment for a variety of conditions but it’s crucial to know the right concentration in order to get the best results:
** It is important to point out that CBD is not yet an approved substance by the FDA. None of the information we provide here should be interpreted as a clinical recommendation or medical advice – we’re not health professionals, and we certainly don’t claim to be**
New to CBD?
New CBD users sometimes find themselves struggling to figure out how strong a CBD product really is from the information on the label. Sometimes it's not just as straight forward as reading the number of milligrams, below we will provide some insight into what the numbers on the label actually mean.
400mg, 2000mg, 3% and 8% are all examples of the numbers and information we are used to seeing on the labels of CBD products, but which one is for you and what do they mean? Well, when you see Mg on a CBD label it typically refers to the amount of cannabinoids in the product in question, but please note that this isn’t the same as the total amount of CBD contained but we will discuss this later.
Why The Confusion?
What often confuses people with this number is that they will normally assume that it’s the strength of the product, but it isn’t really, especially if you measure your doses by reference to ‘drops’ or ‘Ml’s’ as opposed to aiming for a specific Mg. From all of our experience, clients like to know in ‘Drops’ so this is very Important. The reason behind this is because there is another variable that must be considered and that’s the product container or carrier oil as its also known.
To give you an example, if you have a 10ml bottle with 1000mg stated on the label, and a 20ml bottle that is also stated as 1000mg, then those 2 bottles have different strengths. If you compare them drop for drop, the 20ml bottle is only half as strong as the 10ml bottle. Why? They both contain the same amount of cannabinoids and this is only getting half the amount of CBD when using the 20ml bottle as it contains the same amount of CBD but diluted over double the amount of carrier oil than in the 10ml bottle. Are you confused yet?
Another metric that is used to try and help the confusion is the percentage. The percentage itself represents the concentration (The measure of the drop for drop strength of a product.) Using the same example as above 1000mg of CBD in a 10ml bottle is a concentration of 10%. Whereas 1000mg in a 20ml bottle is a 5% concentration. As you can see with PROLIFE CBD bottles, they state both ‘percentage’ and ‘Mg’ to make things 100% clear so you always know what you are getting!
This means, to you at home that the percentage concentration is actually far more important than the total overall Mg when assessing the strength of a CBD product. 3000mgs can sound like a strong CBD strength and in a 10ml bottle as it would be at 30%, but in a 100ml bottle that is only 3%!
Now a few paragraphs ago I was talking about how the ‘Mg’ stated on a product is the total amount of CBD in a product. Specifically, and typically when suppliers of full spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products may well be referring to the overall amount of cannabinoids.
So the 1000mg/10% CBD Oil could actually contain 600mg CBD and 400mg CBDa, rather than 1000mg CBD. This is key to know, as a cannabinoid such as CBDa has far less proven benefits to CBD. This means that someone might not be getting all of the anticipated benefits they’re used to from a different product that did actually contain 100mgs of CBD. PROLIFE CBD always lists the total amount of CBD itself to avoid any confusion and customers always know what they are getting!
Quality is Key! Not Price!
Finally, I wanted to tell you about some other key factors to always consider when you are purchasing CBD Oil.
When walking around the stores I was recently looking at some CBD products and this was my thought process on the way around...
- On the shelf is a 6% Oil in a 10ml bottle for £29.99 which to me seems quite cheap.
- I pick up the product the first thing I look at is the label. Immediately I check the website of the company and see that there is no certification on their website and its not 0.0% THC.
- The current home office guideline is no more than 1mg of THC in a finished product, therefore this THC can build up in the body. And as a result, athletes (or others who would be regularly drug tested) wouldn't be able to buy this.
- They use a European supplier; therefore, the CBD hasn't been bred for as long as in Colorado (hemp has historically been used in the past years for textiles and materials in Europe whereas Colorado have specifically bred for medicinal use).
- They have misinformation on their website whereby, it mentions CO2 extraction whereas in the picture it shows ethanol extraction and is far cheaper to do. This guarantees that it will have trace THC as a solvent from extraction and is known to not be as clean or accurate for of extraction. If some suppliers don't have the right equipment they can't fully burn off (winterise) the ethanol, therefore, can cause risk of traces of THC in the oil.
- Also, I notice it mentions flavouring in the ingredients, however, they have not provided evidence of what type of flavouring they have used. The reason why this is good to know is because some companies can use either PG / VG based flavouring which is known to be risky if consumed.
- Finally, it doesn't state either whether the hemp is organically grown or that whether it uses pesticides / heavy metals.
So now we can see why this CBD oil was so affordable, we don’t know the extraction methods, we don’t know the THC levels, this is not 100% natural due to the synthetic flavours being added and there is no lab report to show or guarantee exactly what is in this specific oil. This to me shows that they are more about business than helping people and this is also a shame as people will see the cheaper price point and assume it’s the same quality.
Now I am not putting down this specific company, but for PROLIFE CBD we wanted to guarantee the finest quality CBD possible, so customers know exactly what they are getting! We guarantee this by cutting no corners, using only the finest machinery and processes:
- We work alongside the largest IP technological leader in the cannabinoid research, development and extraction industry; employing a large degree of engineers, chemists and clinical researchers
- We have over 290K-square-feet of indoor space in southern Colorado which supports agricultural intake, processing, extraction, and post-extraction operations.
- Our unique genetics provide customers with a competitive advantage and are never genetically changed.
- Phytocannabinoid Rich Hemp plants are grown outdoors in Colorado, producing high CBD.
- Our material purification process ensures 0.0% THC and broad-spectrum oil.
- All hemp is grown with No pesticides. No herbicides. No additives at all. Just glorious green goodness that’s completely vegan-, gluten- and GMO-free.
- Our Hemp is grown in BIO soil in strictly controlled conditions with no chemical fertilisers, growth hormones or genetically modified products.
- The Cannabidiol is CO2 extracted – the gold standard for CBD extraction. Our oils are meticulously constituted from an assemblage of high-quality CBD Hemp strains grown in the USA.
- All of our CBD is lab tested to ensure that its always in line with the highest quality standards.
So next time you see some CBD oil on the shelf just take the above into consideration and remember that you always need to know exactly what is going into your body and bloodstream. Unfortunately, not everyone takes the same care when making CBD but if you want to guarantee the best PROLIFE CBD has already done all the hard work, so you don’t have to.