CBD for General Wellbeing

cbd for general wellbeing

CBD works with the endocannabinoid system, which is a natural internal system in the body. It plays a role in the body’s natural processes to maintain balance, which is known as homeostasis. Many people regularly take CBD to maintain internal balance, similar to going to the gym or taking a daily vitamin.

What is CBD?

CBD (Cannabidiol) is a chemical compound that occurs naturally in the hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa). It can be taken orally (as a capsule, tablet, or gummy), sublingually (under the tongue as a tincture), or topically (applied directly to the skin as a cream) to provide a variety of benefits. 

CBD is legal in the UK, as long as it comes from an EU-approved industrial hemp strain and contains no THC. It is important to make sure you are getting CBD from a trusted source. At HempWell, we grow organic EU-certified hemp on our farm, which is then processed and tested in a laboratory to ensure it is pure and accurately dosed. The process is controlled from seed to shelf, so our customers can be certain they are getting a high-quality and fully traceable product. For more information about CBD legislation in the UK, read our Is CBD legal? post in the Knowledge Centre

The human body contains an endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a complex network of neurotransmitters and cannabinoid receptors. Research suggests that cannabinoids and the ECS play a role in many normal bodily functions. Even the skin contains cannabinoid receptors!

CBD AND HOMEOSTASIS

Homeostasis is ‘any self-regulating process by which biological systems tend to maintain stability while adjusting to conditions that are optimal for survival.’

Homeostasis is also involved in regulating bodily systems to a 24 hour cycle. Our day/night circadian rhythms are regulated by melatonin. Homeostasis maintains other processes, such as cortisol levels, core body temperature, food intake, and the timing of other biological processes. 

Essentially, homeostasis orchestrates a variety of internal changes in response to internal or external stimuli in order to keep the body in optimal condition. 

Body temperature, stress, and hunger can alter bodily functions and we have direct feedback loops that prompt sweating or eating etc. Human body temperature stays around 37°C and we have processes to maintain this by shivering when too cold or sweating when too hot. 

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex physiological system present in all mammals. Research has shown the complexity of this system and suggests its involvement in various homeostatic processes. CBD (Cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring phytocannabinoid found in the hemp plant, which interacts with the body’s natural ECS. 

There are two cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, which are present throughout the body but located most extensively in the central nervous system and immune system. We produce our own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, which interact with the ECS and bind CB1/CB2. Two of these endocannabinoids are called 2-AG (2-arachidonoyl glycerol) and anandamide. If endocannabinoids are produced in excess or are no longer needed, they are broken down by enzymes. The enzyme MAGL breaks down anandamide and FAAH breaks down 2-AG. The homeostatic feedback loop is maintained by endocannabinoids being synthesised, binding their receptors, and being broken down once their purpose has been achieved. This process is repeated until homeostasis is reached. 

Research suggests that the endocannabinoid system switches on when it detects imbalances in the body, and switches off once balance has been restored. 

In order to reach homeostasis, our body must find balance. For example, an athlete applies greater stress to their body which triggers pain and inflammation. There is no longer balance, so the endocannabinoid system tries to restore homeostasis. Taking supplementary cannabinoids can help achieve homeostatic balance.

CBD Products for General Wellbeing

HempWell have a wide range of CBD products for those interested in improving their wellbeing. Our gel capsules are ideal for a daily supplement, available in a range of concentrations to suit all needs. Our range of creams, candles, and bath bombs can boost self-care routines to the next level. We also have CBD oils, which are one of the most popular ways to take a daily supplement of CBD. These are available in a range of potency from 500mg to 4000mg of CBD per bottle. Our broad spectrum oils can help improve wellbeing as they contain a wider range of hemp compounds, so are slightly more potent than the pure isolate CBD oils. Our oils are supplied in glass bottles with a fixed pipette under the lid to make measuring and dosing easy. Most people drop the oil under their tongue, but they can also be added to coffee, protein shakes, smoothies, and night-time cocoa!

FAQs: CBD for General Wellbeing

What CBD dosage should I take for general wellbeing?

It depends on the person, but generally a low dosage should do. If you aren’t sure what a low dosage means for you, why not take a look at our CBD dosage guide. You may want to step-up your dosage each day until you find the right amount for you. The FSA recommends a maximum daily dosage of 70mg.

What CBD product is best for general wellbeing?

It depends on your personal preference. Here at Hemp Well we offer a range of CBD products so were sure you’ll find something you like. CBD Capsules are easy to take and great for on the go. Meanwhile our CBD Oils are great to add to a morning cup of coffee. Feel free to call us to discuss what product might suit you best, we are always happy to help.

Does CBD make you happier?

“Happier” is certainly a subjective term, but many customers suggest CBD has improved their quality of life – in some cases dramatically. The role CBD and the endocannabinoid system play is about helping your body to maintain it’s natural balance. There are no psychoactive or “high” effects when taking CBD, but some experience improved quality of life thanks to managed pain, reduced anxiety etc. Click here to read one of our guest posts about how CBD helped give a father his life back.

Is CBD legal in Ireland?

CBD is legal in Ireland. Irish regulations state that CBD oil is legal so long as it contains no THC. Our CBD is regularly checked by third party labs to make sure our products are safe and legal. These reports are always available to view on our website, and we’re proud to be one of the first companies to have their products listed on the FSA’s new approved CBD products list. When you buy CBD from HempWell, you can rest assured that you’re receiving high quality, ethical CBD products.

Is CBD safe to use?

CBD is completely safe.Our CBD isolate has a guaranteed purity of at least 99.9%. We extract our CBD from hemp we grow ourselves, so we know exactly what it’s made of! We regularly have our oils tested by third-party labs to make sure there’s quality in every bottle. You can check out our lab reports here to see results from these tests.

Can I take CBD for fitness while on medication?

Consult your doctor if you’re thinking of taking CBD while on medication.

How long does CBD take to work?

CBD has short and long term effects. In the short term, depending on how you choose to take CBD, you will begin to feel effects from anywhere between 10 minutes and 2 hours. However, CBD can also have a longer term effect on you and your body. As you continue to take CBD, some will stay in your body, and slowly build up to further help your endocannabinoid system. As a rule of thumb, we recommend that you use CBD consistently for at least 2 weeks to begin to see the full effects of our products.