Healthy, Herbal, Holistic: What is Premium CBD Oil?
Incorporating CBD oil into our daily routine can be a fruitful route to enhancing our overall well-being. With so many high-quality CBD products now on the market, we've decided to show you what sets premium CBD oil apart from the rest, as well as the importance of selecting a good CBD source.
So, if you're curious about how CBD can make a difference to your life, join us whilst we explore the ways in which premium CBD oil may enhance your morning routine and evening rituals to aid you in achieving a healthy, herbal, and holistic lifestyle.
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound that naturally occurs in the cannabis Sativa plant.
Since its regulation and legalisation, CBD has begun to take over the health and wellness industry, from skincare to supplements - CBD is everywhere! You may already be very familiar with the topic, but for those who still consider it a grey area, let's quickly shed some light on what CBD is.
CBD often gets an unfair reception, due to the misconceptions surrounding recreational cannabis. Although derived from the same plant, there is a vast difference between CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC is the intoxicating substance that makes people high, of which CBD products contain no, or very little of. In fact, in order to be legal in the UK and most of Europe, CBD is required to be extracted from hemp plants that contain less than 0.2% THC. That is why CBD is known not to have any intoxicating effects, and has been deemed to have no potential for dependence or abuse in users, and is thought to be an extremely safe substance for consumption.
Did you know?
There are actually over one hundred cannabinoids located in the cannabis Sativa plant. Cannabidiol (CBD), which is one of these cannabinoids that is extracted from the cannabis plant (typically hemp, to be specific), does not carry any intoxicating effects, and is non-toxic.
Rather, CBD is becoming increasingly well-known and respected for its potential therapeutic properties. Research on CBD is ongoing; however, it is believed to possibly contain cellular, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, to name a few. Cannabidiol fans also praise this naturally-occurring substance for its relaxation-inducing effects, and for providing a boost to users' overall well-being.
Due to increasing popularity, CBD is now available in a variety of forms, from CBD oil and capsules, to CBD gummies and topicals. Whilst all forms of CBD are thought to contain the same potential therapeutic benefits, not all CBD products have the same levels of concentration or purity. Therefore, before purchasing CBD, it is essential to gain an understanding of how it interacts with your body, to separate the unfounded claims from the facts.
How does CBD work?
With such extraordinary claims being made regarding CBD, many people are sceptical of whether CBD actually works. Thankfully, there is science behind the madness! The answer lies in our endocannabinoid system (ECS); one of eleven major systems that allow our bodies to function and survive.
Here lies one of the most interesting arguments surrounding the use of CBD. Within our ECS, our body naturally produces cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, without the help of the plant. This natural occurrence of cannabinoids for the healthy functioning of our bodies helps to explain and demonstrate the postulated compatibility CBD has with our bodies, and helps to debunk many criticisms.
Human awareness of our ECS began in the early 1990s, by scientists researching the effects THC has on the human body. During this research, the ECS was discovered, unveiling the largest neurotransmitter system in the human body. Now known to be present in all vertebrates and invertebrates, our ECS can be dated back over 600 million years ago to sea-squirts, during what is known as the Neoproterozoic period, which is believed to be when multi-celled organisms first appeared.
This dramatic history of our ECS demonstrates its vital role in the survival of many living creatures. Born from its involvement in many of our physiological functions, our ECS communicates cell-to-cell throughout a network of neurotransmitters located throughout the body, including our brains, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. So, why is all this balancing and regulating important? Homeostasis.
What Is Homeostasis and How Is It Linked To Our ECS?
Homeostasis refers to the body's internal state of equilibrium and stability, despite any occurring fluctuations in the external environment. Our ECS is the biological system that allows our bodies, and all living organisms, to keep homeostasis in order to process energy and survive. It does this by communicating regulatory and balancing neurotransmitter (chemical messenger) responses throughout the body, to ensure it is kept in a stable state of equilibrium.
This impacts functions and processes such as sleep, appetite, pain, inflammation, memory, mood, and reproduction. Therefore, when homeostasis is damaged or dysfunctional, it causes health issues to arise, such as inflammation, arthritis, cancer, epilepsy, nausea, stress and anxiety. The modulation by the ECS of all major bodily systems and functions to maintain homeostasis is therefore critical in establishing and maintaining human health for survival- among other things.
How Does Premium CBD Differ From Other CBD?
Although all CBD holds the same potential benefits, the quality across brands and products differs drastically. The importance of choosing high-quality CBD boils down to bioavailability, extraction, and safety.
CBD's bioavailability can be explained as the degree of efficacy and quantity of the supplement that is absorbed into the bloodstream for active effects to take place. Low-quality, inexpensively-manufactured CBD products commonly have extremely low levels of bioavailability. Low bioavailability rates are usually the cause of no, or much lesser, effects being felt by users, and therefore require much higher doses, which are wasteful and costly.
To avoid this, premium CBD allows you to take smaller doses with maximum effect, due to the pure concentration of CBD present. Therefore, although premium CBD comes with a higher price tag, it will actually deliver you with much greater value, and a higher chance of benefiting from its potential therapeutic properties.
Above all, the safety of whatever CBD product you buy should be your number one consideration. As more and more CBD products begin to flood the market, there has been a rise in brands and manufacturers seeking to take advantage of what they consider an upcoming health craze. This has resulted in lower-quality CBD products reaching consumers, which are often not lab-tested and are infamous for including incorrect ingredients and quantities on their labels.
These claims are extremely concerning, and we firmly believe consumers deserve access to the very best nature has to offer. That is why we deliver our customers with peace of mind that they are receiving the highest-quality, and safest, premium CBD.
To ensure premium quality in every drop of CBII full-spectrum CBD oil, we follow stringent quality conditions in an exclusive partnership to our Swiss producer and industry experts, Linnea SA. You can also consume our CBD products comfortably, resting assured in the knowledge that we have teamed up with Bod Australia, a cannabis-focused healthcare company who work with the leading lights of CBD research to guide them.
Our dedication to continuous research, quality certification, and pharmaceutical experience is unmatched, ensuring CBII premium CBD oil delivers the safest and highest efficacy available for optimal possible results.
What Is Full Spectrum CBD?
Our CBD oil is full-spectrum, meaning it provides all the holistic benefits CBD has to offer just as nature intended, unlike CBD isolate or broad-spectrum CBD. Through gentle extraction, CBII full-spectrum CBD contains all the natural phytocompounds, including terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids that are naturally found in hemp plants (including trace amounts of THC, but not enough to get you high).
The pure and gentle extraction of these high-quality compounds from hemp, to be retained and consumed in their natural state as intended, provides us with premium full-spectrum CBD that embodies the full benefits of the plant's botanical power.
How Much Premium CBD Should I Take and How?
When it comes to administering CBD, there are many ways that you can effortlessly incorporate CBD into your daily routine. To potentially benefit from rapid rates of bioavailability, sublingual administration is recommended.
This simply requires you to place a few drops (depending on the strength of your CBD oil) under your tongue for roughly 30 to 60 seconds, allowing the CBD oil to be absorbed through the mucosal lining of your mouth, directly into your bloodstream, for active effects to potentially take place.
As we know, there is no single perfect approach to CBD dosage that will work for everyone; we recommend experimenting, always beginning with a small dose, until you find the unique strength dosage that delivers you with optimal potential results. As a result of our ongoing research into CBD and its possible effects, our premium CBD oil range offers three different strengths of CBD, allowing you to taste, test, and experience the difference for yourself.
For those curious to try CBD for the first time, we recommend starting with our 100 mg oil (1%), allowing you to get a feel of the potential effects, and work your way up to a more potent dosage that's right for you and your body. Once you begin to become accustomed to administering CBD, we suggest taking the step to our medium-strength 200 mg oil (2%).
Lastly, for those experienced in CBD, and who are after a strong dose, we recommend our 500 mg oil (5%). Discovering the perfect strength of CBD will send you on your way to living a more holistic lifestyle, as it comes embedded in your everyday routine.
How CBD Fits Into A Holistic Lifestyle
We believe premium CBD oil may help to complement the mind, body, and soul, to achieve a truly holistic lifestyle. By incorporating CBD oil into our mornings, we may be able to wake up refreshed and revitalised for the day ahead. What’s more, you can also consume it throughout the day to compliment your daily goals.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Emotional and mental health can severely impact our holistic health. In England alone, it is estimated that 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem each year. With this in mind, it is also true that, as the pressures of modern life mount, so too has the rising issue of mental health.
Between continuous mental chatter, social pressures, work demands, and financial challenges, there are many factors that contribute to struggling emotional and mental health. That is why we, here at CBII, are committed to finding ways of increasing feelings of well-being through self-care, and operating within a holistic lifestyle.
Many who deal with mental health issues are now using CBD to help supplement the treatment of their symptoms. The reasoning behind the perceived success in this field is that CBD is believed to interact with the CB1 and CB2 nervous system receptors in the body's ECS. The purpose of this interaction is to balance and regulate; therefore, it is thought that CBD has the ability to lower high levels of cortisol, the body's stress hormone.
The positive anecdotal evidence gathered by users who suffer from stress and anxiety has also led to those who live with mental health conditions, such as depression, becoming increasingly interested in CBD.
This movement is backed in part by emerging scientific research, which suggests CBD may produce potential antidepressant effects by interacting with the brain's cannabinoid receptors in the ECS to regulate the body's serotonin levels. The hormone serotonin impacts our entire body, stabilising our mood, dictating our feelings of happiness and well-being, as well as helping with things like sleep, appetite, and digestion.
Lack of restful sleep is a common struggle for those who are dealing with issues in their emotional and mental health. As CBD is believed to have the possible ability to lower cortisol levels and potentially help to regulate our serotonin, a result of this may be an improvement in users' sleep quality. A very positive finding is that CBD may also help to reduce insomnia in users who deal with chronic pain.
Achieving and Maintaining A Healthy Body
The foundation of holistic health; our physical health requires an ongoing commitment to eating healthily and daily exercise.
When dealing with health issues, seeking medical advice should always be the first step taken to recovery. However, natural remedies and wellness supplements such as CBD often show positive anecdotal evidence and research as a complementary treatment in the pursuit of physical health. So far, there are positive findings that show an immense possibility in the potential effectiveness of:
- CBD for pain symptoms
- CBD for inflammation symptoms
- CBD for anxiety, stress, and depression symptoms
- CBD to supplement cancer treatment
- CBD for nausea symptoms
- CBD for insomnia symptoms and other sleep-related issues
- CBD for supplementing cardiovascular health
- CBD for supplementing treatment of neurological issues
According to the NHS' Eatwell Guide, to maintain a healthy, balanced diet, we should all consume:
- Five portions of fruit and vegetables a day (at a minimum)
- Meals with a firm base of higher-fibre carbohydrates
- Dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya)
- Sources of protein
- Unsaturated oils and spreads in small amounts
- At least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day
However, a balanced diet is not enough to keep our bodies functioning at optimal levels, as exercise provides us with a host of benefits that increase not only our physical fitness, but also have a large impact on our overall health. Together, a healthy, balanced diet, and regular exercise can prevent obesity, help regulate your blood sugar, reduce the risk of heart disease, and improve your mood, as well as helping to increase your feelings of well-being.
Interestingly, many athletes are choosing to complement their workout sessions with CBD. CBD is thought to help maximise users' ability to exercise due to providing possible pain relief and having potential anti-inflammatory properties. This is believed to prospectively help users to recover from strenuous workouts, combating muscle soreness and minor injuries, as well as improve sleep for rejuvenated energy levels.
Although CBD may help to enhance your ability to exercise, it is not considered a performance-enhancing drug (PED). Stimulants and anabolic steroids are banned from athletes use due to their ability to directly affect muscle repair and growth, as well as artificially improve endurance and focus.
Despite preliminary research showing evidence that CBD shows the potential capability to relax blood vessels, lower cortisol levels, and reduce blood pressure, CBD remains legal for use with athletes. As the widespread use of CBD is relatively new, there is still ongoing research to discover the full extent of CBD's effect on physical performance and the body.
Nonetheless, anecdotal evidence from users so far provide very positive implications on the use of CBD to help aid in the recovery and bodily functions required for regular exercise.
Connecting With Nature
Amazingly, by 2050 it is projected that 66% of the world's population will live in urban areas. Startling facts such as this demonstrate how humans are increasingly separating themselves from nature, which can take a true toll on our mental health.
Living in such fast-paced societies with mounting pressures can prevent our bodies from receiving the restful sleep our bodies require to function healthily and rejuvenate our energy. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an increase in demand for well-being and meditation resources, from people seeking to take back a sense of calm and establish improved self-care standards.
A pure way of reconnecting with nature is to engage in the Japanese practice of forest bathing. Known in Japan as "shinrin yoku", forest bathing is not as straightforward as taking a bath in the middle of some woodland- instead, it is the act of observing nature, de-stressing, and boosting your health and well-being by taking in the calm and peace of the trees, in order to root yourself back in nature.
The comfort we receive from the sounds of the forest and the fresh, clean air, provides us with a sense of comfort that helps our body to naturally de-stress and forget about life's worries, enabling us to lower mental chatter and add clarity to our minds.
Forest bathing is therefore thought to help restore our mood and rejuvenate our mind, body, and soul with refreshed energy and vitality. This opening of the senses allows us to become one with nature, unplugging ourselves from the buzz of technology and replacing it with nature's own health benefits.
The practice of forest bathing helps to understand the importance of finding solutions in nature, which is why we believe it is so essential to also source potential therapeutic benefits through the consumption of natural supplements like CBD.
We believe, by utilising the gift of botanical properties, CBD may allow us to boost our well-being through connecting to nature, which is fulfilling to our soul. Aside from the properties found in CBD that have been anecdotally found to potentially help relieve a number of symptoms of ailments, full-spectrum CBD also contains terpenes.
You may not have heard of terpenes before, but we frequently encounter them as part of our everyday lives. Put simply; terpenes are the compounds responsible for the flavours, smells, and colours of plants, including hemp.
Terpenes are also a vital component of essential oils, as they are believed to have potential therapeutic properties, including possibly having the ability to supplement treatment of symptoms of inflammation and pain, as well as potentially contributing to the possible antidepressant effects of CBD.
Another component extracted for use in CBD products is flavonoids. Flavonoids are phytonutrient compounds which produce natural antioxidant properties. These potent compounds, present in CBII's full-spectrum CBD oil, demonstrate the potential of botanical products and finding solutions in nature that can help deliver value to our health and well-being.
We here at CBII, therefore, believe that through exploring your spirituality and connecting to nature, it allows you to optimise your holistic lifestyle, feeding your soul to enhance your overall health.
A Final Thought
The regulation of CBD, and its rising widespread acceptance, is thought to be producing a new wave of holistic health, benefiting every area of our lives. However, with this, we remind users to be mindful of their sources to avoid consuming low-quality CBD, which risks inaccurately-reported CBD contents on products and misleading health claims.
Therefore, it is highly recommended that users choose brands that are forthcoming about their ingredients and can provide a Certificate of Analysis (COA) reporting the cannabinoid content, terpene profile, heavy metal content, and pesticide content of the product before you make any purchases.
That is why, at CBII, we put your safety first; through our partnerships with experts in the industry from research to extraction; we ensure you are delivered premium CBD oil which is transparent, traceable, and truthful. Unlike so many products on the market, our natural and botanical full-spectrum CBD oil delivers all the powerful botanical compounds hemp has to offer, just as nature intended, helping to support you through life, one drop at a time.
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