The CBD Effect

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One of the biggest healthy-living trends to surface in recent years, Cannabidiol (CBD) is set to be a gamechanger.

By LAUREN NICOLL

Currently celebrated as a ‘miracle healing oil’ with interest into its benefits spiking, CBD is making its way into (literally) everything, from edibles, pain relief patches, to anti-ageing skincare products and even dog treats. A lean towards ‘greener’ living, and a growing realisation in that self-care is not a luxury, but crucial to our mental wellbeing in our fast-paced lives whether online or offline, we are not surprised this beneficial elixir is dropping into health and wellness circles weekly.

Even with its popularity growing (published predictions on the current medical marijuana market including CBD and THC is set to be in the multibillion-dollar region) – a lot of us are still wondering, what is CBD exactly? 

CBD is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis Sativa plant (marijuana) with super low traces of the main psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana, called THC – the mind-altering stuff. It’s been documented that when used internally, CBD has an effect of marijuana calming without the high. Its variety of curative benefits from anti-inflammatory to anti-depressant properties are known to help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, pain, insomnia and even help those with neurological disorders.

Now, before face planting into tubs of CBD infused moisturisers, we turned to Anton Groeneveldt, Managing Director of OilScience, a high quality, THC-free, vegan friendly CBD product company, and Mark Allison, Manager of Rexi Pharmaceuticals – a company who specialise in herbal remedies and treatments to help with the stress of modern-day life. We got their expert advice on the many intricacies of this incredible oil that we keep hearing about.

HOW DO CANNABINOIDS FUNCTION IN THE BODY?

“A cannabinoid is one of a variety of diverse chemical compounds that act on our cannabinoid receptors which form part of our endocannabinoid system that’s responsible for restoring the balance in our endocrine system,” explains Anton, “If this system is out of balance, it’ll manifest in hormone imbalances which will affect our organs and central nervous system.”

HOW CAN CBD OIL BENEFIT THE BODY?

“CBD has the same receptors as our skin, which is why our skin can respond well to the compound,” explains Mark, when used or combined with other oils for therapeutic purposes tied to the skin, it’s believed to work by stimulating our skin’s cannabinoid receptors, to better regulate pain, inflammation, bacteria, and lipid production (which can lead to acne).

THE BEST WAY TO TAKE CBD OIL?

“The best way to get CBD into your body is by letting it get absorbed into your bloodstream. Your body has a rich blood supply under the tongue,” says Anton, “If you make CBD a part of your daily regime, you’ll start to feel it having an affect where your body needs it, without the intoxicating effect.”

BENEFITS FOR THE SKIN?

“Studies have shown that CBD works for Acne because CBD is an anti-inflammatory,” Mark explains. “Due to its calming nature, research has indicated that CBD can assist with decreasing breakouts and reducing redness, and regulating excessive sebum production of the skin, and reducing other triggers for acne. Added benefits are calming sensitive skin after over exposure to the sun, plus it can soothe and promote healing after facial or laser treatments.”

“CBD is a powerful antioxidant which neutralises free radicals (the molecules in the environment that weaken the elasticity of the skin by clinging to collagen) and protects the skin from damage, which helps prevent dull-looking skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles” – Mark Allison

ON LEGALITIES – TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY?

In light of recent reports in media that the CBD ingredient is legal in SA, although only for one year, we asked Anton where he sees the future of the CBD landscape going in SA? 

“I think CBD is going to become a part of most people’s everyday lives and that means the product range will become vast. From oils, skin products and pet products, to hair products, edibles and sexual health. It has powerful healing properties, so people need to be careful about gimmicks that don’t really add much value to people’s lives,” adding that “CBD is legal in South Africa, but our minister of health has set out some specific guidelines for people who want to use it, such as: your preparation may only allow you a maximum daily dose of 20mg per day in order to: enhance general health without being specific to a disease; maintain your current state of health; relief from minor symptoms not related to disease or a disorder, and furthermore, a preparation may not contain more than 0,001% of THC, the cannabinoid that can intoxicate you. This amount is so small, it CANNOT intoxicate you.

An edit of holistic highs to apply and try…

  • OilScience CBD Oil Drops with Cinnamon, R695, 30ml, 300mg available at oilscience.co.za
  • Go all out and level up your yoga practise at Cannayoga retreat (hello zen mode!) available dates at cannayoga.co.za
  • Stressed muscles, headaches and bruising? Rub a bit of Dope Skin’s Herbal Balm with CBD Hemp Oil, R150, avail from rexi.co.za
  • Relax with a pick from Buddah Teas 4 CBD infused herbal teas, R300 ea, www.buddahteas.co.za

art images by Kimzy Nanney on Unsplash

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