Over the past few years, the CBD industry has gained global regulatory as well as mainstream acceptance. And South Africa is catching up! In February 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that South Africa is going to:
- Open up and regulate the commercial use of hemp products in 2020.
- Formulate a policy for cannabis products for medicinal purposes.
CBD is quickly becoming a household term. But why all the fuss? We will help you understand what CBD is, how you can benefit from it, and how to identify quality CBD products.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, one of the many cannabinoid molecules produced by the cannabis plant. These cannabinoids mimic endocannabinoids, which are compounds that are produced naturally by mammals.
The human endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates several bodily functions such as appetite, sleep, memory, mood and immune activity. Our ECS can become unbalanced over time. Fortunately, CBD naturally stimulates our ECS.
Will CBD make me high?
There are at least 113 different cannabinoids appearing in cannabis, of which THC and CBD are currently the most widely known and well researched.
The most relevant differences between the two compounds for our purposes, are whether or not they are psychoactive and legal.
THC has psychoactive effects. Thus, it is known as the compound in cannabis that makes people “high”. CBD however, is not psychoactive, and will not render these effects.
Many of the laws that regulate cannabis revolve around THC content. In most cases THC is restricted and products that contain THC are illegal. On the other hand, CBD is less restricted, and products containing CBD are legal to buy and use.
What are the benefits of using CBD?
- CBD has been researched as a supplement that may assist with a wide range of ailments. Many people have found relief from disorders such as chronic pain and anxiety as well as natural disturbances including sleep and appetite. CBD has also gained attention for its potential to ease ailments related to the nervous system. Research suggests that CBD may assist in treating neurological disorders such as epilepsy, Drawids Syndrome and multiple sclerosis.
- CBD is non-psychoactive. This means that it is perfect for those who do not wish to experience the “high” effects associated with psychoactive compounds. You can reap the benefits of enhanced wellbeing while performing your daily functions, free from intoxication.
- CBD products are natural and non-addictive. As a result, CBD is not habit-forming and will not cause dependence among users. Additionally, CBD is not known for causing withdrawal symptoms after stopping use, except in doses of such large amounts which are highly unlikely to be taken by users.
- CBD is non-toxic and has few, if any, minor side effects. Cedar Creek products are subjected to the strictest of laboratory testing procedures to ensure the highest level of safety.
- Compared to other types of cannabis products containing high concentrations of THC, CBD products are totally legal. You can buy and use these CBD products with complete peace of mind.
Are there any side effects from using CBD?
Research has shown CBD is generally safe. However, there is a possibility that some people may experience mild, unfavourable effects including nausea, fatigue or change in appetite. This is quite unlikely and should only occur if using excessively large amounts of CBD or alternatively, a CBD product that has not been properly tested, vetted and processed. This is why regulation and quality controls are so important.
SAHPRA has determined that a maximum of 20mg of CBD should be consumed daily.
How is CBD extracted?
Our extraction process makes use of pressurised carbon dioxide (CO2) to draw out compounds like CBD and CBG (Cannabigerol), from the cannabis plant. When CO2 reaches specific temperatures and pressures, it becomes the medium in which cannabinoids, terpenes and other compounds are captured. The CO2 is then removed, leaving behind the desired compounds.
Read more about our Subcritical CO2 Extraction process here.
How much CBD should I take?
There are several factors involved when determining the right amount of CBD for you. Some of these factors include your bodyweight, any medications you might be taking, and the reason you are taking CBD. At Cedar Creek we have a dedicate Q&A department. Please contact one of our consultants who will help advise on what might be the best dosage of CBD for you - Just click chat with us, below. Alternatively send us your info and we will contact you.
Why Cedar Creek?
We have taken great care in selecting the best hemp cultivars, the purest soil, and the safest, most effective extraction method. Since the cannabis plant is very good at absorbing any impurities from the soil it grows in, we make sure our plants are grown in the purest soil. Combined with the purity of our CO2 extraction process, we ensure a flawlessly pristine end-product.
Each batch of our products are subjected to the strictest of laboratory testing procedures to ensure the highest standards of quality and safety. Customers are free to view the results of these laboratory tests in certificates of analysis on the respective product pages.
We have also included graduated pipettes in our tinctures. These pipettes are clearly marked with measurements up to a millilitre, allowing for precise and controlled dosage measurement, and determining exactly how many milligrams of CBD are consumed.
What is the difference between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate CBD products?
An isolate is produced when only CBD is extracted from cannabis with nothing else included.
A broad spectrum CBD product is one that includes CBD along with other cannabinoids and potentially beneficial compounds like terpenes and flavonoids. The only cannabinoid not found in a broad spectrum product is THC.
A full spectrum CBD product is one which includes CBD, as well as all other beneficial compounds including THC.
The THC content in Cedar Creek products meet all current South African regulations and prerequisites. This means that our products remain legal, and will not render any psychoactive effects. At the same time, the inclusion of trace amounts of THC allows for the presence of the "entourage effect", whereby cannabinoids work harmoniously together to enhance the therapeutic effects of the individual cannabinoids.
What are the advantages of full spectrum products?
Full spectrum products allow for the "entourage effect". This is the synergistic effect of cannabinoids working together, whereby the combined effect is greater than the sum of its parts.
While the presence of trace amounts of THC enables the "entourage effect", the THC content is low enough that the product can be bought and used legally, and will not render any psychoactive effects.
Currently, over 113 cannabinoids have been identified. Aside from CBD and THC, some of the lesser known ones include CBG (Cannabigerol) and CBN (Cannabinol). Research suggests that these cannabinoids can have their own beneficial properties. Compared to CBD isolate, full spectrum products provide the more impactful benefits of a much larger range of cannabinoids.
Another benefit of full spectrum products is the presence of terpenes and flavonoids. These compounds, which are also found throughout the plant kingdom, help to give cannabis its flavour and aroma. Research is increasingly indicating how terpenes and flavonoids help contribute towards the therapeutic properties of cannabis products. Full spectrum products also contain an extensive range of other nutrients, naturally present in cannabis. Some of these include vitamins A,C, E; minerals such as magnesium, zinc, and iron; as well as healthy essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6.