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CBD: What is the new wellness trend and how can it help you?

Red (UK) logo Red (UK) 23/04/2019 Anya Meyerowitz

You've probably heard the term 'CBD' here, there and everywhere recently, and it might seem like everyone who is anyone in the wellness industry is using it in some form. But what on earth is it?

Many of us will know it in relation to marijuana, which it is a part of, and understandably this can be off putting for lots of people.

So we wanted to iron out the facts from the fiction and really understand what's what when it comes to how this oil can help us.

We spoke to Irin Maini, Director at Flawless CBD, to find out how CBD works and how it can impact us.

What is CBD?

a plate of food on a table © Provided by Hearst Magazine Media, Inc. CBD is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut oil or hemp oil. It is non psychoactive and doesn’t get you ‘high’.

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How does CBD work?

CBD produces some cannabinoids of its own, which are called Endocannabinoids. CBD binds to CB1 receptors (primarily found in the brain and nervous system) and CB2 receptors (found in peripheral organs) throughout the body. CBD simply promotes the normal function of the Endocannabinoid system present in all humans and mammals.

How can it affect everyday life?

CBD has been reported to have many positive effects on peoples everyday lives and well being. It has been found to help with anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, to combat diabetes, help with fibromyalgia and combat chronic pain. By taking the oil tinctures, the balms or creams and the edibles, it has been reported to greatly improve general wellness, sleep and reducing inflammation and pain.

Is CBD good for your skin?

CBD has been found to be very good for calming and relaxing the skin; assisting with giving it that youthful look. Not only have testimonials shown to regenerate, firm and sooth your skin, but - most importantly – it feeds it with the vitamins, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients and essential fatty acids that are essential for youthful, flawless skin essentially assisting in reviving your skin. Somnio CBD has a great lavender face moisturiser which is organic and contains natural ingredients and is dermatologically tested.

How do balms and creams help repair and restore?

CBD has anti-inflammatory actions which people have said are helpful for conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. There are also balms, body salves and hemp creams available which have been found to help pain with relief, post workout recovery and inflammation.

CBD FX have a hemp cream which is organic, full spectrum and contains plant derived caffeine, organic white willow bark and original menthol extracted from the mint plant. Somnio CBD have a Healing cream which is clinically proven to heal, repair and restore your skin with full extract cannabis embracing all the plants natural waxes and fatty acids providing instant relief.

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