What Is CBD Oil? The Benefits of Cannabidiol

CBD (short for cannabidiol) has gained more and more popularity in recent years because more people discover its potential benefits [1]. This non-psychoactive extract comes from the cannabis or hemp plant. It differs significantly from the well-known psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (short name THC). CBD and its products like CBD oil (a CBD extract mixed with a carrier oil) are used for various different purposes - without causing the "high" associated with THC [2]!

People use CBD oil for a range of reasons: promoting relaxation, managing daily stresses and supporting overall well-being. Its versatility extends to applications like skincare and even pet care. Some users have also reported improvements in their sleep quality with the right dosage of CBD oil [3]. All this considered it's important to note that the effect may vary for each person.

As you explore the world of CBD, do thorough research but understand that CBD oil is not medicine intended to treat or cure medical conditions! The best CBD oil and the appropriate dosage depend highly on individual needs, preferences and specific circumstances. If you're located in the UK and EU, it's crucial to choose products made from reputable sources and compliant with local regulations. This will ensure both safety and quality.

What Is CBD Oil? A Look at the Popular Cannabis Product


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There are several types and forms of CBD oil available in the UK and EU markets that allow you to reap the benefits of CBD. Some of the most common ones include:

  • CBD oil made with CBD isolate: This contains only CBD, with no other cannabinoids, terpenes or plant components.
  • Broad-spectrum CBD oil: This contains a range of other cannabinoids and terpenes, but no THC.
  • Full-spectrum CBD oil: This contains all the natural compounds found in the cannabis plant, including a tiny amount of THC (usually less than 0.2%).

At Harmony, we offer a range of broad spectrum CBD oils containing cannabis extracts made from high-quality hemp. We use a special blend of MCT and organic olive oil as carrier oil to guarantee a long shelf life, and we flavour our products exclusively with 100% natural organic essential oils and stevia. All our products are third-party lab tested to guarantee the purity of the formulations.

You can also take cannabidiol oil and hemp oil incorporated in various other forms, such as tinctures, capsules, topicals and edibles. This is providing options depending on your personal preferences.


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What Is CBD Oil Used For? Potential Benefits of Cannabidiol

One of the primary reasons people turn to CBD oil is for pain relief [4]. Research shows that CBD may help with chronic pain and inflammation related to conditions such as arthritis [5]. This makes it a viable alternative to traditional painkillers for those looking for a more natural solution.

Another area where CBD oil shows promise is in improving your sleep quality. Many people experience sleep problems, and CBD oil may help by interacting with your body's natural endocannabinoid system to regulate sleep patterns [6].

If you're suffering from stress and anxiety, taking CBD oil might be a reasonable idea. Research into the anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol is ongoing, and the results so far are highly promising [7]

But there are many other areas where CBD products might help. Menopause for example is a natural process that can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. So some women have turned to CBD oil as a natural remedy to help manage their menopause symptoms. 

With all this being said, please be aware that these are clinical results for medical cannabis products and varying amounts of CBD were used in the studies. CBD wellness products like those offered by Harmony are not a medicine and they are not intended to be used to treat any disease. It is essential that you consult with a medical professional before starting any new treatment or supplement, particularly if you have pre-existing conditions or are on medications!


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How To Use CBD Oil? Dosage and Effects 

If you are new to CBD and have no idea how much CBD to take, start with a low dose. Gauge your body's reaction to cannabidiol step by step. Gradually increase the dosage over time - keeping track of how you feel and any possible side effects. Remember that individual needs may vary, so what works for someone else may not be appropriate for you.

CBD oil can be administered in various ways. By far the most common method is "sublingual" application – simply place a few drops of the oil under your tongue and hold it there for approximately 60-90 seconds before swallowing or drinking a sip of water. This allows the CBD to be absorbed into your bloodstream rapidly and offers a higher bioavailability [8].

Another method of using CBD oil is by adding it to your favourite foods or beverages (such as smoothies, coffee, or even salad dressings). Keep in mind that when ingesting CBD oil, the effects may take longer to set in as it needs to pass through your digestive system first. Research has shown that when CBD is accompanied by a high-fat meal, it has a higher bioavailability [9]

Topical application can also be an option, especially for addressing localised discomfort or skin issues. Gently massage the oil into your skin at the affected area for targeted relief. You might want to use a CBD oil specifically formulated for skin application.

While it is generally considered safe, some individuals may experience mild reactions such as tiredness, dizziness, or changes in appetite with the use of CBD oil. More serious side effects are very rare, but - if you notice any negative reactions or have concerns about the effects of cannabis on your health, discontinue use and consult with your doctor!


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Anna is an award-winning, internationally published researcher with a PhD in Organic Chemistry. She applies her expertise to develop Harmony's certified products that support your overall well-being. From research to development, she ensures that our products are of the highest quality and meet the highest standards.

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