ABOUT CBD

You are in the right place if you want to learn more about CBD.

  • WHAT IS CBD?
  • IS CBD LEGAL?
  • HOW DOES CBD WORK?
  • WHY CBD?

WHAT IS CBD?

To understand CBD, first you need to understand the Cannabis Sativa plant. It’s a species that contains over 100 different biologically active molecules. These molecules mirror cannabinoids, which are produced naturally in our own human bodies.

The two main molecules found in cannabis are:

Cannabidiol (CBD)
which is a non-psychoactive molecule, it does not get you high

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
which is a molecule responsible for the psychoactive effects that make you feel high

The most efficient way to acquire CBD is through carbon dioxide extraction. This expensive method uses carbon dioxide to separate the oil from the plant matter.
People have widely reported that CBD is helpful for a number of conditions ranging from anxiety and insomnia to gastrointestinal problems and chronic pain.  

IS CBD LEGAL IN HONG KONG?

Because CBD is becoming more mainstream, you might automatically assume that all CBD is legal. This is incorrect. CBD is broken down into 3 types; full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate. Only two types, broad spectrum and isolate, are legal in Hong Kong.

FULL SPECTRUM
(not legal in Hong Kong)

Full spectrum CBD is an extract that contains all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant, including terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids, including THC.


BROAD SPECTRUM
(legal in Hong Kong)

Broad spectrum CBD is a bit of a mix between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. Like Full Spectrum CBD, the other compounds found within the plant are preserved in the extract; however, like CBD Isolate, THC is completely removed. Broad spectrum CBD is legal in Hong Kong if there are no traces of THC or CBN.


ISOLATE
(legal in Hong Kong)

CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, which is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids.

HOW DOES CBD WORK IN THE BODY?

We have an inbuilt biological system in our bodies called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is the body’s main regulatory system and is universal to all vertebrates. The endocannabinoid system helps keep the body in balance. It impacts several major processes, including appetite, sleep, mood, and memory.

THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM


ENDOCANNABINOIDS

complement the body by keeping internal functions running smoothly.
These endocannabinoids closely resemble the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, CBD and THC being the two main ones.


CANNABINOID RECEPTORS

exist throughout the body and are a substance to which endocannabinoids bind. Cannabinoid receptors receive chemical signals from stimuli and help the rest of your cells respond to those signals. When your receptors react with CBD, they form anti-inflammatory effects that reduce pain. CBD receptors also affect conditions like anxiety, depression, and stress.


ENZYMES

are responsible for breaking down endocannabinoids once they’ve carried out their function

These three components manage a diverse range of physiological processes such as protecting neurons, regulating the immune system, influencing gastrointestinal functions, and impacting how we perceive pain. When something’s out of sync internally, endocannabinoids bind to receptors, which alert the ECS that certain functions aren’t working properly. For example, if the body is overheated, the ECS will tell the body to cool down by producing sweat.

WHICH CONDITION IS CBD USED FOR?

Many people swear up and down and sideways that CBD helps relieve whatever is ailing them. Though more research is needed, here’s a rundown on what we know so far about the conditions CBD might help.

ANXIETY

Researchers say that CBD may have an effect on serotonin (a chemical that contributes to happiness and wellbeing) levels in the brain. Also, as CBD has been known to have a positive impact on pain and insomnia, both of which can exacerbate anxiety, taking CBD can help to reduce anxiety levels.

INSOMNIA

Experts aren’t entirely sure how CBD helps with sleeplessness, but they do think it may interact with receptors that affect the sleep/wake cycle. Also, because CBD may reduce the pain associated with many conditions, it can help those suffering experience a sounder snooze, so they stop tossing and turning in discomfort.

GASTROINTESTINAL SYMPTOMS

Researchers believe there are high levels of endocannabinoid receptors in the GI tract. Some studies have shown that CBD may have a beneficial effect on inflammatory bowel disease. In these studies, the use of cannabinoids given prophylactically helped reduced the patients’ abdominal pain and diarrhea, and it improved their quality of life overall by inhibiting the inflammatory reaction.

SKIN CONDITIONS

CBD might also be effective in fighting acne as it helps reduce the production of sebum in the skin, reducing inflammation and boosting nutrients. Additionally, studies indicate that cannabidiol may be effective in treating eczema and psoriasis as well.