Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the two main ingredients (or cannabinoids) found in the cannabis plant.

Unlike the other famous cannabinoid (THC) it does not alter consciousness or trigger a ‘high’ but has a whole host of therapeutic benefits and has shown promise treating physical ailments such as pain, psoriasis and inflammation as well as mental ones such as anxiety, insomnia, stress and depression.

Hemp vs Marijuana: What is the difference?

Although CBD is becoming increasingly accepted within mainstream medicine, it’s association with cannabis, and by extension, marijuana, can cause confusion and may even deter first-time users. 

The key point to note is that cannabis is a family of plants containing two species - hemp and marijuana. Hemp has been used by humans throughout history to make food products, oil, rope, clothing, paper, housing material and more. Crucially, hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, the compound that causes the cannabis ‘high’, making it non-psychoactive, safe and legal. 

Marijuana on the other hand, contains high levels of the psychoactive THC which means that marijuana, unlike hemp, will get you high. It is the presence of THC that makes marijuana an illegal drug.

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How does it work?

Cannabinoids (such as CBD) are not only found in plants - our bodies have their own Endocannabinoid System that is used to regulate our mood, sleep, appetite and memory. Cannabinoids are therefore completely natural for the human body. 

When the body cannot produce enough natural cannabinoids, we become more susceptible to physical and mental ailments and discomforts. CBD activates and boosts the receptors in the Endocannabinoid System, resulting in a stronger and more positive response from the body in dealing with these ailments. 

Why use CBD?

In the UK, CBD products are sold as dietary supplements and not medicines. Therefore, current legislation would forbid us to explicitly state that CBD provides health benefits. Although there is a lot of anecdotal evidence attesting to the wonders of CBD, scientific studies into the benefits are still, relatively speaking, in their infancy. This is changing, however, as more and more studies are commissioned in light of the rapidly growing interest in CBD in recent years.* 

What we can say is that users of CBD are many (the market has outgrown that of Vitamins C and D combined in recent years) and the reasons that they use CBD are equally varied. Among others, here are some of the reasons that people have been using CBD.

  • To combat anxiety and depression
  • As a natural painkiller with anti-inflammatory properties
  • To help improve sleep quality
  • To help balance mood
  • To help reduce epileptic seizures
  • To ease joint / muscle pain and arthritis

* For information on current research, visit our blog.

    How to take CBD 

    There are many ways to take CBD and how you choose to consume it will come down to a matter of personal preference. While some methods appear to be more effective than others, the important thing is to find what works for you. 

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    Oral drops 

    CBD extract is blended with a carrier oil (such as olive, MCT or hemp) and placed in a bottle with a dropper. Simply add the drops under the tongue for quick absorption into the bloodstream. 

    Edibles 

    CBD is infused with food such as gummies or honey. Perfect for when on the go.

    Topicals 

    Localised application of CBD cream or balm for the Endocannabinoid receptors in the skin. Ideal for localised pain and discomfort.

    Choosing the right amount

    The human body requires only small amounts of CBD to be effective. However taking too much can have the opposite of the desired effects. For this reason we recommended 'start low & go slow' to work out your ideal dose. While it can take some time to find this dose, the results are usually well worth it.

    We recommend starting with a small dose initially to let your body become accustomed to CBD. After a few days, gauge the effect and if necessary, up the dosage slightly for a few days. Keep going like this until you hit the ‘sweet spot’. 

    CBD can work differently for different bodies, so be patient and find the dosage that works for you. Once you notice your own ideal dose, there is no need to increase any further.

    For best results, CBD should be taken consistently on a daily basis and we do not recommend you exceed more than 200mg of CBD per day. 

    For more information see our blog post on CBD dosage

    Potential starting dosage for new CBD Users

    See below a suggested daily guide for your starting dose of CBD oil. The chart should not be considered as medical advice. As always, we advise consulting with your medical professional before taking CBD.

    Starting dose by weight

    Weight

    Starting Dose

    100 lbs / 45 kg

    10 - 15 mg

    140 lbs / 64 kg

    14 - 21 mg

    180 lbs / 82 kg

    18 - 27  mg

    220 lbs / 100 kg

    22 - 33 mg


    Sonas CBD - mg per drop 

    Product

    Measure

    CBD per drop

    Sonas 250mg CBD Oil (2.5%)

    1 drop

    1mg

    Sonas 500mg CBD Oil (5%)

    1 drop

    2mg

    Sonas 1000mg CBD Oil (10%)

    1 drop

    4mg

    Sonas 1500mg CBD Oil (15%)

    1 drop

    6mg

    Note: One full dropper contains approx 20 drops 

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    Still feel like you're just scratching the surface? We've created our Definitive FAQ guide to provide answers to the most common CBD questions. 

    At Sonas, our goal is to deliver products that help people boost their health and wellbeing, and unburden them of unwanted conditions and afflictions. Try some of our premium CBD products today see how they can help you to be your best self.