CBD is extracted from the hemp plant

Why take CBD oil?

CBD oil, derived from hemp leaves, is a safe and legal supplement that has seen an explosion in popularity.

The history

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the leaf of various species of hemp plants. This annual, flowering herb has been cultivated for thousands of years thanks to its practical, medicinal and religious applications, and also for its intoxicating qualities.

Due to a long history of selective breeding, different strains of the plant have become useful for specific applications.

Sativa L. strains, often referred to as ‘hemp’, have historically been used to create rope, paper and clothing. Governments in the early modern period saw hemp as vital, because it was used to produce naval supplies for sailing ships – in fact, the English word ‘canvas’ may originate from Latin cannapaceus, ‘made from hemp’. George Washington, the first president of the United States, grew hemp for this purpose on his estate at Mount Vernon.

Hemp can be used as a construction material; a non-toxic component for oil-based products like paint, cosmetics, and plastics; and it can even be eaten as a source of vital fatty acids.

The science

The better-known species of hemp, indica L., contains concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for the intoxicating ‘high’, and low concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD). For this reason, CBD oil is extracted from the more useful hemp plant – which has low levels of THC and very high levels of CBD – using Supercritical Fluid Extraction methods.

We do know that CBD acts in complex ways. The human body contains something called the endocannabinoid system, with receptors for this system located all over the body, and naturally produces its own varieties of cannabinoids. This has prompted recent research into plant cannabinoids like CBD.

As a natural supplements company, FutureYou operates within a highly regulated industry. This tight regulation, together with our scientific approach to product development, means that you can have confidence in the supplements that we create – however, it does mean that we are currently unable to provide further details on CBD oil.

If you feel that a CBD supplement might be right for you, we encourage you to research it by searching the internet for ‘CBD oil’ or 'cannabidiol'. There are currently more than 275 million results for the term on Google.

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