CBD, what is all the fuss about?


CBD the new buzz word within the wellness industry but does it really work? It really depends on why you are taking CBD and how severe your condition is but as it is a very natural product it has a high chance of relieving some ailments other than conventional treatments or therapies.


So what is it? CBD stands for Cannabidiol, now legal in the UK because the non-psychoactive portion of the plant is not part of the component. CBD is derived from a hemp plant and used as an essential component of Cannabid sativa plant (medical marijuana) which does not have Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the psychoactive constituent of cannabis. Therefore by taking or using CBD you will not have any euphoric side effects as CBD from hemp has very low levels of THC (approx 0.3%).


Who uses it and what for? Many people have adapted their life to incorporate a more natural remedy for their ailments, as there are many benefits of using CBD oils internally and externally as an alternative therapy for pain and well being management. Some conditions are listed below:-


Anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sleep disorders, Lumbago, Multiple Sclerosis, Sciatica, muscle and joint problems, osteoarthritis, epilepsy, arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle spasticity, psoriasis, eczema, other skin disorders such as acne and some cancers.


However, recently there has been some reports that athletes have been using CBD to overcome stress before competitions, gain focus when training as it can improve concentration as well as suppress inflammation to enable quicker recovery of muscle fatigue and injury. It can also help with appetite control when using it as a supplement to reduce snacking and unhealthy eating.


Are there any dangerous CBD drug interactions? As with anything, care must be taken when mixing alternative therapy with conventional therapy, therefore some medications can cause adverse reactions. Cannabidiol (CBD) interacts with the CYP 450 enzymes of our liver cells and therefore it cannot perform at high optimum. A list of prescription drugs not to be taken with CBD is here https://drug-interactions.medicine.iu.edu/MainTable.aspx .


Notwithstanding the above, there are some mild sedative reactions with other drugs such as:

  • Alcohol

  • Benzodiazepines

  • Barbiturates

  • Gabapentin

  • Opiates.

So why has Eastern Shimmer taken CBD on at it's salon? As a sufferer of back problems for over 15 years, trying various conventional drugs and pain management, I was looking for a more organic remedy to reduce the side effects that prescription drugs were causing. After waiting for what seemed an eternity for CBD to become legalized in the UK, I found externally using a CBD massage oil helped me immensely to cope with daily pain management and general livelihood just used as a topical lotion. Experiencing CBD oil first hand gave a huge insight on how effective CBD actually was in relaxation, reducing stress levels, inflammation and aiding a good night's sleep! Moreover, I could help others further with enhancing the holistic services we offered, hence Eastern Shimmer incorporating CBD products within its treatments. Consequently, a CBD infused massage was born at Eastern Shimmer. The benefits of having a CBD infused massage can linger for more than a few days too, so if you are looking for an ultimate body massage, then book in online! You won't be disappointed!


If an external encounter is not what you are looking for, then why not try our very own CBD Cocus Elixir? All our products are competitively priced, organic and GMO free. Traces of THC are minimal to enable maximum results without a hallucinatory experience!


What are you waiting for? Take a look at what we have to offer on the 'Shop' tab for our CBD range. If we don't have what you are looking for, please don't hesitate to ask!



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