US Paralympians to be paid the same as Olympians for the first time ever
US Paralympians to be paid the same as Olympians for the first time ever

Sarah Finnan

‘Stop treating my child’s Down Syndrome as a tragedy’ – One mother’s story
‘Stop treating my child’s Down Syndrome as a tragedy’ – One mother’s story

Amanda Cassidy

What to eat this week: Kerala vegan cauliflower curry
What to eat this week: Kerala vegan cauliflower curry

Meg Walker

5 things to consider before setting up your own business
5 things to consider before setting up your own business

Grace McGettigan

Tom Daley knit his gold medal an Olympic cosy and it’s the most wholesome thing you’ll see all day
Tom Daley knit his gold medal an Olympic cosy and it’s the most wholesome thing...

Sarah Finnan

Only four women have ever won Olympic medals for Ireland, but four more joined the list last night
Only four women have ever won Olympic medals for Ireland, but four more joined the...

Lauren Heskin

6 brilliant Netflix picks that you NEED to binge-watch in August
6 brilliant Netflix picks that you NEED to binge-watch in August

Jennifer McShane

The best affordable bridal outfits for your big day
The best affordable bridal outfits for your big day

Sarah Finnan

‘I was still doing it for other people’: Simone Biles put her mental health first – and it should be applauded
‘I was still doing it for other people’: Simone Biles put her mental health first...

Jennifer McShane

Will filter free images be a legacy of the pandemic?
Will filter free images be a legacy of the pandemic?

Rose Mary Roche

Image / Editorial
Sponsored

CBD: What it is, how it works and how to take it

Sponsored By

by IMAGE
24th Jun 2019
Sponsored By
blank

CBD is becoming increasingly popular among all age groups in Ireland for various reasons; but what is it and how does it work? Here, we examine what CBD is, as well as the benefits of Satipharm CBD capsules versus CBD oil


If you walk into any pharmacy in Ireland, you’ll likely see a section dedicated to cannabidiol (CBD). People of all ages and backgrounds have found taking CBD to be beneficial, IMAGE staffer Rebecca Branagan is one such person.

“I took CBD for three-to-four weeks and noticed a big difference in my sleep and anxiety,” she says. “What stood out most to me was the boost in my mood, which was great when going through a tough time and under serious pressure.”

Related: The best hemp-derived
beauty products to add to your routine

While it’s growing in popularity, there’s still some confusion about what CBD is. We caught up with the experts at Satipharm – a company whose new CBD Gelpell capsules have just launched in Pharmacies across Ireland.

CBD capsules

What is CBD?

CBD is just one of more than 100 natural elements (cannabinoids) that occur naturally in the hemp plant. CBD does not have a psychoactive effect, in other words, it won’t make you ‘high’.

For at least 5,000 years, CBD has been extracted from hemp and used by people worldwide; for example, as herbal medicine in ancient China, Rome and Greece. Nowadays, scientists continue to test and publish how CBD interacts with the body.

How does it work?

Just as CBD is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in hemp plants; the human body has naturally occurring ‘cannabinoid receptors’.

These receptors make up our ‘endocannabinoid system’, a network of cannabinoid receptors and naturally occurring chemical messengers, called endocannabinoids, that play a part in the body’s overall health and wellness. The naturally occurring endocannabinoids interact with the body’s cannabinoid receptors, and it is believed through this process that the endocannabinoid system regulates a range of bodily functions.

What’s more, it is not an addictive substance, which means your body won’t come to rely on it; nor will it build up a tolerance to it.

Capsules vs oil – effectiveness

Many people who take CBD do so in an oil format – but that method presents a number of issues.

Not only do many CBD oils not taste great, but they’re also proven to be less effective compared to other CBD products on the market. The oil is placed under the tongue with a dropper and needs to be kept there for one to two minutes. CBD oils commonly have a bioavailability* (absorption rate) of only 5-6%.

On the other hand, Satipharm CBD Gelpell capsules have a clinically proven bioavailability* of 17.4%; that’s three times more effective than most CBD oils.

This increase is down to Satipharm’s unique ‘Gelpell’ technology. Each capsule is gastro-resistant which means it can successfully reach and be absorbed in the small intestine.

Capsules vs oil – manufacturing standards

Not all CBD products are manufactured under GMP** (Good Manufacturing Practice). This means they may not be made to the highest quality or made in a regulated, safe environment.

That’s where Satipharm comes in, as quality is at the heart of everything they do. Their CBD Gelpell capsules are manufactured under controlled conditions in Switzerland and they are committed to high standards at every stage of the manufacturing process.

Capsules vs oil – reliable dosing

One of our favourite things about CBD capsules versus CBD oils is they are easy to take. Every time you take a Satipharm CBD Gelpell capsule, you know for a fact you’ve taken 10mg of CBD.

This isn’t the case with oils, as it is difficult to accurately monitor what dosage works best.

For more information on Satipharm CBD Gelpell capsules, ask your local pharmacist for advice or visit Lloyds, McCabes, and Total Health Pharmacies nationwide.

*Bioavailability:
This term is used to describe how much of something is absorbed into your system after you take it.

**GMP (or Good Manufacturing Practice):
Agencies all over the world establish guidelines that manufacturers of products must follow in order to ensure consistency and quality, enabling consumers to buy products with confidence. Products that are produced to a high standard and are of consistently high quality (in line with international guidelines) are said to be GMP. Most CBD products available in Ireland are not GMP.

Top photo: Shutterstock


Read more: Skin up: could weed be the secret to perfect skin?

Read more: Do you deal with social anxiety? Here are five ways to help combat it

Read more: Three alternative asthma treatments to try this hayfever season

Also Read

stress
EDITORIAL
Are you up the walls? How the language of stress causes stress

Do you find yourself talking about how busy and stressed you are? With stress, the words we speak are like...

By Sophie White

Britta Baranowsky The Flowerfield
EDITORIAL
Happy World Bee Day: These are the best bee-friendly flowers to plant right now

Attracting bees to your outdoor patch is a cinch, with a little forward-planning. We speak to two flower growers in...

By Amanda Kavanagh

blank
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
When speaking about ageing, we should follow Julianne Moore’s lead

Actress Julianne Moore is tired of all the cliched tropes about female ageing. The way we speak about it; the...

By Jennifer McShane

blank
EDITORIAL
‘Totally allowed but totally shouldn’t: Welcome to the Great Irish Pandemic Paradox’

In a time when cool heads are needed – it’s more than the current heatwave that’s melting minds, writes Amanda...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
EDITORIAL
‘We have not heeded the warnings sufficiently’: The health emergency we’ve ignored while focusing on the pandemic

The climate change debate has been going on for so long its become white noise. But this week, the effects...

By Amanda Cassidy

Full House, onscreen father Danny Tanner
EDITORIAL
We’re remembering our favourite onscreen dads for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner (this Sunday 20h June, so yes, you do have time to buy yours...

By Grace McGettigan

blank
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
Andrew McGinley: ‘I know that they wouldn’t want me to be sad.’

Following the utterly devastating trial of his wife Deirdre last week, Andrew McGinley spoke afterward of the love of his...

By Jennifer McShane