Chances are, you’ve heard the initials CBD bandied around over the last few years and you may even have dabbled in CBD usage yourself, so popular is the ingredient in oil form. A few drops under the tongue for a better mood, you say? surely that’s worth a try. It’s hailed as a phenomenon for consumers seeking a healthier lifestyle with a strong desire to address anxiety and stress (two emotions that appear to underpin modern society).
Since the birth of this wellness trend, circa 2018, CBD (cannabidiol) has featured in countless health, beauty and food products, but, like many consumer-led products, due diligence should be carried out before investment to ensure you’re benefiting from the real deal.
But how much do you really know about CBD and what is the best way to benefit from it? We spoke to IVNT (intravenous nutrient therapy) specialist and founder of Vitamin Injections London, Bianca Estelle, to hear all about the launch of London’s first ever CBD injection and how this compares to its product predecessors.
An introduction to CBD
CBD stands for cannabidiol and is an active ingredient derived from the hemp plant, a cousin of the marijuana (cannabis) plant. Unlike THC, which is also found in marijuana, CBD doesn’t cause intoxication or a high and is therefore safe for use. In fact, there has been evidence to show that it can treat the symptoms of epilepsy but in recent times, its more widely adopted for its general health and wellness benefits.
What are the benefits?
Whilst research is still in its infancy, CBD products are endorsed by many to aid pain, alleviate stress and anxiety, promote healthy sleep patterns and more.
It’s worth noting that the benefits of CBD were first discovered by doctors in the US (where cannabis is legal) with feedback from patients stating that CBD was helping with their anxiety.
How should we take it?
Here’s the caveat – not all CBD products are created equal and, as we know, marketing guidelines can be somewhat lax, so it’s difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. As a rough guide, experts say that for most adults, 10mg is fine to start and we needn’t worry about overdosing as scientists are confident that, even at excess, CBD use isn’t dangerous (just be sure to tell your doctor in case it interferes with existing medication). For added reassurance, the World Health Organisation states: ‘In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential… To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.’ This goes for dosages up to 5000mg a day and to put this into context, some of the products commonly found on the UK market today start at just 1mg.
By far, the most popular way to take CBD is with an oil or tincture, applied under the tongue, but, if we look at the best way to ensure that active ingredients (including vitamins) reach the bloodstream, there may be a better way. Enter Vitamin Injections London and its new CBD injection. Based in London’s affluent Marylebone, the clinic specialises in offering vitamin nutrient therapy, to promote health and wellbeing from the inside out.
All injections at the clinic bypass the digestive system to deliver active ingredients directly into the bloodstream and the new CBD injection is no exception – this compound is utilised by our bodies Endocannabinoid System and, when injected, CBD is not lost during the digestion process. As such, the maximum amount of the CBD compound is absorbed, ensuring better efficacy and health benefits.
In a nutshell, CBD delivery via injection offers higher concentrations, compared to other alternatives. Company founder Bianca Estelle explains: “Having followed and acutely analysed the popularity of CBD over the last few years, I am thrilled to be able to apply my knowledge and experience to offer the first and only CBD injection here in London. Many clients will benefit from the properties of CBD in a highly concentrated, injectable format and the research and development that we have taken to launch this has been worth the wait.”
Vitamin Injections London’s CBD injections at are available intramuscularly from £200 or intravenously from £350 with course discounts also available.