CBD for wellness
What is CBD?
CBD is one of many chemical compounds called cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant. CBD occurs naturally and is extracted, diluted or mixed with a carrier oil (like hemp seed or coconut) to provide many people with a range of health benefits.
CBD cannot get you ‘high’ because it does not contain the psychoactive cannabinoid ‘THC’ (Tetrahydrocannabidiol).
Is CBD legal?
Rest assured that CBD oil is legal across the UK, provided it has been derived from an industrial hemp strain that is EU-approved. Tight restrictions in place with regard to CBD oil’s THC content means that for CBD oil to be legal in the UK, it cannot contain more than 0.2% THC.
How do you take CBD?
CBD oil is most readily available as a tincture. This can be taken by applying a few drops under your tongue, holding in your mouth for a few moments, and even up to 30 seconds so it can be absorbed, before swallowing. Capsules should be taken with water and as per directions on the pack. Creams or creams or balms are applied on the skin. CBD infused chocolate can be eaten for those that find it difficult to take the oil or capsules.
What are the benefits of CBD?
It’s worth remembering that the CBD that is freely and legally available to buy is a food supplement and we are not making any medical claims.
Huge amounts of research is being undertaken by the global scientific community in order to better understand the huge untapped potential that the cannabis plant offers.
We urge you to carry out your own research as the landscape of information changes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) report is a good start point.
Below is a brief look at some of the directions the research has been heading.
Studies have been carried out on humans with a view to examining the relationship between CBD and pain relief. It is thought that CBD can reduce inflammation and interact with the neurotransmitters associated with pain signalling – a two pronged attack.
As well as pain relief, it is thought that CBD can help combat loss of appetite and poor sleep – It is widely known that sleep and getting adequate nourishment are major tools helping people fight illnesses.
CBD is thought to assist with providing balance to other functions in the human body – functions that control appetite, pain, metabolism, anxiety, sleep and the immune system. Many studies have examined CBD antidepressant-like effects. It’s also been shown to safely improve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If CBD can help the immune system and its ability to help reduce inflammation, it may also offer relief from acne. CBD and THC have shown in some studies to have anti-inflammatory properties – this would suggest that inside the body and on the skin, CBD can help. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD oil inhibited the production of sebum in the sebaceous glands in the skin.
Does CBD pose any health risks?
As a food supplement, CBD poses few risks, and side effects are unusual but can include a dry mouth or drowsiness, effectively feeling super relaxed.
The majority of CBD oil users don’t experience any negative effects. There is always a chance that you might not like the effect and perceive this as a negative effect – it’s quite personal.
Again, CBD is a food supplement and can be taken as part of a varied diet. It’s been concluded by the WHO (World Health Organisation) that CBD does not appear to cause harm.
That said, CBD oil could interact with common prescription medications, so it’s important you always seek the advice of your GP before giving it a go.
You should not take CBD if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
If your doctor is unable to help, you can search Drugs.com for more information.