Confused about CBD? We know that there are a lot of questions and misinformation out there, so we’ve tried to answer some of your questions below.
What does CBD stand for?
CBD is short for Cannabidoil.
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant. CBD is one of two most abundant compounds within the cannabis plant – the other one is THC or Tetrahydrocannabidoil.
Cannabis plants with less than 0.2-3% of THC are classed as hemp and can legally be grown in the UK. Cannabis plants with higher levels of THC are marijuana, which causes psychoactive effects (a high) and are an illegal substance.
Is CBD legal in the UK?
There is a still a lot of confusion around CBD oil in UK law, as many cannabinoids are listed as controlled substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
However, CBD is completely legal as long as it has been derived from a industrial hemp strain that is EU approved, or if it comes from outside the EU. In order to be legal in the UK, CBD oil must contain no THC. The only exception this this is when a cannabis-derived medicinal product has been prescribed by a specialist clinician.
Does CBD oil get you high?
No. CBD is extracted from hemp plants, which have less than 0.2% THC (the compound that makes you high).
What can CBD be used for?
There is still some controversy around CBD, due to its connection with cannabis; however, there is a growing awareness of the possible health benefits.
Here are potential medical uses of CBD and the research status of each. Please note that before trying any CBD products, it is crucial that you seek advice from your doctor in regards to any existing medical conditions and other prescription and non-prescription medications, supplements and vitamins that you may be taking.
1. Anxiety relief
Researchers believe that CBD may change the way that your brain’s receptors react to serotonin, the chemical associated with wellbeing and happiness. Studies have found that CBD may help to:
- Reduce stress.
- Decrease physiological effects of anxiety i.e. increased heart rate.
- Improve symptoms of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
- Induce sleep in cases of insomnia.
Research is still in its early days, but there have been some encouraging results in relation to epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Researchers are still testing how much CBD can reduce seizures and how safe it is for patients to use, as there have been some adverse effects recorded.
Researchers are carrying out studies on brain receptors to understand how CBD could help with neurodegenerative diseases which cause deterioration to the brain and nerves over time. This research includes studying CBD oil use for treating conditions such as stroke, Alzeimers, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons disease.
It is possible that CBD oil may reduce the inflammation that makes neurodegenerative symptoms worse, but more research is required to fully understand the effects of CBD oil.
3. Pain relief
The effects that CBD oil have on brain receptors could also help to manage pain. Studies are ongoing into the role of CBD oil in relieving symptoms of arthritis pain, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis pain, muscle pain and spinal injury pain.
It follows that if oil is able to reduce inflammation in the body, then CBD oil may offer some aid with acne management. Some studies have found that CBD oil prevents activity in sebaceous glands, the glands that are responsible for producing sebum, an excess of which causes acne. More studies are required to properly evaluate the potential of CBD for this use. In the meantime, it is advisable to speak to a dermatologist before using CBD oil for acne treatment.
This research is still in very early stages, but the USA National Cancer Institute has said that CBD may help alleviate cancer symptom and the side effects of cancer treatment. It does not however, endorse CBD as a cancer treatment. CBD has the ability to reduce inflammation, changes how cells reproduce and reduces the ability of some tumour cells being able to reproduce. That is why it is promising for cancer treatment.
How to take CBD oil?
CBD is extracted from the plant as an oil or powder, which can then be mixed into creams and gels for skin use, or put into capsule form to be taken orally. How to take CBD depends on what it’s being used for. Our products all usage instructions, but we recommend that you talk to your doctor before using CBD oil.
Are there any side effects to CBD oil?
CBD oil doesn’t usually have any major risks, but there are possible side effects. These include:
- Low blood pressure.
- Withdrawal symptoms, such as insomnia and irritability.
More human studies are required to fully understand the side effects of CBD and any risks that come with it’s use.
We will keep updating our information as more research studies are carried out. If you have any questions about CBD oil or the products on this website, please get in touch with us.