Most large health food stores will stock ‘pure’ CBD oil. However, as it is classed as a ‘food supplement’ rather than a ‘medicinal product’, it isn’t regulated in the UK. This means you cannot know for sure that the product you buy contains the ‘active’ ingredients at the amounts listed on the label. Furthermore, the product may contain contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals and other elements. For this reason, the NHS highlights there is no guarantee that these products will be of good quality or provide the intended health benefits.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid – a chemical compound that acts throughout the body, including on certain parts of the brain, and is becoming increasingly popular in the health world. It comes from the cannabis plant; however, unlike its counterpart, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for the ‘high’ from marijuana, CBD, derived from the hemp plant, is non-intoxicating and some believe it may have potential health and wellness benefits. Once extracted from the cannabis plant, it is diluted with a carrier such as olive or coconut oil – this improves its bio-availability.
If you’re considering using CBD oil, you should speak to your GP or other healthcare professional to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for you to do so.
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Early evidence looking into the use of CBD in the treatment of anxiety and depression has found some exciting results – although on very small samples. The first study assessed anxiety links with public speaking; it found a very specific dose of CBD (300mg) showed anti-anxiety effects. The second study was a stand-alone case report of one child with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It found CBD oil helped the child safely reduce her anxiety and improve sleep.
Supporters of CBD oil believe it may help a number of clinical conditions, including refractory epilepsy, chronic pain, depression, anxiety and acne. However, further robust evidence is required as much of the research is carried out on animal models.
Kerry Torrens BSc. (Hons) PgCert MBANT is a Registered Nutritionist with a post graduate diploma in Personalised Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She is a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and a member of the Guild of Food Writers. Over the last 15 years she has been a contributing author to a number of nutritional and cookery publications including BBC Good Food.
There are some suggestions from animal studies that CBD may be beneficial for osteoarthritis, through topical application for inflammation or joint pain.
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The Stronger the Better: Often high strength is the most important consideration when buying CBD Oil. The stronger the CBD Oil, the bigger the benefit you should get. Also, you’ll likely get greater value for money.
Ensure its Organically Grown: We all know we should eat more organic produce. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. And with 2021 starting, there is no better time to opt for the best quality. Interestingly, hemp absorbs lots of toxins from the ground. This makes it perfect for clearing up toxic sites; it was used to help with the Chernobyl clean up. However, it is less good for people putting CBD Oil into their body.
Consider your reasons behind buying CBD. Spending a little more money on a stronger product may well be the best approach for you.
3. Canadian based company, Satipharm has an interesting CBD offering, available in the UK. It has developed a specialised range of capsules that has been used in a Clinical Trial on Treatment Resistant Epilepsy. Although it is only early stages, the results have been promising. Its range of capsules are available in Holland & Barrett for £39.99. Satipharm also sells more conventional CBD Oil drops on its website as well.