CBD Oil And It's Potential Benefits

In recent years there has been an interest in wellness products to enhance physical and mental health. CBD oil is one such product, but what is CBD oil, is it legal and what are the potential benefits? In this post, I will be examining all of this, and how it could help you.

What is CBD?


CBD stands for cannabidiol, a product made from the hemp plant (or marijuana plant). CBD oil is an oil made from this plant and is one way of consuming CBD. There are other ways of taking CBD including gummies, and soft gel capsules. The best CBD is grown naturally and is free from pesticides, artificial additives and GMOs. CBD oil is taken as drops and a recommended way of taking it is under your tongue.

Is CBD legal?

CBD and CBD oil is legal in the UK however there are license controls in place, and it must be lawfully available for human consumption. This ensures that quality controls are met. Medicinal uses are as prescribed by the doctor for conditions such as epilepsy and you can also take it as a food supplement where you can buy it over the counter, online or in a pharmacy or health store.  

If you are buying CBD oil in the UK it must not contain more than 0.2% THC to be legally sold. Rules will differ in Europe and other countries. It is suitable for most people but CBD products are not recommended for children, pregnant and breastfeeding women.

What effect can it have on me?

CBD cannot get you high, it does not have this psychoactive effect although there is evidence that it can relax the mind and body and help pain relief. 
There is ongoing research into this and some of these papers are mentioned below. 

You should look at the concentration of CBD in the product when buying it, most start at 3% and get stronger. If you are new to taking CBD oil then it is advised that you start at the lowest concentration.

Potential benefits of CBD oil

CBD and CBD oil has been shown to help with epilepsy when prescribed at the correct strength by a doctor but there are also a number of conditions that CBD could potentially help. 

CBD oil has had much anecdotal evidence to suggest that i
t helps with anxiety, depression and sleep disorders. A small scale research study in 2019 concluded that CBD can help with anxiety-based disorders and also some effect on sleep. This is one of a number of research articles on anxiety and CBD. If you do have problems sleeping then it's worth trying an over the counter remedy for this.

CBD products could help with pain relief. A 2015 review of 25 studies in chronic pain with over 2400 participants found that 30 per cent found a reduction in pain with cannabinoids. It could therefore help pain relief that is long term and chronic

CBD products could also help with arthritis. There is much anecdotal evidence from the Arthritis Foundation to suggest that it helps with pain due to arthritis and inflammation and research with animals suggests that this is the case but more research is needed in humans to back up the claims.

Research on depression and panic disorder is potentially promising but more is needed. Other research into CBD and its effects on PTSD, acne, dementia and cancer are underway.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a way to manage anxiety, sleep and pain relief then CBD products and CBD oil could be beneficial to you.

This article does not constitute medical advice and is for information only. 
You should talk to your doctor before taking CBD products. 

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  1. I have some CBD bath products which I'm excited to try when we get our bath. Luke used to take gummy CBD tablets and he said they helped him x

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