For a product aimed at relaxing you, CBD oil is causing a lot of excitement.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is gaining in popularity as a natural remedy. But what is it and why do people take it?
What exactly is CBD oil?
It is one of the chemical compounds (known as cannabinoids) found in the cannabis (marijuana) plant. It is very different from Cannabis oil, which you may have heard of earlier this year when there was intense press coverage obtaining it as a medicine for Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley, two children with severe epilepsy. Well CBD Oil is different because it doesn’t contain THC, the compound that causes the sensation of getting”high” that’s often associated with marijuana. So CBD is not psychoactive but it can be an appealing option for people who are looking for relief from pain without the side effects that marijuana or certain prescription drugs can have.
How is it made?
CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant then diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut or hemp seed oil. CBD products are currently sold as food supplements, although the government has indicated that very strong versions may soon be available on prescription for people with certain medical conditions.
Why do people try CBD Oil?
Dr Nicholas Shenker PhD FRCP, is a consultant rheumatologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and an expert in chronic pain syndromes. He says that “All over the world, people are using CBD – often in pharmaceutical (very high) doses – to address their health issues.” These include reducing inflammation, relieving chronic pain, reset sleep patterns, and reducing stress and anxiety. Other reasons people try CBD are to help reduce nausea, to use it’s anti-inflammatory properties to reduce acne, as an anti-depressant and a small number of people who have tried CBD out in the bedroom said it had improved their sexual experiences.
Is it safe?
The World Health Organisation has given CBD a clean bill of health and UK government advisers at the MHRA made it legal to buy cannabidiol (CBD) oil in late 2016 after they confirmed that it has a ‘restoring, correcting or modifying’ effect on humans.
You should make sure to buy a purified CBD product from a reputable company. CBD oil must contain less than 0.2% THC by law, which ensures that it is not intoxicating.
CBD is well tolerated by humans even in high doses (1,500mg per day).
“If people are considering a CBD supplement, they should ensure that it is supplied by a reputable company and created using a pure extract.” Michael Heinrich, Head of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy at University College London
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The contents of this article are provided for general information and should not not intended to replace conventional medical advice.