The sudden prevalence of CBD oils, gummies, vape juice and tea bags might be leaving you confused! The active ingredient in these products is Cannabidiol, which is derived from the cannabis plant which remains a Class B drug, mere possession of which can be punished with an unlimited fine and up to five years in prison. However, over the years the cannabis industry has slow crept to become a brand new emerging market and the team over at eco-equity know all about this. The marijuana industry is expected to keep growing every year as the demand for CBD increases.
Nonetheless, products ultimately made from the cannabis plant are on the shelves (and online with specialist retailers like Dayzed) and promising big boosts to your health and wellbeing. Just what is going on and can you buy these products safely?
What is CBD?
CBD is indeed derived from the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol is one of many cannabinoids – compounds found in this plant – and the reason they’re valued both medicinally and recreationally is because they act on the body’s endo-cannabinoid system, a series of receptors not unlike the nervous system. The right cannabinoid in the right quantity can cause pain relief, modify your mood, cause intoxication or even euphoria! There’s some concern (and studies show these concerns have some foundation) that these cannabinoids can, in the long term, cause mental health issues, which is why Cannabis is a controlled substance.
CBD though, is not psychoactive. Unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) it can’t cause the ‘high’ that makes recreational cannabis use so popular. As long as it’s isolated from THC, CBD based products can used to help regulate your mood and deal with pain without impairing your judgement, and, crucially, without falling foul of the law.
CBD and Legality
When you’re buying CBD oil, you don’t have to worry about the legalities: as with all the other products in the shop, the onus is on the retailer to be providing safe, high quality products that comply with the law. What this means for CBD products is that to be approved for sale in the EU they have to be made from specific strains of the cannabis or hemp plant that contain no more than traces of THC.
This means they can be sold legally and you can be confident that the products you are buying are not psychoactive and will not impair your judgement.
There is currently little medical consensus on the benefits of CBD oil. Studies are in their infancy and anecdotal evidence is plentiful but not as trustworthy as double blind medical trials.
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What we can say is that CBD seems to be helpful as an anti-inflammatory painkiller, and could be used to help manage chronic pain conditions related to inflammation, notably arthritis.
It’s also popular to help manage depression, anxiety and low mood, and to promote deep and restful sleep though if you are struggling with mental health, CBD oil is not a substitute for seeing a doctor!