Unsure of the benefits of CBD oil? Is it even legal? Does it work?
Cannabidiol or CBD is the much hyped compound derived from cannabis
CBD oil derived from the cannabis plant – a non-psychoactive cannabinoid
CBD is very different from Marijuana
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s the second most prevalent of the active ingredients found in the cannabis plant. While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, all Enjoy CBD UK CBD products are extracted from the hemp plant cannabis sativa, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant and is a non-psychoactive compound – it doesn’t get people “high.” The World Health Organization reports: “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential… To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Hemp is a strain of the cannabis sativa plant. Although cannabis (marijuana) and industrial hemp are both derived from the cannabis sativa plant, they are distinct strains with unique compositions and uses. Hemp has huge commercial and industrial value, for example; the strongest ropes for the shipping industry are made from industrial hemp. Also, clothing, paper and even biofuels are extracted from the hemp plant. Hemp seeds can be made into oil for shampoo, soap and body lotion.
CBD, on the other hand, is a chemical compound called cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis sativa plant. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and taking it doesn’t result in getting ‘high’ but may have therapeutic benefits.
Is CBD oil Legal in the UK?
CBD is both legal to purchase and to consume as it is classed as a ‘food supplement’. Whilst some cannabinoids are controlled substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, CBD oils derived from industrial hemp (cannabis sativa) are legal across the UK.
Strict regulations are still in place: CBD products must contain negligible traces of THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana); the THC must not be easily separated from it; the CBD must be derived from an industrial hemp strain that is approved under UK Government guidelines.
What are the health benefits of CBD oil?
Cannabidiol CBD is thought to have significant therapeutic properties, however, researchers are still working to understand the specific benefits. We know that CBD binds to endocannabinoid receptors in the brain to exert its effects, but it also activates many non-endocannabinoid receptors which could explain why CBD has such a diverse array of perceived beneficial effects. Although we are unable to speak of specific health benefits derived from taking CBD products, Cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years all over the world, including China, India and the Middle East. Last year a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that CBD may help with an array of health issues and there are a lot of research papers published on the internet to suggest that taking CBD as part of your daily ‘wellness’ regime is a healthy choice to make.
Safety of Cannabidiol or CBD
CBD (cannabidiol) products are classified as food supplements in the UK and therefore are not subject to the same regulations as those for the medical industry. Whereas marijuana contains Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the main psychoactive substance found in the cannabis plant, CBD oil is extracted from it’s cousin known as cannabis sativa and contains less than 0.2% of the psychoactive substance and is therefore perfectly safe and legal in the UK.
Enjoy CBD UK screens every product we stock to ensure they are of the highest quality and that the products we sell online in the UK contain what they say on the label, so you don’t have to. We supply as much information as possible in order for you to make an informed decision when purchasing CBD products from us.
Cannabidiol CBD oil in chronic pain treatment
More and more people with chronic pain are turning to CBD in various forms for natural pain relief. Research shows that CBD interacts with CB2 receptors in your brain and immune system, changing the way your nerves respond to pain signals as well as the immune response.
In altering the pain pathway, CBD oil can produce anti-inflammatory and pain killing effects.
As CBD exhibits no signs of dependence or abuse in humans, it can often be a safer option than prescription pain killers like Opioids. People living with conditions like arthritis, MS or Crohn’s disease report CBD oil is extremely beneficial in relieving pain and increasing mobility and energy. Although scientific research is limited, its use in pain management is widespread.
Anxiety and insomnia can be eased with CBD oil
CBD is commonly used to address anxiety with several studies finding the use of CBD oil is helpful in reducing anxiety. One of the best examples is from a study published in 2011 in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. It found that people with generalised social anxiety disorder (SAD) who were given 600mg of CBD oil prior to a public speaking test, as opposed to a placebo, experienced significantly less anxiety, difficulty and discomfort during their speech.
In much the same way, people suffering anxiety at night or experiencing the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help put your mind at ease, aiding with both falling asleep and staying asleep.
Depression and CBD
For those worried about the effects of more traditional medication for depression, CBD can be a great natural alternative that’s gaining massive popularity. Although it does not ‘cure’ depression, studies have linked CBD to the alleviation of many symptoms. It is thought that CBD acts upon endocannabinoid receptors in the brain to potentiate the effects of the neurotransmitter serotonin, enhancing the activity of receptors to which serotonin binds, causing uplift in mood and reduced stress levels.
CBD use in diabetes
Many studies have shown a correlation between regular cannabis use and a lower body mass index along with reduced risk of diabetes and obesity. Notably, a study conducted in 2006 showed that CBD on its own lowered the incidence of diabetes in lab rats. Furthermore, the Israeli-American ‘Biopharmaceutical Collective’ began stage 2 trials in 2015 to investigate the use of CBD in the treatment of diabetes.
Other uses of CBD include:
- Pain relief and inflammation reduction associated with Arthritis
- Helping in the treatment of high blood pressure
- Slowing cognitive decline
- Muscle recovery
- Mental clarity and better focus
- Alleviating Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms
- Acne and skin clarification
- Alleviating symptoms following Chemo Therapy
Medical grade CBD containing THC is proving highly effective in the treatment of epilepsy
Medical grade CBD is not to be confused with the readily available Cannabidiol on the High Street or Online Retailers.
Perhaps the most famous example is of Charlotte, a 5 year old girl suffering almost 300 grand mal seizures a day due to Dravet Syndrome – a rare life-threatening form of epilepsy. Her parents sought out controversial treatment in Colorado using CBD oil extracted from high-CBD medical marijuana. Upon administration of the oil, her seizures stopped almost completely. The high-CBD strain of cannabis is sometimes known as Charlotte’s Web in honour of her progress.