Cannabis oil, or CBD, is one of the most popular wellness supplements on the market. It is said to help with chronic pain, stress and sleep issues among many other things. It is also credited with aiding weight loss, improving skin health and reducing anxiety and depression. As more people are becoming aware of the benefits of this plant based compound, sales have skyrocketed and the interest in the topic is high.
This rise in popularity has also brought about a lot of confusion and misinformation. As a result, there are a number of misconceptions about what CBD actually is, what it can do for you and its legality.
As it stands, it is illegal to possess or supply cannabis in the UK because it is a Class B drug. However, it is possible to get a prescription for cannabis-based medicine. This includes nabilone which is a capsule taken to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy for cancer patients, and nabiximols (Sativex), a cannabis-derived pharmaceutical that is sprayed into the mouth to alleviate MS-related spasticity in adults where other medicines have failed.
It is also possible to legally buy CBD infused products online and in stores, but it is important to check the label as some are not as accurate as others. It is recommended that you look for a company with a good reputation and a full list of ingredients on their website. It is also advisable to choose a product that is EU approved and has undergone a third party laboratory test, as this will ensure the quality of the CBD.
The most common type of CBD product found on the market is broad-spectrum CBD, which contains all the cannabinoids and terpenes in the cannabis plant except for THC. It is the most common type of CBD found in e-liquids, tinctures and creams and it can be easily mixed with other branded products without breaking any UK laws.
Another type of CBD product is isolate, which is a pure, crystalline powder that does not contain any THC or other cannabinoids. It can be used in a wide variety of CBD branded products such as e-liquids, tinctures, CBD oils and other skincare creams. A process has been put in place for paediatric neurologists to prescribe this purified CBD medication in combination with Clobazam funded by the NHS for children with Dravet Syndrome and Lennox Gastaut syndrome, who are having ongoing seizures despite being on first line anti-epileptic medications.
It is important to note that only CBD companies which have submitted a novel food application can sell products marketed for consumption. This includes CBD oils, tinctures and capsules. This does not apply to CBD-infused products for the skin, which can be sold as a cosmetic. Only products that have been approved for sale on the UK market can be advertised as a ‘hemp-derived health food supplement’ or a ‘beauty product’. It is also worth mentioning that CBD should not be taken with other prescribed medications, as it can have an interaction with certain types of medication and may make them less effective or cause unwanted side effects. Cannabis Oil UK