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CBD oil as a health supplements - the facts

Posted by admin 16/07/2018 0 Comment(s)

What is CBD oil?

 

CBD (Canabidiol) is one of over 400 phytonutrients found in the Cannabis plant. CBD is oil soluble, so it’s often mixed with oil

 

(such as hemp, olive or coconut oil) to improve its absorption; this combination of CBD and oil is called CBD oil.

 

 

 

Marijuana and hemp are not the same

 

CBD is extracted from non-marijuana strains of the cannabis plant. The marijuana plant and the hemp plant are both from the

 

‘cannabis’ family, but the latter does not contain sufficient amounts of an ingredient known as THC. THC is the ingredient in

 

cannabis that has ‘psychoactive’ effects (which gives the “high”) and it is particularly prevalent in the marijuana cannabis plant.

 

Hemp is industrially produced, is particularly rich in CBD and virtually free from THC.

 

 

 

CBD oil is a hot topic

 

While already very popular in the USA, CBD oil is relatively new to the UK where we are more cautious about its use as a health

 

supplement.

 

CBDoil has been in the headlines a lot in recent months with people around the globe reporting on its health benefits.

 

Confusion remains regarding the difference between ‘CBD oil’, ‘medical marijuana’ or ‘medical cannabis oil’, especially with regards

 

to their legality.

 

CBD rose to fame after extensive scientific research in America on its potential health benefits. Despite the assumption that it

 

stems from the marijuana cannabis plant and the resultant connotations of this, CBD oil does not make you ‘high’ and is a naturally

 

sourced ingredient that is set to become huge in 2018.

 

Legality

 

CBD, a naturally occurring ingredient in hemp, is not to be confused with medical marijuana or medical cannabis oil. 

 

Medical oils are sourced from different strains of the cannabis plant, and contain enough THC to cause a 'high'.

 

CBD oil is virtually THC free.

 

Medical marijuana, or cannabis oil, can be prescribed by doctors as a licenced medicine (for example: Sativex). However, it's illegal

 

for it to be on general sale in the UK. Medical marijuana contains controlled levels of THC, which is used to help people with

 

conditions such as MS.

 

 

CBD in the form of a nutritional supplement has been legalised in the UK because it only contains trace amounts of THC, and

 

nowhere near enough to cause the ‘high’ associated with marijuana. CBD comes from the hemp plant, which is bred specifically,

 

unlike the marijuana plant, for nutritional purposes. It is completely legal and safe to take.

 

If you have been using CBD oil as a food supplement we would love to hear about your experience - let us know in the comment section below!

 

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