What is CBD Oil?
Cannabis is the real source of Cannabidiol oil (CBD). Cannabis is a plant that consists of about 100 various cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis plants that affect the cannabinoid receptors in cells that take care of the neurotransmitter release in the human brain. These variations are in different concentrations in plants and all impact body parts in a different way. CBD, (short for Cannabidiol oil) is one of the compounds. Keep in mind that it comes from marijuana plants, it does not make you ‘high’ or cause any other form of intoxication. CBD is non-psychotropic. The world is finally coming to terms of spreading awareness on the health benefits of CBD oil.
As of today, 6 million people have already tested cannabidiol in the UK. And this doesn’t stop here, consumers are interested in using the oil further as well. This has grown in a hype of the uses of the CBD oil itself. CBD reacts with the endocannabinoid system in our bodies and cures pains.
However, there are still a lot of confusions as to whether the oil is legal in the UK or not as it is extracted from hemp, a component of marijuana.
Benefits of CBD oil:
Helps to release anxiety:
A study shows that 600 mg of CBD oil has helped a bunch of people to perform well on the stage while they gave a speech, after giving them anxiety relief. It changes how your brain responds to serotonin. It reduces stress and decreases the physiological effects of stress and anxiety.
CBD oil can offer benefits when it comes to pain relief, especially after chemotherapy. It also helps to reduce the pain caused by arthritis, MS pain and spinal cord pain.
CBD has been proven to release the inflammation which turns the neurodegenerative symptoms worse than ever. But researchers are working to collect more data on this and see how beneficial CBD oil can be for neurodegenerative diseases.
CBD oil helps to manage the sebum on the skin that causes acne in the long run. But we highly recommend you to discuss your acne symptoms with your dermatologist before you use CBD for treatment purposes.
How to use CBD oil?
CBD is extracted from marijuana plants in the form of oil or powder. These are usually mixed with creams/gels. They can be taken as capsules if you want to take them orally or can be rubbed directly. But before using CBD oil, it is a good idea to visit your doctor for advice, as it may have side effects.
Is it legal in the UK?
There have been confusions regarding the legality of CBD in the UK. Cannabis laws have been in the UK since 1928 under the Dangerous Drugs Act. The first cannabis medicine was made available in the UK in 2915. CBD is legal today, yes! No more confusions! CBD products are legal but it is must to have a THC level no greater than 0.2%.
However, CBD is an exception to all the other cannabinoids, being completely legal in all over UK if and only if it is taken from an industrial hemp strain that is approved by the EU. It is necessary to have no THC in the CBD oil for it to be legal in the UK. The cannabis oil which has THC content is not allowed to be used inside the UK.
However, Sativex, is a 50-50 mix of THC and CBD that is produced in the lab, is allowed to be used in the UK to treat multiple sclerosis. The medicinal cannabis does not have a license currently, hence it is only allowed to the patients who have been subscribed CBD oil to use.
However, there are still some arguments that prevail in the country as there have not been enough drug trials to prove the safety of the drug, and its effectiveness.
The Guardian, Mike Power wrote: “There is now no denying the medicinal value of CBD and THC – not even by the British government, which for years maintained that lie even as it rubber-stamped the cultivation and export of the world’s largest medicinal cannabis crop. But the landmark decision in November 2018 to allow UK doctors to prescribe cannabis under extremely limited circumstances, inspired by the cases of Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley, whose epilepsy is improved immeasurably by medicinal cannabis products containing both THC and CBD, has left many in a limbo: knowing or believing that cannabis offers a cure, yet remaining unable to access it.”
Because of this, a lot of parents have reported to move out of the UK to get treatment for their children. They live like refugees in other countries for the time the treatment is done and then return back to the UK. The sad reality is, they are helpless to do so, as they have nothing else to do.