As of recently, the mainstream media is speculating as to whether the benefits of CBD are “overstated” and one Opinion Piece in The Guardian called CBD a “scam” in which consumers are being “conned”. Alongside the lack of research available, much of the criticism is down to the fact that CBD is now advertised as being in a whole host of products where exact amounts, quality and sourcing are not transparent.
For example, you may have seen CBD infused coffees at your local, hipster café, CBD bath bombs and even sexual lubricants.
In the UK, while almost all cannabinoids are controlled substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, CBD is not. Bulgaria was the first in Europe and the United Kingdom is also leading the way, having just started selling CBD products en masse in popular health chain Holland & Barrett. The products must have less than 0.2% of THC in them in order to be sold, according to the Home Office. In other words, CBD products are allowed to contain miniscule traces of THC, but not so much that it is noticeable by users.
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If looking to buy good quality CBD products, Tomlin says, you must look for organic, “full spectrum” CBD oil, which will offer a whole range of beneficial cannabinoids. For instance CBDA, CBG and CBC, rather than simply CBD “isolate” on its own, which is less beneficial and lower quality.
CBD is the buzzword of 2021. Otherwise known as Cannabidiol, CBD oil is an active ingredient found in hemp, a certain strain of the Cannabis sativa plant.
While the evidence is certainly not conclusive surrounding CBD oil, a quick internet search will lead you to numerous testimonial accounts alleging that the oil has helped with anxiety, acne and even menstrual pain, leading to brands such as Ohne releasing period pain easing CBD oil. The anecdotes may be subjective, but the internet is flooded with them, from glowing Amazon reviews to ‘CBD Oil Success Stories’ Facebook groups counting hundreds of thousands of members. More scientific engagement is crucial, but going by the rate of legalisation across the globe, it seems CBD may soon be the future of sustainable, natural health.
Andres Tomlin, European senior technology manager at CBD brand Elixinol, tells Euronews Living that where CBD comes from is hard to prove, as it is not yet properly regulated. This means that consumers are often being sold “unpure, low quality, unorganic CBD”, the equivalent to “buying orange juice from concentrate, as opposed to freshly squeezed orange juice.”
CBD is safe and effective for many conditions, especially pain, inflammation, sleep, and anxiety. Look for the exact amount of CBD in an organic product, and start with CBD oil or topical preparations. Happy 420 Day!
CBD’s primary role is to maintain balance in the body – what is called a state of homeostasis. This is especially evident in the nervous system, where it helps balance the neurotransmitters that cause excitation (glutamate) and those that are more calming (GABA). In fact, CBD has its own impact on the immune and nervous systems.
In terms of side effects, they are minimal. As with any compound, you can have an allergic reaction and some individuals may have unusual side effects, but by and large, CBD is very well tolerated. In terms of dose, I usually recommend starting with around 30 mg at least an hour away from food. You can increase the dose – even up to 300 mg – but it’s best to gradually notch up the dose to find what amount has the effect you are looking for.
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Other drug interactions to look out for include blood thinners, birth control pills, and any medication that warns you not to take with grapefruit juice, like some statin drugs (lovastatin, atorvastatin, and simvastatin as well as some antihistamines like Allegra). Like grapefruit juice, CBD can affect how those drugs get broken down in the liver, so don’t use CBD if you are on them.
Cannabis includes industrial hemp plants grown mostly for CBD as well as the shorter, bushier marijuana plants grown mostly for the psychoactive THC constituents. Marijuana has much more THC and less CBD. Industrial hemp has double the amount of CBD as marijuana and has very little THC.
For example, Green Gorilla Pure CBD lists the exact amount of CBD is in each pump of oil.
CBD has no psychoactive properties and can be purchased online and shipped almost anywhere, as long as it has less than 0.3 % THC and comes from hemp plants, not marijuana plants (even though the 2018 Farm Bill removed the hemp plant from the heavily controlled and federally illegal list of medicinal herbs, like marijuana, three states, Nebraska, Idaho, and South Dakota, still consider CBD illegal even if derived from hemp). There are medical benefits to THC as well, especially for mood and anti-cancer effects, but the big boom right now is in CBD, so I’m going to focus on that for this blog post.