CBD oil has been getting a lot of press recently. Many people have found great benefit from it, and it seems to be a growing trend and area of interest. Holland & Barrett have started selling it (from hemp, not the leaf), and it’s already selling out. As I didn’t know much about the stuff, I thought I’d research a little more and share with you what I found.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil – cannabidiol oil – is also referred to as medical or medicinal cannabis. But it’s rather different to the psychoactive drug itself. Marijuana contains two key active compounds: THC ( delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD, the latter of which is found predominantly in hemp, which is the least processed bit of the plant. The THC gives users the high, whereas the CBD does affect change in the body but without having psychoactive effects.
The human body actually produces its own types of cannabinoids, which I only recently discovered. CBD as a compound (as with the oil you can buy) works by attaching itself to two receptors for cannabinoids in the body, CB1 and CB2. Each type of receptor deals with different functions. So, CB1 receptors are involved in the likes of memories, thinking, co-ordination, pain, movement and mood. CB2 are involved with the immune system. The original line of thought was that CBD affects the receptors, but now science suggests CBD indirectly triggers the receptors to encourage the body to make more of its own special brew of cannabinoids. Funky, huh?
CBD oil can be bought in different amounts and strengths. CBD oil from the leaf is illegal in the UK, but oil from the hemp part of the plant is legal.
The Potential Benefits
- Pain relief – Many chronic pain sufferers find CBD oil eases various types pain.
- Anti-inflammatory – It’s thought to ease inflammation, alleviating the likes of joint and muscle aches and stiffness. MS sufferers often report benefits, too. It’s anti-inflammatory properties are also being studied for the use of CBD in patients with acne and type 1 diabetes.
- Cancer – Various reports have been made by people who have been diagnosed with cancer and have found CBD oil to help in their treatment. The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has suggested by CBD can help stop the spread of cancer cells, with research ongoing.
- Mental health, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, anxiety & addiction – Studies are ongoing, but it’s thought CBD can ease and improve symptoms in these areas.
Popularity of CBD
CBD is legal in some areas / countries / states, but not others. In the UK, there’s ongoing support for its use on the NHS for certain conditions.
The Cannabis Trades Association UK has reported that over the space of the last year, users of CBD have doubled from 125,000 to 250,000.
Those looking to try CBD oil may find themselves facing a bit of a challenge. When I’ve looked myself and did the research for this article, I found it to be a bit of a minefield and prices are high for small quantities (needless to say, I would imagine many are inflating the prices due to limited availability and increasing popularity!) I would be concerned over the legitimacy of oil and the safety of making payment to a lot of the sites, so it’s best to make sure to do your research first.
Have You / Would You?
Have you already tried CBD oil, from the hemp part of the plant or otherwise? Did it help you? If you haven’t, is it something you would consider for health purposes? I’ve not tried it myself so I unfortunately can’t share my experiences here, but I’ve talked to a few people who have and who have found it very beneficial with their pain and other health conditions. Now that it’s available through a reputable UK retailer, it is something I would give a go. As with everything, some people find it wonderful, and some don’t notice much benefit. Where Can You Get It?
Holland & Barrett stock this online, with the brand name Jacob Hooy, which is perhaps the best way of getting it as many of their stores are the high street stores are reporting selling out. I personally think the 5% is rather low and the product to be overpriced, and I wouldn’t fully trust the quality, partly due to lack of information on its cultivation and production.
Read up, research and shop around before making any decisions.