What is CBD?
You’ve probably heard of CBD, but what does CBD mean and is CBD legal in the UK?
Here we’ll explain what it is and why you might want to introduce a CBD supplement or CBD extract to your wellness or skincare routine.
CBD is the acronym for Cannabidiol, a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD is legal in the UK as long as it is extracted from industrial hemp, which is also legally cultivated across Europe to produce hemp seeds used in food and drink and fibres for material. Hemp is a type of cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component of cannabis. This ensures you cannot get ‘high’ from CBD for sale.
Many of our CBD products are natural and organic because they contain CBD derived from organically grown hemp plants. We also collect lab test reports to confirm THC levels are below the legal limit. We stock a wide range of CBD products - from tampons and skincare products to teabags and snacks. You can try sprays, oils or balms to see what works for you - buy CBD both on our website and in-store.
What does CBD do?
We know CBD affects our Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is responsible for regulating our emotions, metabolism, memory, motor control, immune function and response to pain. It’s a relatively new and exciting field of research - scientists are continually conducting CBD studies to understand what it can do to our physiology.
So, what does CBD do to you?
Currently CBD uses range from therapeutic to cosmetic, with many potential health benefits dependent on your individual ailments and needs. Many people use CBD oil to relieve the feeling of anxiety, whilst other CBD effects may include an improved mood and sleep quality. CBD may also help with skin issues such as acne and psoriasis.
Is CBD legal in the UK?
CBD and CBD products are legal in the UK (CBD is classified as a food supplement), as long as it doesn't contain the psychoactive chemical compound THC. THC and CBD have many of the same benefits. However, THC can also be responsible for unwanted side effects which is why it is illegal in the UK and all CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC.
CBD benefits chart
The list of CBD health benefits keeps growing - some are backed by scientific studies, while other claims require more research to support them. Many people claim CBD for pain is very effective. Many people use a CBD pain relief rub, which also works like a CBD paste, to massage directly on to their source of pain. There are a wealth of other potential benefits that have emerged from small trials or research.
Potential CBD benefits list:
Relieves anxiety and depression
Improves sleep quality
Promotes general health Improves acne and psoriasis
Other potential CBD benefits:
Reduces psychotic symptoms
Reduces withdrawal symptoms from nicotine and narcotics
Aids traumatic memories
Reduces seizure frequency
CBD health benefits for common conditions
1) CBD for anxiety
Some studies have shown that CBD reduces stress related symptoms, such as an increased heart rate. As increasing research takes place on CBD for anxiety and depression, the results remain compelling & popular. CBD is easy to ingest through oils, sprays and beverages - and - CBD products are often blended with other calming adaptogens such as Ashwagandha.
2) CBD for arthritis
Some studies suggest CBD is an effective for pain relief and helps to reduce inflammation. For those living with arthritis, CBD could be a natural alternative or a complementary therapy to the treatment they are already receiving. CBD pastes, balms and creams are easy to apply and quick to soothe painful joints and muscles.
3) CBD for chronic back pain
Those suffering from chronic back pain may also be suffering from anxiety or stress associated with their back pain, as well as sleep issues. Research shows that CBD products may relieve or eliminate chronic back pain and accompanying symptoms. Oils, creams, sprays or balms may be effective depending on CBD strength and absorption.
4) CBD for migraines
CBD could be a suitable remedy for those susceptible to migraines. Migraines are usually characterised by an extreme throbbing pain, but they can also cause sickness and sensitivity to light and sound. CBD may provide temporary relief for pain pain and nausea, while also helping to reduce inflammation.
5) CBD and autism
Autism is a very broad term for a spectrum of developmental difficulties, ranging from subtle to severe. Clinical trials have yet to analyse the full effects of CBD on those with autism, however, a small study found that CBD reduced behavioural and communication issues associated with autism. CBD products, such as teas and creams, may bring some relief for autistic people living with anxiety, stress, seizures and sleep problems caused by their disorder.
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