CBD oil it’s uses and benefits
Unsure of CBD oil it’s uses and benefits – not to mention its legality? Cannabidiol is derived from the cannabis plant, and comes with a wealth of health benefits.
Cannabidiol (more commonly known as CBD) has experienced a surge in popularity in recent months, in part due to its availability online.
Previously viewed as an option only for the seriously ill, CBD oil is gaining traction among wellness fans – but why?
Is CBD the same as cannabis?
CBD is one of 104 chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, that can be found in the cannabis plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance, which can be extracted and mixed with a carrier oil – often hemp seed or coconut – to create CBD oil.
Unlike the most well-known cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive, meaning that it won’t make you ‘high’ – the sensation most commonly associated with cannabis. It is, however, reported to offer a range of health and medicinal benefits – the reason behind its growing acclaim.
What is CBD used to treat? Can it alleviate pain?
Last year, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) classed CBD as medicine, providing it meets a strict set of “safety, quality and efficiency standards”.
Roger G Pertwee, a professor at the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, said CBD is present in two medicines available in the UK – Sativex and Epidiolex.
He said: “Sativex is used to relieve cancer pain and treat multiple sclerosis, whilst Epidiolex is used to treat childhood epilepsy.”