What is going on? I’m getting loads of press releases about CBD oil, I’m getting lots of spam and we’re even selling it at work, which seems insane to me! It seems like this might be the latest trend, but what’s it all about? It’s easy to see CBD oil and think it’s something you don’t want to touch if you are against drugs, but should we be worried?
What is CBD oil?
It’s a naturally occurring compound found in hemp and cannabis plants. It has many health benefits but doesn’t alter your state of mind or give you the high the way ‘weed’ does.
What does it do?
Well, use can use cbd for pain, chronic pain, women’s health pains, stress, digestive problems and preventative care and more.
Some people use CBD oil daily for arthritis or neuromuscular pain caused heavy weightlifting and running, orthopaedic and sports injuries, surgeries, genetics and just plain age. It can be used to replace traditional pain relief.
Is it legal in the UK?
Yes, but conditionally. As marijuana is classified as a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act, there is a lot of confusion around its legality.
The legislation states that most cannabinoids including THC are illicit, but CBD is an exception to this and is legal in the UK if it follows these rules:
- If it has been obtained from an industrial hemp strain that is EU-approved
- If it’s being used for medical reasons
- If it has less than 0.2% THC
Is it safe?
Yes. It is non-addictive and has a tiny potential for abuse. When buying CBD oil, it’s important to ensure that the company extracts CBD from plants that are free of herbicides, fertilizers, and pesticides. Make sure all CBD products are tested in third-party labs and that the company you’re purchasing from aren’t hesitant about sharing their lab results.
Beware of fake oil.
Where there’s money to be made, there are always going to be idiots who want to exploit people by selling fake oil. Some of the most popular CBD oils sold on eBay have been tested and the results have been shocking. Out of all the CBD oils tested that were £20 or under, most of them had only trace amounts of CBD, some had none at all! So rather than risk wasting your money on a product that could have anything in it (this could be dangerous) only buy those products certified by the CTA.
The explosive popularity of CBD means it is everywhere. There has been an increase in websites popping up, seo tactics being used to boost these websites to the top of the rankings for more traffic and revenue, you can find it anywhere. What to know where to buy shatter in Canada, for example, then a quick search on Google will tell you.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the future with CBD oil, will it become a common product sold everywhere, will it become cheap like the 16p packet of paracetamol? Will the trend completely die out, being replaced with something else?