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How Much Do You Know About…CBD aka Cannabinoids

Welcome to the third in a blog ‘mini-series’ that will explore a variety of topics, in accessible, not-too-time-consuming, bit-sized chunks.

Designed to offer a quick look at everyday subjects and topics, we will bring you up to date with facts, current thinking and ideas. We live in a constantly evolving world, so let’s not get left behind!

There is definitely an upsurge of interest in CBD products and there has been a noticeable increase in the purchasing of CBD products on line during the pandemic as people have more time to do their research and consider all the information.

CBD: The Facts

  • ‘Cannabis’ is the plant ‘family/gene’ from which hemp and marijuana derive and hemp is the plant that CBD comes from
  • The 2 main components of cannabis are: 1. Cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive element of the plant which is legal and non-addictive & 2. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the psychoactive element of the plant and is illegal and addictive
  • Cannabinoids (CBD) are the tiny chemical compounds that combine to make a cannabis plant and there are over 100 cannabinoids in a cannabis plant!
  • Hemp is a variation of the cannabis plant species that contains high levels of CBD and minimal traces (less than 0.2%) of THC(the illegal, psycoactive element)
  • More than 8 million Britons are now buying CBD products, with spending exceeding £150m in the first four months of 2020
  • For CBD oil to be legal in the UK the finished product must contain less then 1mg of THC
  • Around 42% of purchasers are focused primarily on relieving or managing pain, 21% seeking to tackle insomnia and 19% hoping to address anxiety
  • Online sales are the fastest growing with 38% of CBD products bought online, compared to 14% from health shops and 13% from pharmacies.

Good To Know

  • Consumers are advised by the FSA not to consume more than 70mg a day, making the UK the first country in the world to set recommended limits for CBD consumption
  • CBD does not and cannot make you high
  • In comparison, marijuana the other variation of the cannabis plant species contains high levels of THC (the component that makes you high) and minimal CBD
  • CBD is said to have excellent anti-inflammatory properties as well as analgesic (pain relieving) and neuroprotective qualities and is an antioxidant. (These claims however cannot be made with 100% certainty and many would seek to disprove them)
  • Once your body has absorbed as much CBD as it can, it will not absorb anymore and will be excreted out of the body through urination and sweat!
  • Any CBD oil that is produced using hemp plants is 100% legal to buy and consume in the UK. Under UK law, it is legal to sell CBD oil products as long as they contain no more than 0.2% THC.

As always, if you do decide to try something new, make sure you are apprised of all the facts, ensure the product is suitable for you (for example are you on regular medication that might not mix well with a new product) and seek advice if you are not sure.

April 22, 2021

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