CBD UK is a hugely popular and well-regarded natural compound that can be found in hemp plants. The compound has become an integral part of many beauty and health products on the high street, online and in department stores and pharmacies across the country. It is non-psychoactive and doesn’t cause a ‘high’, but is known to have several health benefits.
CBD is a cannabinoid that interacts with your brain and nervous system to promote feelings of calm and wellbeing. It has become a popular addition to skincare and wellbeing products, including lip balms, bath oil and skin creams. It is also a major ingredient in some cannabis-derived medicines. It can be found in a wide range of oils, capsules, muscle gels and sprays and is available to buy from the high street to supermarkets.
There is currently a lot of interest in CBD for anxiety, and there are some controlled-trial studies that show it can be effective at low doses (e.g. around 300mg a day), but long-term use has not been studied. The best way to decide whether CBD might be right for you is to speak to a GP or pharmacist and take up any offers of support or advice that they might offer.
It is important to choose a product that is manufactured and sold within the UK. This ensures that you can be confident that your chosen product is safe and legal to use. If you are buying from an on-line retailer, make sure they have UK-regulation approval. In order to adhere to UK regulations the hemp used must be grown in accordance with the Food Standards Agency guidelines and contain no more than 0.2% THC.
CBD can be bought legally in the UK as a food supplement or as a drug if it has medicinal claims. It can be taken in oil, capsules and drops and is also added to food like chocolate bars and gummies. It can also be applied to the skin as a topical treatment.
Currently there is some research in humans showing that CBD can help to reduce pain and inflammation, but much more work is needed in this area. It may also be helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease, but these early studies were in animals, and we must remember that CBD is not a medicine so it has not been through the rigorous safety assessment process that drugs go through.
In the meantime, it is important to be aware that CBD can interfere with some medications by binding with enzymes that break down and excrete them from your body. It can affect the effectiveness of anti-depressants, blood thinners and some other medication. This is why it’s vital to always do a patch-test 24-hours before taking any new products and to check the labels carefully. It’s also a good idea to talk to your GP or pharmacist if you are already taking any prescribed medications before trying any new supplements. CBD UK