CBD (Cannabidiol) is a chemical compound that interacts with the ECS (Endocannabinoid system) in our body and due to its properties, it’s becoming a top trend in the healthy, beauty and wellness industries. CBD comes from the hemp plant, however, unlike it’s well known counterpart, THC, it won’t get you ‘high’ and some believe it may have potential benefits. Once extracted from the hemp plant, CBD is paired diluted with a carrier such as MCT coconut oil which improves its bioavailability. Contrary to popular belief, CBD oil is legal in the UK because there are restrictions over its THC content.
Sublingual administration is the primary method used to consume CBD oil in the UK. This is when you place a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue and wait 30-60 seconds for the oil to diffuse into your bloodstream. Taking CBD sublingually is regarded as being one of the most effective methods and by taking a reasonably short route into your bloodstream, this administration allows for optimal absorption of CBD.
Keen to try it yourself? Our favourites are Orange Blossom CBD Oil and Wild Mint CBD Oil which taste just as good as they make you feel.
What is CBD oil used for?
Proponents of CBD the medical use of CBD believe it may help with a number of clinical conditions including refractory epilepsy, chronic pain, depression, anxiety and even acne, however further robust evidence is required. Early evidence looking into the use of CBD in the treatment of anxiety and depression has found some exciting results although on very small samples: one study assessed anxiety links with public speaking and found ‘a very specific dose of CBD 300mg showed anti-anxiety effects’. The second study was a stand alone report of one child with PTSD and it found that ‘CBD oil helped her safely reduce her anxiety and improve sleep’. The potential benefits of CBD are most certainly aiding its popularity.
Is it safe to use CBD oil?
CBD oil is now a widely accepted wellness product and can be found almost anywhere from supermarkets and health food stores to hotels, gyms and cafes. Many people buy CBD online and if you do, you’ll want to make sure you check the credentials of the brand first.
CBD is well tolerated by most people and is generally safe to use, however, should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women or children.
You can’t ‘overdose’ on CBD (although downing a bottle of CBD oil might be a lot of liquid!) but what we recommend to people trying it for the first time, is to start with a couple of drops and note down how you feel. Dosing is personal and different for each person - if you feel like you need more CBD, you can top up with CBD drinks or double down on some CBD oil.