CBD has hit the UK consumer market running in recent years and shows no sign of slowing down in popularity from those in the know who have done their research on its many benefits. It is still quite astounding, however, that so many myths still surround this natural health supplement that is proving to be a wonder-drug for so many who suffer from such difficult to treat conditions such as chronic pain, insomnia, and fibromyalgia etc.
Unfortunately, these myths are being perpetuated simply because of a lack of knowledge. There are still so many people who don’t know the difference between the drug cannabis (that is still illegal in the UK) and CBD (which is a compound of the cannabis plant and legal under set criteria), so this article attempts to set the record straight once and for all.
1. CBD is Illegal
It’s all about the THC
THC is the compound within the cannabis plant that is responsible for the psychoactive effect in illegal drug users. To meet legal requirements in the UK, CBD capsules that are marketed and sold as foodstuff or nutritional supplements must contain no more than 0.2% concentration of THC so that these psychoactive effects are not experienced. This means CBD oil sold in the UK is perfectly legal, as long as it meets that criteria.
It’s all about the plant
Illegal cannabis comes from well – cannabis, which contains high concentrations of THC. Hemp, however, is a variety of the cannabis which that naturally contains less than 0.3% of the THC compound which gives cannabis its psychoactive properties. This means that oil used in legally manufactured, marketed and sold capsules must also be derived from industrial hemp. Because the legal CBD comes from hemp, the strength of the CBD compound will be much lower than the illegal drug harvested from the actual cannabis plants. Again – CBD oil sold within the UK is perfectly legal.
2. CBD gets you high
CBD does have an effect on the human body’s endocannabinoid system – which is responsible for sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Consequently, you may naturally experience a lift in your mood if these systems improve due to the therapeutic benefits of CBD. However – due to the low concentration of THC (no more than 0.2%) legal CBD oil capsules will not make you high or have any psychoactive effects.
3. CBD oil is addictive
This myth may have users worried about needing their next fix or going cold turkey, but CBD does not work the same way as cannabis. Our endocannabinoid system is responsible for controlling and regulating many functions in our body from sleep, inflammation, mood and appetite. Taking CBD can help to restore balance and harmony to these functions.
CDB is a natural supplement that works with our body and could be likened to taking another health supplement such as a vitamin pill – it is certainly not an addictive or “hard” drug.
Although it can stimulate dopamine and serotonin levels and provide a feel-good factor which can help when you are suffering from pain, depression, insomnia etc. – CBD oil is NOT addictive.
4. CBD oil is just for pain
Again – this is a widely held myth and although CBD has helped many sufferers of chronic pain, arthritis, migraine etc. it is also used for such conditions as insomnia, stress/depression, gastrointestinal complaints and acne. It is these wide range of applications which have made it such a popular supplement in the first place.
Do keep in mind that while CBD oil is deemed safe to use, everyone is different, and it may promote interactions with prescribed drugs you are taking or have some side effects. There is often confusion over strength and dosage, so the advice is to buy from a reputable company, start low, increase as you go and check with your GP if you are taking other medications.