Cannabidiol (CBD) has been gaining traction in recent years because of its natural benefits to users. It was discovered in 1940 as a phytocannabinoid, and has had a wide range of application today. This compound also significantly changed the health and wellness industry in various countries.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main components of the cannabis plant and does not make its users high, unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is known for its psychoactive effects. What makes CBD a unique and an attractive option for people is its therapeutic benefits that does not alter the state of consciousness.
Cannabidiol was discovered in 1940 as one of the many identified components of the cannabis plant. While CBD treatments are gaining rapid traction, scientific research has been trying to catch up by carrying out different studies, with the objective of investigating its potential effects on various conditions.
Types of CBD Products
CBD is mainly derived from hemp, which is a type of Cannabis sativa plant. Depending on the processing and the inclusion of other compounds from the cannabis plant, the different types of CBD products are:
- Full-spectrum CBD: This type contains all cannabinoids including THC (though it is usually in tiny amounts, not above 0.3% by dry weight).
- Broad-spectrum CBD: It has many cannabinoids, excluding THC.
- CBD Isolate: This is pure CBD, all other cannabinoids are removed.
CBD has seen a wide range of usage leading to the creation of many products for users. The most popularly sold CBD product is CBD oil. Since the market is quickly expanding, these CBD products have emerged:
- CBD Oil: It is easily accessible. The dosage and usage changes depending on the brand and the type of product you use.
- CBD Skincare: These are topicals applied to the skin to increase its potential benefits for skin conditions.
- CBD Vapes: They are vaporized CBD, offering a quick method of consumption
- Another unique CBD product is CBD-infused pillows, meant to provide an innovative approach to wellness.
Is CBD Legal in the UK?
CBD is legal in the UK as long as it adheres to specific legal regulations. You can easily purchase it on the street or online. However it is important to ensure that any product you buy is within the confines of the law.
The World Health Organization shared a critical review report on CBD, placing so much emphasis on its potential therapeutic benefits. Cannabis-based products for medicinal use always contain cannabinoids like CBD and THC. This is because they provide relief for health conditions like chronic pain, anxiety, seizure disorders, and more.
As CBD compound finds its way into different kinds of products, it’s important for users and potential consumers to understand everything it entails. If you are thinking of using CBD products because of the potential therapeutic effects or you’re simply curious, you should consult a healthcare professional to ensure you are making the right choice.
Dr. Jason O’Donnell works at Holy Cross General Hospital. He is a General Practitioner with extensive experience in cardiology, geriatrics, adult medicine, and internal medicine. Dr. O’Donnell studied at the UCL Medical School and holds a Doctor of Medicine in London in the UK. He also completed an internal medicine internship at London Imperial College. From here he went on to complete a residency in internal medicine at St. George’s London University. He is currently practicing adult medicine, cardiology, geriatrics, and internal medicine at Holy Cross General Hospital. Before he performs any operation, he first assesses the patient’s medical goals and concerns. After the surgery, he monitors the recovery of the patient and makes adjustments to the treatment program, when necessary. Dr. O’Donnell is also a proud member of Health for Humanity where he volunteers his skills in medicine for people in need across the globe.