With an increasing number of people talking about and using CBD Oil, there are lots of misconceptions about CBD and how it might help you. Here, we’ve outlined what CBD is, the ways it could potentially benefit you, and to dispel some of the myths you may have heard.
What is CBD oil?
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a natural chemical substance derived from the marijuana plant. Some advocates suggest that CBD can be effective in aiding numerous conditions from poor digestion to pain relief and mental well-being. CBD can be taken as capsules, tablets, oil, and vape oil.
CBD Oil is now legal to be sold and taken as a nutritional supplement in the UK andno prescription is required (BBC.co.uk, 2019) to buy it.
Can CBD make me high?
You cannot become intoxicated from taking legally available CBD products, as they don’t contain the psychoactive ingredient (known as THC) that is present in recreational marijuana or cannabis. So, whilst CBD is derived from the marijuana plant family, you can’t get ‘high’ from taking CBD products.
CBD oil benefits and properties
Some advocates suggest that taking CBD can have positive health benefits in a number of ways and for a range of conditions, including pain relief, depression and anxiety. It is important to note, however, that research is limited at this stage. We only sell CBD products as a nutritional supplement.
Many people claim that CBD oil has pain-relieving effects and anti-inflammatory properties (Independent.co.uk, 2018). Some early studies also indicate that CBD oil may have a positive impact on both depression and anxiety, along with insomnia and helping to improve quality of sleep.
Some advocates for CBD oil suggest that it can help acne sufferers, with the potential to reduce the skin’s sebum production and act as an anti-inflammatory. There are also those who link CBD with reductions in blood pressure (Express.co.uk, 2019), which could potentially have a knock-on impact on a wide range of health conditions.
Are there side effects while taking CBD oil or capsules?
CBD has the potential to cause some side effects, however they are usually minor. Most people may not experience any side effects. However, some of the most common are:
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Dry mouth
- Mood or appetite changes
Can anyone take CBD oil, capsules or tablets?
There is limited research currently into the use of CBD oil for certain groups of people or those taking other medications. We recommend that you consult your doctor before using CBD products if you are:
- Pregnant, or if you think you might be pregnant
- Any other prescription or non-prescription medication
Find out more about CBD (cannabidiol) products from Instant eCare.
BBC., (2019). What are the rules about cannabis oil in the UK? [Online] [Accessed 23 April 2019]. Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44534861
The Express., (2019). Best supplements for blood pressure: Studies show CBD oil may lower high blood pressure. [Online] [accessed 23 April 2019]. Available at: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1113339/best-supplements-high-blood-pressure-hypertension-supplement-CBD-oil
The Independent., (2018). CBD: What is it and how is it being used in the UK? [Online] [Accessed 23 April 2019]. Available at: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/cbd-cannabis-oil-what-is-it-beauty-products-lifestyle-uses-marijuana-a8588256.html