If you’re reading this, then chances are you probably already know something about the benefits of hemp,
CBD and medical marijuana.
But like buying anything else, you still need to know enough to make an
the informed choice about your purchase.
Part of this is driven by why you want to buy it, and part will be simply
wanting to buy a good quality product.
- First off, it’s important to stay legal. Medical marijuana indicated as effective in controlling some forms of
epilepsy, for example, can only be obtained via your GP or medical specialist. You should not attempt to buy
marijuana off the street for any reason, however good your intention. It is illegal to do so.
- Second, when buying hemp and CBD products, stay safe. It’s useful to remember that CBD products sold in
the UK contain only trace amounts of THC (some will contain none – see below) and will not give the ‘high’
experience of illegal marijuana. However, many CBD products (oils or CBD enhanced foods and drinks) will
often help you relax – so if you are operating machinery or have a long drive ahead, save the CBD gummies
Something else to be aware of is that CBD come in two forms: CDB ‘isolate’ or CBD ‘full spectrum’ extracts.
So what’s the difference?
Full-spectrum products contains CBD and other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Full-spectrum CBD
contains cannabis terpenes, which (and there is more research to be done on this) probably gives the full
spectrum oil anti-inflammatory properties. Full-spectrum CBD products contain traces of THC; this is
extremely low and in the UK is regulated to ensure that these products are not psychoactive.
CBD isolate products contain only CBD and do not include terpenes or other cannabinoids. This will mean
that isolate products are usually less effective as an anti-inflammatory. Overall CBD isolate products tend to
be less popular because of this, but this is not universal and isolate products may reduce inflammation for
some individuals. CBD isolate products contain no THC, not even at trace levels, and this will make them
useful if you have any reason to be tested – as an athlete, for example. You will avoid the risk of THC being
detected because there will be none to detect. CBD isolate products will usually be labelled at ‘No THC’ or
‘0% THC’ and if testing is important to you make sure you check the descriptions and labels carefully.
So what is CBD used for?
This is an important question, as it will help you decide what to buy. CBD is often
associated with pain relief and many people have found it effective in managing a wide range of pain
(muscle damage and period pain, for example) such as chronic pain experienced in some long-term illnesses
including some cancers.
Although we already know a lot about CBD, more detailed research is still continuing on its effects and
benefits. There are links with treatment for cardiovascular disease, weight control and its potential in
supporting recovery from substance abuse. As the popularity of hemp and CBD products continues to grow,
the amount of research is increasing too. On current trends, the speed at which we deepen our scientific
understanding of CBD is set to accelerate very quickly indeed. The future looks good.
CBD is classed as a food supplement. You should not use it instead of, or alongside, prescription medicine
without first consulting your doctor. CBD is not intended for children under 18. It should not be used if you are
breast feeding or if you are, or might be, pregnant. If you are new to CBD, start off with small quantities until
you find the amounts that suit you.