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If you’re reading this, then 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 of all, when you buy hemp and CBD products always 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
for later! 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 CBD products contains CBD and other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Full-spectrum CBD contains cannabis terpenes, which could give the full spectrum oil anti-inflammatory properties. More research on this is to come. 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. This will make them useful if you have any reason to be tested. You will avoid the risk of THC being detected because there will be none to detect. Most CBD isolate products will say they are THC free on the label. So, if testing is important to you make sure you check the descriptions and labels carefully.
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.
CBD is also associated with reducing anxiety and depression and is well known as an aid to good sleep and is popular with those who suffer insomnia.
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. 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. Children under the age of 18 should not us CBD. 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.