Learn about the applications of CBD, the conclusions we can draw from the evidence, and the CBD’s legal standing in the UK.
CBD, which is a chemical compound derived from cannabis, has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity, becoming one of the most talked about health trends of the moment. This rise in popularity has caused CBD to become one of the most talked about health trends.
But despite the growth of this market, there is a great deal of misunderstanding about what CBD actually is, whether or not it is legal, and whether or not it functions in the way that it is intended to. In this section, we will address some of the most frequently asked questions in order to assist you in comprehending the reality behind the rumours and headlines.
What exactly is CBD?
Cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD, is a chemical compound that is derived from the cannabis plant. It is believed that it has an effect on our cell signalling system, which is known as the endocannabinoid system, and that this system helps to regulate functions such as pain, sleep, and immune response. This helps to explain the potentially broad range of applications for CBD.
CBD is one of the two compounds that are found in the cannabis plant in the highest quantities, the other being THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Hemp is the common name for cannabis plants that have been bred to contain only trace amounts of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). On the other hand, marijuana has a higher concentration of THC.
THC is a substance that is considered illegal because it has more pronounced psychoactive effects (produces a higher level of high) than CBD does.
What applications are there for CBD?
Anxiety, chronic pain, and insomnia are some of the conditions that people have reported CBD to be helpful for. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that evidence currently suggests that CBD is well tolerated and not addictive. Furthermore, preliminary evidence shows that it may be useful as a treatment for several medical conditions.
Does CBD have any supporting evidence?
CBD does have a significant amount of untapped potential. However, because the existing clinical studies for conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain have been conducted on such a small scale – or because they have not yet been conducted in humans – it is impossible to draw definitive conclusions. In order to investigate this further, larger-scale human trials are required.
There are currently investigations into CBD being carried out in the UK.
In patients with chronic illnesses, anxiety, psychosis, and pain management are all important. The research into schizophrenia and other uncommon forms of epilepsy is currently at the most advanced stage. It is not yet known whether the concentration of CBD found in commercial products is too low to have an effect because most of the clinical trials that are currently being conducted focus on higher doses of medical-grade CBD.
Importantly, no official dosage guidelines have been agreed upon, but regulators have provided some guidance about the maximum allowable dose. According to the Food Standards Authority (FSA), there are some scientific studies that suggest CBD may have an effect on the liver if taken in higher doses; however, the evidence is not yet definitive.
Unless otherwise directed by a physician, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises that healthy adults not take more than 70 milligrammes per day of the drug. This is approximately 28 drops of a 5% CBD solution.
Is CBD legal?
In contrast to THC, which is classified as a controlled substance, pure CBD is not. With the proper authorization from the Home Office, it is permissible to cultivate industrial hemp with a THC content of up to 0.2%.
On the other hand, this is frequently misunderstood to refer to products containing CBD. In a legal sense, the maximum allowable concentration of THC in finished CBD products is 0%. Products that are intended for consumption must now comply with regulations set forth by the Food Standards Authority (FSA). In order to sell their wares, manufacturers are required to apply for marketing authorization and submit their products to an FSA safety evaluation.
This procedure is not yet complete, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet granted approval for the commercial sale of any CBD food product; however, this does not imply that such products are prohibited from being offered for sale. For the time being, all that is required of manufacturers is that they have submitted a legitimate application to the FSA for authorisation.
What CBD products are available?
Oils, sprays, and vape pens are the most common delivery methods for CBD. It can also be purchased in the form of a muscle balm or topical cream.
However, we’ve noticed that CBD is showing up in a wide variety of products, from tea bags to cosmetics and even popcorn. Even though there is a general lack of solid evidence for over-the-counter CBD products, the experts are especially sceptical of topical CBD, which the body may not absorb in any effective way, and CBD in food, which is often present in a concentration that is much too low to have any effect.
Is there anyone who should not take CBD?
CBD products are not safe for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, or people who are taking other medications, according to the announcement made today by the FDA. This is as a result of research conducted by the government’s Committee on Toxicity (COT), which discovered that there are ‘potential adverse health effects’
Are there any interactions associated with CBD?
If you have issues with your kidneys or liver, or if you are taking medication that thins your blood, the National Health Service has issued guidance regarding the use of medical-grade CBD.
What are your thoughts on CBD for animals?
The CBD craze is not limited to the human population. Anecdotally, there is a significant amount of interest among owners in using CBD as a treatment for their pets’ anxiety, pain, and other health issues. Despite the fact that there is a diverse selection of CBD treats available for pets, the United Kingdom does not yet have any CBD products that have been approved for consumption by animals.
There is very little evidence regarding the effects that CBD has on animals; however, it is possible that giving it to your pet could be harmful. A lot of CBD oils have trace amounts of THC, which is extremely dangerous for dogs and cats to consume.
Does CBD oil make it difficult to travel?
When you are travelling with CBD oil, you should exercise extreme caution. It is not always clear how other countries’ specific drug laws might apply to CBD products and what approach enforcement might take. Even though pure CBD is legal in the UK as well as in many other EU countries, it is not always clear how other countries’ drug laws might apply to CBD products.
There have been reports of individuals being discovered at airports in possession of CBD oil; however, this has primarily occurred in the United States.