So what is it exactly? This CBD is derived from hemp, part of the cannabis family. Marijuana (the cannabis used as a recreational drug) remains illegal in the UK, as it contains significant levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the psychoactive component that gets you high. But hemp contains only tiny levels of THC and no quantity of it can intoxicate you.
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For instance, a 2010 study on mice, published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, found CBD operates on the brain in a similar way to antidepressants. It was also seen to reduce depressive symptoms, according to Harvard Medical School’s online magazine, Harvard Health Publishing.
In addition, it cites a study from the European Journal of Pain which showed — again using an animal model — ‘CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis’.
In fact, the most clearly demonstrated benefits of CBD itself are for the small number of people that have one of several unusual forms of epilepsy.
Perhaps most importantly, don’t be fooled by claims that CBD is a cure-all – especially for something as serious as cancer.
But, as is the case with most fads, there is plenty of misinformation about what CBD is, what it isn’t, and what it can and can’t actually do.
CBD doesn’t have psychoactive effects and is thought to soften the less pleasant side effects of THC, like anxiety and paranoia.
There is only one FDA-approved CBD drug – as of of June 2018 – and it is an anti-seizure medication called Epidiolex.
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CBD oil is everywhere, and advertised as a treatment from everything from mental health isues to seizures and nausea – but, in fact, little has been scientifically confirmed about its uses
THC and CBD are sort of the yin and yang of marijuana.
Until recently, CBD – short for cannabidiol – was a niche natural health product.
Why are cannabis-derived CBD products so popular when there’s not a jot of evidence it does anything for our health?
‘It would be like taking 1mg of paracetamol for a headache when the standard dose is two 500mg tablets,’ says Dr Englund.
Claudia Winkleman’s CBD regime just left me feeling queasy
‘A common trick is to hire social-media influencers to promote the product. The influencer doesn’t need to say anything specific about what the CBD does. You might get a famous person who’s known for talking about the menopause, and that might imply the CBD helps with the menopause.’