Sunday 28 March 2021 05:13, UK
How safe is CBD and does it really work?
“Suddenly I took quite a small dose of CBD and the pain disappeared. I couldn’t believe it. I kept taking it and kept taking it and noticed all these other improvements, more daily clarity and better recovery from my rehab sessions.
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Applications for “novel food” status must be submitted to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) by Wednesday 31 March in a bid to crack down on mislabelling and deal with concerns about the contents of some CBD products.
However, it is important to note that licences for CBD oil as a medicine have not been granted yet, and manufacturers cannot make claims about their alleged medical benefits.
One recent study has also now linked CBD oil to healthy weight loss. The research, published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, linked the drug to three causes of “fat browning”, which turns the dangerous white fat associated with obesity and diabetes into hard-working brown fat cells. These actively aid weight loss by burning extra calories through thermogenesis, your body’s heat-production process.
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A 2017 report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that CBD could provide relief for a variety of debilitating conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cancer and diabetic complications, as well as general pain, anxiety and depression.
One of the arguments against the use of the medication “is that there have not been satisfactory drug trials to prove its safety and effectiveness”, reports the BBC’s Debbie Jackson.
Cannabidiol has entered the mainstream, but effects are unclear
The medical effects of CBD aside, “in many cases, the industry is taking consumers for a ride”, says Mike Power in The Guardian. He cites lab tests commissioned by the think tank Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) which analysed high-street offerings and found that more than half of the most popular CBD oils sold do not contain the level of CBD promised on the label.