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‘I took Tesco-bought cannabis oil for a week and it knocked me out like a light but it’s an expensive habit’
CBD oil is available in many major supermarkets but is it worth the money?
- 19:55, 19 MAY 2021
Walking into your local Tesco you might be surprised to see two shelves of the pharmacy dedicated to cannabis products.
Cannabis, wait, isn’t that illegal?
Well this isn’t the sweet-smelling green substance you mix with tobacco, these are Cannabidiol (CBD) products made from the non-psychoactive part of the plant – basically not the bit that gets you high.
CBD oil has been around since the 1940s, but it has only gained traction in the UK consumer market in the past few years.
The increased popularity can be linked to the micro-dosing trend, popularised by silicon valley new-age thinkers.
The idea is that taking small amounts of drugs can be beneficial to brain functionality and mental wellbeing.
So rather than smoking a load of joints, which might make you relaxed but not exactly productive, you take a droplet or CBD and feel less anxious.
This surgical approach also enables CBD products to comply with UK law which prohibits substances containing high amounts of THC-the part of cannabis that gets you high.
It is why Tesco has two shelves dedicated to the stuff and Holland and Barrett has a section of its shop decorated with cannabis designs and stocked to the rafters with CBD products.
But what’s it like? Does it work?
The benefits CBD advocates claim it to have range from helping with anxiety and depression to tackling insomnia, while there are also some wild suggestions that it helps fight cancer and cure problems in the bedroom.
So I decided to take some CBD and find out what all of the fuss is about.
CBD doesn’t come cheap
The first thing to say is that CBD oil does not come cheap.
If you can find a small bottle for under £20 you’ve done well – I bought the cheapest product stocked by Tesco called Cannaray and the 300mg bottle of Juniper Lime flavoured oral drops set me back £22.50.
As far as directions for use go, I was left somewhat on my own.
The packet informed me I should use the glass dropper to administer 1ml doses and shouldn’t take more than two a day.
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Other than that there was very little information, other than the fact it was both vegan and “triple tested”- whatever that means.
I didn’t know whether it was better to have it in the mornings or at night, whether I should wait until I was stressed or take it as part of a routine.
In the absence of any advice, I decided to take it straight away and, as soon as I got back from Tesco, I cracked open the packet and gave it a try.
Does CBD oil work?
First up, putting a 1ml droplet of anything in your mouth doesn’t sound like a lot, but in practice it’s quite a lot of liquid to squeeze underneath your tongue.
It says you have to wait for it to absorb, so you end up a bit slack jawed for a while, overly aware of whether you are swallowing or not.
Eventually I decided it had worked and slumped on the sofa waiting to see what happened.
It takes around two hours for CBD to enter your bloodstream – I realised that because almost 120 minutes later on the dot I was falling asleep.
Insomnia is listed as one of things it is supposed to help with, so from that perspective I guess you could say it really worked for me.
In the coming days I tried taking the drops at different times to see if they sent me to sleep.
While nothing was as powerful as that first dose, I did find that as soon as my head hit the pillow at night I was out like a light.
I’ve tried a week without taking the oil and my sleep has not been as good.
I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or not, because relying on a £20 bottle of oil to get consistently good sleep does not seem like a long term plan.
What else did I feel?
The more noticeable benefits CBD is supposed to have include a reduction of anxiety and depression, as well as pain relief.
I can’t say that the oil affected my mood at all – if you are looking for some type of immediate relief in a moment of anxiety, this is probably not the stuff.
There might be some type of placebo effect in having the droplets to turn to, but it is a lot more advisable to find a non-chemical way to deal with any issues with mental wellbeing.
As far as pain relief or any of the other wackier claims, I didn’t notice anything.
I did feel that I had more focus and energy when exercising, but I’m not sure that was because of the oil.
It felt like that was the case because I was sleeping so well, which I guess you could credit to the oil as a secondary benefit
I didn’t notice any of the side effects the oil can have, such as dry mouth, diarrhoea or reduced appetite.
Drowsiness and fatigue was an issue when I had the first drop, but it didn’t really affect me after that.
Should I buy CBD oil?
So to answer the big question: is it worth it? The answer is a qualified yes.
Everyone reacts differently to CBD oil so there’s no guarantee that my experiences will match yours.
So if it doesn’t help you sleep, it’s not my fault!
Though many of the online advice guides suggest you take it everyday, I would not, it’s an expensive habit and you don’t want to feel reliant on it.
I do think it’s a handy thing to have in your medicine cupboard to take if you’ve been struggling to sleep for a few nights.
In other words, crack out the CBD on special occasions and don’t do it every day.
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Dragonfly CBD Oil Available to buy in Tesco
When Radio 4 announces that CBD Oil is one of the “biggest buzzwords” in the food and drink industry, you can tell something major is happening. CBD Oil is now no longer the best kept wellness secret. Everyone from your next neighbour to an old school friend seems to be taking it. You might be thinking of trying CBD Oil but are unsure where is the best place to get CBD in the UK. As it turns out, one of the UK’s biggest supermarkets, Tesco, currently sells CBD Oil.
Alternatively, you can get 10% off Dragonfly CBD online with your first purchase!
Every Little Helps
Tesco is well established and trusted in the UK. In fact, people love Tesco so much that Britons used to spend £1 in every seven ! Over 27 million people worldwide own a Tesco Clubcard and there are over 3,000 stores. It’s fair to say Tesco has become a part of the fabric of British life.
Tesco was started by a man nicknamed “Slasher Jack,” in 1919. The name came from Tesco’s low prices, not anything more sinister! They grew rapidly throughout the 20th Century and expanded their offering to include a variety of different items including over 3,000 medicines in their pharmacy outlet.
Since 2018, Tesco Pharmacy has been stocking a range of CBD Oil in store, but not online.
How to tell if your CBD Oil is quality
Before buying a CBD Oil, it is important to consult your pharmacist or GP, if you are taking existing medication.
Buying a CBD Oil for the first time can be a daunting proposition. Many CBD brands use a lot of complex terminology to describe their products. So, the purchasing process can be confusing. As a result, we’ve compiled a few tips to ensure you buy a quality CBD Oil.
- Check to see if the manufacturer has laboratory results available for every product on their website. This might seem like an unusual one. You’d never double check whether a Peanut Butter brand actually has the right concentrate of peanuts in its product! Last year, a BBC Investigation highlighted many CBD Oil products do not include the stated level of CBD on the packaging. Even worse, many include the illegal, psychotropic chemical THC!
- Organic is always best but particularly with CBD. Hemp – the strain of Cannabis used to make CBD – has excellent agricultural properties and can be used to eradicate soil toxicity. It is so impressive that hemp even managed to reduce radiation levels in Chernobyl ! However, these harmful substances can be passed into the CBD. So ensure your CBD Oil is cultivated on organically certified soil. This ensures the plant doesn’t suck up any nasty surprises.
- Careful consideration should be given to the strength or mg content of a CBD Oil. There are several great guides to help you decide how much CBD to take per day. Nonetheless, to put it simply, the higher CBD content of a product, the stronger the serving will be. Not only that but the greater the bang for your buck. Consider your reasons behind buying CBD. This will help you decide whether investing a little more money in a stronger CBD Oil is your right way forward.
- The price is always a crucial stage of any purchase. With CBD Oil, there are many very expensive products. But, they might not always be good quality. Likewise, any really cheap CBD Oil should be treated with caution, if it does not pass the test of the previous stages. For many, the cost of CBD Oil is paid back a thousand times more once it is used. So whilst it remains a big consideration, ensure you find the best CBD Oil first before choosing the most affordable version.
So where can I buy CBD Oil in Tesco?
There are a couple of CBD Oil brands to choose from in Tesco. But Dragonfly CBD ticks all the right boxes.
Dragonfly CBD makes its CBD Oil, differently . The whole process is controlled by Dragonfly CBD from seed to shelf, which begins with seeds planted on organically certified soil. Its CBD Oil range covers a variety of strengths, sizes and flavours to ensure there is something suitable for everyone. All lab reports are made available on Dragonfly’s website for added trust and transparency. Finally, Dragonfly CBD’s is both high quality and competitively priced , as part of its mission to improve the accessibility of medicinal cannabis.
You can find Dragonfly CBD in your local Tesco Pharmacy by using this search tool . Alternatively, take a look at Dragonfly CBD’s full range of CBD Oil and Skincare on its website , with some online only exclusives.