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That makes cannabis sound like a miracle cure – but, inevitably, it’s harder to substantiate claims than make them. For a start, the field is complicated by the fact that cannabis oil can be used to refer to products that contain CBD and/or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the chemical in the plant that gives users a feeling of euphoria – it gets you high, in other words. The latter compound is illegal in the UK, but as was demonstrated during the case of Billy Caldwell, whose mother fought a long campaign to get her son prescribed medicinal cannabis, oil containing both CBD and THC can reduce seizures in people who suffer from epilepsy.

As for CBD as a cure for cancer, there have been some very limited studies using both CBD and THC, but not enough to determine anything conclusive. As a relief from the effects of cancer treatment, however, trials have proved both CBD and THC to be effective as an appetite stimulant and an anti-nausea agent during chemotherapy.

What does CBD oil actually do?

Over the past four years, while researching CBD as a painkilling option, I’ve spoken to numerous industry insiders. The main point to take away is this: CBD is expensive to source, so if you buy cheap CBD, you will be getting something that is most likely of inferior quality, and almost certainly of an unrealistically low dose.

Others at the high-quality end of the market are Apothem and Provacan, both selling hemp-derived, lab-tested products. Provacan recently commissioned a study of 2,000 adults into attitudes towards CBD. It found that most people still think it is illegal, and banned in professional sports. Neither point is true, but the point about confusion still stands. CBD is legal, but because it is now defined as a medicine, it means that companies have to sell it as a food supplement, and cannot make any medical claims.

For me, the most effective form of CBD is Truth Natural’s 1000mg tincture – a small bottle of high-concentration oil that you drip under the tongue (I get the lemon flavoured one as it takes the edge off the slightly hemp-y taste that all cannabis products have). I also use the CBD-infused gummies, which are great to have in your pocket for when pain strikes.

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Specific conditions that may be helped by CBD include:

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How long does it take for CBD oil to work for joint pain?

Our body’s endocannabinoid system is composed of three main components:

The dosage of CBD that works for your pain will depend on the amount/percentage of CBD in the product, how you take it (whether by mouth, inhalation, or topical application) and your body weight and chemistry (several websites offer CBD calculators to determine a starting dose). The best thing is to speak with your doctor or a budtender (essentially a dispensary pharmacist) before choosing a CBD dosage. If your doctor does not recommend a dose, it is best to start small and gradually increase the dose from there until you achieve the desired effect.

In fact, CBD exerts a wide array of effects on the body’s central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as the immune system. It works in conjunction with our endocannabinoid system to function in an antioxidant capacity, to decrease inflammation, and to act as an analgesic or pain reliever. CBD may even slow the progression of osteoarthritis and prevent nerve damage, according to early model studies. 4

That depends on how you take your CBD oil. The most predictable consumption method is sublingual (under the tongue) using a spray or tincture. According to the American Arthritis Foundation, 16 effects are usually felt within 15 to 45 minutes.