However, CBD derived from industrial hemp that is EU-approved is completely legal in the UK, under certain conditions. The strain must contain no more than 0.2 per cent THC, and the THC must not be easily separated from it. By contrast, cannabis oil, which has a higher THC content, is not legal.
Published: 30th July, 2019 at 20:00
How does CBD work?
Derived from the cannabis plant, CBD oil is touted as a cure for everything from joint pain to epilepsy, with the global industry estimated to be worth almost £800 million. But is it effective?
CBD oil is a way of delivering CBD. This chemical is first extracted from the plant and then diluted with a carrier oil like hemp seed. It can then be consumed as either the oil itself or within drinks or confectionary. In the UK, it can be found in health shops.
The cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa, contains a number of active ingredients, including THC and CBD. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the most active ingredient of marijuana, is the component that makes a person high when either smoked or ingested. Cannabidiol (CBD), on the other hand, is not psychoactive: it doesn’t induce a mind-altering effect.
The low number of human studies is due, in part, to cannabis remaining a schedule 1 drug under US federal law. Despite legalisation in several US states, much red tape and legal obstacles block those wishing to study marijuana’s medicinal effects on humans.
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Many people and companies will overstate CBD’s benefits, making it seem like a miracle cure-all treatment. You’ll read articles online or CBD product descriptions that make claims that are simply untrue and not backed by scientific research. While some people will believe what they read and hear, for many people, this simply drives home the belief that CBD is snake oil.
First things first – what exactly does “snake oil” mean? By the end of the 19th century, Merriam-Webster says that snake oil began to be defined as “a mixture sold as medicine usually without regard to its medical worth.” Simply put, it’s a phony product that doesn’t actually live up to any of its claims.
How to Spot Fake CBD Oil (and Get the Real Deal)
It seems like just about everyone has used some sort of CBD product, but that doesn’t mean some people aren’t skeptics. Sometimes it looks like the claims about CBD are simply too good to be true. Can CBD actually be all it is hyped up to be?
Interestingly enough, a snake oil product once actually existed. Even more surprising is the fact that it seems that it was genuinely effective.
It is reasonable to be unsure and understandable that some people think that CBD is snake oil. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there about CBD, which only gives credit to the theory that CBD simply isn’t all that it’s purported to be. Here’s the truth about CBD oil, snake oil, the misinformation around cannabidiol, and how to spot fake CBD oil.