Remember, because CBD oils are largely unregulated, there is no guarantee that a product is either safe or effective.
CBD oil may also increase liver enzymes (a marker of liver inflammation). People with liver disease should use CBD oil with caution, ideally under the care of a doctor who can regularly check blood liver enzyme levels.
Scientists believe that CBD reduces nerve pain by binding to glycine receptors in the brain that regulate the speed at which nerve signals pass between nerve cells.
What to Look For
Here is just some of what the current evidence says.
CBD oil should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. A 2018 study from the American Academy of Pediatrics warned women to avoid marijuana during pregnancy due to the potential risks to a baby’s development. Although it is unclear how CBD contributes, CBD is known to pass through the placental barrier.
There is some evidence that CBD interacts with seizure medications such as Onfi (clobazam) and boosts their concentration in the blood. Further research is needed.
CBD is the short name for cannabidiol, one of the two chemicals—among the dozens in cannabis—that have the most health benefits. The other, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), produces the psychoactive effects described as being “high.” CBD oil generally does not contain THC, although some trace amounts may be present in products sold in certain states.
It is what cannabis oils being sold in the UK are made from.
It has proved to be popular with customers, so much so that Holland and Barrett will be introducing four more CBD products to its range later on in the year.
According to macmillan.org.uk , a cannabis plant produces a resin (sticky flammable organic, insoluble in water) that contains various substances, these are known as 'cannabinoids'.
Why is cannabis oil legal?
Holland and Barrett is selling Jacob Hooy CBD+ Oil 2.75% 10ml for £9.49, (it's currently on offer, the usual RRP is £19.99). Since stocking the product at the high street store, sales of Jacob Hooy have shot up 37 per cent.
THC is the most abundant constituent of the cannabis plant, and the most well known. THC is the intoxicating and psychoactive substance that is responsible for causing the marijuana high.
It can be beneficial for people who suffer from stress, anxiety, depression or lack of sleep. It has also been suggested that it can be used to help alleviate the pain of cancer patients.
The advise on the bottle's packaging reads: "CBD+ Oil has a 'distinctive' taste – have a small drink of water after taking the oil and the taste will be gone within 30 seconds."