Both marijuana and hemp are part of the cannabis plant family. However, the plant strains that are commonly referred to as marijuana typically have a high THC content, with a lower content of other cannabinoids such as CBD.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, and tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, are commonly viewed as similar. After all, they’re both extracts of the cannabis plant and they have, at least superficially, quite similar sounding names.
CBD doesn’t contain THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that causes you to feel high after using cannabis. THC, as well as numerous other cannabinoids, are strictly controlled in the UK via the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Misuse of Drug Regulations Act 2001.
Our CBD news section contains more information on CBD, from its uses to the latest research into CBD as a natural health treatment.
CBD is linked to a range of pain relief effects, making it a potentially useful natural treatment for a variety of forms of chronic pain. It’s also believed to have positive effects for people who suffer from anxiety, depression and other psychological conditions.
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They grow their own organic hemp across Europe, using CO2 extraction with low pressure and heat to ensure their oils contain all the benefits of a full spectrum product.
Best CBD oil in the UK
The World Health Organisation claims that CBD oil is “generally well tolerated with a good safety profile,” and that it may be able to offer relief for victims suffering from:
Our favourite? The potent 480mg that has a peppermint flavouring. In general, CBD can have quite a bitter taste so the minty freshness that this oil brought was a welcomed change. You can apply one to eight drops up to three times a day – with no more than 25 in 24 hours.
If you’d like to support a smaller boutique company, Holistic Hemp fits the bill. Using plants grown on small European farms, the pesticide and chemical free flowers are handpicked (unlike most on the market) meaning the oil is high quality. It even has a full floral flavour (thanks to the plants they choose) that offers a pleasant taste without interfering with the benefits. Offering 5, 10, 15 and 20 per cent options in various forms, this brand mixes hemp with cannabis seed carrier oil to create a full-spectrum product containing a variety of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids.