Myths and Facts About CBD
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CBD from hemp is legal
Most strains of hemp naturally contain no more than 0.2% THC. In the UK and EU, so long as CBD extracts from hemp don’t surpass this level of THC, its legal.
Marijuana on the other hand contains much higher amounts of THC (5 – 30%) which makes it less desirable to extract CBD from given that the THC has to be removed, otherwise it would be illegal.
CBD is classed as a medicine – kind of
Most CBD products you’d find online and in stores have been classed as food supplements in the UK. But, in 2016 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) actually voiced another opinion on CBD.
They suggested it’s a medicine, but only if it’s marketed for medical purposes. Basically this means only pharmaceutical preparations, like Epidiolex, which is a 99% pure CBD extract can be classed as a medicine.
As you can probably tell its still a grey area as to how CBD is actually classified, but for most people in the UK, it remains a food supplement.
CBD isn’t for everyone
For most people CBD is completely safe, however there are special considerations for some people.
Cannabinoids can affect neuronal growth of developing babies, which is why CBD is not recommended during pregnancy or for children under the age of 18.
Some people taking medications like warfarin and statins may need to exercise caution with CBD, and work with their GP’s to explore safe usage / whether to use at all.
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CBD has been used in traditional medicine
CBD is one of the key constituents of hemp. Its been around for thousands of years, and has a documented use across India, Egypt, Europe, China and Japan.
Traditionally, hemp has been used for many of the ailments people use CBD for today; anxiety, insomnia, pain and menstrual cramps being just a few.
Side effects can occur with (certain types of) CBD
It’s not all rainbows and lollipops, like a lot of people may make out. CBD has been known to produce some side effects, albeit relatively mild ones.
It also depends on what type of CBD is used. Most side effects are seen with 99.9% purified CBD.
The side effects of CBD are considered pretty good compared to that of some conventional drugs . So for a few conditions, some people may find the experience with CBD preferable to conventional approaches.
CBD is found in both Hemp and Marijuana (MJ)
CBD is not exclusively found in hemp. Its 1 of over 100 similar compounds called cannabinoids that are also found in Marijuana plants.
Although they both contain CBD, MJ tends to be a more plentiful source than hemp. The amount of hemp relative to MJ needed to extract CBD tends to be greater, making MJ the more economical (but not legal) option.
CBD is addictive
In a comprehensive report on CBD, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported on its potential for addiction.
The report concluded:
“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”
CBD works the same for everyone
How CBD works for you depends on your state of health, your genetics and how your own endocannabinoid system interacts with CBD. It also depends what you’re using it for.
Some people use CBD to bring a little bit of happiness and ease back into their day, and others to manage symptoms of disease. It may not necessarily have any meaningful effects for others, who may otherwise be happy and healthy.
Certain people’s endocannabinoid system may need more support than others, and it depends on what environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors are at play in someones life.
CBD supports everyones ECS differently. Herbs that do this are known as adaptogens – they morph to meet peoples individual needs.
A lot of folks endocannabinoid systems are working just fine without CBD. There are other ways to support the ECS besides just CBD.
CBD isn’t safe
In 2017, a detailed report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that naturally occurring CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans and is not associated with any public health effects.
It goes on to say that, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”
The World Anti doping Agency (WADA) also removed CBD from its banned substances list in 2017. Athletes can now use CBD, but must still be careful to monitor small levels of THC in CBD products.
EPIDYOLEX (cannabidiol) has been recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to receive routine reimbursement from NHS England, for seizures associated with Lennox Gastaut syndrome (LGS) or Dravet syndrome.
Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are the same
Although CBD oil and hemp seed oil both come from hemp, they by no means the same.
CBD oil can be extracted from the leaves, stalks and flowers of hemp.
Hemp seed oil is made exclusively from the seeds of hemp plants. Whilst these contain beneficial nutrients like omega fatty acids and many vitamins and minerals, the seeds contain almost no CBD.
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