What is CBD?

12th January 2021

CBD (Cannabidiol) is an active compound found in the cannabis or marijuana plant (cannabis sativa). Don’t let that put you off though, unlike it’s cousin Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is what causes that ‘high’ associated with marijuana, CBD causes zero psychoactive effects, making it incredibly appealing and a huge growth area for the health food industry.

What is it for?

Many people use it for medicinal reasons including ailments like inflammation, arthritis, acne, insomnia, and asthma. Some research suggests it can also help with those recovering from cancer treatment too. Another increasingly popular use is for the relief of stress and anxiety. Is it possible that a global pandemic has spurred on the appeal of CBD products to a wider consumer audience?

How do I consume it?

Many companies have adapted various ways to take cannabidiol. You can purchase it as an oil (sprayed under the tongue), in capsule form, skin balms and creams, and in teas.

Is it legal in the UK?

Yes, but make sure you purchase from a reputable source and check the percentage content. CBD as to be made using approved strains and contain less than 0.2% THC.

Does it work?

There is increasing evidence that CBD can work to combat some conditions like insomnia, fibromyalgia, and anxiety, although research is still in its early stages. There are products out there which haven’t been rigorously tested, but a reputable company will vouch for this. Our friends from Love CBD have been pioneers of CBD oil and infused products in the UK since 2014. They are well known for their quality and advice on the best way to consume it depending on what you’re using it for. Visit their website for more information and advice. (Also available to order online for our retail customers).

The stats alone can tell us just how popular CBD is. In 2019, 6 million adults consumed a cannabidiol products in the UK (Open Access Government). The market was worth £300 million in the UK in February 2020 and is estimated to triple in the next 5 years. That equates to £1 billion by 2025 (Savills). Now is the time to invest in CBD!

Why is it so popular?

There is no one, single indicator as to why the CBD industry has boomed like it has. Most likely it’s down to a contribution of factors including legislative changes, development in research and studies, social and economic impacts (like the pandemic) and consumer’s becoming increasingly invested in their health.

Buying CBD

If you intend to purchase CBD for yourself, do your research and always read the instructions on the label before consumption. If you’re using for the first time, take smaller doses and build up your intake once your body has had time to get used to it. Don’t use CBD if you are breastfeeding or pregnant and always check if it’s safe if you’re taking other medicines.

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