CBD oil has become a huge wellness trend in 2019.
The medicinal product, which you can buy in a number of shops in the UK, has rapidly increased in demand over the last few years.
According to theÂ BBC, there are now an estimated quarter of a million regular users in the UK alone.
The benefits of cannabis-based medicines also continue to be introduced by the NHS, with two cannabis drugs for epilepsy and multiple sclerosis beingÂ âapprovedâ for the first time in November 2019.
However, no prescription is required.
Holland & BarrettÂ became the first high street store to stock medical cannabis oil in the UK in February 2018. It is now a common product in bothÂ SuperdrugÂ and Boots, as well as a number of other UK retailers, too.
There are two main compounds in cannabis: CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). It is the THC that is the psychoactive constituent and illegal in the UK.
CBD oil, however, is legal as it is made from a natural ingredient found in hemp plant.
âCBD is a chemical substance found in cannabis that has medical benefits. It won’t get you high, because it doesn’t contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical in cannabis that makes you highâ explains theÂ NHS website.
The Home Office only allows licences for oils in the UK that are cultivated from plants with approved seed types and contain a THC content of 0.2% or less.
Research is still being administered by multiple organisations in the UK to prove the health benefits of CBD oil.
It is, however, mostly praised by users for helping insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain and period pain.
Currently CBD oil is not clearly regulated, but,Â The World Health Organization states âCBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profileâ.
When searching for CBD oil itâs important to check itâs free from pesticides and solvents, it includes no more than 0.2% THC and that itâs from a trusted brand.
There are also varying strengths of CBD oil, the lowest being 300mg (3%) ranging to 800mg (8%). Itâs suggested you start at a low dosage and gradually build up your tolerance.
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After finishing around four CBD oils over the past year, I was ecstatic when I stumbled upon Green Stem, who has created flavoured CBD oils that donât share the usual unpleasant earthy taste.
I tried the Seville orange, but there are also black cherry and peppermint flavours available.
The broad-spectrum hemp blend is THC free and has been lab tested for purity. I would most definitely join customers who have already given it an overallÂ 4.9 out of 5Â rating.
Made from EU-certified hemp crops in Cooley Mountains of Ireland and produced without fungicides, pesticides or herbicides, Celtic Wind is a worthy first-time choice if youâre wanting to try a CBD oil.
Itâs advised you take one pipette (0.7ml), once a day, under your tongue. Other brands often allow more drops a day, so I found one drop wasnât enough for the effects to last the entire day. However, for a CBD newbie who doesnât want to take it numerous times a day itâs probably ideal.
It also wasnât the most pleasant tasting CBD oil (spoiler alter: CBD oil does not taste good in general, but usually the pay off is worth it).
Stocked at Boots, Dragonfly CBD is on the more expensive end of the spectrum.
Thatâs because itâs extracted from organically grownÂ Cannabis SativaÂ plants using a hand-crafted extraction method. The brand are also very transparent with its production, proving organic certification, batch numbers and pesticide testing.
With 5.6% CBD, itâs higher strength. Taste wise, I found it a little less oily than others.
I was lured in by the promise of an âeasy-to-use peppermint flavoured oral dropsâ – and I was not disappointed.
The hint of peppermint was refreshing, making it another great option for those who donât like the usual CBD taste. The oil also held a clear consistency, showing the brands filter-clear method, which removes unwanted plant.
Endoca is a brand that Iâve been suggested by multiple avid CBD users. It contains only full spectrum hemp oil and CBD. If you canât stomach the not-so-pleasant tasting oils, these capsules are the solution.
The only down side is that youâre confined to a fixed dosage rather than measuring it yourself using drops.
However, not having to taste the oil made it so, so worth it.