Since CBD oil was made legal in 2016, more people than ever in the UK – especially women – are using the food supplement to manage pain, chronic conditions, sleepless nights, and a whole host of health conditions.
According to the industry regulatory body, the Cannabis Trades Association UK (CTAUK), over 250,000 Brits are using CBD — up from 125,000 in 2016.
The CTAUK reports that 1,000 new customers are buying CBD-based products every month, with 65 percent of whom are women, turning to natural remedies away from pain killers and sleeping tablets.
Why CBD is becoming so popular?
We are used to taking pain killers. Got a headache? Pop a pill. Period pain? Grab then painkillers, a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate! Can’t sleep? There must be some pills in a drawer or cabinet somewhere.
And yet, despite decades of pill-popping, attitudes are shifting in every area of life towards natural remedies and dietary options. From what we cook and eat, to what we drink, and how we manage pain, cramps and sleepless nights.
Nature provides the answer, with a plant based substance that’s organic and non addictive. CBD is extracted from organically grown Hemp that contains naturally high levels of CBD and very low levels of THC (and this is further removed in extraction). Unlike marijuana plants, which have low levels of THC and CBD.
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CBD products can either be sold as a medical product (if they're approved as a medicine), or food supplement, according to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) ruling in October 2016. CBD infused products are found to have a “restoring, correcting or modifying” on humans; one benefit of which is the release of ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain, such as such as dopamine and serotonin.
One of the reasons CBD is legal in the UK is that it is one of the healthy compounds in weed, but it doesn't include any of the unhealthy substances. You aren't ingesting anything that contains THC (an active ingredient which produces the ‘high’ in cannabis), or anything else potentially dangerous, or addictive, that is associated with weed.
Oxford University is now conducting a £10 million study into the health benefits of CBD and the relationship this has with the endocannabinoids system in the human body. And in November 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a preliminary study, confirming that “CBD has no adverse health outcomes . . . and is good for several conditions.”
Trent Scanlen, Managing Director of Truth Naturals, said “This is great news. The recent focus by reputable organisations such as WHO and Oxford University is helping us share the successes of thousands of customers in the UK. We support further regulation and research to ensure that more people can understand how organic plants can help improve their lives.”
In a limited number of cases, CBD has been prescribed through the NHS, most notably in the landmark case of 11-year-old Billy Caldwell.
CTAUK chairman, Mike Harlington, hopes that education can help eradicate the existing stigma.
“Products like CBD, because of where it comes from, are stigmatized despite the fact that every mammal has an endocannabinoid system and is therefore designed to use cannabinoids naturally,” he told The Daily Mail.
“Cannabinoid deficiencies are starting to become understood by the medical world, and it is slowly becoming obvious that cannabinoids like CBD are actually essential for general health and wellbeing.”
The health benefits of CBD oil are the biggest factor in its growing popularity. Its varied availability in oil, capsule and gummy form means that it appeals to a whole spectrum of demographics, resulting in usage in everything from the improvement of general well being to increasing athletic performance.
CBD is proving effective in helping women get a better nights sleep (who doesn't want that, right?!), reduce aches and pains, from the strain that exercise puts on the body to arthritis and period pains. Our bodies respond well to CBD, which is why it is proving so popular.
Nutrients found in CBD can also promote healthy skin, stimulate appetite and aid in digestion, all of which can improve mood and wellbeing.
A quarter of a million people across the UK are benefitting from a better way of life thanks to CBD oil. If 2017 growth is anything to go by, it won't be long until that number enters the millions.
This article is sponsored by Truth Naturals.