Currently, in the UK, there are an estimated 1.3 million CBD users with a total of 6 million using CBD products in the last year. Most commonly bought as oil, Cannabidiol Oil is an extract from a Hemp or Marijuana plant which in the UK, can only be legally purchased if it’s from the hemp plant.
One of the biggest questions asked by first time CBD users is whether it will get you high. The answer is no, the THC from these plants is what provides the high you feel from smoking a joint, not the CBD.
Medical experts have suggested that CBD oil provides many health benefits such as, improving sleep, reducing anxiety, reducing inflammation, and pain relief. Some professionals have noted how CBD can change the way your brain receptors respond to serotonin, the chemical linked to mental health. One study in the US found that a 600mg dose of CBD helped people who suffer from social anxiety give a speech. CBD has also been found to help with pain relief, particularly after cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.
CBD can be taken or applied in many different ways. Most popular products incorporate CBD into oils or gels that can be applied to the skin. Other ways include, taken orally through capsules or as a liquid that is sprayed into the mouth. A typical dose of CBD is between 20-50mg so for some products you may need to weaken it or possibly add more, always check the product details.
CBD affects each person differently so it is important to note that if used regularly, there can be side effects. People have noted feelings of dizziness, hallucinations, low blood pressure, and withdrawal symptoms however not enough research has currently been undertaken to suggest these are common side effects for a high proportion of users.
Check out our top picks for the best CBD products:
Hop & Hemp
This one is number one purely for creativity. The guys over at Hop & Hemp have created the first-ever non-alcoholic CBD beer. Each bottle has 8mg of CBD in so there’s room for a few after a long day. They currently have an IPA and lager, but with big retailers set to stock them in the coming months, we’re sure they’ve got a few more flavours up their sleeves.
Shop at Hop & Hemp here
Another UK based brand, these guys have stuck to the more traditional route of oils with a blend of CBD and botanicals. This brand is more on the pricey side but you do get value for money with each product containing at least 1500mg of CBD. Not only do they oils, but they also stock bath salts and creams, so there’s something for everyone.
Shop for Apothem Labs here
Already a firm favourite with many CBD users, Pollen CBD is a side project from the creators of alcoholic gummy makers Smith & Sinclair. The guys now also making vegan CBD gummy sweets and drink drops that incorporate fruit extracts to ensure they taste delicious.
Shop their range here
Founded in Tennessee by two women, these guys are really stepping up their game with their turmeric salve which is ideal for aches and pains at the end of the day. Their CBD salve contains turmeric, cayenne, menthol, and aloe vera so its packed full of goodness.
Words by Grace Dembowicz
Graphics by Katie Janes
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