What is CBD oil?

Unsure of the uses and benefits of CBD oil – not to mention its legality? Cannabidiol is derived from the cannabis plant, and comes with a wealth of health benefits.

Cannabidiol (more commonly known as CBD) has experienced a surge in popularity in recent months, in part due to its availability in high-street health shops. Previously viewed as an option only for the seriously ill, CBD oil is gaining traction among wellness fans, with its promise of being able to provide relief from everything from pain to depression and anxiety.

Many studies – both animal and human – have examined the link between CBD and pain relief, which are thought to be down to the oil’s ability to reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters.

One study found that multiple sclerosis sufferers experience increased mobility, reduced muscle spasms and reduced pain when treated with a combination of CBD and THC for one month; while another study demonstrated CBD and THC improved pain management for those with rheumatoid arthritis and individuals undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Several studies have found that the use of CBD oil is helpful in reducing anxiety, meaning it could be a beneficial natural remedy for sufferers. Back in 2011, a study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that when people with generalised social anxiety disorder (SAD) were given 600mg of CBD oil prior to a public speaking test, as opposed to a placebo, they experienced significantly less anxiety, difficulty and discomfort during their speech.

Many studies have examined CBD oil’s antidepressant-like effects. It’s also been shown to safely improve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children.

Clinical trials have found CBD to be highly effective in the treatment of certain types of epilepsy. There is also growing evidence to suggest it could help more types, although further research is needed to fully understand safe and optimal dosing.

Due to the effects of CBD oil on the immune system and its ability to help reduce inflammation, it may offer relief from acne. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD oil inhibited the production of sebum in the sebaceous glands in the skin.

CBD is one of 104 chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, that can be found in the cannabis plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance, which can be extracted and mixed with a carrier oil – often hemp seed or coconut – to create CBD oil.

Unlike the most well-known cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive, meaning that it won’t make you ‘high’ – the sensation most commonly associated with cannabis. It is, however, reported to offer a range of health and medicinal benefits – the reason behind its growing acclaim.

There has been a fair amount of confusion surrounding the legality of CBD oil. But while the vast majority of cannabinoids are controlled substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act, rest assured that CBD oil is legal across the UK for medicinal purposes, provided it has been derived from an industrial hemp strain that is EU-approved. These strains contain very little to no THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid).

There are strict restrictions in place with regard to CBD oil’s THC content: for CBD oil to be legal in the UK, it must contain no more than 0.2 per cent THC, and the THC must not be easily separated from it.

CBD oil is most readily available as a tincture. This can be taken by applying a few drops under your tongue, holding in your mouth for a few moments so it can be absorbed, before swallowing. It can also be added to water or smoothies. A spray form is available (simply spritz under your tongue), as are capsules, creams that can be applied topically, and e-liquid for vape pens.

When it comes to dosage, guidelines state you should start with the smallest possible dose and gradually build up – its effects should be immediate, so you will be able to tell if the lower dosage is working for you. However, it’s always best to consult your doctor before trialling any new medication or remedy.

What our customers say

Here l am week 3 without taking cbd oil from Hayley. Purgatory is the word. Experimented using the cbd oil for 2 weeks then left it off. Big mistake. The pains in my fingers are back, not immediately and not like it was but it is back. It proves to me at least that the strength of this cbd oil is far superior to that l usually use as l would have to take probably 8 or so drops to meet the strength of this oil per dose. Plus, and this is a big plus, l paid far more for my original supply.

Highly recommend as a definite for arthritis/rheumatic type pain and a feeling of calm. I think the experiment is now complete.

Paula, Milton Keynes

It’s helped my boyfriends nan who’s is 92 and has arthritis. It’s helped with her day to day mobility. It’s given her a new lease of life. Amazing product.

Lucy, Bedford

I’m absolutely loving Hayley’s CBD oil. I really suffer from anxiety, some days it’s so bad I get crippling pains to my stomach. Using Hayley’s CBD oil has helped me no end. Just a few drops 3 times a day takes the edge off of it. It just helps to calm me down. Plus it’s amazing value for money. The strength of the product is normally around £100 if not more but Hayley’s is so much more affordable, I couldn’t be happier.

Laura, Kempston

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