What is CBD Oil?: A Beginner’s Guide
The popularity of CBD oil is increasing in the UK and globally as more and more people hear about its potential health benefits.
Although CBD is available in a number of different formats, CBD oil is one of the most common and is now widely available to buy. Below, we’ve explored what CBD oil is, how people use it, and why it’s becoming so popular in the UK.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is made from a concentrated liquid extract produced from the Cannabis sativa family of plants. After CBD has been extracted from the plant, it is then mixed with a ‘carrier oil’, such as hemp seed or coconut oil, to create the final product, CBD oil.
There are different types of CBD oil depending on which plant the CBD is extracted from. Two plants which belong to the Cannabis sativa family are hemp and marijuana, and these are the plants that CBD is commonly extracted from.
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of the cannabinoids present in marijuana and hemp plants. It doesn’t have the psychoactive effects associated with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is another chemical present in marijuana.
CBD oil produced from industrial hemp plants will generally contain extremely low levels of THC (a psychoactive compound). The maximum limit for THC content in CBD oil sold in the EU is 0.2% so CBD oil produced from industrial hemp is the type that is widely sold in the UK market.
The type of CBD oil which is extracted from the marijuana variety of cannabis will generally contain more than 0.2% THC so is therefore illegal to sell in the UK unless it has been prescribed by someone with a medical license.
The potency of different CBD oils will also vary in terms of how much CBD is actually present in them so it’s important to thoroughly check the ingredients when you’re researching different types of CBD oil.
How do people use it?
CBD oil is one of the many forms that CBD can take but it's also one of the most popular. Many people choose to apply CBD oil sublingually, which is where you apply it under the tongue. This means that you will feel the effects of CBD oil more quickly.
For those who don’t like the idea of applying oil under the tongue, CBD oil is also available in capsule form.
Others, who use CBD oil for specific types of physical pain, say that they prefer to apply it directly to the affected area, rather than ingesting it.
In another blog, we look at the suggested dosages for CBD oil so that you can work out the right amount for you.
Why has CBD increased in popularity?
Prominent scientific research studies into its health and wellbeing potential have emerged throughout the world, particularly in the UK and Europe. As a result, more and more news outlets are discussing its benefits.
Recently, Jersey became the first place in the British and Irish Isles to grant a license for farmers to harvest hemp flowers for the creation of CBD oil and this was widely reported in the UK news.
The possible benefits of CBD oil have been said to include pain relief, the management of anxiety symptoms and help with reducing the frequency of seizures.
As more research is carried out on the effects of CBD oil, and as laws around CBD products in the UK become a little clearer, we hope that the popularity of this product will continue to increase!
For more information on the different varieties of CBD and how to use them, take a look at our blog section on CBD products.