CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a compound derived from the cannabis plant that’s becoming increasingly well known for its health benefits. From those with chronic pain to people diagnosed with anxiety and depression, it’s thought that around six million UK adults¹ are currently using CBD to ease their symptoms. Very often with life-changing results.
If you’re thinking of taking CBD for an existing medical condition, it’s important to do your research. This blog post explains everything you need to know about CBD – from how it’s made and administered, to the benefits and risks.
What is CBD?
Extracted from the stalks, stems and flowers of the cannabis plant, CBD is one of a group of over 100 compounds called cannabinoids. Both CBD (Cannabidiol) and its close relation THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) are thought to have healing properties, yet CBD oil being sold in the UK must have no more than 0.2% THC to be legal. This is because THC is also a psychoactive component. In other words, it ‘gets you high’.
In line with suggested future legislation, DR CBD Rx is one of the first products to be available in the UK with 0% THC.
CBD is also sometimes confused with hemp oil, which is pressed from cannabis seeds. Hemp oil can be used therapeutically, but more often as an antioxidant in skincare and nutritional products.
What are the health benefits of CBD?
The healing properties of CBD are well-documented. From those with serious, life-limiting illnesses like Multiple Sclerosis to skin conditions such as psoriasis and mental health problems, people all over the UK are reaping the benefits. Studies have shown that CBD can have a positive effect on the symptoms of a huge range of ailments, which you can see illustrated below.
Some of the conditions CBD can help with include: chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, cancer, eczema psoriasis, epilepsy, diabetes, arthritis, anxiety, menstrual cramps, insomnia, dry skin, psychosis, Alzheimer’s, dementia, anger, depression, ADHD, Crohn’s and IBS, PTSD, addiction, Parkinson’s, migraine.
And you can also read our success stories from real people using DR CBD Rx here.
How do I take CBD?
To make it easy to administrate, CBD is generally infused with a carrier oil, usually hemp oil or coconut oil. This is then taken orally (digested) or sublingually (sprayed or delivered by a pipette under the tongue).
There have been some issues around the taste of CBD oil and how effective existing delivery methods are, which is why DR CBD Rx has developed its revolutionary Cloud Spray. This diffuses the oil in micro droplets that increase the surface area of the oil and improve absorption. We’ve also done a lot of work on the taste of our product – it’s available in three great flavours – citrus, mint and wild berries.
Are there any risks with taking CBD?
As with any diet supplement you should track your own reaction to the product, but the likelihood of any serious side effects from taking CBD are very minimal. It is also extremely difficult to overdose on CBD as you would need vast quantities to do this.
The main risks associated with CBD are to do with traceability and unclear labelling because currently the market is largely unregulated. Rather than the CBD itself causing the problem, being unsure of the product strength and any other ingredients is an issue for consumers.
That’s why it’s important to thoroughly research your supplier before purchasing.
Many products on the shelf today are not subject to any legal testing, but DR CBD Rx comes with full certification. It is one of the only/ CBD oils developed by pharmaceutical experts, so you know exactly what is in it and can be sure of the precise amount of CBD it contains.
DR CBD Rx is also the first CBD oil product to use a unique Cloud Spray technology for 100% fast acting absorption under the tongue. It’s guaranteed to offer safe, controlled and accurate dosing.