Since it was legalised in the UK, CBD oil has grown massively in popularity, with upwards of 365,000 cannabis oil users in the UK and the market for CBD and related products valued at more than £60 million.
CBD oil is widely used as a natural treatment for a range of health conditions, from anxiety to chronic pain. It’s gained popularity as an alternative treatment available to the public, many of whom have struggled to find sustainable results from regular medications.
Because CBD oil is a fairly new health product, there are countless myths about what it does, how it works and the specific conditions it can treat. We’ve listed four of these myths below, as well as the reality behind each one.
Although CBD oil is derived from the cannabis plant, it doesn’t have any of the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
These effects come from tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, one of more than 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Because CBD oil contains a maximum of 0.3% THC, it doesn’t produce the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
Instead, CBD oil is extracted primarily from hemp and has no negative effects on your vision, thought process or general wellbeing. This means you won’t notice any “high” or other effects after using CBD oil, as you would with traditional cannabis products.
While many people use CBD oil to improve anxiety symptoms, it can treat a far wide range of conditions than just anxiety alone.
Right now, research into CBD oil is in its early stages. However, current studies tend to show that CBD oil can produce benefits for people with sleep disorders, depression, epilepsy, pain conditions and even some forms of inflammation.
CBD oil is also widely used to treat headaches and migraines, giving it a diverse range of health benefits, albeit none conclusively proven by science at this point.
While CBD can make you feel more relaxed and less anxious, it isn’t linked to any proven signs of physical addiction and isn’t considered an addictive substance.
It’s important to remember that CBD oil isn’t pure cannabis. Instead, it’s an oil extracted from the cannabis plant. This means that many of the characteristics of cannabis aren’t accurate for CBD oil, ranging from cannabis’s psychoactive effects to the potential for addiction.
While most myths about CBD oil are negative, certain proponents of CBD oil have also spread unsubstantiated myths about its benefits.
Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK and around the world use CBD oil regularly to help with chronic pain, anxiety and other health issues. However, right now, CBD oil is not a heavily researched substance or a “medicine” in the legal sense.
This doesn’t mean that CBD oil isn’t useful as a treatment for various health issues — just that it isn’t yet classified as a medicine or linked to sustained, long-term, conclusive improvements in studies.