What Is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol – a cannabinoid that’s found in plants such as marijuana and hemp that belong to the cannabis family. When the cannabinoid is extracted from the plant and made into CBD products such as oils, balms, creams, and even e-liquid, it has been reported to have various benefits. Although research into CBD benefits is limited at the moment, people using it have often reported feeling more relaxed without feeling “high”.
Dr CBD Rx
The UK-based company recognise that many people don’t like the taste or texture of many CBD oils that are available to buy, so have formulated a finer version with flavours that mask the bitter taste of natural CBD. The sprays are designed for sublingual administration (under the tongue), and when used in this way, absorption is almost immediate. Dr CBD Rx products are available as 10ml bottles that come in three strengths:
And each of these strengths offers a choice of three flavours: citrus, mint, and wild berries (which our team have compared to sweets or fruit cider). The UK-based company recognise that many people don’t like the taste or texture of many CBD oils that are available to buy, so have formulated a finer version with flavours that mask the bitter taste of natural CBD. The oil in Dr CBD Rx products is incredibly light, leaving no heavy or unpleasant residue in your mouth after administration.
Is CBD legal?
CBD is a substance that can make some people wary due to its close ties with the illegal marijuana plant. However, most forms of CBD in the UK are legal. Strictly speaking, CBD itself isn’t a controlled substance in the UK, despite being found in marijuana. However, due to the fact that it’s often found alongside THC, which is a controlled substance, the home office have put regulations in place to ensure that any CBD products being sold in the UK don’t cause intoxicating effects. For CBD products to meet the legal requirements, they must contain less than 0.2% THC. Anything above this limit is illegal, but all of the products you can buy on the high street and from reputable UK sources such as Doctor4U fall below this limit and are therefore completely legal.
CBD hemp oil
To meet the legal limit of under 0.2% THC, a vast majority of CBD oil in the UK is made from industrial hemp, which naturally has much lower levels of the illegal THC cannabinoid in comparison to marijuana.
For this reason, you may be familiar with the term “CBD hemp oil”.
The hemp plant is also richer in CBD than it’s illegal brother, meaning that more of the oil from the plant can be used in products.
We understand that it can be difficult to understand CBD dosage, especially when it comes to mg/ml, so with the help of Dr CBD Rx, we’ve created this table to help you:
If you’re new to using CBD, we recommend starting with the 500mg bottle and gradually increasing your dose until you’ve found something that suits you. If you already know your tolerance, you should be able to work out which strength of Dr CBD Rx is most suitable for you based on the chart.
Finding your ideal dose may take some time, as CBD may need to build up in your system before you feel any benefits, but we recommend trying it for at least 6 weeks to find out whether it helps or not.
CBD for anxiety
Whilst CBD isn’t indicated for the treatment of any medical conditions, several people have reported using it to help with mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Research into the topic is limited, but it’s thought that CBD may affect serotonin receptors in the brain. As low levels of serotonin are linked to conditions such as anxiety and depression, it’s entirely possible that if CBD does affect these receptors, it could have a positive effect on anxious thoughts and feelings as well as improving mood. However, it’s important to remember that CBD isn’t a medicine and shouldn’t replace any prescription medication that you’re already taking for a condition.
CBD for pain
In the same way that there isn’t any evidence for CBD being beneficial for anxiety yet, there’s also not enough evidence to support using it for chronic pain. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that it may help to relive symptoms for some sufferers.
Some people use CBD as a treatment on its own, whilst others use it alongside prescription medicines to alleviate pain.
CBD is thought to increase the amount of the neurotransmitter, anandamide that’s in the body. Anandamide can induce feelings of bliss, and can also be found in the cacao plant, but as well as helping you to feel enjoyment and pleasure, anandamide has also been linked to relieving pain and inflammation. If CBD does increase anandamide levels in the body, it’s possible that it could also help to alleviate symptoms of chronic pain.
CBD oil side effects
As CBD oil isn’t a medicine, strictly speaking, it doesn’t have any “side effects” in the traditional sense. However, as a novel food, it can still cause a handful of symptoms in patients in the same way that some other foods do. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms that people experience after using CBD oil include:
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
- Light headedness
It’s important to monitor how you feel if you choose to take CBD in case you experience any other symptoms that haven’t been listed here. In the rare event that you experience an allergic reaction, you should also be aware of the symptoms of anaphylaxis.
CBD oil UK
CBD oil in the UK is available in many high street stores and even vape shops in various forms. Whilst there's no medical evidence to support the use of the cannabinoid for treatments as yet, many people have reported feeling the benefits of CBD for various ailments. Doctor4U has made the decision to provide CBD to those that want to try it, but we can't recommend it as a treatment for anything specific.
You can buy CBD oil on our website without having a consultation with a doctor, due to the fact that it isn't a medicinal product. However, if you're concerned about the effects of CBD and want to know more, we suggest speaking to your own GP or a local pharmacist
Advice on Addiction and Medication Restrictions
If you are at all worried or concerned about an addiction to any type of medication, we urge you to speak to a professional for help and advice. Below are links to organisations that can help.
Talk To Frank
NHS Help & Advice On Drug Addiction