CBD stands for cannabidiol – an element of the cannabis plant that’s soared in popularity throughout the last decade. For a long time, CBD caused scepticism amongst the public due to its associated with marijuana and the psychoactive effects that it can cause. However, CBD is just one element of the plant, and doesn’t cause any of the psychoactive effects that THC does (the cannabinoid responsible for the “high” that comes with marijuana).
Over the last few years, CBD has been accepted more and more people as a food supplement, with many believing that the cannabinoid is responsible for relieving certain symptoms, or having certain health benefits. Whilst more research is needed in this field for us to make any claims about it, we’re proud to offer CBD as a product on our website so that you can try it for yourself if you’d like to.
If you want to buy CBD, you can do so without completing a consultation form, as CBD isn’t a medical product and doesn’t need a prescription.
Dr. Diana Gall
Our Health Care Team
CBD stands for cannabidiol – an element of the cannabis plant that is believed to have certain health benefits. However, CBD itself isn’t a medical product, and is not licenced to treat any conditions in the UK. If you think that CBD could help you, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist first to make sure that it’s safe for you to try.
CBD oil UK
CBD oil in the UK is generally made from the hemp plant as opposed to the marijuana plant. This is because hemp is naturally low in THC, yet rich in CBD.
CBD is available to buy in many UK high street stores, usually as drops, capsules, or e-liquid, but as the popularity of CBD grows, so does the range of products.
There are many claims about CBD and the potential health benefits it may have. However, it’s important to know that CBD isn’t a medicine, and isn’t licenced to treat any specific condition. Whilst many people find that they find relief with CBD, there isn’t enough medical evidence at the moment for it to be prescribed or recommended to treat any condition.
Some of the benefits that CBD is believed to have include:
- Anxiety relief
- Anti-seizure properties
- Neuroprotective properties
- Pain relief
- May help with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
- May help with heart health
- Depression relief
Unfortunately, these claims are only currently backed by anecdotal evidence rather than scientific research. Some animal studies have demonstrated the potential for CBD to be used as an anti-inflammatory as well as a tool for relieving some symptoms of anxiety, but this is yet to be proven in humans.
No CBD product should ever come with health claims, as it doesn’t have the medical backing to be used as a treatment. However, if you feel as though CBD might help you, you should do some research on the subject and speak to your GP before making any decisions.
You should never stop taking a medicine without the advice of your GP. CBD oil and CBD products aren’t intended to replace any medication.
CBD for anxiety
As explained above, CBD isn’t a medical treatment, so we can’t recommend it as a method of reducing symptoms of anxiety. Many people with the condition do find relief from CBD, but it’s important to know that everyone reacts differently to it.
Always get the advice of a medical professional before trying CBD for anxiety or any other medical condition.
CBD oil legal
CBD is legal in many countries, including the UK, however, there are certain restrictions in place. In the UK, CBD products can be sold freely as long as the THC content is lower than 0.2%. This is because THC is still illegal, and can cause psychoactive effects, most commonly known as the “high” feeling associated with smoking marijuana. With the government setting the 0.2% THC limit on CBD products, it ensures that they’re safe for people to use without the risk of any adverse effects.
CBD vs THC
Despite the fact that THC and CBD can be found in the same plant, they work in very different ways in our body. Although many people believe that a CBD product needs THC in it to be successful, this isn’t strictly the case.
There are several differences between CBD and THC, the most important one being that only one of these compounds can cause a “high” feeling, which can be quite negative for some people. THC is the cannabinoid that causes feelings of euphoria, hunger, nausea and cognitive disturbances amongst others. However, CBD doesn’t bind to the same receptors in the brain that THC does, meaning that it very rarely causes any side effects at all.
In the UK, THC is illegal unless you have a prescription for medical cannabis, which are very rarely given out, whilst you can buy CBD from a variety of shops, as well as online.
Does CBD get you high?
As explained above, CBD can’t cause a high. All legal CBD products in the UK have to contain less than 0.2% THC, so even if there’s a trace of it in the CBD oil, it would be nowhere near enough to cause psychoactive effects or make you feel high.
CBD is used very safely by many people every day, and it wouldn’t be available for general sale if it caused the same type of symptoms that THC can. If you’re still concerned about whether you might feel high or not, you should speak to your local pharmacist or GP before you buy CBD oil.
CBD oil side effects
One of the great things about CBD is that it’s a very safe product that rarely caused adverse effects. In fact, it’s thought that if you do experience any symptoms whilst taking CBD, it’s more likely to be down to a reaction between that and any medicines you might be taking.
To make sure that CBD is safe for you, you should talk to your doctor to pharmacist before you buy it.
Any symptoms that are experienced with CBD aren’t exactly side effects per se, as CBD isn’t a medical product, but some people have experienced some of the following:
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
- Light headedness
It’s important to know that some of these symptoms may be coincidental, but you should always seek advice from a medical professional if you become unwell after starting CBD, even if your doctor said that it’s safe for you to try.
How long does CBD take to work?
The amount of time that it takes for CBD to work in your body is dependant on a number of factors, including the method of administration.
Using oils under the tongue, or vaping a CBD e-liquid are two of the fastest ways of getting CBD into your system as they provide almost immediate absorption. However, it may suit you more to use edibles, which can take up to 2 hours for the CBD to be released due to it going through the digestive system. It’s thought that CBD ingested via edibles is released more steadily and for a longer period of time, whilst sublingual oils tend to work almost instantly.
You might not notice any benefits the first time you use CBD. Most people find that it needs to be taken regularly, sometimes every day, to feel a benefit. You should take a few weeks to find your ideal dose and to get used to CBD before you determine whether it works for you or not.
Doctor4U are proud to offer a range of CBD products to suit everyone. Whether you’re new to trying it, or you’re well versed in CBD, we can provide a range of products, including:
- CBD chocolate
- CBD drinks
- Oil droppers
- Skin balms
- Spray oil
There are so many CBD products available now that it’s easy to find something to suit your needs. We recommend starting small, with 5mg or 10mg doses if you aren’t used to CBD.
CBD oil for sale
CBD oil is now for sale on Doctor4U alongside other CBD products and edibles. There’s no need to complete a consultation form, as CBD isn’t licenced to treat any conditions, so therefore can’t be prescribed.
As CBD is available for general sale, all you need to do is choose the products that you want, add them to your basket, and check out.
It couldn’t be easier to buy CBD oil, or any other products that might suit you. Please take a look at the 1CBD and Dr CBDrx range of oils and edibles for a full breakdown of each item.