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What is CBD and is it legal in the UK?

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Is CBD Legal in the UK?

CBD, also known as Cannabidiol is a chemical compound present in the cannabis plant. But unlike other cannabinoids, CBD has no psychoactive effect that causes high sensation.

It is a known natural remedy that can help cure a wide variety of health issues like PTSD, chronic pain, and seizures. There is moderate evidence that CBD can actually help with anxiety and arthritis but is still being tested.  

CBD is now being commercialised and is mostly found in some products, from edibles, vaporisers, creams, lotions, and oils.

More and more people are now using and discovering the benefits of CBD, in the UK alone, it is estimated at around 1.3 million and counting; thanks to the creative minds that are responsible in brand reimagining and the continuous medical research that is slowly making this compound be known for its beneficial content.

Advocates of CBD claim that this compound can relieve chronic pain, inflammation, depression, insomnia, and many other conditions, there is still not enough study that can prove and validate its benefits. While confusion still lingers over its legalities, here’s what you need to know:

What is CBD oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 different cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plants. It is a chemical compound that is responsible for the alteration of neurotransmitter release in the human brain. These cannabinoids can impact the body in different ways, the extents of its effects vary depending on which part of the plant it is most concentrated on. The most popular compounds are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

Prescription for CBD oil in the UK is possible because it doesn’t give “high/addictive” sensation to its users. THC on the other hand, is a psychoactive chemical and is a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.  

Why and how is it used?

It was reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2017 that CBD could help relieve a variety of impairing conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cancer and diabetic complications, as well as general pain, anxiety and depression. 

Still, there is no enough evidence that could back up that CBD oil can help with these ailments, nor consuming products that have CBD on it can do much to an individual, it’s just that these medical professionals are being optimistic on their research on its potential health benefits. 

A recent study on healthy weight loss is now being linked to CBD oil. This research which was published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry linked CBD to “fat browning”, which helps the “white fat” that is known to be dangerous because of its association with obesity and diabetes be transformed into hard-working brown fat cells also known as brown adipose tissue (BAT). These actively aid in weight loss; brown fat burns, it creates heat through the process of thermogenesis that burns extra calories in the body. 

CBD also helps reduce the expression of proteins that are responsible for creating new fat cells and increase the number of mitochondria in your brown fat cells. This could further elevate its fat elimination power.  

Is CBD Legal? 

The use and regulation of CBD is legal and allowed in the UK and has been approved by the European Union.  

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