What is CBD and how is it used for medicinal purposes

What is CBD and how is it used for medicinal purposes

CBD – short for cannabidiol – is a compound derived from the hemp plant. Not to be confused with the marijuana that some people smoke, CBD products are legal and contains very little of the ‘psychoactive’ compound THC which is element that might get you 'stoned'

CBD comes in an oil form or tablets. You can buy it legally from many places including pharmacies and online. CBD also can come in the form of balms, capsules or beauty products, read about them and how they work below.

This article is not specific about recommending products or brands, but it more about the different formats of CBD and why people would take them. Keep in mind that not all of the claims or reasons are 100% backed up by scientific studies so you need to weight up the benefits v the cost of products which are not cheap. 

Due to the time and specific format of studies required to gain authorised health claims in the EU, there have been no CBD specific health claims authorised at this time. Whilst CBD is NOT considered a medicine, the World Health Organisation’s 2018 Critical Review Report on CBD states that CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.

  • CBD oil
  • CBD oil capsules
  • CBD gummies
  • CBD drinks
  • CBD sprays
  • CBD balm/lotion

CBD Gummies

CBD gummies may be helpful for various purposes, like quelling anxiety and helping with sleep. Some people also take CBD gummies for back pain.

CBD in beauty products

Scientists are only beginning to discover the benefits of CBD oil but emerging research shows it has a positive effect on a number skin conditions including acne, dermatitis and psoriasis.6 CBD also has an antioxidant effect, helping to protect skin cells from the potentially damaging effects of free radicals.



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