If there is one thing that is certain, the CBD industry is absolutely thriving. Projected to be worth $16 billion in the United States by the year 2025, it is certainly showing no signs of slowing down. The CBD UK market is also growing and it is predicted that by the end of the year, the CBD industry will have grown by 50% compared to in 2019. But what exactly is CBD? Is it legal? Are there any famous people that use it? Here we answer some of the top questions surrounding CBD and delve into some of the top benefits.
Top CBD Facts:
CBD is derived from the same plant as cannabis but without the detrimental effects
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is essentially the product that is derived from the cannabis plant. While it comes from the same plant as marijuana, it doesn’t have the same “high-inducing”, intoxicating effects as marijuana is known for. Instead, it has been found to have many benefits such as reducing pain and helping with anxiety. The most common forms for CBD are in oils or balms that you can then rub on sore muscles to help with the pain.
CBD is legal
Yes, CBD is legal in the UK, however, there are certain criteria that need to be met. The CBD oil or balm product must contain no more than 0.2% THC in order to be sold and consumed.
There are famous people that use CBD
There are a host of celebrities and famous people who have professed their love for CBD and how it has helped them. This includes Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
It can help anxiety and depression
Anxiety and depression are becoming an ever prevalent issue within our society, but CBD has been found to help alleviate this. Researchers have found that CBD alters the way your brain receptors respond to serotonin which is the main chemical linked to our mental health. By taking CBD you can help to lessen feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression, including PTSD.
It can help you to sleep
If you have insomnia it means that you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep at night. Research which was undertaken in 2019 did a study on 72 subjects with 25 of them suffering from poor sleep. The study found that 66.7% of them reported better sleep after having 25mg of CBD a day for a month. CBD can also help with factors that affect sleep such as anxiety, depression, or pain.
It can help with epilepsy and seizures
At present, there is one main CBD-based medicine called Epidiolex which is designed to treat epilepsy. It is available on the NHS for those with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and they are very rare and difficult to treat types of epilepsy. There have been many studies in recent years into how CBD can help epilepsy and a recent evidence review found that 1 in 8 had a 50% or more reduction in seizures since taking CBD.
It can help reduce pain
Sufferers from chronic pain have found that taking CBD reduces this. It can be a much healthier alternative to opioids which can be highly addictive and have much worse side effects.
It can help with side effects of chemotherapy
CBD has been found to help alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy for those that have cancer. There have been a number of studies that have shown positive results, including a 2019 review that found cannabinoids helped to slow tumor growth reduce tumor invasion.
It can reduce skin conditions
CBD is an anti-inflammatory and can help with a host of skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
CBD was once used by Queen Victoria
Records have found that Queen Victoria used CBD in the past to help deal with her symptoms from menstrual cramps.
These are just a few benefits and facts about CBD that you need to know. CBD is steadily gaining popularity all the time and these factors show just why. If you are looking to relieve pain, to alleviate symptoms or for something that will help you sleep, it can help with everything. Have you used CBD before? How did you find it? Let us know.