Is CBD Oil In the UK All It’s Cracked Up to Be?
CBD a growing product on the market that has garnered celebrity endorsements from Kim Kardashian to Ozzy Osborne. But is cannabidiol (CBD) really everything that it’s cracked up to be? Let’s take a look at the extent and legality of CBD oil in the UK and find why it’s becoming so popular.
How common is CBD oil in the UK?
According to a 2019 study, very common! With 8-12% of people in the UK classing themselves as CBD users. That’s a whopping 4-6 million people! This makes the CBD industry one of the fastest growing wellness industries in the modern age.
And of course, with this many customers comes a huge variety of retailers, both on and offline selling CBD products. In fact, it’s been estimated that the UK CBD industry is currently worth over £300 million!
Most people use the oil either dropped on the tongue or in an e-liquid to be vaped. But it doesn’t stop there. Some people use CBD in baking, or even in their daily coffee. Other products you might see containing CBD include beer, sweets and chocolate. Although this is legally a much more complex area, when it comes to foodstuffs.
Is CBD legal ?
One of the main misunderstandings surrounding CBD is that it’s illegal. This is because it’s derived from plants within the cannabis genus – and cannabis is illegal.
Cannabis contains both CBD and THC. However, CBD contains no psychoactive properties. Therefore under UK law, CBD and CBD products are legal, whereas THC products are not. Any products sold on the UK market are required by law to contain less than 0.2% THC.
The benefits of CBD
So, why are so many people in the UK taking CBD oil and other CBD products?
Those who use CBD oil have claimed many benefits such as:
- Improved sleep
- Improved mood
- Decreased anxiety symptoms, including those related to PTSD and OCD
- Decreased pain for chronic pain sufferers
- Healthier skin and hair for those who use CBD beauty products
There have even been accounts from people who use CBD for IBS and also to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
And there are a number of recent scientific trials to support this. Here’s a trial about the positive effects of CBD and anxiety. Another trial noted a reduction in epileptic seizure frequency when using CBD.
The problem with CBD in the UK
However, despite the widespread reports of the positive benefits of CBD, there is currently a major problem within the UK CBD industry.
Up until this point, the CBD industry has been largely unregulated. And whilst this situation is improving, it still has a long way to go. This means that many CBD sellers have been able to sell low-quality CBD products to UK consumers. And this is so important to be aware of, because if you buy a low quality CBD product, you are unlikely to receive any of the benefits of high-quality CBD.
A recent study by the Centre for Medical Cannabis tested 30 UK products advertised as containing CBD. In this study 45% of the products had measurable levels of THC, which makes them illegal in the UK. Others advertising CBD content, actually had none at all and were being sold for over £50.
How can I make sure I’m not buying scam CBD products?
In light of this, it’s so important to stay informed when buying CBD oil online or in-store. In order to make sure you’re getting the highest quality CBD oil, here are a number of things you can look out for:
- Be wary of low or bargain price tags – high quality CBD uses complex extraction processes like ultrasonic technology, which can be expensive.
- Ensure the product has a good CBD concentration level. Always divide the CBD concentration by the number of servings in the CBD oil bottle to understand how much CBD is contained in each dose.
- Only buy from companies who have their products tested by third-party labs and who openly publish the results of these tests. (You can find ULU’s lab test reports here!)
- Buy products recommended by someone you trust. The best way to feel confident in your purchase is to buy something that’s worked for someone you know.
Check out our blog post for more information on how to buy CBD safely and legally.
CBD oil in the UK
In conclusion, some describe CBD oil as a miracle cure, others as a placebo. The truth is, like any supplement you might take, it’s neither. However, the fact that this debate exists is an indication of all the rumours and unsubstantiated news that have grown up around the subject.
Both scientific research and CBD users are starting to understand the many positive benefits of CBD. However, the best way to find out whether CBD oil in the UK is all it’s cracked up to be is to try it for yourself! (From a reputable, trustworthy seller of course!)