- 2 years, 5 months ago The TeamKeymaster@cbdforum
If you want a better night’s sleep, a treatment for anxiety, or something to get rid of your aches and pains, the cannabis plant might not be your first port of call. But weed has hit the high street – in a manner of speaking, at least – and Brits seem to be tripping over themselves to pick some up.
CBD oil, made from a compound in the cannabis plant, was legalised in Britain last year and has recently gone on sale at Holland & Barrett.. It’s been a hit, too – the retailer boasted a 37% increase in sales in February. “We knew there were numerous trends surfacing around this liquid, but we didn’t expect to see sales increase this dramatically,” a spokesperson for the health food shop said.
And it’s not the only cannabis-based product to enter the market. Natural beauty companies are jumping on the hemp bandwagon – Awake Organics’ offerings include a ‘citrus and hemp’ skin serum for banishing blemishes – while Ocado recently launched the first hemp-infused water available in the UK. A quarter of a million of us are already using CBD oil in some form, according to the Cannabis Trades Association UK.
If those figures are anything to go by, it’s safe to say that CBD oil is already weeding out the competition. But what does it actually do – and does it get you high?
The answer to that last question is ‘no’ – regardless of how much you take. THC is the cannabis plant’s psychoactive ingredient, but there are more than 100 other chemical compounds in the plant, of which cannabidiol, or CBD, is one. It’s extracted by soaking the plant in alcohol and then evaporating the liquid. And unlike its outlawed neighbour, CBD won’t have you rummaging for snacks – but it does come with a long list of promised health benefits.
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