Cannabis oil has hit the news again as sales have soared since Holland & Barrett starting selling it in stores in the UK. Sales have rocketed from 125,000 to 250,000 in just 12 months. The oil, a substance made up of cannabinoids, is extracted from the cannabis plant.
Until now cannabis oil wasn’t sold in high street stores, but according to the Cannabis Trades Association UK the number of cannabidiol consumers has rocketed from 125,000 12 months ago to 250,000 now when Holland & Barrett began selling it.
People claim to have taken the oil when ill and seen a reduction in symptoms, from cancer sufferers to aches and pains. There is no set study that has proved this yet, but what is Cannabis oil? and how is it different from illegal cannabis?
What is Cannabis oil?
Cannabis oil is a thick, sticky, resinous substance made up of cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, that is extracted from the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica).
Cannabis oil is a cannabis based product obtained by separating the resins from cannabis flowers using a solvent extraction process. Cannabis oil can also be known as marijuana oil, Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), Full extract cannbais oil (FECO), hash oil, dabs, shatter, or wax.
Cannabis oil is the most potent of three main cannabis products, which are the actual cannabis flower (marijuana), resin (hashish), and oil (cannabis oil).
Cannabis oil is the most concentrated form of the three main cannabis products. That is what makes cannabis oil the most potent.
Why do people take it?
Many argue there are medicinal benefits to CBD oil.
In a 2007 article in the journal Dialogues in Clinical Neurosciences it said: “Despite the mild addiction to cannabis and the possible enhancement of addiction to other substances of abuse, when combined with cannabis, the therapeutic value of cannabinoids is too high to be put aside.”
Research has argued it can:
- reduce pain
- help reduce side effects to chemotherapy in cancer patients
- reduce muscle spasms
- help reduce ocular pressure in glaucoma patients
- lower blood pressure
- relieve symptoms of asthma, constipation, depression, epilepsy and insomnia
It’s important to stress that while studies have looked into all of these diseases, conditions and the impact it has on them there has been no overall study and only certain types of oil are legal.
Is cannabis oil legal in the UK?
Cannabis oil itself is illegal to possess, supply or use. The law did change to recognise CBD as a medicine though. This is down to scientific studies into its use. In a nutshell CBD oil is now legal in the UK.