Flying High

Writ­ten by Miran­da Wilkinson

The mete­oric rise of CBD is being com­pared to Bit­Coin, but does this new won­der ingre­di­ent live up to the hype or are we all just blind­ly jump­ing on the band­wag­on? OVERDUE weeds out the truth… 

What is CBD?  Cannabid­i­ol to use its prop­er name, is a non-psy­choac­tive ingre­di­ent found in the mar­i­jua­na plant.  The chem­i­cal that is respon­si­ble for weed’s psy­choac­tive effects is called THC — or tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol — which is most­ly removed from CBD prod­ucts. So, in a nut­shell, THC gets you high but CBD won’t.

The ben­e­fits of CBD are far-reach­ing with the strongest sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence high­light­ing its effi­ca­cy against epilep­sy, poten­tial­ly reduc­ing seizures, but broad­er stud­ies and much more research is need­ed as it’s a rel­a­tive­ly new dis­cov­ery and the indus­try is still in its infan­cy and large­ly unregulated. 

Dr Inbar Pomer­anchik, a lead­ing med­ical cannabis expert and co-founder of mon­tana Well­ness, gives us some CBD pointers.

“First of all do your research, read up on the brand’s sci­en­tif­ic cre­den­tials and check that they have car­ried out third par­ty test­ing, a cru­cial ele­ment for CBD con­tent ver­i­fi­ca­tion.  For­mu­la­tion is key, so choose a prod­uct with trans­par­ent mes­sag­ing about their ingre­di­ents and how they are blend­ed.  Hemp can con­tain pes­ti­cides, her­bi­cides and heavy met­als absorbed through the soil, all of these can be harm­ful so The CBD con­tent should be dis­played clear­ly on the pack­ag­ing so you are sure of the dose you are getting.” 

Rec­om­mend­ed products: 

Lord Jones Extra-strength CBD-infused body lotion £36.50, is designed to mois­turise and relieve ten­sion using equal amounts of CBD and THC.  www.lordjones.com

Mon­tana Well­ness no1 £95, is a new veg­an, non-GMO, sub-lin­gual tinc­ture that con­tains 1500mg of pure CBD oil.   www.montanawellness.co

Infi­nite CBD Beard Flux CBD oil £19.99, blends essen­tial oils and CBD to mois­turise the skin beneath the beard. www.thedrug.store.com