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.”
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