Suffering from headaches, joint pain, insomnia and anxiety? Then CBD (cannabidiol) could be the answer as today’s miracle cure. That is, according to media headlines but without medical testimony.
It’s trendy too. Yesterday, turmeric lattes were the fashion, now CBD treatments are all the rage as advocated by Gwyneth Paltrow. Laced in chocolate, added to spa treatments, packaged as a spray and purchased over the counter in selected chemists – CBD is a natural ingredient, extracted from agricultural hemp. This controversial component is becoming popular especially as a key ingredient in beauty products and dietary supplements.
A derivative of the marijuana plant, CBD oil is legal in the UK on the basis it does not contain more than 0.2% of THC, (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the crucial element that gives cannabis its psychotic effects.This should not be confused with medicinal cannabis oil which has a high THC content and can only be prescribed by specialist GPs. Cannabis usage can be divided into three areas – recreational, medical and wellness. The latter is the most widely available through products that use CBD oil, a product that does not make users high.
Since becoming legal in the UK last year, it’s popping up everywhere. You can nibble on CBD petit fours such as cannabis and grapefruit marshmallows, sip a Green Monkey soft drink or suck on a lozenge. It’s a key ingredient in salads and cakes and served in a Brighton restaurant which offers a full menu of CBD dishes. There are Wellness Cafes in London serving shakes and juices, chocolate and mints, all rumoured to have therapeutic effects with this “wonder “ingredient. Raw CBD is, reportedly, bitter so adding it to products helps.
CBD is one of at least 85 cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis and popular for its medicinal benefits. These include the antioxidants within CBD which help to neutralise free radicals and treat signs of ageing. Scientists believe the anti-inflammatory properties can calm inflamed acne. The fatty acids within CBD can soothe itching and inflammation caused by eczema and psoriasis by combating the excessive water loss of the conditions. Other reported benefits include pain relief, reducing anxiety and depression and improving cognitive function and memory.
With so many benefits, this natural oil is attracting attention to those searching for health solutions.And now out of the cannabis closet, look out for high afternoon teas with cannabis chocolate brownies which offer more than a sugar rush. A weed etiquette is now available too.
Rudding Park in Harrogate is one of the first spas in the UK to introduce a range of treatments using Cannabidiol products. The hotel and spa has collaborated with MariPharm, a supplier of high-quality CBD products, to create a range of experiences which could assist with pain relief, promote anti-ageing, reduce anxiety and depression and support positive mental health. All their products are of pharmaceutical grade and are produced using a unique extraction process, guaranteeing the highest quality at all times.
Outside the UK, the effects are more heady.Welcome to the world of Medical Marijuana. Last year Canada became the second country to legalise recreational marijuana. America’s Colorado, Florida and California have relaxed laws but consuming weed for pleasure is still illegal. Brands are jumping on the bandwagon to cater this increasing discerning wellness cannabis scene.
CBD is promoted as a natural way to wind down, a calorie-free option to replace the alcoholic effects of a glass or two of wine and a soothing way to relax physically and mentally. It’s a form of meditation and a catalyst for creativity. But as is the norm, good things come with a warning – inhaling CBD can be harmful to lungs and some edibles can be poisonous. CBD is becoming a buzzword but without medical authority. It is vital to research and source the right, safe and legal CBD product.
Wellness may be on a high but decisions on therapy and treatment choices should not been taken lightly.
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