CBD, what does it stand for, and just what is it? CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a plant-based cannabinoid or phytocannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant. CBD is found in medical/recreational cannabis and in industrial hemp. CBD in the UK is only legal when it is sourced from EU-approved hemp cultivars containing less than 0.2% THC.
According to statista.com, "as of 2019, 11% of British adults age between 25 and 49 years had used cannabidiol containing products, with 10% of 18 to 24 years also having used these products." CBD was discovered back in 1940 and is one of more than 113 cannabinoids present in cannabis and hemp. The credit for the first experiments being carried out regarding CBD oil goes to Raphael Mechoulam. CBD did not make mainstream media until the early 2000s, when stories about individuals like Charlotte Fiji, Colyton Turner, and others started circulating in the media. Legal quality hemp CBD products sold in the UK also have multiple independent lab testing certifying the authenticity of the potency (0.2% or less) and purity of the hemp-derived CBD used.
According to openaccessgovernment.org, as of November 15th, 2019, the UK CBD market was worth £300 million. Approaching 2025 predictions place the CBD market value to be estimated at almost £1 billion. There is still a cloud of confusion and mystery surrounding the CBD market in the UK. In 2019 the Center For Medical Cannabis conducted an investigation into CBD labels. The result of their investigation led to statistics exposing concern for the UK High Street CBD oil market. According to the report, 62% of the products studied did not contain the amounts of CBD stated on the label. 45% of CBD products tested showed detectable traces of THC that were enough to make them illegal in the UK. One product contained absolutely no CBD, while another one had a 3.8% ethanol consistency, technically making this an alcoholic beverage.
These results triggered stricter regulations for CBD in the UK. Today many people choose to buy their CBD products online, where they have access to viewing certified lab reports as well as research and company information and background history. Dr. Parveen Bhatarah, CMC Regulatory and Compliance Lead, was quoted telling media sources;
"We know that there is a growing interest amongst consumers in the CBD sector and there has been an explosion of products stocked online and in High Street shops. This can lead to confusion about the best product to buy, most importantly what strength / dosage and what price. We want shoppers to feel confident about the quality of the CBD products on offer in retail and reassurance that they are getting what they pay for."
As you can see, for being three simple little letters, CBD has made quite the stir. Consumers are not just of one particular lifestyle or age group. People of all ages and from all walks of life are embracing CBD and adding it to their daily routine. A YouGov poll conducted in October of 2019 produced statistics showing that the public had a trust issue with the legal CBD market in the UK. Of those surveyed, 1 in 10 said they had purchased a CBD product. 62% of people surveyed were aware of CBD. 45% of the people surveyed were not confident that CBD products were labeled properly. 48% of those people also said they would consider trying a CBD product they knew was produced under UK regulatory standards.
With CBD companies in the UK having tighter restrictions and regulations, the products have improved, and sales have increased. Quality CBD products today can be found throughout the UK online as well as in pharmacies and High Street markets by trusted brands that have taken the necessary steps to assure their product is of the highest quality. With so many people finding a use for CBD in their life it seems undeniable that there is something that works about it.
Actors and actresses use CBD lotions and creams, professional and amateur athletes utilize CBD oil, creams, salves, and rubs. Every day people use CBD oil, CBD edibles, CBD topicals, and CBD Vape, and they are continuing to. Companies are not allowed to make health claims about any CBD product. Still, the sale of CBD continues to soar. The versatility of CBD allows it to be utilized in a wide variety of different products. With so many different products infused with CBD, chances are, you'll have no trouble finding the one that's right for you. From CBD oral oil to CBD edibles, CBD tincture, CBD topicals, CBD vape, CBD bath bombs, and more, people across the UK, like the rest of the world, are embracing CBD showing that it is here to stay. What could CBD do for you?
This article is authored by Dr Casey Abrahamsmen. Dr Abrahamsmen is a board certified physician with over 13 years of experience in internal medicine and pain management. He practises Palliative care at a hospital in Venezuela and is a strong advocative for CBD and believes CBD has a major role to play towards healthy non addictive pain management habits. You can read more about Dr Abrahamsmen here.
This article was peer-reviewed by Dr M Mansoor Siddique (PhD). Dr Siddique has over eight years of experience working with CBD and CBD products.
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