Is CBD Safe?
Dr Christian Jessen Answers your Questions
is CBD Safe?
DR Christian on 'is CBD Safe?'
CBD taken on its own (without any THC) is safe and shows no addictive properties. This changes if the product contains THC.
The purity and composition of CBD products is important to know and manufacturers that demonstrate good production quality (usually via a Certificate of Analysis) should be your preferred choice.
BRITISH CANNABIS™ Answers Your Questions
Is CBD safe for me to use?
Since gaining mainstream popularity in the health and wellness sector, consumers have rightly sought to establish whether CBD is safe to use.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-intoxicating extract from the cannabis plant and has been shown to help with a variety of conditions from migraine to anxiety. Among CBD’s best-known effects is its ability to calm, which largely accounts for its growing popularity.
Predominantly sold as an oil, CBD also comes as an extract, a vaporized liquid and an oil-based capsule. The oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant.
It is found in a wide variety of products online and in stores, such as dietary supplements, bath soaks, drinks, and food.
But is it safe? The simple answer is that when produced by regulated manufacturers and used by correct guidelines, CBD is completely safe. A 2018 report by the World Health Organisation, stated: “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile… to date, there is no evidence of … any public health-related problems.”
Questions around safety arise from the confusion between CBD and THC, the intoxicating extract from the cannabis plant that produces a ‘high’. While CBD products are completely legal in the UK, THC remains illegal.
Cannabis plants are made up of more than 100 different cannabinoids, chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the human brain. These have different impacts on the body and are concentrated to different extents in certain parts of the plant.
CBD is one of these compounds and has been found to act throughout the body, including on certain parts of the brain, and is gaining traction as a beneficial extract used in the health world. Unlike its counterpart THC, it does not produce any intoxicating effects.
Many studies have suggested there are indeed very positive advantages to using CBD.
One recent study has linked CBD oil to healthy weight loss. The research, published in the journal Molecular and Cellular, linked the compound to three causes of “fat browning”, which turns the dangerous white fat associated with obesity and diabetes into hard-working brown fat cells. These are said to actively aid weight loss by burning extra calories through thermogenesis, your body’s heat-production process.
What’s more, CBD “reduces the expression of proteins involved in creating new fat cells, and it boosts the number of mitochondria in your brown fat cells,” says Men’s Health. This could further increase their power to strip fat, the scientists suggest.
According to a report released by Harvard Health Publishing (HHP), CBS is known for its effectiveness in treating some varieties of childhood epilepsy that typically do not respond to antiseizure medications.
Alongside this, clinical trials suggest that CBD also helps with severe anxiety and insomnia. A study in Molecular Neurobiology found that CBD could ease depression in a day. Commercial antidepressants typically take a fortnight.
Moreover, it is said that CBD helps with chronic pain, suggesting it is beneficial for inflammation due to arthritis when applied to the skin and neuropathic pain, which are difficult to treat. However, this report suggests proceeding with caution in regards to chronic pain, as ‘further human studies are needed to substantiate claims that CBD helps control pain’.
The bottom line is that while studies show that CBD is used correctly and bought from a licensed and reputable producer like British Cannabis, one of the leading independently owned CBD producers in the UK, you should check with a licensed medical professional if you have any doubts, especially if you are on other medication which may interfere with its use.
Is CBD safe? While extensive research is ongoing around the use of products containing CBD, the bottom line is that millions of people have reported positive benefits from its use.