can it help relieve stress and anxiety?
As of this month, medicinal Cannabis products can now be legally prescribed to some patients in the UK, including to children with rare, severe forms of epilepsy.
While only specialist hospital doctors will be able to prescribe the products in a small number of cases, another form called CBD oil is readily available on the high street – and it’s gaining recognition for its beneficial impact
CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol or cannabis oil, promises to provide relief from a number of medical problems from pain to depression and anxiety. So what exactly is it, and can it really help relieve stress?
CBD is a chemical compound known as a cannabinoid that can be found in the cannabis plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance which can be extracted and mixed with an oil – such as hemp oil derived from the seeds of the same plant – to create CBD oil. You can take it as drops you can put under the tongue, but can also be added to water, be used as a spray, taken as capsules or applied as a cream.
And while the cannabinoid called tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC) is psychoactive, CBD is not. It’s legal in the UK as long as it contains no more than 0.2% THC.
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