CBD oil popularity booms as natural remedy can help pain, anxiety and insomnia

CBD oil is making its ways onto health store shelves across the UK, though it is still a relatively new product that many people are unsure about.

Despite originating from cannabis, it is becoming more and more accepted as society recognises the healing properties it can provide.

The oil – a cannabinoid found in cannabis – is made by extracting it from the marijuana plant then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.

It is now a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments such as anxiety and insomnia, or chronic pain that often comes with conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

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Other illnesses CBD oil may provide relief for include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, diabetes, and depression.

It may also have beneficial effects on acne due to its anti-inflammatory qualities and its ability to control the overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands.

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Most importantly, the CBD extract is not a psychoactive and therefore any feeling of being ‘high’ usually associated with cannabis is entirely absent.

In fact, it has shown to help treat substance abuse issues as the CBD modifies circuits in the brain related to drug addiction and has been shown to reduce morphine dependence.

There are various ways to take CBD, including vaping and capsules, though droplets under the tongue via a pipette bottle are proving to be the most common.

While the bottles may not appear too cheap, with prices starting from £25, a slither of a dose can be affective (anywhere between 5 and 75mg), meaning the bottles are cost effective and do last for a considerable amount of time before needing to be replaced.

Thanks to the Evening Standard trialling several brands on the market – namely Endoca, Blessed, Hempura, Trip, Holistic Hemp, Bud & Tender, Provocan, The Original Alternative, and Love Hemp – they coined Endoca as their favourite.

They reported it took their top spot “due to sincere quality control and honest manufacturing, both of which result in a product that works very well and helped to enhance the quality of sleep”.

We look forward to testing it out ourselves!