Over the last year, our lives have changed beyond recognition but change often brings reflection. The frenetic pace of life we were once used to has disappeared and this enforced change, whilst at times difficult, has also given us an opportunity to really think about the way we live.
We’ve all had to find ways to deal with the endless monotony of being stuck at home but we’ve also found simple ways to cope. Mine has been to take time each morning to feed and watch the garden birds.
A year ago, I would never have thought that such pleasure could be had by watching birds flock to a feeding table. But I find it therapeutic and look forward to my 15 minutes of calm as I wait for the Robins to stop by and if I’m really lucky, the ever-elusive Blue Tit will appear too.
Others I know have rediscovered the joy of cooking or can’t imagine a day without a long walk but no matter what our ‘time out’ activity is, we’ve all realised that sometimes it’s the small things that can make the biggest difference.
And as stress and anxiety levels have surged during the Covid pandemic, so too has the demand for CBD. With a greater emphasis on the importance of nurturing our mind, body and soul, this plant-based holistic remedy is now being used by millions of people to enhance daily wellness.
A new image for Cannabis
Derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant, CBD oil is changing what we thought we knew about cannabis with the realisation that far from being all bad, it can be used as a force for good.
A new conversation is helping to transform its image as a recreational drug used simply to get high, to one where the focus is on how its unique properties can help maintain general health and wellness.
It’s not such a far-fetched thought when you consider that cannabis has been used for thousands of years. In fact, the earliest recorded use of cannabis as a medicine was in China in 2737 B.C. by the Chinese Emperor Shen Neng.
It’s taken us a while to catch up but now the modern world is discovering what the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Indian civilisations always knew. In CBD oil we have found a holistic remedy that can hold the key to wellbeing in more ways than we could imagine.
The excitement around CBD arises from the way it works with our body and its reported pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which is one of the reasons why it’s now being used in a range of products from supplements and foods to beauty.
Whilst medical research is still in the early stages, we are learning more about the way CBD can be used to help conditions including anxiety, depression and joint pain, as well as providing a holistic way to help keep us calm and relaxed.
Why CBD oil is legal?
It’s the question everyone asks, and you too may be wondering how a supplement that comes from the Cannabis plant can possibly be legal. Well here’s why. There are two classifications of the cannabis plant that produces CBD: Hemp and Marijuana.
Hemp-derived CBD comes from industrial hemp plants, which are largely grown for their fibre and seeds. You may already have seen products containing Hemp Seed Oil. For example, The Body Shop’s Hemp range of beauty products.
However, it’s important not to confuse Hemp Seed Oil with Hemp-derived CBD oil as they are completely different as Hemp Seed Oil contains no CBD.
The key is in the words ‘Hemp-derived CBD oil’ as this is extracted from the flower and leaves of Hemp plants that have been grown to contain high levels of CBD and low levels of THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol.
THC is the cannabinoid that contains high levels of the intoxicating properties responsible for the high we usually associate with Cannabis. Hemp-derived CBD oil is completely legal in the UK as long as it contains less than 0.2% or zero THC.
Hemp-derived CBD oil products are the ones that you can legally buy in stores and online but oils that you will consume should always detail the levels of THC they contain. If they don’t and you can’t find any information to confirm the levels, don’t buy them.
It’s also important to understand that CBD oil is classified as a supplement and not a medicine, so manufacturers can’t make any medicinal claims about their products or position them as medicines.
Another point to note is that the THC content in Hemp-derived CBD oil products is so low that it is not addictive and won’t get you high. So you now have the reassurance of knowing that you’re free to incorporate a CBD oil supplement into your daily wellness routine.
Breakthroughs are all about timing, coming along when we’re ready to embrace and open our minds to new things. As it finally takes its place in the spotlight, for CBD, that time is now.