Cannabidiol or CBD: A molecule extracted from hemp
Traditionally used as a textile fibre or to make hemp oil, this plant also contains a molecule with very promising wellbeing benefits: cannabidiol or CBD.
CBD doesn't make you high
The molecule that produces a "high" (and which is illegal in the UK), is Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. CBD, on the other hand, does not alter your perception, and the WHO has even declared that it is perfectly safe to drive after taking CBD.
"Several scientific studies have examined the impact of CBD on anxiety and sleep."
Alison, Doctor of Pharmacy and co-founder.
Most of the serious research has been done in Canada and the United States, countries where this natural molecule is now widely used. Therefore, in 2019, a notable clinical study involving 103 patients proved the beneficial effects of CBD on sleep and anxiety. (Shannon S et al., 2019. Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series. Perm J. 2019; 23:18-041).
Other studies suggest that cannabidiol may have an anxiolytic effect, which would be a very promising avenue for many people.
CBD, a 100% legal molecule in the UK.
On Thursday 19th November 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down a perfectly clear ruling on the matter: CBD is not a narcotic drug and can therefore be sold and transported in all EU countries, including the UK.
Non-addictive and without side effects
On 14th April 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) concluded that cannabidiol (CBD) "does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm."
Athletes, rest assured! The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances on 1st January 2018.