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What is CBD?

The 'miracle' cannabis compound that doesn't get you high

CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the marijuana plant.

It doesn’t disrupt the central nervous system because it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the other key compound in cannabis which causes users to get high. This means that products containing CBD, such as oils and extracts (which contain concentrated amounts of the compound), won’t lead to changes in mood and perception like recreational use of marijuana in its complete form is known to do.

Is it legal?

Products containing CBD are not currently illegal as long as they contain only trace amounts of THC.

While cannabis is classified as a Class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, CBD is itself a legal cannabinoid that has been sold in the UK for years.

How is it used in medicine?

CBD oils are sold in mainstream health shops, primarily as food supplements, and advertise benefits such as relieving inflammation, pain relief and reducing anxiety,

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A number of beauty brands now make CBD-based creams due to the compound’s supposed anti-inflammatory properties.

Some studies also suggest CBD is useful ingredient for helping with irritation, signs of aging and reducing redness, all of which are highly sought-after qualities in skincare products.


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