The legalisation of cannabis has been debated for many years now, by lawmakers and members of the public alike.

Recently, products containing Cannabidiol (CBD) have become exponentially popular, with vendors claiming that their oils, balms, pastes, capsules, and creams are capable of treating everything from depression and anxiety to arthritis, cancer, and diabetes.

The number of cannabidiol consumers rose sharply from 125,000 in 2017 to 250,000 in 2018, according to figures published by the Cannabis Trades Association UK.

So, what exactly is all the fuss about? And how did cannabis become such a hot topic?

First of all, it’s important to understand what exactly CBD is, and where we get it from. For the purposes of this article, it’s best to understand that cannabis plants come in two main types – hemp, and marijuana.

Hemp can be grown in most outdoor environments, whereas marijuana requires careful indoor cultivation and can be tricky to get right.

Plus, marijuana contains a lower CBD concentration, and a naturally high level of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) –  a psychoactive compound that interacts with the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors.

This is why recreational ‘weed’ smokers get high. They’re usually smoking a dried form of marijuana flower, which gives them a floaty, euphoric feeling and a significant change in mood.

Hemp, on the other hand, has a naturally low THC concentration. Instead, it is high in CBD – which, as we mentioned above, is the other main component in cannabis plants.

Unfortunately, this distinction has been missed for many years, primarily due to a law passed in 1928 which made all forms of cannabis illegal. An Egyptian delegate managed to convince the attendees of an international drug conference in Geneva that cannabis was a ‘threat to society’, and ‘as dangerous as opium’.

Of course, this has since been proven ridiculous, and many people have turned to hemp-derived cannabis products as a way of alleviating symptoms of various disorders and ailments. Most popular is cannabis oil (CBD oil).

What’s the current legal stance on cannabis oil in the UK?

CBD is extracted from the hemp plant and suspended in an oil, creating an ingestable solution. High street retailers are allowed to sell this, as long as it is clearly labelled as a food supplement. It can’t be classed as a medicine, as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has yet to release licencing for CBD as a medicine.

Why do doctors prescribe CBD?

Some extreme illnesses, such as the rare form of epilepsy suffered by 13-year old Billy Cauldwell, benefit from treatment by medical cannabis.  From November 1st of this year, specialist doctors in England, Scotland, and Wales will be able to prescribe CBD as a potential treatment.

However, the rules are strict, and it’s unlikely that many more people will be able to access this prescribed treatment unless their circumstances are exceptional.

CBD oil from Smart CBD

You can buy full-spectrum CBD oil from Smart CBD in a variety of strengths and concentrations. We also offer balms, pastes, and capsules for those of you wishing to ingest your CBD differently.

The main difference between CBD oil and Hemp oil is that full-spectrum CBD is extracted from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the hemp plant. Hemp oil alone is cold-pressed from the seeds of the plant, which do not always contain a consistent amount of CBD.

View the Smart CBD range here.