So what are the benefits of CBD oil? Dr Hilary revealed three things everyone needs to know
Watch the wording
The claim that CBD oil is a panacea for a wide-range of health issues should be met with skepticism, says Dr Jones. It is classed as a food supplement. This means companies shouldn’t be making any medicinal claims about CBD oil.
He said: “However, a lot of less reputable companies will create wording on their products which suggests it has some sort of medicinal benefit where there's no proof that it has."
“People have jumped on the bandwagon to some extent, overriding what science we have and what research we have.”
CBD oil: Consumers should be skeptical about the lack of provenance surrounding many CBD products, quote's Dr Hilary Jones
It doesn’t provide a high
Another popular misconception is that people can get high from ingesting it. As Dr. Hilary explains, in order for it to comply with UK law, it can only contain very minuscule traces of THC if any at all, he explains.
THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana that induces the high sensation. Despite being derived from the same plant family and having similar chemical structures, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound.
A lot of consumers do not know the difference between cannabis, medicinal cannabis and hemp, according to Dr Hilary.
He said: “They [consumers] do not know what CBD oil is and they don't know what to look for in the bottle when they're buying it.
Worse still, certain products being sold may contain traces of THC, which is illegal, warns Dr Hilary.
The lack of certainty around dosage and provenance means many products on the market should be met with caution.
Dr Hilary: Consumers must make sure they are not taking any existing medication that could interact
When to take it
According to Dr Hilary, there are good reasons why people should try CBD oil as long as they know the provenance of it.
Consumers must be savvy, however. If a person is using a product, they should be able to trace it from seeds to the bottle and why they are taking the product.
CBD oil: Dr Hilary advises keeping a diary to record results
To that end, he is advocating consumers opt for a specific CBD oil product. CBD oil brand Celtic Wind (available at Lloyds Pharmacy) cold presses the whole plant, retaining all the original compounds. Each bottle contains a number on the side of the bottle which enables consumers to trace the product all the way back to the field where it is grown.
If a patient inquires about CBD oil in his surgery, Dr Hilary says the first step is to make sure the patient is not taking any existing medication that could interact with the product. There are some medications like anticoagulants that could cause a person to bleed if they took CBD oil, for example.
Once the provenance, quality, and standardisation of the CBD oil has been established, Dr. Hilary recommends keeping a diary to record results. He said: “Start off on a low dose. Then increase it gradually, keeping a diary of benefits.
“Keep a diary updated over two, three, four weeks. Then come back and report to me and how you are getting on. Then we can talk about increasing the dose if it seems to be helpful.”