CBD Oil For Anxiety: How Might it Help?

Mental health is finally seeing an upsurge in awareness, understanding and treatment options.

In this article, we look at one of the most prevalent mental health disorders and consider the potential of CBD oil for anxiety treatment.

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The scale at which the UK suffers from anxiety is striking. A 2019 report by Anxiety UK revealed more than eight million people suffered from a form of anxiety in 2013 – and it’s believed this figure has continued to rise.

Indeed, the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis on the nation’s well-being has been widely reported and researched. This suggests there has never been a more crucial time for the general public and anxiety sufferers to have access to viable treatments to ease their symptoms.

Few will have failed to notice the meteoric rise in the popularity and availability of CBD products since they first entered the market under prescription in 2015. 

Now, with almost two million UK users, CBD’s unique qualities and range of uses have caught the attention of mental health sufferers and practitioners alike.

CBD is often touted as an anxiety treatment – but how might it help?

We’ll look at some of the latest research and discuss the potential use of CBD oil for anxiety.

How might CBD oil help with anxiety problems?

Although cannabis products have been used medicinally for millennia, it has only been in the past decade that medical professionals have benefitted from its wider legality to scrutinize its impact on mental health.

There is a school of thought that CBD might help with anxiety problems.

It is worth noting that, as emphasised in The Lancet in 2019, there is no consensus on the impact of CBD on anxiety, and more research is required.

But how might CBD oil help with anxiety problems?

Various studies, such as this 2015 study and another in 2018, have looked to reveal the precise impact of CBD on the brain. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, including receptors in the brain which control anxiety-related behaviours.

The studies suggest there is evidence that CBD could be used to treat a broad range of anxiety disorders – and this is supported elsewhere. Healthline cites studies that support the use of CBD in treating GAD, SAD and PTSD.

However, as stated above, globally we are still only in the early stages of discovering just how big an impact CBD might have on anxiety, as well as on health more broadly.

Take this 2020 study from New Zealand for example; while the study shows a positive link between CBD use and reduced anxiety, questions remain about the precise dosage required for such a treatment to have an impact.

Many users have taken it upon themselves to try CBD products and uncover the benefits for themselves. 

One must note that no two users will respond to CBD in precisely the same way, and a conversation with your GP is always a good idea. This is particularly important if you are already undergoing treatment for a mental health issue – and especially so if you are taking medication.

How could you use CBD oil for anxiety – and does it differ from other CBD products?

We have already written about how to use CBD oil, but to summarise, there are three principal methods of taking it. These are:

  • Sublingual absorption – i.e placed under the tongue and held for roughly a minute
  • Vaporising – using a “vape” to absorb the specialised CBD oil via the lungs
  • Capsules – simply taken with water

Generally, the choice of method comes down to personal preference and how much precision you require in terms of dosage.

Note, CBD oil can be used topically, but this would generally be for skincare.

It has been suggested that a dosage of 300mg – 600mg might be effective for treating anxiety. Again, however, this will come down to the individual and you might want to go for the lower end of the range.

While considering dosage, it’s important to be aware that CBD oil is often unregulated and can be mislabelled. Do your research. Buy from a trusted supplier who specialises in CBD products and holds themselves to the highest standards of quality assurance.

In terms of its effect, you shouldn’t notice any difference between CBD oil or other CBD products such as isolates, gummies or tea. What it comes down to is quality and dosage.

Hemp oil vs CBD oil for anxiety – which might help?

This is a question that comes up often and relates to a common misunderstanding about hemp.

Hemp oil contains no cannabinoids. It is simply cold-pressed oil from hemp seeds and has no psychoactive properties whatsoever.

You’ll likely see hemp-based products in cosmetics stores, while hemp oil is increasingly popular for cooking and contains a high level of beneficial fatty acids.

A 2018 study has suggested that anxiety suffers might lack these acids – and therefore hemp oil might be helpful for certain people in treating anxiety.

However, you would need a much greater dosage of hemp oil than CBD oil and there is far less research to suggest it would be beneficial.

For us, and most people, CBD oil wins this one.

CBD oil for anxiety: how might it help?

We’ve touched on some of the science behind how CBD oil might help with anxiety and have shared several studies on the subject.

There’s a case for CBD oil to be used as a possible anxiety treatment – but as of now, more research is required for a firm, medical claim to be made for its precise benefit.

Nevertheless, many people report the positive effects of taking CBD oil on their health and well-being – perhaps you need to try it for yourself.

If you would like to discuss the content of this article further, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our CBD specialists.

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European Commission Now Allows Natural CBD in Cosmetics

Back in February 2021, the European Commission (EC) permitted the use of natural CBD in formulating cosmetic products. The decision followed a November 2020 court ruling that the substance was not a narcotic

The EC’s move has started to bring clarity to a matter that has been confusing many for a long time. 

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What’s changed?

Essentially, EC’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs added two new substances to the EU CosIng database. This is their database containing information about cosmetic substances and ingredients, and their uses.

They include the naturally-derived cannabidiol that comes from the leaf and other parts of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. 

The first entry is CBD derived from extract, resin, or tincture of hemp. Its functions include anti-sebum, anti-oxidant, and skin conditioning and protection. 

The second entrant is cannabis sativa leaf extract. Similarly, its functions include skin conditioning and it’s also used as a skin softener.

In late 2020, the European Court of Justice ruled that the entire cannabis plant shouldn’t be classified as a narcotic. 

Consequently, the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) moved to request the EC to update the CosIng database. 

The Commission granted the plea and added the two CosIng entries for CBD derived from the roots and flowers of cannabis. 

Why have these changes been made? 

Several professionals and experts in the cosmetics industry have previously said that the regulation concerning CBD products was unclear. 

This situation had created a disparity in the compliance of EU member states. However, things are beginning to shift, thanks to the new entries. 

Until February 2021, the CosIng database had only permitted synthetic CBD. 

However, the EU Cosmetics Regulation (EC No. 1223/2009) allowed the use of CBD derived from leaves, stems, and some other parts of the cannabis plant. 

Further confusion arose concerning the hemp flower extracts. While most member states disallowed CBD derived from flowers, some permitted it. 

Presently, the CosIng database lists natural CBD derived from cannabis resin or extract and leaves as distinct cosmetic ingredients. 

Of course, the catalogue is only informative and doesn’t serve a legal purpose. 

However, the CosIng guides the member states and helps to synchronise cosmetic product marketing on the continent. 

What’s the difference between synthetic and natural CBD?

So, what exactly is the difference between synthetic and natural CBD? Well, most of the over-the-counter supplements you buy are not organic substances. 

While they are made in a laboratory, these compounds are pretty much identical to their natural counterparts. 

Similarly, synthetic CBD is manufactured in the lab using chemicals and biomolecules. However, it is bioidentical to the hemp plant-derived cannabidiol. Moreover, it affects the body in the same way its natural counterpart does. 

Why, then, has the EU placed strict regulations around the naturally-derived ingredient in the past?

If you manufactured cosmetics from the natural compound, the products would probably contain low CBD concentration. 

Worse still, they could have trace tetrahydrocannabinol. Many jurisdictions regard CBD that contains over 0.2% of THC as a narcotic, including the UK. 

That’s why several countries in the EU place stringent measures on the sale of CBD-containing products. 

On the contrary, EU regulations do not label any synthetic CBD product as a narcotic. They only place restrictions on natural compounds that come from flowers or fruits of the hemp plant. 

However, this regulatory framework was complex, even for experts in the cosmetic field. 

What does the new development mean?

The addition of the two fresh natural CBD ingredients to the catalogue presents a new era in the cosmetic industry. 

First, it clarifies the regulation around the use of these compounds in manufacturing cosmetics. Also, more manufacturers are certainly going to use CBD in production and on a larger scale. 

Moreover, the update in the regulation may spark a heavier investment in research, innovation, and development of CBD products. 

Bigger cosmetics players are likely going to invest more in developing fresh and independent brands. Also, they could extend their current lines of products. 

Consequently, this situation may increase consumer interest and product demand.  

Before the change in the EU regulation, manufacturers and marketers had a hard time dealing with the sourcing of CBD and its products. 

They had to engage in lengthy and complex talks with several entities before making or marketing these substances. These included investors, regulators, wholesalers, retailers, and payment transactors.

The new regulatory landscape removes barriers from the road of manufacturing and marketing CBD cosmetics. Soon, you are going to see more of these products on the market. 

Better still, more consumers are set to benefit from what’s going to be on the counter.  

Also, the new regulation could lead to claims validation. In the past, companies have only been able to make general claims. 

However, the time has come for them to produce solid evidence about the efficacy of their specific CBD products.

What’s next for CBD cosmetics companies?

This good news for the CBD industry does not mean the game is over. 

EIHA managing director Lorenza Romanese said the CosIng updates revealed the rewarding work her organisation did. However, she was quick to add that there was more to do in that area. 

While the EC updated the CosIng database, it’s important to note that the catalogue is not legally valuable. 

This means it is up to each EU Member State to regulate the manufacture and marketing of natural CBD cosmetics. 

For instance, the UK recently recognised the CosIng database as an important guide in the country’s regulations. 

However, Austria still restricts the marketing of cosmetics containing this natural ingredient. 

Also, to sell cosmetic products, you need to conduct safety assessments in line with the Regulation and the CosIng. 

Therefore, brands that would use CBD in their cosmetics should consider the amount of time, research, and cost to put in. 

These companies must prove beyond any reasonable doubt that these products are safe for humans. 

The EC Now Allows Natural CBD In Cosmetics: Conclusion

The inclusion of the two new ingredients in the CosIng database marks a revolution in the CBD cosmetics industry. 

Since the catalogue’s function is to coordinate cosmetic product marketing in all EU states, several members are likely to oblige. 

As a result, more companies will look to manufacture cosmetics that contain natural CBD – widening the potential of the market.

To find out more about the specific CBD regulations in the UK, check out our guide to CBD oil and UK law. Or, if you’d like to know more about getting into the CBD business, contact us today to find out how we can help you!

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CBD Oil For Dogs UK: Everything You Need To Know

Curious about CBD oil for dogs in the UK?

CBD has seen a surge in popularity recently, with the market projected to grow to almost £1 billion by 2025.

With more and more people using CBD themselves, some dog owners are considering getting their pups in on the action too.

In this article, we explore everything you need to know about CBD oil for dogs in the UK.

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What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of a number of cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant. 

Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another well-known cannabinoid, CBD doesn’t have any psychotropic or intoxicating effects – in other words, it won’t get you high.

CBD is widely available to buy on the UK high street and online. It comes in a variety of different forms, including oils and tinctures, cosmetics, capsules, gummies, drinks, vape products and more.

The recent boom in the CBD market has been driven by growing interest in CBD’s potential therapeutic properties, combined with its favourable safety profile and lack of addiction risk.

However, CBD’s therapeutic potential is not yet fully known, and new studies are underway around the world aiming to improve our understanding of it.

Is it legal to buy CBD oil for dogs in the UK?

CBD products for human consumption are legal in the UK as long as they contain less than the legal limit of THC – however, the law is different for animals.

In the UK, it is illegal to purchase or administer CBD for dogs unless it is prescribed by a vet. Only a qualified vet can prescribe CBD for use on any animal.

In September 2018, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) published a statement saying that it considers veterinary products containing CBD to be veterinary medicines and that they should be regulated as such. 

This decision was made on the basis that products containing CBD meet the definition of veterinary medicine in the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR). 

The definition is as follows: 

“any substance or combination of substances that may be used in, or administered to, animals with a view either to restoring, correcting or modifying physiological functions by exerting a pharmacological, immunological or metabolic action or to making a medical diagnosis.”

The VMD’s decision means that CBD products designed for use in animals require marketing authorisation before they can be supplied or sold in the UK. There are currently no CBD products that have been granted a UK veterinary marketing authorisation.

Since no CBD products are authorised for veterinary use in the UK, vets may prescribe products designed for human use. CBD companies are not allowed to recommend or indicate their products for use on animals.

Administering a CBD product to an animal without a prescription from a vet is an offence under Regulation 8 of the VMR.

In other words, it’s illegal to give your dog CBD unless it has been prescribed by a vet. So, if you’re considering trying CBD oil on your pet, you’ll need to talk to your vet about it first.

Is CBD safe for dogs?

There has been very little research on the use of CBD for dogs. 

So far, there hasn’t been any evidence to suggest that CBD is toxic to dogs. However, there is a lack of knowledge around how CBD interacts with other medications, and what the correct dosage is.

Much of the existing research concentrates on the toxic effects of marijuana on dogs, rather than just CBD.

For example, a study in Colorado found that the frequency of marijuana toxicosis in dogs increased in conjunction with the increase in medical marijuana licenses issued.

It is reported that dogs have more cannabinoid receptors in their brains than humans, which may make them more susceptible to the toxic effects of marijuana.

In the Colorado study, two dogs died after ingesting baked goods containing medical-grade THC. It is therefore not recommended to give your dog any products containing THC.

Since CBD products must contain less than 1mg of THC per pack to be legal in the UK, any CBD product prescribed by a UK vet should contain only trace amounts of THC at most.

What dosage will vets prescribe for dogs?

As with humans, the correct dosage of CBD for dogs will depend on several factors. For any individual dog, these factors may include:

  • The dog’s weight
  • The dog’s breed
  • The reason the CBD is being prescribed

If your vet prescribes CBD for your dog, they will take all relevant factors into account when choosing the dosage.

They may decide to start with a low dosage and monitor how your dog responds to the CBD. Then, they can adjust the dosage over time if necessary.

For more information on CBD dosage and humans, read our in-depth blog explaining how much CBD should I take?

How is CBD oil for dogs administered?

If your vet prescribes CBD, they will prescribe an appropriate product for your dog and recommend a method of administration.

This is likely to be either putting it directly into their mouth or adding it to their food. This may be done using CBD oil drops, spray or capsules.

Will CBD react with my dog’s other medications?

There is evidence that CBD can interact with some medications. Many drugs are broken down by enzymes in the liver, and research suggests that CBD can interfere with these enzymes.

Therefore, if a dog takes one of these medications, using CBD may alter the concentration of the drug in their body. This may result in the medication not working, or an increased risk of side effects.

If your dog is on any other medication, you will need to consider this. However, since CBD can only legally be prescribed for dogs by a vet, they will take this into account.

If you have any concerns, always talk to your vet.

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