About CBD and Enjoy UK & Ireland
The UK's CBD Sector
The growth rate of the CBD (cannabidiol) industry has been incredible. A recent market report estimates the UK’s consumer CBD sector to be worth £690m in 2021 – more than double that of 2019, making it one of the largest markets globally.
Enjoy.co.uk is aiming to become one of the UK's fastest growing CBD and vaping marketplaces in the UK and Ireland with a huge range of more than 8000 products with new stock updating daily.
So what is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant.
CBD is a type of cannabinoid, or more specifically a phytocannabinoid. There are 3 types of cannabinoids to be aware of:
- Phytocannabinoids - cannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant.
- Endocannabinoids - short for endogenous cannabinoids, these are cannabinoids which are produced naturally inside the human body.
- Synthetic cannabinoids - laboratory-made cannabinoids intended to mimic the structure of naturally occurring phyto- and endocannabinoids.
CBD may also be described as a phytochemical which is simply any of the various biologically active compounds found in plants.
Historically, hemp fibres were used to make clothing, rope, paper and textiles while the seeds have traditionally been used for food and seed oils.
Hemp was once considered so vital to the economy that in the 1530s, King Henry VIII made hemp cultivation compulsory by law. For every 60 acres, farmers had to grow about 1/4 acre of flax or hemp, or else they would face a fine for breaking the law. You could even pay your taxes with hemp - soon, we may be able to pay taxes in crypto!
Misconception: CBD is non-psychoactive
CBD is often referred to as ‘non-psychoactive’. This is a common misconception as CBD has been shown to have prominent pharmacological benefits on anxiety, schizophrenia, addiction, and possibly even depression. In other words, it can influence a person’s state of mind.
A more accurate way to describe CBD therefore, is that it is non-intoxicating and therefore, will not get you ‘high’.
Why is CBD so popular?
The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis released their market research and policy report in June 2019 titled, ‘CBD in the UK’. In it, the report reveals that consumers are using CBD primarily for overall health and wellbeing, improved sleep, pain management and as an aid to relaxation and anxiety.
The problem is that although CBD has been proven to have clear medicinal value for certain conditions, it is often promoted for a broader range of health benefits and most current uses are not (yet) fully supported by clinical data. In some cases the anecdotal evidence may seem overwhelming, however the scientific evidence base remains at large confined to pre-clinical studies or animal models. As such, most doctors remain unsure of the safety, effectiveness and legality of CBD products.
BE CAREFUl therefore, if you see any website promoting the medical health benefits of CBD. It is illegal to do so!
That said, the US tells a different story..
The evidence for cannabidiol health benefits
CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to anti-seizure medications.
In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and, in some cases, it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved the first ever canabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.
Is CBD safe?
Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does.
A significant safety concern with CBD is that it is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements. So, you cannot know for sure that the product you buy has active ingredients at the dose listed on the label. In addition, the product may contain other (unknown) elements. We also don’t know the most effective therapeutic dose of CBD for any particular medical condition.
All CBD products sold on Enjoy have a copy of the lab report showing exact contents of CBD in any given product. Our mantra at Enjoy for new users of CBD is 'low and slow' - Start on a low dose and slowly increase dosage whilst monitoring your own conditions.
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