CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant. It does not get you high but it has therapeutic properties which help alleviate a number of conditions including inflammation, anxiety and stress.
It is currently legal to buy and sell CBD in the UK as long as it does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which gets you high, as it’s a controlled substance under Misuse of Drugs legislation. The legal limit is 1mg of THC per container, so products containing more than this will be illegal.
The law states that CBD products must be authorised by Trading Standards before they can be sold on the market. This means that if you are buying CBD products on the high street, you must be sure that they are properly authorised and tested for both THC and CBD content.
If you are unsure, speak to your doctor or pharmacist first before buying a CBD product. They can also check the label to make sure it meets the correct criteria.
Using CBD and alcohol
There are some research studies which suggest that drinking with CBD can amplify the effects of alcohol, so it is important to drink responsibly if you are considering taking this combination of drugs together. The current evidence is based on animal studies, so there’s still a lot of work to do before we know for certain that CBD and alcohol interact positively.
CBD Vape Juice
There is some confusion in the market over the legal limits for THC and CBD vape juices. Some companies claim that their vapes are legally THC free but that is not the case. The legal limit is actually the same as for all other CBD products – 1mg of THC per container.
It is also unclear as to whether there is a legal limit for the amount of THC in a single serving or the total dose. It is likely that the legal limit for THC in a single serving would be less than 1mg, so it’s advisable to check the dosage label to ensure you are getting the right dose of CBD.
Using CBD and food
There are some studies which suggest that using a CBD supplement with a meal could help with nausea, bowel movement and pain. It is also believed that CBD could be beneficial for people with gastrointestinal problems, such as IBS.
Using CBD with coffee
There have been some studies which suggest that using a CBD beverage with coffee may aid a person’s sleep. However, it is recommended that coffee be taken with a glass of water rather than milk or tea as this will prevent the CBD from entering the bloodstream, which might cause side effects such as dizziness and headaches.
Using CBD with beer
There are some studies which suggest that drinking with CBD can aggravate the effects of alcohol, so it is important that you drink responsibly if you are considering using this combination of drugs together. The current evidence on this is based on animal studies, so there’s much work to do before we know for certain that the combination works. CBD For Anxiety UK