Meanwhile Victoria’s Secret stunner Alessandra Ambrosio uses it to relax and unwind before her stomp down the runway. But what exactly is CBD oil (that’s short for Cannabidiol) – is it actually marijuana? What are the benefits? Are there any risks?
CBD oil is being hailed as the ‘go to’ supplement of 2018. Here in a piece for Healthista, we explain what it is, who uses it and how you can get your hands on some. Jennifer Aniston takes CBD for pain, stress and anxiety. Olivia Wilde sloughs it onto her skin.
‘CBD helps with pain, stress and anxiety’, Jennifer Aniston told US Weekly, ‘it has all the benefits of Marijuana without the high’.
‘If there is anything working with CBD Oil has shown me, it’s that there is always hope. Even for the hopeless.’ says Back to the Future actor Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 29 years old.
Not just for relaxation: Back to the Future actor Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 29, has said that CBD oil showed him that there is hope, ‘even for the hopeless’.
Maybe they’re born with it, maybe it’s CBD oil: Jennifer Aniston, 49, (left) at the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles in 2016 and Olivia Wilde, 34, (right) at the UK Premiere of Horrible Bosses 2 in 2012. Both actresses are advocates of CBD oil as a natural health remedy
Olivia Wilde: ‘CBD lotion helps me relax’
‘I’ve been using this body lotion that has CBD in it,’ Olivia Wilde told the New York Times. ‘Recently I did a play on Broadway for six months, and my body was wrecked – my neck was really tight. The CBD has relaxing benefits, and the idea is to avoid using too many painkillers.’
‘I feel like if you don’t want to get high, this is a product specifically just to get rid of discomfort’, said Whoopi Goldberg.
Nate Diaz (Lightweight and Welterweight UFC fighter) claims; ‘It’ll make your life a better place.’
Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio, 37, on the catwalk during the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai
Alessandra Ambrosio: ‘It helps me sleep when I’m anxious’
Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio revealed recently, ‘The most important thing to do (to prep for the Victoria’s Secret Show) is to sleep eight hours the night before but it’s hard because the mind gets anxious, so I try CBD oil and I think it helps.’
These A-listers are not alone.
A survey by Healthspan found that Brits have lost the knack of relaxation, with three quarters of people admitting they don’t get any down or relaxation time. Three in 100 have turned to CBD oil, to help themselves calm down. Hailed as the new ‘go-to’, CBD is claimed to help lift your mood, support feelings of well-being and relaxation along with a whole host of other benefits.
Cannabidiol or CBD oil – naturally sourced from hemp plants, is ‘one of the fastest growing well-being supplements in both the US and the UK’ says Dr Sarah Brewer (GP and medical director of Healthspan) ‘and is perfectly legal to take’.
But despite its recent popularity in the US, CBD oil is still relatively unknown in Britain. CBD is a naturally sourced ingredient that is set to take centre stage in 2018 as a nutritional supplement. Although they belong to the same family, CBD oil sourced from hemp plants, is very different from CBD sourced from marijuana.
In growing CBD oil, hemp plants have been bred to contain only trace amounts of THC (the ingredient prevalent in the similar marijuana cannabis plant that is associated with the so called ‘high’) that will have zero impact on your psycho-active state.
CBD oil will not make you ‘high’, despite connotations from the assumption that CBD oil stems from cannabis.
WHAT IS CANNABIS OIL AND IS IT LEGAL IN THE UK?
Government advisers made it legal to buy cannabis oil in 2016
Government advisers made it legal to buy cannabidiol (CBD) oil in 2016 after they admitted that it has a ‘restoring, correcting or modifying’ effect on humans. However, the oil’s legal status has confused thousands across England and Wales, after the MHRA back-tracked on its position just weeks after. Suppliers now have to obtain a licence to sell it as a medicine, following the decision in October two years ago – but some weave the strict rules.
Manufacturers are able to avoid regulation by selling it as a food supplement – ignoring the lengthy process of gaining a medicinal licence. CBD oil, which can reportedly help with back pain, anxiety and epilepsy, has yet to be approved for use on the NHS in Scotland. It comes in many forms, the most popular being an oil – which users spray under their tongue – or gel tablets which melt slowly in the mouth.
However, cannabis oil – which contains THC, the compound that produces the ‘high, is illegal under UK laws. But Billy Caldwell, from Castlederg, Northern Ireland, made headlines last April when he became the first Briton to be prescribed it on the NHS. Cannabis oil, which reportedly has no side effects, influences the release and uptake of ‘feel good’ chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin.