A new cafe, online comparison site and weekly talks in Lancaster are all focusing on CBD and its potential health benefits. But what is CBD and why are people so excited about it? Nick Lakin reports…
Humans have a long and complex relationship with the cannabis plant.
There is evidence that cannabis has been used for its medicinal properties since the Stone Age, but it is only until relatively recently that scientists have been able to understand how it interacts with our brains and bodies.
While cannabis is classed as an illegal drug, cannabidiol (CBD), which is non-psychoactive, is classed as a food supplement by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the UK.
It’s a complicated subject.
CBD is one of more than 100 cannabinoids scientists are now aware of and comes from the seeds, stalks, and flowers of plants like hemp.
There’s a difference between hemp and the cannabis plant, although hemp is a member of the cannabis family.
Studies have found that CBD possesses therapeutic properties that can balance the body and potentially assist in the treatment of an array of symptoms and conditions.
Some of these include arthritis, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and even cancer.
In Lancaster, a couple from Overton have opened up the city’s very first cannabidiol (CBD) infused coffee shop, while a former nurse has helped to set up what is reportedly the world’s biggest CBD comparison website.
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