Practitioners and product manufacturers worldwide are currently embroiled in a battle to get therapeutic cannabis taken more seriously by lawmakers.Unfortunately, the United Kingdom continues to lag behind more forward-leaning nations like Canada and the United States to a quite depressing degree.
But it’s not just the UK’s lawmakers who seem to be missing the mark completely with therapeutic cannabis and its potential benefits. If a new study is anything to go by, millions of Brits cannot differentiate between CBD and cannabis.
More importantly, they firmly believe that CBD oil is a banned substance and falls under the same regulations as THC-heavy cannabis. A misconception that’s led a whopping 80% of Brits into thinking that using cannabis oil is exactly the same as smoking weed.
This, despite the fact that naturally-derived CBD oil has absolutely no psychoactive properties whatsoever.
Shame and Judgment
Even more alarmingly, more than half of those polled in the survey stated that they would negatively judge a family member or friend who admitted to using CBD. A full 80% of the 2,000 adults polled also described CBD as ‘dodgy’ and being completely unaware of its legal status.
The study was carried out by CBD oil manufacturer Dr Ed, as part of a drive to launch a range of 100% legal CBD-based products for UK customers.
Company founder Dr Edward Jones - a noted neuroscientist - spoke of the enormous untapped potential CBD holds for therapeutic applications.
“Although cannabidiol was isolated as a compound decades ago, knowledge of its potentially potent therapeutic value is only now becoming mainstream,” he said.
“As with most emerging industries, regulation is loose, which has led to a great deal of misinformation and misunderstanding surrounding CBD and an awful lot of mis-selling,”
“Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis,”
“While cannabis itself is an addictive drug, once extracted from the plant, CBD is actually a safe and non-addictive substance, with none of the side effects associated with cannabis such as the feeling of being ‘high’.”
Interestingly, his study also produced evidence to suggest that women aged 45 to 60 were more likely to use CBD products than any other demographic. The least likely age group to use CBD products was adults aged 25 to 30.
The popularity of CBD products is growing at record-pace worldwide, but confusion regarding its applications, properties and legal status is also on the up.
Along with confusion regarding the wider legal status of CBD, the study revealed that more than 60% of people wrongly believe that the use of CBD by professional sportspersons is prohibited.
“There is increasing evidence that CBD can be used to successfully treat a number of complaints including anxiety and pain, and can also help with concentration, sleep, and muscle recovery after sports,”
“Far from being ‘dodgy’ or illegal, CBD is still actually a bit of an untapped resource, and with further research and clinical trials there will no doubt be many more health benefits to emerge,”
“As there is currently a lack of regulation in the sector, finding a reputable CBD manufacturer is not always easy,”
“Dr Ed is one of the few companies to impose self-regulation on its products to ensure batch consistency, and a guarantee of zero per cent THC - the part of the cannabis plant which is illegal above strict concentrations and responsible for the ‘high’ feeling.”