Millions Mistakenly Believe CBD is Illegal in the UK

According to a recent study conducted by premium CBD oil manufacturer, Dr Ed's, millions of British citizens wrongly believe that CBD is illegal in the UK.

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While research has suggested that CBD oil has the potential to help with everything from insomnia to anxiety and chronic pain, the British public is still largely uninformed about its numerous benefits.

The study found that over 50 percent of the adults surveyed mistakenly believed that CBD is still banned, while 80 percent thought that consuming the non-psychoactive oil had the same effect as smoking cannabis.

More than 75 percent admitted to being confused by CBD, and roughly half said they would negatively judge a family member or friend if they knew they took it.

"Although cannabidiol was isolated as a compound decades ago, knowledge of its potentially potent therapeutic value is only now becoming mainstream."

Dr Ed Founder, Dr Edward Jones

Worryingly, the study—which surveyed 2,000 adults—also found that 8 out of 10 respondents viewed CBD oil as being "dodgy" despite its legality in the UK.

According to neuroscientist and founder of Dr Ed's, Dr Edward Garry, 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'," Garry said.

The same study also uncovered some interesting additional statistical data about CBD use in the UK, identifying women aged 45 to 60 as being the largest demographic most likely to use CBD oil.

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Conversely, adults aged 25 to 30 were found to be the least likely to consider using CBD oil, with only 21 percent being open to the idea.

Two thirds of study participants were also found to erroneously believe that the use of CBD oil was banned in professional sports.

"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," Dr Jones said.

"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.

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Hugo Gray
Hugo Gray

Hugo Gray is a Melbourne-based journalist with a body of work that covers a diverse range of topics, including immigration law, sex technology, and now the rapidly expanding cannabis industry.

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