5 CBD brands from Holland & Barrett to put on your radar
In the last few years, CBD has well and truly crossed over into the mainstream, appearing in everything from dark chocolate to our favourite serums.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound that’s derived from the hemp plant, so it understandably throws up a few questions. However, the hemp that’s used in CBD oil is high in CBD and very low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound most associated with recreational cannabis use. In other words, CBD products aren’t addictive and won’t make you feel high.
If you’re CBD-curious, but aren’t sure where to start, head to Holland & Barrett. The first major retailer to bring quality CBD products to the high street, it continues to only sell those that meet its high standards for purity, quality and safety — so you can find CBD you can trust in the format, flavour and strength that works for you.
It also leads the way with innovative new launches. So, whether it’s straight-up CBD oil you’re after or you’re more interested in soothing skincare, here are five CBD brands and the hero products to check out.
Grass & Co: Best for oils and balms
A sustainable business inspired by nature, the new Grass & Co range at Holland & Barrett combines high-quality CBD with botanical ingredients and vitamins that help support physical and mental wellbeing. It includes the Rest CBD oil, which has been fortified with vitamins B2, B5, B12, lavender and hops to help reduce tiredness and support your nervous system. Or, if you prefer, you can apply your CBD topically with deliciously-scented body oils and nourishing balms that can be massaged into your pulse-points to ease tension.
CBD oil UK: Strength and benefits of the product now being sold at Holland and Barrett
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CBD oil , or cannabidiol, has been available at Holland and Barrett since the start of the year, proving popular among the general public.
The retailer has been selling the oil for £19.99 and over the last four weeks sales have increased by 37 per cent in the last four weeks.
Because of its success, the high street health shop is set to launch four more CBD oil products next month including bigger bottles and CBD capsules.
The oil is said to be able to treat all manner of problems. At the end of last year, a World Health Organisation report revealed it may help successfully treat symptoms relating to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, pain, anxiety, depression, cancer and diabetic complications.
A spokesperson from Holland & Barrett said “We have been surprised at the success and popularity of CBD Oil since launch. We knew that there were numerous trends surfacing around this liquid but we didn’t expect to see sales increase this dramatically.
CBD oil has been available at Holland and Barrett since the start of the year, proving popular among the general public
“We are constantly looking to bring, new and innovative products to market that help our customers. It is great to see in this instance that we can help with the demand. We also want our shoppers to know that we listen to their needs and hope to eventually increase the CBD range to keep up with the growing popularity.”
But is the oil safe and recommended by doctors? Dr Andrew Thorber, Chief Medical Officer at Now Patient, gave Express.co.uk his advice.
Can it create any form of intoxication?
CBD oil is extracted from the resin glands on cannabis buds and flowers.
It’s a type of cannabinoid which are the chemicals naturally found in marijuana plants, and it’s usually mixed with a carrier oil, like MCT (a form of coconut oil).
CBD oil UK: What are the benefits of the product now available at Holland and Barrett? (Image: GETTY)
CBD oil is said to be able to to treat a variety of problems from Alzheimer’s to diabetes (Image: GETTY)
There are different variations in strength available from Holland and Barrett – 2.75 per cent to 5 per cent, but while CBD oil comes from the cannabis plant, CBD does not create any form of intoxication. Another cannabinoid, THC, causes this, but this substance is illegal in the UK.
Is it a good remedy for diabetes or cancer?
Dr Thornber said: “It is still early days with research into CBD Oil and the potential to help patients suffering with Diabetes and Cancer, however there are findings to indicate Cannabis Oil can have improved health benefits for people with certain ailments particularly Cancer.”
What medical advice should be given to patients thinking about taking it?
Dr Thornber said he recommends taking it with caution. This isn’t prescribed by a GP or Pharmacist at present, as we still don’t know the full side-effects.
CBD oil is currently retailing at £19.99 at Holland and Barrett (Image: GETTY)
He added: “I would not personally recommend this as a medical practitioner.
“I would always recommend anyone wanting to take any medicine that isn’t registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council to do so with caution and almost always have a chat with your Pharmacist or GP at your next visit to take their advice.
“The individual needs of the patient vary and what works for one person, may not work for another and this is not currently classed as an official medication which can be prescribed.”
This week Charlotte Caldwell, whose 12-year-old son Billy has a severe form of epilepsy that can give him up to 100 seizures a day, was stopped by officials at Heathrow after trying to “openly smuggle” illegal cannabis oil into the country from Canada.