OVER the past two years, CBD (AKA cannabidiol) oil has gone from mistrusted to mainstream in the health world.
While the concrete scientific evidence behind CBD – a chemical compound found in cannabis – might still be in its infancy, it hasn’t stopped people talking about its life-changing benefits for everything from period pain to arthritis and anxiety.
With A-listers constantly touting the benefits of CBD, we delve into the nitty-gritty to find it if it’ll transform your health
Jennifer Aniston has reportedly tried CBD Credit: Rex Features
Kim Kardashain is also a known CBD user Credit: AP:Associated Press Made by extracting non-psychoactive compound CBD from cannabis plants (meaning it lacks any mind-altering effects), it’s thought that CBD might work by attaching to receptors in the body’s own endocannabinoid system.
This is a complex biological system involved in maintaining aspects of our health, such as memory, sleep and mood. But is it all it’s cracked up to be? We spoke to the experts – and some women who’ve given it a go…
THE ISSUE: A third of us confess to having sleep issues or insomnia, while 48% say we don’t get enough shut-eye. Cue lavender baths and trying every herbal supplement under the sun.
CBD may well help with stress, which in turn will help you sleep Credit: Getty – Contributor HOW CBD MIGHT HELP: While more research needs to be carried out, studies suggest that CBD could be helpful in treating insomnia. Dr Dani Gordon, an expert in cannabis-derived medicine, adds: “CBD has been shown to help with the stress response, which may be useful for anxiety and stress-related sleep problems.”