News Story: IS CBD OIL BECOMING THE NEXT BIG THING IN PHARMACY? IF SO, WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?
Analysis: With CBD oil becoming a regular fixture in pharmacies across the country PharmaDoctor takes a closer look
Article published on the 06-06-2019
What is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, that can be found in the cannabis plant. It's a naturally occurring substance, which can be extracted and mixed with a carrier oil to create CBD Oil.
Unlike the most well-known cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive, meaning that it won't make you 'high'. In contrast, it may even have a reducing effect on the psychoactive effects of cannabinoids such as THC.
It is, however, widely reported that CBD may have the potential for medicinal treatments in many areas by offering a range of health benefits – the reason behind its growing popularity; not least via UK community pharmacies.
Whilst most of the research carried out into the effects of CBD oil has been based on animal studies and anecdotal evidence from users, CBD Oil is reported to have a number of health benefits to patients with the following common health conditions:
How patients should take CBD Oil:
- Inflammation, stiffness and pain associated with chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis
- - Anxiety and depression
- - Insomnia
- - Acne
- - Smoking cessation
There are a number of ways in which CBD Oil can be self-administered, however one of the most effective ways is sublingual (under the tongue). When a CBD Oil comes in contact with the mucous membrane beneath the tongue, it is absorbed. The connective tissues beneath the tongue contain a profusion of capillaries, the CBD then diffuses into them and enters the venous circulation.
In contrast, substances absorbed in the intestines (e.g. via tablets) are subject to first-pass metabolism in the liver before entering the general circulation.
PharmaDoctor and CBD:
PharmaDoctor passionately believes that creating a wider choice of clinically robust healthcare services and improving access to new and emerging medicines through a diverse range of service providers (including community pharmacies), we can help revolutionise the way people manage their own health.
To help achieve this vision, PharmaDoctor's is committed to sourcing and highlighting what our medical team believe are the best healthcare products available to pharmacy to protect and treat their customers and patients.
Our aim is to identify manufacturers and suppliers of ‘best in class' products, then communicate their benefits to pharmacists so that they can better inform their patients and customers.
With the majority of UK pharmacies now offering at least one brand of CBD Oil, PharmaDoctor is proud to support and endorse GreenLight CBD Oil products as the first choice CBD Oil brand available in the UK,
For more information, please visit our website.