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THC in CBD Oil & UK Law – Why it doesn’t make sense

Many consumers have questions about the trace amounts of THC found in CBD oils and with that in mind we wanted to break it down here.

Following the recent study of the UK CBD market by the Centre for Medical Cannabis there have been various headlines about illegal levels of THC in CBD oils followed by calls for extra regulation. Food standards regulations already apply to any product sold for human consumption, so lets look at how much THC the average CBD oil user is getting into their system. The CMC study found the average THC content of 30 different CBD oils on the UK market to be 0.04%, in a 10ml bottle containing 5% CBD (500mg). This equals an average of 4mg THC per bottle. The study also found the average consumer is spending £25 per month, while those 'with a presumed medically orientated usage' spending on average £55 per month. Of the various priced products ranging from extracts to edibles on the market, you could say the average user (at £25) is consuming around 300mg CBD (and 2.4mg THC) per month, and the 'presumed medically orientated user' (at £55) is consuming around 800mg CBD (and 6.4mg THC) per month. Lets give that some perspective. When hemp seed oil was reintroduced for human consumption in the mid 90's, it was not uncommon find seed oils to contain in excess of 100ppm THC, from both European and Chinese origin. 100ppm THC in a 1 litre bottle = 100mg THC. Extra care and attention to the seed washing process have been implemented since, and washed hemp seeds can now be expected to contain around 5-10ppm THC, which can be reduced to around 3ppm when dehulled. 3ppm in 1kg = 3mg THC. Based on a review of the available studies, the Swiss government set its limit for THC in hemp seed oil at 50ppm. 50ppm in 1 litre = 50mg THC.

Medical Marijuana vs The Opioid Epidemic

With the opioid epidemic spreading like cancer, researchers are on a constant hunt, looking for safer alternatives for pain management. One such questionable alternative is cannabis. The therapeutic use of cannabis has puzzled many scientists over the years and yet it continues to serve as an effective alternative to opioids.

Today we are asking: Could medical cannabis effectively contain the opioid epidemic? Why is the demand for medical cannabis at an all-time high? Let's throw some light on the much-debated topic: Marijuana Vs Opioid Epidemic.

The Wonders of Medical Cannabis for Children

The thought of using medical cannabis as a treatment option for children is probably not the first thing in most parents’ minds even though it is becoming more and more popular nowadays. The truth is that medical cannabis is actually completely safe for treating many different kinds of childhood ailments.

In a lot of cases the primary component of cannabis that is being used to treat children is CBD (cannabidiol). Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the main psychoactive constituent in cannabis, CBD does not make you high meaning parents won’t have to worry about their kids becoming “zoned out” if they get treated with CBD. In many cases, CBD just might be the “miracle” that many parents are looking for when it comes to treating their children’s ailments. But make no mistake, THC is used to tread kids as well.

Will we ever grow the best weed in the UK?

Cannabis has been cultivated, utilised and selectively bred by humans for thousands of years.

It is in the past few decades, however, that we have perhaps achieved the most, learning about the specific nature of cannabis and its chemical and anatomical structure, what makes it up Terpenes, Cannabinoids, Flavonoids etc and about the endocannabinoids system itself, which is something all mammals have - and indeed need - to regulate their health.

Cannabis and sleep

It will come as no surprise to the initiated amongst you that the consumption of Cannabis before bed will have you sleeping on a cloud of smoke and will often result in you getting a great night's sleep, but is this really the case?

This week on ISMOKE we’ll be looking at how consuming Cannabis affects your sleeping pattern, your dreams and the length and quality of sleep that you get after you light up before heading off to the land of nod.

Warrior Women: The mothers fighting to legalise cannabis to save their children

Few things in this world could ever match up to a mother's love, and I am in no doubt that prohibition isn’t one of them.

This week on ISMOKE we meet the warrior women - the mothers of mercy desperately fighting to treat their children using cannabis and cannabis-derived medicinal products.

Too often these women who are not only having to fight against the odds, but their doctors, the law and even the very services that have been established to help heal and treat their offspring’s ailments and to protect their health.

Cannabis and Autism : Self-Medicating with Cannabis

Autism is a condition that affects an individual’s ability, both to communicate and understand. This means that the forming of relationships can be difficult due to lack of social understanding.

This may take the form of not knowing how to act in social situations, not recognising tones of voice or even understanding facial expressions in a way that most people find natural. Learning disabilities will vary in each individual across the autistic spectrum and we are still learning more about Autism. Did you know that there are around 700,000 people in the UK living with autism? That's more than 1 in 100 people.

Cannabis for Crohns Disease

We've teamed up with Piff Advisor to run a series on ISMOKE about the many medicinal benefits of cannabis, and this week the focus is on Cannabis for Crohns Disease.

It's great to tell people that cannabis is a Medicine, but sometimes it's hard to back yourself up without having some proper evidence available to support the cause.