Emer Delaney BSc (Hons), RD has an honours degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Ulster. She has worked as a dietitian in some of London's top teaching hospitals and is currently based in Chelsea.
CBD may also have the potential to help reduce acne; however, it is important to note that this research is still in its infancy.
A systematic review looking at the use of CBD for epilepsy concluded that there is insufficient evidence to support the efficacy and long-term safety of using it to treat epilepsy. It does, however, suggest, albeit in very low numbers, that small daily doses were safe in a small group of adults for a short period of time.
One study reported reduced pain and muscle spasms in people with multiple sclerosis.
Can I buy CBD oil safely?
Contrary to popular belief, CBD oil is legal in the UK as it is not a controlled substance. There are, however, strict restrictions over its THC content. CBD oil that isn't medically prescribed can only have a maximum THC content of 0.2%. CBD oil products that have a higher THC content may be available to buy online, but not legally.
If you're considering using CBD oil, you should speak to your GP or other healthcare professional to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for you to do so.
CBD oil is increasingly popular, both as a food supplement and as an oil to apply topically to the skin. We asked a dietitian to explain what it is, why people use it and whether it's safe.
What is CBD oil used for?
This article was reviewed on 4th December 2019.
CBD oil should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
There are now an estimated quarter of a million regular users in the UK, turning to CBD to support general wellness, ease anxiety, sleep problems and chronic pain among other things.
Do we know what's in these products?
Only Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug used to prevent seizures, has begun this process. It's close to being licensed and is already being prescribed to NHS patients – 80 as of March – as an unlicensed medicine.
What health claims are being made?
As for whether CBD could turn out to be a salve for the dizzying range of conditions some claim, she says "the future could look very different".