Why CBD is the hottest new wellness trend
Why CBD is the hottest new wellness trend with cannabis-infused drinks, hair treatments and even croissants now on the market (but it WON’T make you high)
- Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Alessandra Ambrosio say they take CBD
- Range of products infused with ingredient have launched over past few months
- CBD, or cannabidiol, is extracted from the cannabis plant and is legal in the UK
From drinks to hair treatments and even croissants, there’s no doubt that CBD is the hottest new wellness trend at the moment.
Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Alessandra Ambrosio have revealed they use the cannabis compound for a range of reasons, including helping with anxiety and relieving aches and pains.
A range of products infused with CBD, or cannabidiol, have now launched in the UK over the past few months, while CBD oil – taken in drops – is becoming increasingly popular.
CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant but does not contain THC, the compound that makes you high.
CBD is the hottest new wellness trend at the moment, with a range of products launching in the past few months. Botanic Lab became the first in the UK to create a CBD-infused soft drink earlier this year (above)
Glow Bar, a wellness space in London, has also recently stocked CBD croissants, to allow customers to experiment with the cannabis compound
Botanic Lab became the first in the UK to create a CBD-infused soft drink earlier this year, with its CBD Botanical Tea – which also contains sour cherry and hibiscus.
Explaining the decision to launch the tea, CEO Rebekah Hall told FEMAIL: ‘CBD and cannabis in general has the potential to be hugely beneficial in health and wellness and also the pharmaceutical industry.
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‘At the core of Botanic Lab is the drive to make interesting drinks from functional plants.’
The CBD-infused tea – priced at £2.49 – is already proving so popular that the company is currently sold out of the drink, after it was snapped up by retailers Selfridges and Holland & Barrett.
Hari’s Salon in London (above) launched its in-salon Spirit Of Hemp CBD treatment earlier this year, which includes a head massage using CBD oils
Other products on the market include Wunder Workshop’s Tumeric CBD oil, which is available at Glow Bar (left). Right is the Spirit Of Hemp CBD treatment used at Hari’s Salon
It will also be launching in Selfridges in January, Ocado in February and Co-op in April.
While the latest CBD trend follows other wellness crazes, including matcha tea and charcoal, Rebekah says she believes it’s one that’s here to stay.
‘I think this transcends the usual health and wellness fads and trends,’ she said.
‘The amount of investment in this industry and interest from big brands guarantees that it is an area that will continue to build in relevance and significance.’
Rebekah added: ‘The naughtiness factor associated with cannabis culture of old is disintegrating.’
Sasha Sabapathy, the founder of Glow Bar, has also recently stocked CBD-infused products at her brand’s wellness space in London – including croissants.
Rebekah Hall, CEO of Botanic Lab (above), said CBD has the potential to be hugely beneficial in health and wellness
‘We wanted to provide consumers with a non-alcoholic solution for overcoming social anxiety and raise awareness about hemp as a wellness supplement,’ she told FEMAIL.
‘We recently launched our CBD croissants supplied to us by an amazing team called Organic Livity to offer our customers a fun and delicious way to experiment with CBD and experience it’s benefits.’
Meanwhile, CBD-infused hair treatments are now even available for those who want a calming experience.
Hari’s Salon in London launched its in-salon Spirit Of Hemp CBD treatment earlier this year, which includes a head massage using CBD oils.
While there is a clear buzz around CBD at the moment, scientists say the benefits for healthy people are not yet clear, with the research still in its early stages.
Jack Wilson, a researcher from King’s College London looking at the effects of CBD, said: ‘Within healthy people, research looking at CBD and anxiety appears to be mixed.
‘A few studies have found that CBD was effective in reducing anxiety prior to a public speaking task. Research should explore this further by using more robust measures of anxiety.’
However, he suggested high doses of CBD would have to be taken for there to be a noticeable impact.
‘[CBD oil] products recommend that users consume one or two drops a day, which equates to quite a low dose,’ he explained.
‘If consumers were to experience any benefit from [CBD] oils, they may need to purchase and consume large quantities.’
WHAT IS CBD OIL AND IS IT LEGAL IN THE UK?
Government advisers made it legal to buy CBD supplements in 2016
Government advisers at the MHRA made it legal to buy cannabidiol (CBD) oil in 2016 after they admitted that it has a ‘restoring, correcting or modifying’ effect on humans.
Suppliers in England and Wales have to obtain a licence to sell it as a medicine, following the decision in October two years ago.
Manufacturers are able to avoid the strict regulation by selling it as a food supplement – ignoring the lengthy process of gaining a medicinal licence.
CBD products comes in many forms, the most popular being an oil – which users spray under their tongue – or gel tablets which melt slowly in the mouth.
Cannabis oil, which is different to CBD oil because it contains THC – the compound that gives users a ‘high’ – is illegal under UK laws.
Billy Caldwell, from Castlederg, Northern Ireland, made headlines last April when he became the first Briton to be prescribed it on the NHS.
Cannabis oil, which reportedly has no side effects, influences the release and uptake of ‘feel good’ chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin.
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