The Truth about CBD from a family doctor


CBD seems to be everywhere nowadays – in the press, in the shops, online etc. Then you’ve got topicals, capsules, edibles, CBD lattes, and even CBD for pets. This explosion can be overwhelming, which begs the question, is it really worth the hype?

Truthfully, we’re still scratching the surface of the science behind it, but anecdotally, people the world over are celebrating its medicinal benefits.

So what is CBD good for? and what’s the best cbd oil in the uk? Is CBD really good for managing pain?  How do you take CBD?  All questions we’re going to dig into today with Dr Harrison Weisinger (B.Sc., M.Sc., MB.BS, Ph.D.)

Dr Harrison Weisinger (AKA Dr.Harry as he prefers to be known) founded his own CBD company (rather aptly named Truth) brought about  by his own cancer diagnosis and search for optimum health alongside his best mate Trent (also cancer survivor and manager of a MMA gym in south west London).

So what is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid and one of the two most plentiful in the Cannabis plant. The other is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol – or for us mere laymen – THC for example Rick Simpson Oil. THC is what gives the “high”, whilst CBD doesn’t, as it’s missing the psychoactive properties. It is, however, widely considered to be the elixir of health and wellbeing, if you will.

What’s CBD good for?

The vast amount of research suggesting the incredible benefits of CBD look at a wide range of areas, including CBD oil for pain relief, as an anti-inflammatory, for the symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, for the treatment of anxiety and depression, sleep conditions, as well as for the treatment of severe seizures. It can be purchased at various online CBD shops. The research also shows it has little or very low-risk side effects.

How does CBD help with pain?

A research study published by Corroon and Phillips in 20181 found that two-thirds of all CBD users do so to treat a specific medical condition – and of these, one-third use it for chronic pain, arthritis or both.  The vast majority of users further volunteered that CBD worked very well, or moderately well, on its own.

We are still coming to understand the science behind how CBD exerts its beneficial effects but what is known is that it acts on the central nervous system by targeting receptors in the so-called endocannabinoid system (ECS).

According to a recent systematic review2 on the medical uses of cannabinoids, there was moderate-quality evidence to support the use of cannabinoids for chronic pain and spasticity.  As for CBD and hemp oils’ potential for use in the treatment of chronic pain, in the most recent review on the topic in 2018, Donvito et al3 wrote that

an overwhelming body of convincing preclinical evidence indicates that cannabinoids produce antinociceptive (blocks pain receptors) effects in inflammatory and neuropathic rodent pain models.”

What’s the best CBD oil UK?

Many people complain about the price of organic CBD but the truth is, the process is laborious and complex. To do it right it takes time and skill. There are many companies out there who cut corners and use toxic extraction methods, there are also many who claim that their product contains more CBD than it actually does. Be wary! Do your research and look for reviews online. Truth Naturals use Trustpilot so you can read unedited reviews from real customers.

Our 1000mg cbd tincture was recently voted number 1 in the uk by the Telegraph.

Is CBD safe?

Absolutely! CBD is considered a very safe and natural supplement with zero fatalities associated with its use. We like to go the extra mile though, and don’t muck around when it comes to safety, quality, and integrity at all times. Our hemp is sourced from the best growers in Colorado, USA and our products are thoroughly lab tested so that we can guarantee our CBD oil is pure – full of all the beneficial phytocannabinoids, minerals, fatty acids and vitamins you need; without the use of any chemicals, pesticides or heavy metals whatsoever.

If CBD is so effective then why aren’t all doctors prescribing it to their patients?

“Doctors follow clinical guidelines.  Particularly in the treatment of common presentations like anxiety, sleep disorders and pain, doctors operate according to the most current clinical guidelines.  Guidelines are, by and large, conservative in nature – and as such avoid novel treatments until they are tried and tested. Doctors that operate outside of clinical guidelines are putting themselves at risk.  At this point, CBD does not appear in any clinical guidelines though in all likelihood, it is just a matter of time” – Dr. Harry