Hemp products are big news in the UK at the moment. Cannabis oil started making headlines last year when Holland & Barrett started selling the product in its stores. Cannabis oil is extracted from the cannabis plant and is high in CBD, a cannabinoid that is thought to have a lot of healing properties. Many people take cannabis oil to help ease their anxiety, reduce chronic pain, and even stave off the effects of aging.

Some people believe that cannabis oil has other powerful healing properties, but cannabis and hemp-based products are still something new to the medical community, so there is still a lot of research to be done into some of those grander claims.

Hemp and Cannabis Products 

Cannabis is best known as a drug that gets people high. The part of cannabis that makes people high is a compound called THC. Hemp and Cannabis are the same families of the plant, however, hemp is a strain that is very low in THC, and that couldn’t be used to get high. Cannabis oil, hemp oil, and ‘CBD oil’ are products that contain a high concentration of the healing CBD,  but without much or any THC. This means that they can safely be used by people who aren’t interested in ingesting a psychoactive substance.

Hemp Products and The Law 

The law regarding hemp products in the UK is slightly blurry. Cannabis is still a controlled substance, because of the psychoactive properties of it, and the fact that while it is now thought to be safe for adults, chronic use of cannabis by teenagers whose brains are still developing can be risky.

Cannabis oil that contains THC is illegal to possess, supply and/or use in the UK. CBD, however, is recognized as a medicine, and CBD oil is legal in the UK. This means that it is OK to purchase hemp oil and other hemp-derived products. You can buy them in some bricks and mortar stores, but you’re likely to save a lot of money if you buy hemp products online instead.  The prices in some of the bricks and mortar stores can be quite high. Partly because the products aren’t in the mainstream yet and partly because bricks and mortar stores have greater overheads than the average online store.

Staying Safe When Buying Hemp Products Online 

The challenge with buying CBD or other hemp products online is that you don’t know who you are buying from. Anyone can set up an online store and sell products through it, and you can’t be certain that the products you order even exist, let alone happen to be the quality that is promised. This means that you need to tread carefully and do your due diligence. This is particularly true with things like hemp oil. Don’t just assume that any CBD product is hemp-derived. Read the descriptions carefully and understand what is in the product and how concentrated it is.

If you work in a job where drug testing happens, make sure that the product you’re using is pure CBD with no THC, because even a small amount of THC could show up in a drug test. Hemp-derived products are safe for you to use because they contain no THC.

Ideally, you should look for a retailer that has been around for a long time and that makes products specifically for the UK market. When you buy hemp products online you need to know that you can trust the seller. Auction sites and deep discount retailers aren’t ideal, because there’s a greater risk of those being scammers.

Look for quality retailers, rather than low prices. You’ll find millions of results if you search online for CBD and hemp products, and prices can vary massively, but a lot of those lower priced sellers are just jumping on the bandwagon and aren’t offering products that are concentrated enough to be effective. Why buy something that’s less than 5 percent CBD when there are products that are 15% or greater in concentration – and that isn’t three times the price?

You can get an idea of how reputable a seller is by the way they market their CBD. A good seller is not going to promote hemp products as being a cure for cancer, epilepsy, or other conditions. Instead, they’ll focus on the proven properties – it’s an antioxidant that is stronger than Vitamin C and E, and it’s a good anti-inflammatory. This makes it helpful for a lot of conditions, but a number of people anecdotally saying that CBD oil helped them with a specific condition is not the same as medical science saying with confidence that it’s a reliable cure.

If you’re vaping, make sure that the oil you buy is designed for that. Oils that are intended to be used orally are often not designed to be heated for vaping, and vice-versa. Read the label carefully, and if in doubt ask the retailer. They will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

Hemp oils and hemp-derived edibles and confectionary can be great for helping to improve your wellbeing, and as the government starts to open up to the benefits of cannabinoids we are seeing more and more of such products in supplement stores and health food shops. We are still a long way from being as open-minded in terms of those products as, say, the Dutch, but there’s been a lot of progress made in recent years. If you’ve never tried hemp oil based products and you’re looking to see if they will help with your aches and pains, help you get a good night’s sleep, or otherwise give you a bit of a boost, then there’s never been a better time. There’s more choice available, prices are becoming affordable, and there’s a huge list of large, reputable retailers online. You can find everything from hemp oil to hemp infused candies. You can vape hemp, if that’s your thing, or take it orally or sublingually. The choice is yours.