CBD oil is available in many major supermarkets but is it worth the money? Love Hemp Group PLC (AQSE:LIFE) (OTCQB: WRHLF), the brand-led consumer goods company focused on CBD health and wellness solutions, revealed that TESCO PLC, (OTCQX: TSCDY) (OTCQX:
‘I took Tesco-bought cannabis oil for a week and it knocked me out like a light but it’s an expensive habit’
CBD oil is available in many major supermarkets but is it worth the money?
- 19:55, 19 MAY 2021
Walking into your local Tesco you might be surprised to see two shelves of the pharmacy dedicated to cannabis products.
Cannabis, wait, isn’t that illegal?
Well this isn’t the sweet-smelling green substance you mix with tobacco, these are Cannabidiol (CBD) products made from the non-psychoactive part of the plant – basically not the bit that gets you high.
CBD oil has been around since the 1940s, but it has only gained traction in the UK consumer market in the past few years.
The increased popularity can be linked to the micro-dosing trend, popularised by silicon valley new-age thinkers.
The idea is that taking small amounts of drugs can be beneficial to brain functionality and mental wellbeing.
So rather than smoking a load of joints, which might make you relaxed but not exactly productive, you take a droplet or CBD and feel less anxious.
This surgical approach also enables CBD products to comply with UK law which prohibits substances containing high amounts of THC-the part of cannabis that gets you high.
It is why Tesco has two shelves dedicated to the stuff and Holland and Barrett has a section of its shop decorated with cannabis designs and stocked to the rafters with CBD products.
But what’s it like? Does it work?
The benefits CBD advocates claim it to have range from helping with anxiety and depression to tackling insomnia, while there are also some wild suggestions that it helps fight cancer and cure problems in the bedroom.
So I decided to take some CBD and find out what all of the fuss is about.
CBD doesn’t come cheap
The first thing to say is that CBD oil does not come cheap.
If you can find a small bottle for under £20 you’ve done well – I bought the cheapest product stocked by Tesco called Cannaray and the 300mg bottle of Juniper Lime flavoured oral drops set me back £22.50.
As far as directions for use go, I was left somewhat on my own.
The packet informed me I should use the glass dropper to administer 1ml doses and shouldn’t take more than two a day.
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Other than that there was very little information, other than the fact it was both vegan and “triple tested”- whatever that means.
I didn’t know whether it was better to have it in the mornings or at night, whether I should wait until I was stressed or take it as part of a routine.
In the absence of any advice, I decided to take it straight away and, as soon as I got back from Tesco, I cracked open the packet and gave it a try.
Does CBD oil work?
First up, putting a 1ml droplet of anything in your mouth doesn’t sound like a lot, but in practice it’s quite a lot of liquid to squeeze underneath your tongue.
It says you have to wait for it to absorb, so you end up a bit slack jawed for a while, overly aware of whether you are swallowing or not.
Eventually I decided it had worked and slumped on the sofa waiting to see what happened.
It takes around two hours for CBD to enter your bloodstream – I realised that because almost 120 minutes later on the dot I was falling asleep.
Insomnia is listed as one of things it is supposed to help with, so from that perspective I guess you could say it really worked for me.
In the coming days I tried taking the drops at different times to see if they sent me to sleep.
While nothing was as powerful as that first dose, I did find that as soon as my head hit the pillow at night I was out like a light.
I’ve tried a week without taking the oil and my sleep has not been as good.
I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or not, because relying on a £20 bottle of oil to get consistently good sleep does not seem like a long term plan.
What else did I feel?
The more noticeable benefits CBD is supposed to have include a reduction of anxiety and depression, as well as pain relief.
I can’t say that the oil affected my mood at all – if you are looking for some type of immediate relief in a moment of anxiety, this is probably not the stuff.
There might be some type of placebo effect in having the droplets to turn to, but it is a lot more advisable to find a non-chemical way to deal with any issues with mental wellbeing.
As far as pain relief or any of the other wackier claims, I didn’t notice anything.
I did feel that I had more focus and energy when exercising, but I’m not sure that was because of the oil.
It felt like that was the case because I was sleeping so well, which I guess you could credit to the oil as a secondary benefit
I didn’t notice any of the side effects the oil can have, such as dry mouth, diarrhoea or reduced appetite.
Drowsiness and fatigue was an issue when I had the first drop, but it didn’t really affect me after that.
Should I buy CBD oil?
So to answer the big question: is it worth it? The answer is a qualified yes.
Everyone reacts differently to CBD oil so there’s no guarantee that my experiences will match yours.
So if it doesn’t help you sleep, it’s not my fault!
Though many of the online advice guides suggest you take it everyday, I would not, it’s an expensive habit and you don’t want to feel reliant on it.
I do think it’s a handy thing to have in your medicine cupboard to take if you’ve been struggling to sleep for a few nights.
In other words, crack out the CBD on special occasions and don’t do it every day.
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Love Hemp Launches CBD Products In UK Tesco Supermarkets
Tesco will initially stock a range of six Love Hemp products across more than 200 Tesco stores including “Tesco Extra” in the UK. Tesco Extra stores are larger, mainly out-of-town hypermarkets that stock nearly all of Tesco’s product ranges, although some are in the heart of town centers and inner-city locations. The Love Hemp products will also be available online on Tesco’s website. The Love Hemp products available include CBD oil drops, sprays, chocolate balls and a new sugar free, gluten free plant-based CBD gummy product.
The company expects to launch its latest range of benefit driven, functional products in calendar Q4 2022. The range will be available in various delivery forms such as capsules and edibles. The company expects that the new products will open further revenue streams across direct-to-consumer sales, marketplaces, and other major retailers.
Tony Calamita, CEO at Love Hemp stated: “I’m delighted that Tesco have chosen to stock Love Hemp products. Tesco is a major British household name and we are very proud to work with them. It has always been our mission to make CBD accessible and available to as many consumers as possible, and having our products stocked in the vitamin aisles of Tesco brings great visibility to our products and brand. We anticipate that Tesco is the first of several new launches in major UK retailers since the publication of the Novel Foods register on March 31 st .”