Jacob Hooey CBD Oil manufactured in the Netherlands and sold by leading Health and wellness brand Holland & Barrett is considered a quality product, after CBD Shopy had three independent laboratories test the product.
Three independent tests revealed Jacob Hooey CBD Oil sold by Holland & Barrett contains the advertised 5% of CBD. And the THC content is below the legal limit. The second laboratory report confirmed no heavy metals were detected including: arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium. Each laboratory had slight variation in their results due to variation of testing methods and facilities, the slight difference falls within the accepted scientific range for accuracy.
As popularity of CBD oil products increase, so does the number of brands on the market. Cost varies immensely, and although reputable manufacturers will have independent product lab tests results readily available, UK regulations have not yet made it a legal requirement. Consumers could be at best paying for a placebo, and at worst, risk health and legal consequences.
In June 2019 the Centre for Medical Cannabis published a report on CBD in the United Kingdom. It revealed some startling results:
- Only 38% of the products were within 10% of the advertised CBD content and 38% actually had less than 50% of the advertised CBD content. One product had 0% CBD.
- 45% of the selected products had measurable levels of THC and are thus technically illegal in the UK.
- One high street pharmacy product retailing at £90 for 30mls contained zero cannabinoid content.
- One product qualifies as an alcoholic beverage containing 3.8% of ethanol
- Seven products contained percentages of solvents and heavy metals above food limit safety levels.
CBD (cannabidiol) is naturally sourced from hemp paste, made from the leaves and flowers of hemp plants bred for nutritional purposes. A secondary source of CBD is hemp seeds. CBD oil is put under the tongue 2-3 times a day, and the stated maximum dosage should not be exceeded. CBD capsules should be taken as directed by package instructions. CBD oil has a distinctive taste. A drink should quickly disperse the taste, alternatively use CBD capsules.
So What is the Difference Between CBD and THC?
CBD and THC have identical chemical makeup: 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. The difference between CBD and THC is the arrangement of a single atom, and how the molecular structures interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in abundance in the area of the brain responsible for mental and physiological processes. CB2 receptors are located in the immune and central nervous system. Both CBD and THC bind to CB2. But only THC is able to bind directly with CB1, which causes the psychoactive effects of getting high.
Research surrounding medical cannabis is limited, thus medical practitioners remain sceptical about the benefits and risks. Currently only patients with certain forms of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and undergoing chemotherapy will be considered for medical cannabis prescriptions.