Supplemental vs Medicinal CBD - What's The Difference?

Supplemental vs Medicinal CBD - What's The Difference?

CBD supplements have become a regular part of millions of people's holistic well-being routines, but CBD products are also prescribed by doctors for a wide range of medical issues.

In this article, we will explore the blurred line between supplemental and medicinal CBD oils and answer the question - when does a food become a medicine?

What are CBD supplements?

Ingestible CBD products that are used to support overall well-being, as part of a holistic lifestyle strategy, are known as CBD supplements.

For those of you who don't know - CBD products are made by extracting CBD and other compounds from the hemp plant. Unlike THC, CBD products do not get you high and are legal in the UK.

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People who use supplemental CBD report experiencing various non-specific health benefits such as improved mood, relaxation and focus.

There are hundreds of different types of CBD supplements available in the UK, some of the options we offer at BROWN'S CBD include:

  • Full Spectrum CBD Oil
  • CBG Oil
  • Cold-Pressed CBDA Oil
  • Water Soluble CBD
  • CBD/Hemp Capsules
  • Hemp/Lion's Mane Capsules
  • CBD Gummies
  • CBD Chocolate

We also offer a range of CBD cosmetic products such as:

  • CBD Balm
  • CBD Patches

All of these products have been manufactured specifically to support your health and well-being. However, they are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any specific medical issue.

As there are currently no approved health claims for CBD food supplements such as CBD Oil, they cannot be marketed for any specific medical or health issue.

What is medicinal CBD?

CBD which is prescribed by doctors to treat specific medical issues is known as medicinal CBD. As with supplemental CBD, medicinal CBD is normally prescribed in oil form but is also available as CBD-rich cannabis flower for inhalation via a vapouriser.

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On the NHS, the only cannabis-based medicines that are available for mainstream prescriptions are:

  1. Epidiolex - to treat epilepsy
  2. Nabilone - for chemotherapy patients
  3. Nabiximols - for multiple sclerosis (MS)

However, CBD and other cannabis-based medicines can also be prescribed privately for a wide range of other issues such as:

  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Mental health issues
  • Sleep issues

In fact, medicinal cannabis products can now be privately prescribed for almost any medical condition, as long as the patient has tried at least 3 standard medicines without success.

Medical CBD products tend to be more expensive than CBD supplements, and patients also need to pay for private consultations in order to obtain a prescription. However, the patient can then receive personalised medical advice and dosing instructions.

When does a food become a medicine?

As you can see, it is possible for a single CBD product to be both a food and a medicine. So when does one become the other?

Well, to put it simply - CBD is a food when sold as a food supplement for general use, but a medicine when sold for any specific medical issue.

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