(ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — Kent and London-based company UK CBD has become the first U.K. distributor of the increasingly sought after cannabis oil, which is made by theStanley Brothersfrom Colorado Springs. Although it is not the first company in the U.K. to sell cannabis oil, the “Charlotte’s Web” brand will now be distributed in the U.K. for the first time. The product is already legal as an alternative treatment in several states in the U.S.
The world-famous “Charlotte’s Web” oil is named after Charlotte Figi, an eight-year-old sufferer of Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. Following her miraculous reduction in seizures the age of five thanks to this CBD oil, Charlotte is now known as “the girl who is changing medical marijuana laws across America.”
Charlotte’s Web products contain low levels of THC, the major psychoactive component in marijuana. Rather, the oil is saturated with CBD—short for cannabidiol—one of many phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
Natural CBD hemp oil does not make users high, as it is derived from 100% legal hemp plants (low THC cannabis). This is why it is legal to import and use. Most recreational cannabis plants have between 5% to over 30% THC, whereas hemp must have a THC value below 0.2%.—far too low to have any psychoactive effect.
Both the public and legislators are beginning to see the medical value of CBD oil because of work by worldwide advocacy groups. Individuals like CNN’s Dr Sanjay Gupta, a former cannabis-denier turned staunch supporter, has put medical marijuana at the forefront of public conversation.
It is now thought that CBD oil can be used to treat PTSD, migraines,arthritis, depression,Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, MS anddiabetes. Scientists at the University of East Anglia in the U.K. have also shown that THC may help reduce tumour growth in cancer patients.
Cannabis remains illegal to possess, grow, distribute or sell in the U.K. Last month, an economics student at Aberystwyth University started a petition on the U.K. government’s official petitions website calling for the legalisation of the cultivation, sale and use of cannabis. The petition has so far gathered almost 200,000 signatures.
The UK CBD distribution company claims to support and promote the Whole Hemp and CBD industry by assisting in the spread of accurate and objective information about cannabis, hemp, CBD, and other phytocannabinoids to help educate the masses about the widely misunderstood plant.
“As the leaders in the UK CBD market we are extremely proud to partner with CW Botanicals and to legally add their exclusive Charlotte’s Web products to our already impressive range,” said UK CBD owner and CEO Nicolas P Ellis.