It was heartening to see an article in The Guardian Sports pages this week, revealing that a number of professional sportspeople are taking CBD oil to help them cope with anxiety, pre-competition nerves, winding down after a game, and also for pain management. They include golfers Charley Hoffman and Lucas Gover, and rugby players George Kruis and Dominic Day. “The reason we use it is because it’s natural and organic,” says Day, “and the alternative is prescription medication.”
This is exactly why so many people use herbal medicine in general. It is natural, effective and safe, and does not have the debilitating side effects that many prescription drugs have.
Cannabis is, of course, a medicinal plant, with cannabidiol (CBD) being one of its active constituents. It has long been known to have amazing medicinal, therapeutic properties, and I have had many patients over the years who have told me how much it has helped with a wide range of health problems, from arthritis to multiple sclerosis and cancer. They often use it alongside other medicinal plants to help them achieve and maintain optimum quality of life.