I’ll be honest, I’m as mind blown as you are. You really can buy products with CBD oil over the counter. Top High Street health chain Holland & Barrett sells it and that’s not exactly a back street dealer. I really had no idea. In order to understand why some products are legal and available over the counter, and some are illegal, we need to have a bit of a science lesson, but don’t worry, I’ll keep it simple. Hemp and marajuana are two varieties of cannabis. Hemp is primarily used to make textiles, food, cosmetics etc. Marajuana however is a variety of cannabis that has psychoactive properties. The substance THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive and therefore illegal component. Hemp must have an incredibly low level of THC in it (less than 0.3%). Marajuana has much higher levels of THC and that is why it is therefore illegal.
Like any over the counter medication or treatment, you should consider whether it is something you want to take. Some people say there has not been enough research done in to it, and that includes the World Health Organisation. If however this is something that you are considering taking, you should always speak to a GP or pharmacist beforehand. I am not a medical professional and cannot comment on whether this treatment really makes a difference or is just a trendy fad that will soon pass, but if the opportunity to improve the lives of very sick people is there, I feel that we should take it and look in to it thoroughly.