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Cannabi­noid oil has been found to im­prove sleep and skin

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Lisa Arm­strong sam­ples cannabi­noid oil

CAN I SAY up­front I was never a spliff head. Any­thing that makes you eat more and de­pletes those lit­tle grey cells? Not for me, thanks.

But when I looked more knack­ered than usual, my yoga teacher sug­gested I try The Tonic by The Tonic Tribe (£5£124.99, theton­ic­tribe.com). How could any­thing called The Tonic not be just that? I was still in­ter­ested even af­ter I dis­cov­ered it con­sisted of CBD oil (aka cannabi­noid oil, a com­pound de­rived from the cannabis plant), blended with co­conut oil.

CBD has been widely lauded for its anti-in­flam­ma­tory ef­fect on joints. Then there’s the highly pub­li­cised case this sum­mer of Char­lotte Cald­well, who had the cannabi­noid oil she’d brought in from Canada for her epilep­tic 13-year­life’s old son Billy con­fis­cated by po­lice at Heathrow. But all this seemed be­yond my re­mit. I hadn’t clocked that CBD oil is also meant to be good for sleep and – as more stud­ies are show­ing – the skin.

So now my daugh­ters de­light in say­ing, ‘Mum’s be­come a stoner.’ She hasn’t, but she is rather par­tial to The Tonic’s CBD, which comes both as a top­i­cal serum and as an in­gestible spray you ap­ply un­der the tongue. There are three strengths: two per cent, eight per cent and 15. I opted for the mid­dle one and the first cou­ple of times I used it, I wouldn’t claim I was on the way to be­ing stoned, but there was def­i­nitely a hit of some­thing.

I was also very happy for the rest of what was fash­ion month. This is not nor­mal. It could have been psy­cho­so­matic. CBD is sup­posed not to con­tain tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol, or THC, the stuff that cre­ates a cannabis high. If you look on the in­ter­net how­ever, there are claims that some oils do have traces.

Un­der British law, pur­vey­ors of CBD can­not make any health claims for their prod­ucts and gen­er­ally sell it as a food sup­ple­ment. Suf­fice to say, The Tonic def­i­nitely took the edge off some of more vex­a­tious mo­ments for me.

What was re­ally good was the sleep. I can’t claim the full nine hours ev­ery night, but on a good run I man­age seven, more or less undis­turbed, which leaves me feel­ing re­freshed and, here’s the novel thing, calm.

Af­ter dis­cov­er­ing The Tonic Tribe, I was in­tro­duced to Green God­dess’s ver­sion in cap­sule form (£39.99, green­god­dess­well­ness.com), which uses a spe­cific CBD blend found to be ben­e­fi­cial to mood. It is also blended with co­conut oil, which helps ab­sorp­tion. Co­in­ci­den­tally, Green God­dess calls it The Tonic, too.

‘When in­gested, CBD binds to cell re­cep­tors that af­fect sleep, ap­petite, pain, in­flam­ma­tion and mood reg­u­la­tion,’ ex­plains An­gelina Niz­zardi, founder of Green God­dess (who takes it three times a day). As for its ef­fects on the skin: ‘CBD works by reg­u­lat­ing the skin’s oil pro­duc­tion,’ she says.

Re­search from The Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal In­ves­ti­ga­tion (2014) found CBD nor­malises ex­ces­sive and ab­nor­mal lipid pro­duc­tion, de­creases the pro­lif­er­a­tion of se­ba­ceous glands, and ex­erts anti -in­flam­ma­tory ac­tions that can help re­duce the symp­toms of eczema.

This seems a pow­er­ful force. And if it turns out to be a placebo? I’ll take it.

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