Cannabis oil launched at Holland & Barrett at the beginning of the year, and the health food chain has reported sales of its ‘CBD Oil’ rocketing.
The retailer, which has been selling the product for £19.99. has already seen sales increase by 37 per cent in the last four weeks.
And this mirrors an increase in demand recorded by The Cannabis Trades Association UK.
According to the body, there are now 250,000 users of CBD Oil across the UK, which is up form the 125,000 recorded this time last year.
The oil is said to be able to treat a variety of problems.
At the end of last year, a World Health Organisation report revealed that it may help successful treat symptoms relating to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, pain, anxiety, depression, cancer and diabetic complications.
While cannabis oil has become increasingly popular, should the public be weary of products?
Dr Andrew Thornber, chief medical officer at Now Healthcare Group has issued his advice.
He said: “Cannabis Oil is apparently described as a natural product used by many to ease symptoms of various ailments from joint pain and multiple sclerosis to anxiety and depression.
“However this isn’t prescribed by a GP or Pharmacist at present, so I would not personally recommend this as a medical practitioner.”
While there has been some research to link cannabis oil to improved health benefits for people with certain ailments, this should be treated with caution, according to Dr Thornber.
He explained: “The individual needs of the patient vary and what works for one person may not work for another.