- This latest fight between the BBC and CBD companies is the same old story
- Why Dr Javid Abdelmneim is kind of right about some operators on the market
- But why the BBC might ALSO be wrong
It’s all kicking off in cannabis oil world!
On the one side… CBD oil companies.
On the other…. the BBC.
BBC vs CBD
I was going to say it’s the ‘Battle of the Acronyms’!
I know that my intelligent, eagle-eyed readers would immediately spot that BBC is an acronym, while CBD is actually an abbreviation (for ‘cannabidiol’, one of the chemical compounds in marijuana and hemp).
There’s no getting past you!
Anyway, the BBC vs CBD spat was all because of an episode of Trust Me I’m a Doctor in which Dr Javid Abdelmneim looked at what was in many CBD oil products.
As you know, cannabis oil is reputed to relieve stress and anxiety, improve sleep, ease chronic pain and alleviate the symptoms of epilepsy.
But as I’ve been saying many times, over and over, in these letters…
Don’t just grab a bottle from any old high street store or website!
Find a trusted source, so you know that what’s in the bottle is what is advertised on the outside – real cannabis oil (NOT hemp oil) and in the strengths described, whether that’s 2.5%, 5%, or 10%.
We have a recommended source here, if you’re interested in finding out more and avoiding the pitfalls: About CBD oil.
So the TV show pretty much agreed with what I’d been warning.
Because this is a food supplement, not a medicine, it hasn’t undergone strict legislation, as there is no standard testing that all the companies must undergo.
Unsurprisingly then, the BBC programme picked 12 popular CBD oil products that are available online and sent them for testing to the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute.
The results showed that three contained less CBD than advertised on the packaging.
However, was the BBC being totally fair?
The companies who were challenged about their contents questioned how the BBC could get such definite results when there are no internationally recognised, standardised laboratory tests to determine these levels.
Also, sending samples to just ONE lab is not at all scientific.
Because different labs will get different results.
And when you add in the fact that nobody knows what the results should be because there is no agreed testing procedure as a benchmark, then it gets even muddier.
What’s more, it seems a bit rich, doesn’t it?
Effectively, the programme makers are saying:
“YOUR products don’t reach the standard WE have arbitrarily decided based on one lab that WE picked.”
No wonder the CBD companies took offence!
One of them, Celtic Wind, said that the BBC’s testing methods were “inappropriate”, and another called them “aberrant for CBD content, and perhaps for other parameters”.
So maybe the BBC is both right and a bit wrong here.
And this is what is so frustrating.
These big fights which play out on our screens and in our newspapers usually just make things worse for ordinary people who are trying to feel better.
What happens is that a great new idea, technology, or nutritional breakthrough hits the news…
Then there’s a pile-on by business start-ups AND the media.
Think of what happened with Coconut Oil recently, where articles extolling the virtues saw loads of products hit the shelves… and then the backlash came as newspaper articles began to damn it.
The thing is…
It’s not just the CBD oil companies who are riding the booming new trend for cannabis products…
Media organisations are also getting clicks and sales from writing articles about it, especially when they go against the crowd and try to slam the CBD oil companies.
It makes compelling copy…
It creates great headlines…
It all feeds the media machine.
What about people who could genuinely benefit from a natural, non-toxic ingredient from nature?
What about people with anxiety? Insomnia? Stress?
Well, they’re left in the dark while battles rage in the media limelight.
It’s the same old story with nutrition, going back decades, where ordinary people have to sift through conflicting information, amidst angry noise and accusations, to somehow get the info they need to make their own decisions.
As I say, it happened with coconut oil… and probiotics… and carbs… and fats… and fish oils and… well, I could go on.
But you have a right to know what’s out there.
You have a right to try these things to see if and how they work.
And if something can relieve your pain and anxiety, right concerns, mobility issues, eyesight fears or even those premature wrinkles, then it’s worth having the chance.
Ultimately, the best way to KNOW whether CBD works for you or not is to try it yourself for a month and see what happens.
As long as you don’t just grab a cheap, subpar product with less CBD oil than stated! For more info, check this out: CBD oil facts
Right, that’s my rant over for today – I hope you have a great weekend.
On Sunday, I’ve got a special message for my male followers that could be of interest if you want to have sleep every night without constantly getting up to go to the toilet!
I’ll explain more in due course!