Cannabidiol, or CDB, might be worth considering for some of your issues, whether it’s a good night’s sleep, curbing anxiety or an unexpected ache. CBD, made from a compound in the cannabis plant, was legalised in Britain last year and has recently gone on sale at Holland & Barrett (£19.99 for 10ml, hollandandbarrett.com). The oil was a commercial success and the retailer boasted a 37% increase in sales in February. “We knew there were numerous trends surfacing around this liquid, but we didn’t expect to see sales increase this dramatically,” a spokesperson for the health food shop said. Here’s everything you need to know: Can you get high from CBD? THC is the cannabis plant’s psychoactive ingredient but there are more than 100 other chemical compounds in the plant, so CBD doesn’t actually get you high. It’s extracted by soaking the plant in alcohol and then evaporating the liquid. “CBD oil has a lifting and relaxing effect on mood with none of the adverse psychoactive effects associated with marijuana,” says Healthspan medical director Dr Sarah Brewer. “It acts via the body’s own endocannabinoid system to promote feelings of wellbeing. It’s a great choice if you’re finding it difficult to relax, as it’s not habit-forming”, she adds, noting that the oil is “particularly helpful for reducing anxiety, promoting relaxation and restful sleep.” Can it really be used for anxiety and other ailments? Well, a World Health Organisation (WHO) report suggested CBD oil could be used to treat anxiety and depression thanks to its soothing effects. In it they said there was “reduced social anxiety in patients” and an “anti-depressant effect” for depression. The report suggests a number of illnesses and ailments in which CBD could provide relief including nausea, diabetic complications, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, pain, cancer, psychosis, Crohn’s disease and cardiovascular.