Its makers aren’t allowed to trumpet its health benefits, so why is CBD seen as a cure-all by a growing legion of fans?
It’s a sunny afternoon in Somerset, and I’m standing in a two-acre field of cannabis. The plants don’t smell particularly potent; they’re gangly creatures that look like a cross between a nettle and a fern. They look innocuous, but I had to secure a pass to come here, accompanied by Dr Nick Horniman, one of the UK’s leading experts on medicinal cannabis, and George Thomas, managing director of George Botanicals, a CBD products manufacturer that is part of the Sativa Group.
The plot has been approved by the Home Office for research purposes, and propagated with a low-THC…