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What is CBD?

What is CBD?

CBD is a abbreviation for Cannabidiol which is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of 113 identified cannabinoids found in cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40% of the total plant's extract.

CBD is an ingredient naturally sourced from hemp plants that are cultivated for nutritional purposes. The CBD is obtained from hemp paste, made from the stalks, leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, with hemp seeds as a secondary source.

CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, which means that people do not feel ‘high’ after using it. In 2019 CBD became the top trending health supplement due to the compounds wide range of health & wellbeing benefits,

The best quality CBD products are derived from whole hemp plant extract with a full spectrum cannabinoid content with other cannabinoids and beneficial plant compounds like terpenes and flavonoids. It is believed that using the whole plant maximises benefits derived throughout the body and supplies additional wellness components.

How does CBD work?

In layman’s terms, CBD works by keeping your body's receptors running at optimal capacity and helps the function of the body’s own endocannabinoids which plays a crucial role in regulating a broad range of physiological processes that affect our everyday experience – our mood, our energy level, our intestinal fortitude, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, how we experience pain, stress, hunger, and more.

How long does CBD take to work

This is a tricky question with a variety of different questions, this varies for each person. While products like CBD edibles and gummies may take longer to work because they are moving through the digestive system, people with fast metabolisms may not benefit from those methods.

Vaping CBD may work much faster but their effectiveness will only last for shorter periods of time if you were looking for fast relief from such conditions like anxiety this may be better suited for you.
At the end of the day, you need to experiment to find out what product works best for you and your body, once you find the best method and dosage that is correct for you can adjust as and when you need to.

What is the difference between CBD and hemp oil?

CBD oil is an extract made of the entire cannabis plant (including leaves, flowers, stems and seeds), whereas hemp oil is pressed from hemp seeds alone. The key distinctions are:
CBD oils are rich in cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN etc.) and appear in the form of oil extracts, e-liquids, gummies and capsules.

Hemp oil is Omega-rich cooking oil, commonly consumed raw (unheated) as a salad dressing. It contains negligible amounts of cannabinoids. Hemp oil is very adaptable and is also applied as a natural moisturiser in skin care products and for the production of bioplastics, fuels and paint.

Is CBD legal in UK?

100% Yes, most CBD products are legal to buy in the UK. However, there are multiple regulations that rule what it can contain, how it is manufactured and how it can be sold.

Many online websites will tell you that as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC, then it is perfectly legal. This is a typical misinterpretation. The 0.2% THC rule only involves the hemp that is grown to deliver the CBD extract. The maximum THC level in a CBD product can be 1mg.

The sale of ‘CBD Flowers’ and buds is prohibited even if THC is below 0.2% and from EU approved origin. For a CBD product to be traded in the UK, it must not be promoted as medicine or having medicinal benefits.

Cannabinol (CBD) UK Facts

Here we have some facts about the use of CBD in the UK

  • Hemp extract containing CBD are sold as food supplements in the United Kingdom
  • CBD occurs naturally in the industrial hemp (Cannabis Sativa L) plant
  • Interacts and helps balance the body’s endocannabinoid system
  • CBD is not the same as Hemp oil
  • CBD is Legal to be sold in the UK as a food supplement
  • CBD is currently being studied for a variety of potential biological properties
  • CBD is non-intoxicating and will NOT get you “high”

Is all CBD the same?

Unfortunately, not all CBD is produced equally. CBD oils obtained from whole-plant extracts also sold as full-spectrum oils, are commonly recognised to be greater quality than those created from CBD isolates.

High-quality CBD oils aren't cheap to manufacture, so if the price is too low, that's a good sign that it was produced from lower or contaminated raw substances, sub-standard solvents, or it doesn't hold very much if any, actual CBD in the product.

Before purchasing CBD oil, check to see if the company has had its products verifiably tested. A business you can trust will present the results public. The information should be published on the website. If you can't find it there, then it is time to start questioning.

You can read about what happened when we tested some random CBD products on Amazon UK on our blog page.

How Safe is CBD?

People frequently link CBD with the negative stigma of cannabis. The essential thing to recognize is that CBD is known to be very safe. It doesn't produce any intoxication or causes any of the so-labeled “high” connected with cannabis. Researches have shown that CBD has no addictive characteristics.

CBD is well tolerated by the majority of people, however, as a precaution, it is not advised for people in vulnerable groups, except under medical direction.

These include: pregnant and breastfeeding women people using any medication If you have any health concerns, please contact a healthcare professional.

We advise that healthy adults should not take more than 70mg a day unless a doctor agrees more. This is around 28 drops of 5% CBD. 5