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First time buying CBD?

The number of people using CBD for health benefits is growing at a tremendous rate. It’s in the news almost every day, and there are now 1.8 million daily CBD UK users, but where do you start? We are going to try to talk you through questions that you may have regarding CBD.

We understand that everyone has different levels of expertise and knowledge about CBD. If you have any questions about CBD, you can head over to our CBD contact page to send us an email.

What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?

in short, CBD oil is a safe food supplement which can support you to maintain a healthful lifestyle. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound that is acquired from hemp, or more specifically, Cannabis Sativa L. CBD is one of 100 different cannabinoids that has been identified from the cannabis plant.

What are cannabinoids?

The word cannabinoid refers to every chemical substance, regardless of formation or origin, that joins the cannabinoid receptors of the body and brain and that have related effects to those produced by the Cannabis Sativa plant. Research has found that the cannabis plant produces between 80 and 100 cannabinoids and about 300 non-cannabinoid chemicals.

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”

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 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.

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.

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.

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