CBD GUIDE UK
Is CBD Illegal?
No. CBD is legal across the EU and many other countries around the world. In the UK it can be sold legally as a food supplement. It is always wise to buy from a reputable company that can provide lab reports. Equally, it is also advisable to check reviews and testimonials about the CBD supplier to ensure that they are providing a high quality product.
If you plan to travel with CBD products, please check the legal status regarding CBD in the country you will visiting, as it is still illegal in many places.
What Is CBD?
CBD oil is a fabulous food supplement rich in cannabinoids and terpenes, which help to bring balance to our bodies and minds by interacting with the endocannabinoid system in our bodies. The benefits of CBD oil are wide and varied and it is sold legally in the UK as a food supplement. The World Health Organisation stipulates that CBD oil is non-toxic, non-addictive and non-psychoactive.
Does CBD Get You High?
CBD oil contains THC levels lower than 0.2% so using CBD oil does not have a psychoactive effect and will not get you ‘high’.
Where Does CBD Oil Come From?
CBD oil is derived from a strain of cannabis plant called hemp sativa. Hemp sativa naturally grows with very low levels of THC, so it is legal in the UK. It contains high levels of CBD (cannabidiol) and over 100 different healthy cannabinoids. CBD and other cannabinoids are not psychoactive or physically addictive
What Is The Endocannabinoid System?
In 1992, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli scientist, discovered that every human and many animals have a system present in their bodies known as The Endogenous Cannabinoid System or Endocannabinoid System. This system is activated by cannabinoids.
Our bodies create cannabinoids, which are used by the endocannabinoid system to maintain balance (homeostasis) in the body. However, unfortunately most of us are unable to create enough of our own cannabinoids and therefore our endocannabinoid system may be out of balance, resulting in poor health.
The endocannabinoid system has often been described as the most important system in the body for maintaining long-term health.
Research suggests that taking CBD oil helps your body to create more of the cannabinoids needed by this system, in turn helping to maintain balance and wellbeing in the body.
What Does CBD Help With?
CBD had been used for many thousands of years until it was unfortunately prohibited in the 20th century due to its connection with cannabis. CBD and hemp are now fully legal in the UK and the EU but sellers of CBD oil cannot make medical claims regarding its benefits.
When hemp and CBD were legalized a few years ago, many people began to take CBD and other cannabinoids extracted from hemp plants to top up their cannabinoid levels and bring more balance to their endocannabinoid systems.
Taking CBD oil helps your body to create more of the cannabinoids that your endocannabinoid system needs to help maintain balance and wellbeing in the body. It is vital to keep this system working well as it helps our immune systems, protects our brains, helps us manage stress and generally keeps our bodies in balance.
Does CBD Help Me To Sleep?
Some people sleep well on CBD, others don’t. It usually depends on the reason why sleeping is difficult. For some, CBD can help relax the body and mind so that sleeping becomes easier. On the other hand, some people notice an uplifting, energizing effect, which could make falling asleep more difficult. Should you notice that falling asleep proves more difficult, then take your last drops of the day some 2-3 hours before sleeping.
Studies have also shown that the amount of CBD you take can affect whether you feel sleepy or not. Generally the more CBD you take the more likely you are to feel tired. This is due to the biphasic properties of CBD (see below)
Is CBD Safe To Take With Other Medications?
It is wise to check with your doctor before using CBD oil if you are using other medication. According to the World Health Organization CBD oil is non-toxic, non-addictive and non-psychoactive and there have never been any reported cases of overdoses or serious side effects.
In some studies, certain doses of CBD have been known to temporarily deactivate Cytochrome P450 (CYP450), a class of liver enzymes responsible for the breakdown of some clinically prescribed medications. This can lead to the delayed breakdown and prolonged activity of administered prescription medications (as well as some OTC medications).
While not believed to be life-threatening, it is advisable to pay attention to any changes in health whilst taking medications alongside CBD and always visit your GP if you are concerned about any new symptoms.
Some people already have anomalies in the CYP450 enzyme system, which can impact the way they metabolize CBD, as well as certain medications. For these individuals it may be necessary to re-evaluate the dosage of CBD.
Is CBD Safe To Use Whilst pregnant?
If you are thinking about using CBD oil whilst pregnant or breastfeeding you should consult with your GP.
Is CBD Safe For Children?
We do not sell CBD oil to children or anyone under the age of 18. If you are thinking about giving CBD oil to someone under the age of 18 you should consult with your doctor.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
If you are new to taking CBD it is wise to start with a low or medium strength CBD oil. If you are a sensitive person, then we recommend you starting with the 3% or 5% CBD oils, although it is perfectly reasonable to start with the 10% CBD oils.
We recommend starting with the minimal suggested serving on any CBD product and then increase the amount gradually until you reach the results you want.
The World Health Organization stipulates that CBD is non-toxic, non-addictive, and non-psychoactive and, to date, there are no reports of serious side-effects.
But if you are taking other medication, you should consult with your GP or pharmacist, to check whether there could be any contra-indications.
When you first start taking CBD oils, you should start with a low dose, and start increasing gradually, as per our dosage guide.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
Everyone is different; everyone’s body is different. As a result everyone reacts to CBD differently. Some of us are naturally much more sensitive to CBD than others.
With CBD it is important to start with a small dose and build it up slowly. Discover how your body reacts to CBD for a few days before increasing the dose. See our guide below. Some people only need about 10mg of CBD p/day, whereas others find that they might require up to 75mg per day which is the maximum recommended daily dose.
CBD Oil is twice as bio-available via the gums, than via the gut – which means that it is absorbed much better when held in the mouth for a minute. Spray or drop the CBD oil into your mouth then close your lips and apply slight suction. This boosts the absorption of the active ingredients through the mucous membrane in the mouth. After a minute or two of allowing the cannabinoids to be absorbed through the gums, we recommend you wash the oil down with a drink.
What's The Fastest Way For CBD To be absorbed?
CBD oil is most quickly and readily absorbed via the gums. It is less bioavailable via the gut so if it is swallowed immediately some of the CBD will be lost or absorbed more slowly. Therefore we recommend that people place CBD oil or paste into the mouth and keep it near the gums for a minute before swallowing.
What Should I do If I Don't Like The Taste?
Our broad spectrum and full spectrum gold oils have very little taste. The whole plant CBD oils contains the dark-coloured plant waxes which have a bitter taste. Some people dislike this bitter taste and so prefer to use the ‘gold’ CBD oil. This gold CBD oil contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes but does not contain the dark, bitter plant waxes so the gold oil has a very mild taste.
Some people mix the dark CBD oil with honey or other sweet liquids on a spoon before putting the CBD oil into the mouth. Other people have recommended placing CBD oil onto a sweet or mint before placing it in the mouth and sucking the sweet.
Where Does Your CBD Come From?
Our CBD oils and pastes are sourced from ethical farms in the US and the EU. We work with a network of people to ensure that we have access to a broad range of CBD oils of different strengths. Some people prefer gold oils, which are more readily available in Northern Europe and the US, whereas other people prefer darker whole-plant oils, which are more common to Southern or Eastern Europe.
Is CBD Regulated In The UK
The Cannabis Trade Association (CTA) in the UK works in conjunction with the Home Office. The CTA publish guidelines relating to CBD products and we adhere to these guidelines. Our broad spectrum products are novel food compliant in line with the novel food guidelines published by the Food Standards Agency in the UK.
Why Is Full Spectrum Better Than Cheaper Isolate?
CBD oil is sold as either whole plant oil, full-spectrum gold oil, broad spectrum oil or isolate CBD oil (often called 100% or pure CBD). All oils must contain less than 0.2% THC to be legally sold in the UK.
Several studies have shown that the efficacy of CBD oil improves dramatically when a range of cannabinoids and terpenes are available. Working together, this full-spectrum of cannabinoids creates what is known as the ‘entourage effect‘. As Dr. Ethan Russo states,
“Many of these ‘minor’ cannabinoids are seemingly inactive on their own but together they make this beautiful music”.
For this reason, we wholeheartedly recommend that you take whole plant or full-spectrum gold CBD oils, as these oils contain the full range of over 100 healthy cannabinoids, of which CBD (cannabidiol) is only one. If you would like a THC-free option then the broad spectrum oils offer a cheaper alternative. While they do offer high levels of CBD, broad spectrum oils contain only a handful of cannabinoids and do not contain any terpenes, flavonoids or THC so may be less effective than full spectrum oils.
For more information regarding the difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD Isolates please click here:
What Are The Biphasic Properties Of CBD?
A biphasic drug is one that has different effects on the body at different blood concentration levels.
One of the most well known biphasic drugs is alcohol. It acts as a stimulant until blood alcohol levels reach 0.05 percent. After this point, continued consumption of alcohol causes sedation and depression.
When CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system at a low concentration, it has been shown to increase wakefulness, alertness and other elevating responses.
At higher levels of concentration, however, CBD has a sedating effect. For example, people who consume more substantial amounts of CBD may feel sleepy and calm instead of alert and energetic.