We've answered some of the most frequently asked questions relating to CBD. If your question is not answered here, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be able to help you further.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does CBD stand for?
CBD is short for cannabidiol - one of many naturally occurring compounds that are found in the Cannabis sativa L. (hemp) plant. You can read more about CBD in the ‘What is CBD?’ section.
Is CBD dangerous?
Not at all. The World Health Organisation has recognised CBD as having “no potential for abuse and no potential to produce dependence. It does not have significant ill-effects".
Is CBD legal?
CBD is legal in the UK; however it must not contain more than 0.2% THC. CBD food products (this includes oral drops, capsules, and gummies) must have a Novel Foods application; all our products have the required Novel Foods application number.
In Europe, each country has its own law, which dictates the way they deal with CBD and cannabis extracts in general. However, it’s safe to say that throughout most of the EU, CBD oil and other similar cannabis products are legal.
Will CBD help me to sleep?
There is research to suggest that CBD can help you fall asleep, although further research is needed to give a definitive answer.
Will CBD make me ‘high’?
No. The method through which CBD binds to your endocannabinoid receptors means that it cannot induce a high in the same way that THC can.
Would CBD interact with my medications?
CBD has been shown to interact with some medications. CBD is primarily metabolised through CYP3A enzymes, inhibiting their ability to process other chemicals effectively. We strongly recommend consulting with your doctor prior to taking CBD if you are currently using any medications.
Could I be allergic to CBD?
It’s very unlikely. Because of how similar CBD is to your endocannabinoids and how it binds to cell receptors, it would be difficult to induce an allergic response from the body.
Can I overdose on CBD?
No. Studies have shown CBD to be very well tolerated in several species, even at extremely high doses.
What is the recommended dosage of CBD?
It depends on too many factors to give a simple answer; what you’re taking the CBD for, what strength your chosen product is, how much exposure your body has had previously to cannabinoids, method of delivery, etc. The best advice is to start with a small dose and work your way up over a long period of time until you reach the desired effect. You can find out more in the ‘Dosage’ section.
Can I take CBD when pregnant/breastfeeding?
No. Because of how the endocannabinoid system works in young people, and the lack of significant research carried out in this area, we do not recommend taking CBD while pregnant or breastfeeding.
What is the difference in ‘mg’ or ‘ml’, etc? What defines the strength and what does that mean?
Milligrams (mg) refers to the weight of CBD in a given product, while millilitres (ml) refers to the total volume of the product, which will include the CBD and whatever carrier it is in (typically an oil). Often, the strength will be given as a percentage, which indicates how much of the total product is CBD (1000mg in a 10ml bottle is 10%, for example).
This allows for easy comparison between products.
Why are there different types of ‘mixer oils’?
Different benefits. MCT is very smooth and mostly tasteless, with a good mix of medium-chain triglycerides, while something like hemp seed oil is full of non-saturated fats, omega-3 and omega-6.
How is it best to take CBD?
This will depend on your requirements. If you want to try and reduce the inflammation in your hands from arthritis, a cream would be best. If you’re trying to reduce your general anxiety, perhaps an oil would be best.
How long does it take to work and how long does it last?
This depends on the method of delivery. Vaping is faster than sublingual (under the tongue), which is also faster than ingestion. As with many medicines, the longer it takes to begin acting, typically the longer the effects will last.
What does CBD do for the skin?
CBD in topical cosmetic products delivers the highest concentration of CBD exactly where you want it.
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