CDB FAQs

What is CBD oil?

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that can be found in the cannabis plant.

Cannabis! Does that mean it is illegal in the UK?

No! It is not illegal in the UK, you can even buy it in John Lewis! As long as the CBD oil contains no more that 1mg in any packed product of THC (THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that makes you high), then rest assured it is 100% legal.

Will it make me high?

No.

Will I test positive in a drugs test?

No.

How does CBD oil work on the body?

The endocannabinoid system of your body, otherwise known as ECS, is responsible for fine tuning most of the physiological functions in the body by keeping an equilibrium. CBD works with the ECS helping to stimulate the body’s natural cannabinoid production to maintain the efficiency of the receptors and optimal function of the system as a whole.

Why do people take CBD?

Legally CBD oil is sold and marketed as a ‘food supplement’, not a medicine, and with that in mind CBD oil is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. We would always recommend that you seek the advice of your doctor or medical professional before using any products whether that be CBD or any natural/herbal remedy. That being said there is a growing body of evidence, both clinical and anecdotal, suggesting that CBD oils have the potential to assist with:

  • The sleep/wake cycle
  • Moods
  • Appetite regulation
  • Memory

Due to strict government guidelines in the UK which this company abides by, we are unable to make any claims as to the potential specific benefits of CBD.  However, we would urge you to undertake your own research e.g. Google, as many people are now successfully using this wonderful supplement for a multitude of reasons.

Is it safe?

Yes!  In 2017 the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a report saying that naturally occurring CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans and animals, and is not associated with any negative public health effects.  It was also stated that CBD does not induce physical dependence and “is not associated with abuse potential”.

How much do I take?

There is no one single dose that works for everyone as it depends on age, sex, weight and whether you are taking other medications.  However, the good news is that whilst discovering your ‘sweet spot’ e.g. the right dose that works for you, CBD is well tolerated and incredibly safe, and to date, there have been no cases of CBD overdose.

The rule to follow with CBD is to start low and work your way up, as the benefits of proceeding in this manner mean that your body is given time to get used to the CBD and importantly you may discover that CBD works for you at a minimum dose so you will, therefore, save yourself money.

Many people using CBD find that a dose between 10-20mg taken once or twice a day is enough to provide the relief that they are seeking, yet others have highly successful results with their varying ailments with as little as 1-3 mg per day.  Generally, people take the dose twice a day e.g. every 12 hours, but some people find that only taking the CBD once a day works for them.

The key is to listen to your own body and if a lower dose does not work for you, gradually increase until you find the dose that does.  This process may involve trial and error, and some people fail at the first hurdle as they take it once and decide it has not worked and give up.  Very few supplements work after one dose, and CBD is no different.  Like some other herbal supplements it can take up to 3 months before the full benefits kick in, which frankly given the potential health benefits it can give, it is well worth the wait.  However, some people will feel the effects virtually straight away, so again I say, we are all different!

Further information can be found in the Dosing & Administering CBD section.

How long on average does it take to feel the effects?

The effects of CBD take anything from a few seconds to 60 minutes to kick in depending on how you are taking the CBD and when you last ate e.g. it works faster on an empty stomach.

How do I take CBD?

There are various methods for taking CBD oil but orally is the easiest for most people.  Pure CBD oil tinctures can be administered sublingually e.g. drops placed under the tongue, which allows the CBD to be absorbed by the capillaries and then directly into the bloodstream.  Once the liquid is held for up to 90 seconds under the tongue, the remainder is then swallowed.  Using this method means that the CBD reaches the bloodstream and interacts with the endocannabinoid system within minutes.

However, by far the easiest method of taking CBD is how you would normally take a vitamin supplement e.g. you ingest it.  Although swallowing the oil means it goes into the digestive system first where it is then metabolised by the liver and from there into the bloodstream means that it will take longer before the effects are felt, it means that your choice of carrier products are far greater e.g. capsules, drinks, food (add it to your olive oil whilst making a salad for instance) and sweets – never a better reason for a bit of chocolate or some gummy bears!  This method also means that the effects of CBD are felt longer in the body which is a big plus.

Finally, CBD can be applied topically in creams, lotions and lip balm. CBD works on the upper layers of the epidermis and does not enter the bloodstream. CBD is now starting to be incorporated into skin and hair care products.

Further information can be found in the Dosing & Administering CBD section.

Hemp Oil seems cheaper, isn’t it the same thing as CBD oil?

No!  CBD oil comes from industrial hemp plants with trace amounts of THC.  It will be labelled ‘CBD oil’ or ‘CBD hemp oil’.

If a product is labelled ‘Hemp oil’ it will mean that it is a nutritional supplement which does NOT contain CBD, meaning that it does not have the therapeutic properties that CBD does.

Some people refer to % CBD, what does this mean?

Percentage is quite a confusing term with regards to CBD, and this, in turn, can be very misleading. The important thing with regards to CBD is the milligram level, and this should be shown clearly on the packaging.

The industry is starting to clamp down on companies promoting the % of CBD, as some unscrupulous firms are intentionally misleading consumers by claiming a product is a higher % than it actually is. There are lots of instances where a test certificate is issued with a %, but the test was done on a 10ml sample size, then the seller has rebottled the product into a 50ml size bottled, so they are actually reducing the size % by 5!

The ONLY way you should buy CBD is when you can clearly see how many milligrams are in the total products.