What is CBD?
Cannabidiol – or CBD – is one of over 100 active compounds found in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids. The human body is widely populated with cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoids play a crucial role in regulating our physiology and mood.
CBD is often sold as an oil. Cannabinoids are extracted from the leaves of the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as hemp. The extract is a thick paste, containing high levels of various cannabinoids, which is mixed with a carrier oil (in our case organic hemp seed oil). This provides an easy method of delivering the CBD, and allows us to create various strengths.
How does it work?
Cannabidiol, like all cannabinoids, interacts with cannabinoid receptors in your brain and body, specifically receptors CB1 and CB2. These receptors form what’s known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays a crucial role in regulating our mood, appetite, digestion, memory, sensitivity to pain, hormones, motivation, sleep, and much more. The ECS was only discovered in 1992 and is proving to be one of the most vital bodily systems. Its primary role is to help the body maintain balance.
What can I use it for?
Unfortunately, we are not permitted to give any medical advice regarding the use of CBD. Please read the information provided for each product in our online CBD shop.
There is a wealth of information available online. We recommend focusing on peer-reviewed scientific studies. Here, Examine.com has analysed 112 peer-reviewed studies on CBD benefits, harms and unknowns (scroll down to the section called ‘Scientific Research on CBD)’. It is an American resource, and so some of the advice is outside of UK law, but reviewing the research should give you a better idea of what has been proven, and what is still in trial or just anecdotal evidence of effects.
Is CBD legal?
CBD is safe to use and perfectly legal in the UK. It has no known side effects and is not addictive. The World Health Organisation believes that products with less than 0.2% THC are safe and should be de-scheduled from controlled substance lists across the world. Every batch of CBD we produce is lab tested to make sure we’re always meeting government regulations.
CBD can interact with some medicines. If you take any prescription medication you should check with your practitioner before taking any supplements.
Will it get me high? Does it have THC in it?
Nope! All our products contain less than 0.01% THC which is the psychoactive substance found naturally in the cannabis plant. All of our products are made using industrial hemp which refers to strains of the Cannabis sativa plant that are very low in THC (less than 0.01%) with no psychoactive (‘high’) effects.
CO2 Extraction or Alcohol Extraction?
Both! Alcohol is a solvent that is made due to plant fermentation and is a by-product of plants themselves. Alcohol maintains the original whole chemical plant profile of cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes. Our CBD range is made with a broad spectrum hemp extract both extraction methods. Shop for CBD here.
Can I see your lab report?
Our CBD is tested by an independent laboratory to guarantee purity, content and the amounts of CBD alongside other valuable cannabinoids. We can share lab reports with you by request, we test continually with every new batch. To find more information see here.
Can I give CBD to my pet?
Some people have found CBD effective in helping their pets, but we are unable to make any medical claims about this. Currently, the Veterinary Medicines Director in the UK consider veterinary products containing CBD to be medicine, and marketing any product for animals requires authorisation, which – as far as we currently know – no CBD products in the UK have.
Currently, there isn’t much scientific research on using cannabis products for pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association shares the research developing around CBD for pets here. We recommend doing your own research, and speaking to a veterinary practitioner for medial advice for your pet. We’d love to hear your personal results though, should you choose to treat your pet with CBD.
I have more questions?
More questions? Please take a look at our FAQ page.