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 flowers of the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as hemp. The full spectrum 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 provide an easy method of delivering the CBD, via droppers taken under the tongue 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 0.2% THC which is the psychoactive substance found naturally in the cannabis plant. It is illegal in the UK. 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 0.2%) 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 REFINED CBD range is made with a full spectrum hemp extract using alcohol extraction. Our RAW CBD range is made using supercritical CO2 extraction method. This delivers a final product with high purity and also maintaining the range of cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes and other phytochemicals. Read more about how we sourced it here.
Some people have a preference for one extraction method over the other, so we’re pleased to offer both. 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 cook with Coconut CBD Oil or CBD Oil? What is the maximum heat it can be used at?
We add the CBD Coconut Oil to our hot chocolate and simmer slightly on the hob. You can also add a spoonful directly to your tea or coffee. We use CBD Coconut Oil in cakes as long as they will be cooked on a low heat. It’s such a versatile product you can use it in many applications. We advise you don’t boil it, as this may lessen its quality: high heat affects the cannabinoid compounds. This is why we advise people to store the products in the fridge, or out of direct sunlight.
The same goes for the dropper bottles – add a few drops to your drinks or food, although the product is primarily made for consumption under the tongue which will maximise its effects. Do not heat the oil too high, or place it on direct heat.
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.