What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 100 active compounds called cannabinoids found in hemp. 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. First, the 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), to create the right strength and provide an easy method of delivering the CBD, via droppers taken under the tongue.
How does it work?
CBD 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. It was only discovered in 1992, but the ECS is proving to be one of the most vital bodily systems. It would seem that its primary role is to help the body maintain balance.
CBD is reported to have an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and relaxing effect on the nerves and muscles, which can relieve physical stress in the body without imparting a psychoactive effect on the mind.
What can I use it for?
Our CBD products are sold as ‘supplements’ and we are unable to give any medical advice regarding their usage. Please read the info provided with each product in our online CBD shop. Research is now growing, and studies are taking place into the many potential benefits of CBD. There is a wealth of information available online, but we’d recommend focussing on the 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.
You will also be able to find more information on CBD on our blog as it develops.
Is CBD legal?
In the UK, CBD is perfectly legal and safe to use. CBD has no known side effects and is not addictive. In fact, the World Health Organisation believes that CBD and CBD 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.
Will it get me high? Does it have THC in it?
No. Our CBD products contain less than 0.2% THC, which the World Health Organisation states is safe and should be legal globally. THC is a psychoactive substance, found naturally in the Cannabis plant. It is illegal in the UK. We were previously licensed by the UK government to grow industrial hemp – strains of the Cannabis sativa plant that are very low in THC (less than 0.2%), so you won’t feel the psychoactive (‘high’) effects. All of our products are made using industrial hemp.
CO2 Extraction or Alcohol Extraction?
Both! Previously, we have used alcohol extraction. 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 new CBD range is also made with a full spectrum hemp extract, but now using a clean, safe 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 our CBD 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 just leave it to slightly simmer on the hob. Or just add a spoonful to your tea or coffee. We also use it in cakes, cooking on a low heat in the oven. 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 CBD compounds. This is why we advise people to store the products in the fridge, or out of direct sunlight.
The same with the dropper bottles – you can add a few drops to your drinks or food, although the product is primarily made for consumption under the tongue, so that you 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 CBD 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.