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.
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. 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?
THC is a psychoactive substance, found naturally in the Cannabis plant. It is illegal in the UK. We are licensed by the UK government to grow 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.
CO2 Extraction or Alcohol Extraction?
We use alcohol extraction. Alcohol is a solvent that is made due to plant fermentation and is a by-product of plants themselves. Alcohol is the only solvent that maintains the original whole chemical plant profile of cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes.
Can I see your lab report?
Every batch of our CBD is sent to the lab to be tested to guarantee purity, content and amounts of CBD and other cannabinoids. The results we get are just tables of data and can be quite hard to understand, so we’re just working out how best to share them with you! If you’d like to make a request to see our lab report, drop us an email.
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.
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.