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The Beginner's Guide to CBD
An easy-to-understand, no-nonsense intro to what CBD is, how to use it, and where to buy it.
CBD is everywhere right now, but what exactly is it?
We’ve put together this guide to give you answers to the most common questions around CBD.
By the end of reading this, you’ll know exactly what it is, what it does, and if it’s right for your needs.
What is CBD?
Ok, first things first! CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant.
It’s a naturally occuring substance that’s used in products like oils, vapes, and edibles.
Many people use it because they believe it will help them relax or relieve pain.
Can you get high from CBD?
Cannabis plants have two main substances in them: CBD, and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, aren’t you glad we use acronyms!)
THC is the part of the plant that makes you feel high, and is a psychoactive.
CBD is a non-psychoactive – which means you won’t feel sedated or altered in any way.
What are the health benefits of CBD?
Scientific research is still going on, but many people claim CBD has helped with a huge range of health problems, including: anxiety, back pain, osteoarthritis and even cancer.
There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence, but a serious lack of scientific research – hopefully this will change soon!
Is CBD worth trying for pain management?
Yes. You might find CBD helps your pain. It depends on what health condition you have, and how your body reacts to it.
Figuring out how much you should take is the challenge: a dosage that alleviates one person’s pain might not do much for someone else.
You never know how your body will react to any new supplement, so when taking CBD for the first time, do so safely under supervision.
Can CBD help with anxiety?
CBD is incredibly popular with people who suffer from anxiety.
It tells your body to calm down, mellowing out the nervous system and minimising the effects of the “fight or flight” response.
Just remember, CBD products are not cure-alls – if you suffer from anxiety, doctors still recommend a balance of regular exercise and good nutrition, to help alleviate long-term symptoms.
What's the best way to take CBD?
There are so many different forms of CBD on the market, it can be pretty difficult to decide what to try first! There’s CBD oil, edibles, creams, tinctures, vape pens, ointments… it really depends on what your goal is and why you’re taking CBD in the first place.
The biggest differences between your options are speed of delivery and how long the effects last.
Ways you can take CBD
CBD cream or ointment: Great for muscles, joints, and ligaments, with a great localised release.
Vape: Quick relief in around 10 minutes, but wears off faster – vape usually lasts about two hours
Oils, tinctures and edibles: Take longer to work but last for a solid four or five hours. Edibles come in capsules, gummies and baked goods.
What's the deal with Hemp Oil?
The plant Cannabis Sativa has two primary species: hemp and marijuana.
Both contain CBD, but there’s a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low (less than 0.3%) levels of THC compare to marijuana.
When people talk about hemp oil, they’re referring to oil extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. There is no CBD or THC in hemp oil. This ingredient is packed with healthy fats and is used in beauty products for its moisturising benefits.
What should I look for when shopping for CBD products?
Here are a few things you should keep in mind when shopping:
1. It’s crucial to buy third-party-tested CBD for quality assurance. The CBD industry is still pretty unregulated, which means certain unscrupulous manufacturers don’t put the advertised amounts of CBD actually in their products.
Look for a quality assurance stampo or certificate of analysis from a third party (aka, not the actual brand). You can also check the retailer’s website if you don’t see it on the product’s label.
What should I look for when shopping for CBD products?
2. What does the label look like? If it’s a dietary supplement, it should have a back panel with a disclaimer and warning section.
3. What’s the dosing? When looking at dosing, check if it’s full-spectrum or isolate. Full-spectrum could include other cannabinoids, while isolate is 100% CBD. Some people might only need 10 miligrams of full-spectrum CBD, but with isolate, even taking 80 or 100 miligrams might not have the same effect.
4. Does it claim to cure any diseases? If so, DO NOT BUY IT. If a company’s making wild claims, they’re either choosing to lie to you or they simply don’t know the laws around advertising. Either way, avoid.
5. Is there a batch number? Good manufacturing practices require batch numbers. If there’s ever the need to recall a batch, they can do so with batch numbers.
6. Are there any additional ingredients in it? You’ll want to know everything you’re ingesting / inhaling.
Wow that all sounds good, but is CBD legal?
Yes! It’s now perfectly legal to buy, sell and consume CBD oil throughout the UK.
The legality of CBD products has a very confused and muddled up history, and buying / selling CBD flowers is still considered a grey area.
However, CBD oils, vapes, creams and edibles are perfectly legal.
Will CBD show up on a drug test?
It should not, as long as you’re buying third-party-tested CBD with no added THC.