CBD stands for Cannabidiol, an ingredient naturally sourced from hemp plants. Hemp derived CBD has become one of the fastest growing wellbeing supplements in the UK but recent press has left the public confused between CBD and medical marajuana – two very different products.
The ‘hemp’ plant and the ‘marajuana’ plant are both types of cannabis. What makes them completely different is their constituents – specifically ‘CBD’ and ‘THC’. The ingredient ‘CBD’ (otherwise known as cannabidiol) is a natural extract of the hemp plant that’s non-intoxicating and void of any psychoactive inducing properties. It’s also the ingredient that’s been widely researched for its potntial health benefits. The ingredient ‘THC’, that is plentiful in the marajuana plant, is responsible for the so called ‘high’ that’s associated with cannabis. Unlike marajuana plants, industrial hemp – despite being a plant from the cannabis family – contains only miniscule, trace amounts of the psychoactive substance, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Because of this, our CBD products are perfectly legal and safe to use.
What is CBD for?
We are operating in a heavily regulated industry and therefore cannot make health claims or offer any sort of medical advice. What we can say is that it is an incredibly popular supplement! CBD has been beneficial for people suffering with a variety of conditions, such as chronic pain, aching muscles, inflammation, anxiety and many others. There are Facebook groups and other forums online where you can find out more from other CBD users. Try Conscious Hemp & CBD Users UK.
How long does it take to work?
The speed at which CBD works will depend on the delivery method you choose. Capsules and teas typically have a slower release when processed by the digestive system, while sublingual drops are absorbed more quickly under the tongue where there are a lot of blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. Vaping CBD is the fastest way to get CBD into your body but the effects don’t necessarily last as long as other methods so it really is down to personal preference. Please note: you cannot vaporise just any CBD oil, it must be a tincture that specifies that it is suitable for vaping.
What does it feel like?
Every person who tries CBD has a unique sensory experience but it’s not so much about how it feels but how it doesn’t feel. Whereas if you drink too much caffeine you’re likely to become jittery and too much alcohol makes you feel fuzzy and warm, that is just not the same with CBD. It isn’t a sedative or at all mind-altering. You might notice a calmness or a quietening of the usual chatter in your head when you’re trying to switch off. You may not notice anything at all until you realise that a symptom you were suffering from has eased.
How much should I take?
If you are new to CBD, it is advisable to start with a low dose and build up your intake gradually during the course of a few weeks until you find the dosage that best suits your needs. We are all different and can react to supplements in different ways. If in doubt, low and slow is best.
What should I look for in a CBD oil?
The highest quality CBD oils available on the market today are extracted using a method called Supercritical CO2 Extraction. It is a clean and safe extraction process which interferes with the cannabinoids as little as possible – unlike alcohol or chemical solvent extraction which is favoured by cheap CBD oil producers. A ‘cold’ process, CO2 hemp oil extraction minimises thermal degradation of the plant material and extracted oil. Plus, it is environmentally friendly and non-toxic. CBD oils which are also fully decarboxylated and filtrated, result in a purified, high-quality oil.