Our mission is to introduce the world to honest and transparent CBD oil products. We know that for many people, our products will be their first experience with hemp CBD oil so we created this guide to help you navigate the world of UK CBD oil. Enjoy!
The Science of CBD
Our understanding of CBD oil is growing rapidly as it’s legalised around the world and research is allowed to progress. Although this molecule has been used for thousands of years, most academic papers are from the last ten years.
The two most studied molecules in the cannabis plant are THC and CBD. The main difference between them is that THC is intoxicating and CBD is not. In other words, THC will get you high but no matter how much CBD oil you consume, you won’t get high.
Both CBD oil THC are cannabinoid molecules are derived from the same parent molecule, cannabigerolic‐acid (GBGA). Enzymes in the cannabis plant convert this molecule into CBDA and THCA. The final step is decarboxylation, which occurs when THCA and CBDA are heated, we’re then left with THC and CBD.
A cannabinoid is a molecule that interacts directly with the body’s Endocannabinoid System. There are two key receptors in the endocannabinoid system, CB1 and CB2. Most CB1 receptors are found in the brain and spinal cord while CB2 receptors are found in the central nervous system and immune system. Differences in the molecular structure of THC and CBD change the way that they interact with these receptors and thus, their effects on the body.
The affinity of THC binding to CB1 receptors is strong and this is what leads to the intoxicating “high” feeling that cannabis brings. CBD doesn’t directly trigger a response by binding CB1 but instead changes the affinity of CB1 binding THC and thus, reduces the ability of THC to bind CB1. Additionally, CBD oil plays a role in the endocannabinoid system by influencing other types of receptors and enhancing natural levels of endocannabinoids by occupying certain enzymes. This is why CBD oil can have beneficial effects without producing a “high”.Is CBD Safe?
It’s well established that CBD oil is safe, the world health organisation has concluded that the evidence from well-controlled human experimental research indicates that CBD oil is not associated with abuse potential and presents no public health problems. That’s great news but you should always check with your regular treating doctor if you’re taking other medications and want to try something new.
What's a safe THC content?
We prefer CBD with zero-THC but any product that contains less than 1mg of THC per container is legal in the UK.
How can I consume CBD?
There are a number of different ways to consume CBD oil with distinct pros and cons. The most common methods are:
- Consuming CBD sublingually usually via a tincture
- Smoking CBD-only cannabis flower
- Vaporizing CBD e-liquid
- Drinking CBD infused beverages
- Eating infused CBD edible products, such as capsules, mints and gummies
When considering how much CBD oil to take, the most important thing is finding what works for you. There is some recent research suggesting that dosage of 25mg can be used to reduce anxiety and induce sleep. As with most medications, it’s a good idea to start low and slowly increase to figure out what works for you.
Will CBD make me high?
Pure CBD is non-intoxicating, meaning it will not make you feel high. Most CBD users report a feeling of relaxing and calm.
What’s the best CBD for me?
No one person is the same and everyone’s preferences for CBD oil are different. We recommend CBD oil novices start with capsules – the easiest way to consume. Many new users appreciate that capsules are dosed consistently so they know how much they're taking every time and don’t need to do any manual measurement. Capsules are also convenient, you can take them on the go and pop one wherever, whenever. Another common complaint about other forms of CBD oil, especially tinctures, is that some products have a poor aftertaste. Capsules, on the other hand are tasteless.Is CBD oil legal in the UK?
Yes, CBD oil is 100% legal in the United Kingdom.
This fact sheet from the Home Office explains that CBD oil in its pure form is not even classified under the Misuse Use of Drugs Act.
What are some of the best CBD products in the UK?
Obviously we think our Fog Clarity product is the best CBD oil capsule but there are lots of other great UK CBD oil brands. Here are some of our favourites:
Ohana – an awesome female-led topical and cosmetics line of CBD products
Botanic Labs – the best CBD beverages in the UK, plus you can get them on Deliveroo
LDNCBD – premium CBD oil products
First of all, you want to make sure that any product is thoroughly tested by an independent lab. Look for a 'Certificate of Authorization’, a report issued by a third party lab to ensure that your product contains as much CBD as advertised and doesn’t contain any toxic or unnatural ingredients. And on the topic of unnatural, try to make sure that any CBD oil product you consider contains all-natural and easy to understand ingredients.Is CBD oil helpful for anxiety?
Yes! There is evidence that CBD oil can be a useful treatment for anxiety. However, much of this research is early stage and we still only have limited data. But initial research is promising and shows improvements for patients in pre-clinical settings. CBD oil has also been assessed to be effective at treating a range of conditions because of its neuroprotective, antiepileptic, hypoxia-ischemia, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-asthmatic, and antitumor properties.
How much will CBD oil in the UK cost?
It depends greatly on the quality and quantity that you’re purchasing, but prices are usually in the range of £20-£50.
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