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What is Oil? A Definitive Guide to Oil in the UK

What is Oil? A Definitive Guide to Oil in the UK

Our mission is to introduce the world to honest and transparent oil products. We know that for many people, our products will be their first experience with oil so we created this guide to help you navigate the world of UK oil. Enjoy!

The Science
Our understanding of 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. 

There is two most studied molecules in the plant . The main difference between them is that one is intoxicating and another is not. In other words, THC will get you high but no matter how much oil you consume, you won’t get high. 

Both oil are plant molecules are derived from the same parent molecule, GBGA. Enzymes in the plant convert this molecule. The final step is decarboxylation, which occurs when they are heated, we’re then left. 

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 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 plant brings. It 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, 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 oil can have beneficial effects without producing a “high”.

Is it Safe?

It’s well established that oil is safe, the world health organisation has concluded that the evidence from well-controlled human experimental research indicates that 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 product with zero-THC but any product that contains less than 1mg of THC per container is legal in the UK.

How can I consume?


There are a number of different ways to consume oil with distinct pros and cons. The most common methods are:

  • Consuming sublingually usually via a tincture
  • Smoking flower
  • Vaporizing e-liquid 
  • Drinking infused beverages
  • Eating infused edible products, such as capsules, mints and gummies 
Does it work?

When considering how much 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 it make me high?
Pure product is non-intoxicating, meaning it will not make you feel high. Most users report a feeling of relaxing and calm. 

What’s the best for me?

No one person is the same and everyone’s preferences for oil are different. We recommend 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 oil, especially tinctures, is that some products have a poor aftertaste. Capsules, on the other hand are tasteless.

Is oil legal in the UK?

Yes, oil is 100% legal in the United Kingdom.

This fact sheet from the Home Office explains that oil in its pure form is not even classified under the Misuse Use of Drugs Act.

What are some of the best products in the UK?

Obviously we think our Fog Clarity product is the best oil capsule but there are lots of other great UK oil brands. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Ohana – an awesome female-led topical and cosmetics line of products

  • Botanic Labs – the best beverages in the UK, plus you can get them on Deliveroo

  • LDN – premium  oil products

How can you tell good oil from bad oil?

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 as advertised and doesn’t contain any toxic or unnatural ingredients. And on the topic of unnatural, try to make sure that any oil product you consider contains all-natural and easy to understand ingredients.

Is oil helpful for anxiety?

Yes! There is evidence that 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. 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 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.

Additional questions?

We believe that our customers have a right to know every detail of the product they're purchasing. If you have a question that we didn't answer in this guide, flip us a message at hi@fogeverywhere.com and our in-house expert Dr. Lachlan Cooper will answer the question himself.