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How is CBD Oil Made?

CBD or cannabidiol is one of many substances found in the marijuana plant. It has gained a ton of popularity in recent years because of its medicinal purposes such as reducing pain, anxiety, and insomnia. CBD can be made into an oil which can then be ingested under the tongue for quick relief or can be rubbed directly onto the skin to help reduce chronic pain.

How it is Made…

If you are learning about CBD oil and are wanting to try it, it is important to know how it is made so you can feel good about what you are ingesting or putting onto your body. We have put together a simple step by step process of how CBD oil is created. For questions about our CBD oil, contact us today.

  1.       Planting the hemp plant: the soil is prepped and tested for herbicides before planning hemp seeds. When it is time to plant the seeds, they can be planted as close as four inches apart, which means you can plant a lot of plants in a small space. Once the seeds are planted, they sprout within 60 days, growing rapidly.
  2.       Harvesting the plant: CBD and other cannabinoids such as THC are usually found in the resin glands of the trichome of the plant (in the flower). To be officially harvested, a sample will be tested by the state’s department of agriculture to make sure the farm is following the right safety standards. After the crop is cleared for pesticides and officially harvested, it will need to be hung in a well-ventilated area so it can dry. After it is fully dry, the flower will be shipped to a manufacturer so the CBD can be extracted.
  3.       Extraction: this step is where the CBD is extracted from the flower so it can be turned into an oil. There are a few different ways to extract the CBD from the plant, including ethanol extraction, CO2 extraction, and oil extraction. Each manufacturer will have its own way of extracting the cannabidiol.
  4.       Making the CBD Oil: once the CBD is extracted and is in its purest form, , it will be combined with a carrier oil such as coconut, grapeseed or hempseed oil. Coconut and hempseed oils are known to be the best carriers for full-spectrum CBD oil because of their natural abundance in saturated fats.
  5.       Testing and packaging: after the CBD oil is formed, it is sent to a lab to be tested for purity and potency. Once it passes approval, it is done and ready for use.

CBD oil is becoming increasingly popular as more people are experiencing its many medicinal benefits. As an oil, it can be rubbed onto the body to help with joint pains and other problems, or it can be ingested under the tongue to help ease symptoms associated with anxiety and depression.

For more information about our CBD products and how they are made, contact the Farmula today! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Why You Should Buy High-Quality CBD and Avoid Knockoffs

Before you go and stock up on that super cheap bundle of CBD oils and capsules, you need to consider something. Are you really getting the highest quality of CBD? Or are you getting a knockoff that promises nothing but dissatisfaction? There are thousands of CBD products for sale these days, but they are not all equal or of the same quality. There are plenty of companies out there hoping to rid you of your money while selling you something unhealthy.

Step away from the discounted CBD oil. It’s time to learn why you should only be buying the highest quality CBD products available.

The Problem With Poor Quality CBD Knockoffs

You might be wondering what the difference is between poor grade CBD and the more expensive brands. Is it not all the same? While the CBD itself might be the same, the biggest issue with inferior CBD oils is poor bioavailability.

Bioavailability refers to the amount of a substance that is used by a system and is able to produce an effect. For example, CBD gummies usually have the lowest amount of bioavailability, because it must first pass through the digestive system before the CBD can ever be used by the body. This means that the amount of CBD you ingest is not the actual dosage that enters your bloodstream.

Because CBD does not dissolve in water, it diffuses into the bloodstream with some difficulty. Poor quality CBD has low bioavailability and is, therefore, a complete waste of money.

Aside from reduced bioavailability in low quality CBD, there is also a greater chance of an inferior product containing unhealthy ingredients, such as:

• Fertilizers
• Solvents
• Pesticides

Reputable CBD companies will never sell products that contain harmful ingredients. Farmula, for example, uses hemp plants grown in the UK that meet the highest standards of quality, starting with the soil.

Manufacturing Process: Why It Matters

One overlooked facet of high vs. low quality CBD is the manufacturing process. Because the CBD industry is still in its infancy, there are multiple brands throughout the world that use various methods for extracting cannabidiol from hemp and cannabis to sell. The more unscrupulous manufacturers who sell cheap CBD knockoffs use the cheapest method of extracting cannabidiol, as one would suspect.

But how do you cheaply extract CBD, and why is it so bad for you? The answer is in the solvents—literally. You see, in order to reduce the cost of CBD extraction, more nefarious producers use toxic solvents such as propane, pentane, butane, and hexane. All of these can ruin your health instead of improving it.

You don’t want that.

Instead, search for companies that utilize pharmaceutical-grade ethanol in their extraction method. It is highly efficient and produces no deleterious effects on the body. Another is the “supercritical CO2” method of extraction, which ensures absolute purity of the CBD.

How To Identify High Quality CBD Oil

If you want to get the best CBD out there and feel good about what you are taking, then you need to know how to determine which CBD is poor and which is superior. We have some tips to help you locate the best CBD brands:

Research the vendor. A high quality CBD brand is going to use supercritical CO2 or ethanol extraction. The brand will also have a website, contact information, and testimonials on their website.
Seek the source. Where does the CBD come from? Make sure it is organic and local.
Third party testing. Recent lab results should be available—always. Make sure the brand you choose to purchase from has a Certificate of Analysis (COA). It will state everything, such as the amount of CBD, the level of THC, and any impurities in the formula. You can find our COAs on the product pages!
Communication and transparency. Seek out brands with a professional looking website and clearly stated information. Customer service should be quick to answer your questions, and their products should have all information neatly displayed as well.

Another lesser known testament of quality is how the company lists the amount of CBD in their products on the packaging. A reputable seller will have the amount of CBD (mg) per dosage or mg per bottle on the label, not the percentage of CBD. If you see a percentage, you know to avoid it. Even a higher percentage of low quality CBD is less effective than a smaller dose of high quality CBD.

Try Some of The Farmula’s High Quality CBD Products

What sets the Farmula apart from the competition? The Farmula uses organic hemp produced within the UK. Every product, like our oral drops, is free of THC and contains only active, beneficial ingredients that guarantee maximum absorption. This ensures that you feel the benefits of CBD faster and longer.

If you want to experience the best results CBD has to offer, then you need to purchase the finest products. High quality CBD is going to produce vastly superior results. Instead of trying to save money, invest a little in your health and happiness, search for a reputable brand with transparent labeling and COAs.

Keep this information in mind the next time your search for CBD oil. Or, you can check out the Farmula’s shop full of high quality items!

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What Should I Know Before Buying CBD Oil?

Discovering the benefits of CBD is exciting, and you are probably itching to get started. After all, who doesn’t want to relieve their anxiety and pain and other medical conditions? Of course, while CBD may be able to do these things, there are things to keep in mind before you buy CBD oil or another product.

You want to make sure you are investing in something worthwhile, something that will do what you need it to do. Whether you are a first time buyer or have been struggling to find something that works for you, we have assembled tips to help you decode packaging and select top-quality CBD products.

What To Consider When Buying CBD

Here are some points to keep in mind while shopping for CBD:

Where Was The Hemp Grown?

Knowing the source of the hemp is going to tell you a lot about the quality. If you cannot get CBD sourced from the UK, then you should at least aim for products from France, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, or Germany, since all these places know how to cultivate organic hemp.

What Is The Concentration of CBD?

Concentration refers to the amount of CBD present in an item. It is an important factor, because it can determine the strength (potency) of the product and also the price. Products should always tell you how much CBD is present in the entire container or bottle or serving size.

This is crucial. Without any idea how much CBD you are ingesting, you could go over the recommended amount of CBD and will have difficulties gauging how much to take.

Be skeptical of products that do not have the amount of CBD listed on the labels. Some products might list the cannabinoids present in the formula but not the amount to confuse you. Don’t buy it, in that case.

How Was The CBD Extracted?

Knowing how CBD is extracted is just as important as knowing from where it was sourced. Both are integral to the quality of the product. There are three kinds of extraction methods: CO2 extraction, solvent extraction, and olive oil extraction.

Here is a quick explanation of each extraction method:

CO2 extraction is the best method and is considered to be the golden standard. There are three-types of CO2 extraction: mid-critical, sub-critical, and supercritical. The latter is the most popular, because it results in the purest CBD. In a supercritical state, CO2 acts as both a liquid and gas and can easily extract things like CBD without damaging or denaturing it.

Solvent extraction uses substances like butane, ethanol, and low-grade alcohol to complete the process. With this method, the solvent is added to the plant and used to release cannabinoids into a liquid form. From there, it is heated, turning the materials into an oil. However, this can also result in the formation of harmful chemicals, such as chlorophyll.

Olive oil extraction is the least productive and results in CBD-infused olive oil. Since it takes a long time to make, most companies do not use it. Also CBD-infused olive oil is very perishable and will quickly go rancid unless stored somewhere dark and cool.

In short, you want products made from CBD extracted with CO2.

Is The Brand Reliable?

When you are buying CBD oil online or at a store, another thing to keep in mind is the brand. Are they transparent? Do they have the necessary information printed on the label?

Check everything over. Ask yourself about the concentration, the third party testing, and even about how CBD is listed in the ingredients. Do they call it “full spectrum” or “whole plant”? Is there hemp seed oil (which is not the same as CBD oil)?

Also, if the brand makes any outrageous health claims about CBD being some kind of elixir, do not trust it. There is plenty of evidence that CBD can assist with many things, but it is by no means a cure.

Has The Product Been Tested?

One of the most important details about buying CBD is the third party lab test. If products have been tested, you will be able to find the information posted on a company’s website. Look for a certificate of analysis (COA). A COA means that the product has been checked thoroughly for CBD and verifies the products free of any dangerous contaminants.

If a brand doesn’t have a certificate of analysis, it could mean that there are impurities in the product. Or, it could be that the company forget to post the results. Either way, without certification, you cannot confirm that using the product is safe.

Also, make sure that the tests have been done according to the standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) [1].

What To Avoid

Knowing how to select CBD is important, which is also why we have to look at some common mistakes people make:

Don’t Buy Cheap Products

Because CBD has become more and more popular these past few years, the number of available products has also expanded. Sadly, this also has given rise to a number of unqualified and dishonest businesses. CBD is still a largely unregulated market, even in the UK, and so you need to make sure that your first focus is your well-being—not your wallet.

Avoid buying cheap or deeply discounted products, because they are probably filled with additives or extra ingredients. Sometimes, they may have harmful chemicals too.

Always choose the highest quality products with clean extraction methods that are locally sourced from industrial hemp—like those offered by Farmula.

Don’t Set Expectations Too High

Yes, CBD can promote better health and well-being, which is why it is seen as a dietary supplement, but it is not going to work the same way for everyone. Yes, CBD can help with inflammation, relieve anxiety, lessen chronic pain, and even promote more positivity. Yet, there is always going to be a disclaimer that the product “may help.”

Therefore, it is important to not let expectations get the better of you.

Conclusion

Shopping for CBD can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for, but this article should hopefully give you the knowledge you need to navigate stores with more confidence! Look at the concentrations of CBD, how the CBD was extracted, and whether or not the brand is reliable. And remember, CBD works differently for everyone. You may have to do some experimentation before you find something that works for you.

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How Long Does It Take CBD Oil To Kick In?

CBD oil is growing in popularity to help with stress, depression, insomnia, and other issues. More consumers are enjoying the benefits of CBD. It helps that hemp-derived CBD oil is pure, doesn’t produce a high, and is completely legal. But a lot of people also have trouble finding the sweet spot where they can feel the therapeutic effects of CBD quickly.

How long does it take to feel the effects of CBD? How long does it last? Those are questions we have been hearing recently. There is a lot to unpack, so let’s get started.

Factors For How Fast CBD Oil Works

How fast does CBD work? There are a couple of factors, including:

• Content, potency, and quality of CBD
• Method of consumption
• Dosage
• Effects you want to achieve or symptoms you want to alleviate
• Your weight, age, and gender
• Medications
• Amount and time you ate food and when you dosed

The most dominant factor is how you took your CBD oil.

4 Ways To Take CBD Oil

There are four main ways to take CBD. The effectiveness of each one depends on the above mentioned factors, so keep those in mind.

Sublingual Drops

The fastest method of getting the benefits of CBD oil comes in the form of tinctures that are taken sublingually, or placed under the tongue. The droplets have to stay under the tongue for about 30-60 seconds for it to dissolve directly into the bloodstream, since there are molecules under the tongue that soak up the molecules rapidly. Sublingual drops take about 5 to 20 minutes to work for most people.

Ingestion

Want longer lasting effects? Then you need to ingest CBD oil. Although it may take a little while to feel the benefits (around 30-60 minutes), because your digestive tract needs to break the molecules apart over several hours, the compound will absorb more steadily into your system.

Options that involve ingesting CBD oil include edibles, like gummies, or even CBD-infused coffee and alcohol. Be careful about what you choose, though. There are a number of products out there that are glutted on sugar and contain very little CBD.

Inhalation

Here is another method that is on par with sublingual drops in terms of speed. Vaping or smoking CBD oil will work almost instantaneously. As soon as you inhale the vapor, CBD dissolves into the bloodstream through the alveoli of the lungs. This meres that the compound only needs mere seconds to work. The downside is that inhaled CBD oil also wears off more quickly than other methods. Also, inhaling anything into your lungs is not the most healthiest practice.

Topical Creams

Another option is topical CBD cream. This is the best method for reducing pain in a localized area. People who choose topical applications usually have arthritis or muscle pain. There are salves, creams, and balms available—and all work as soon as you rub it into your skin. The pain relief may take a little while to work, but the best quality CBD lotions and creams can relieve pain and inflammation within minutes.

What To Know Before Using CBD Oil

CBD oil is not something that works the same way for every single person. Some people will not feel any effect from CBD. Others will only have an effect from a specific method of delivery. Also, keep in mind that even though CBD is becoming widely available, it hasn’t been fully evaluated by government agencies and is not meant to cure any condition.

Please talk with your doctor about CBD if you are unsure whether it is right for you or not.

Getting The Most Out of CBD Oil

With those considerations aside, let’s talk about how you can make CBD oil work faster and better for you:

Strength. You will need to experiment a little to figure out which strength you need. Some people need more CBD oil, others need less.
Consistency. If you want to get the maximum results, you need to regularly dose around the same time, all the time. The instant the CBD in your system starts losing strength, the efficacy decreases.
Dosing schedule. Sometimes you might need to take 60mg all at once or take 10mg four times daily. Again, experimentation is essential.
Delivery. Some people love tinctures. Others won’t use anything but CBD vape juice. Figure out which works best for you.

How Long Does CBD Oil Stay In Your System?

There are a few factors the go into how long CBD oil stays in your system. CBD is stored in the body, because it isn’t soluble in water. Whatever is stored is gradually released into the bloodstream overtime so the endocannabinoid system can work with the chemical.

Because CBD is stored in body fat, the amount of fat cells someone has will directly affect how long it takes for CBD to stay in your system. Someone with more fat will naturally hold onto CBD longer than a more slender individual.

Other factors include the bioavailability of CBD, the potency of the product, presence of other medications in your system, and how much CBD you take. Higher doses (between 150mg and 1,500 mg) will put much more CBD into your system.

A study found that the half-life of CBD is between 2-5 days. After one week, CBD is usually metabolized completely.

Final Thoughts

Generally, people who use CBD oil will start feeling the effects in as little as 20 minutes. In other cases, it may take up to 30 days for your to get enough CBD in your system to start feeling the benefits. Everybody is different in their tolerance, as well. How fast it takes CBD to work depends on the dosage and form of consumption, too. Experiment with your dosage to figure out which product and amount works best for you.

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What Are The Differences In CBD Oil Strengths?

There are hundreds of CBD products available today, and you may already be using something for your aches and pains. But are you using the right strength? A lot of consumers tend to overlook the importance of CBD strength when first making a purchase and then end up confused later on.

Fortunately, figuring out CBD strength does not have to be a nightmare. We came up with this guide to give you everything you need to know about CBD strength and why it is an important thing to consider.

Let’s begin!

Common Problems When Buying CBD

Once you begin shopping for the right kind of CBD and looking at all the brands, you might notice that there are a lot of potencies (strengths) out there. Some oral drops, for instance, range between 300 mg to 3000 mg or higher. The labelling doesn’t make it any easier, and soon you find yourself utterly baffled by what the best choice may be.

Why Does CBD Oil Strength Matter?

These days, many companies are putting emphasis on the potency of their CBD products, and it is giving people the wrong impression. Society today tends to focus on bigger being better, but that is not always true, especially when we look at CBD.

But what does CBD strength even mean? And how much is enough or too much?

Research has yet to give us a definitive answer, but we do know that nothing regarding CBD can be standardized. That means that the strength you require to feel an effect is going to be different from others.

However, that doesn’t mean you have to be lost forever. There are ways to figure out CBD strength and which potency is right for you—which is why understanding strength is important.

CBD strength is a measure of efficacy. The stronger the oil, the higher the potency. The higher the potency, the stronger the effects.

Strength can also be altered depending on the method of consumption. If you swallow your CBD, for example, you minimize the benefits. CBD’s oral bioavailability is extremely low, around 5 per cent. This means that those who are looking for the best effect should opt for more direct methods, like oral droplets.

Common Volumes and Strengths of CBD Oil

In order to select the right strength for you, the first step is understanding how CBD products are packaged. That way, you can figure out which strength (potency) is correct.

We begin with demystifying packaging.

Volume

You will notice that many CBD products come with a measurement of CBD by milligrams. Sometimes, if you are purchasing sublingual tinctures, you might see measurements done in millilitres.

Milligrams (mg) measure the active ingredient, which is CBD. It is usually displayed as the total weight present within the bottle, package, or tub.

Millilitres (ml) is the measurement of a fluid within a container.

All CBD sellers will advertise their products based on the amount of CBD present. This means that is is not uncommon to see two products—such as one a 10 ml bottle and another 100 ml—that both can contain 200 mg of CBD despite being different sizes.

But do you know which one is stronger?

If you pick up the 100 ml bottle thinking the potency will be higher, you’re mistaken. Unfortunately, that is a mistake most people make when choosing the right CBD strength.

You need to think of it this way: Even though both bottles contain 200 mg of CBD, the 10 ml bottle will be 10 times more potent than the 100 ml bottle. Why? Because instead of splitting up 200 mg of CBD between 100 ml, you are only splitting it between 10 ml.

One serving from the 10 ml bottle will have a full 200 mg of CBD, whereas 10 ml from the 100 ml bottle will contain only 2 mg.

CBD Oil Strengths

Now, aside from paying attention to the mg/ml of a CBD product, you also need to consider the potency. There are three main strengths available:

• 300 mg
• 600 mg
• 1000 mg

Again, different products might have less or more. You might find a product with a potency of 4000 mg.

The potencies are then divided by the typical bottle size—15, 30, 50, or 60 ml.

Calculating CBD Oil Strength

Keeping the interaction between the volume of a bottle (ml) and the amount of CBD (mg), it is time to learn how to calculate the strength in a single serving.

First, remember that the total amount of CBD in a product is going to be distributed evenly throughout the contents of the bottle. That means bigger bottles tend to have less potency than smaller bottles.

Here is how it works:

Divide the amount of CBD (mg) by the size of the bottle (ml) to figure out the strength.

That means 600 mg of CBD divided by 15 ml of oil = 40 mg/ml.

This would be considered “high strength.”

Strengths fall into percentage ranges that are as follows:

• Products with less than 5 mg/ml of CBD are low strength.
• Products with 15-30 mg/ml of CBD are medium strength.
• Products with 30-60 mg/ml of CBD are high strength.
• Anything with more than 60 mg/ml of CBD is considered a concentrate or extra-high strength.

Different Product Strengths

Let’s have a brief look at the common strength ranges of CBD products:

eLiquids/Vape Juice

Usually, the size of the vape cartridge or bottle can tell you the strength of the CBD. Smaller ml bottles with higher amounts of mg are more concentrated. You can find bottles between 10-100 ml, some with 50 mg CBD in 10 ml or 500 mg in a 100 ml bottle (which amounts to the same strength).

Tinctures

The total amount of CBD is printed on the bottle, so if you see 200 mg CBD, you know the whole bottle has that amount.

Capsules and Edibles

Capsules and edibles are often marketed as the amount of CBD per package as well as per capsule or serving (such as amount per gummy).

Topical Products

Topical items have the amount of CBD per tub or container listed, similar to vape juice and tinctures.

Final Thoughts on CBD Strengths

There are plenty of CBD products out there with obscure packaging, so look for brands that state everything simply, like products from Farmula. Now that you know how to read the labels and figure out CBD strengths, you can start using CBD with more success. Remember, the right potency for you might be different from what other people require, so start with a low strength first and work your way up.

If you have any questions about dosages, don’t hesitate to contact us! We are more than happy to answer your questions.

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Does CBD oil work?

As more places around the world start to accept cannabis and CBD, people are becoming more interested in what cannabis-derived products can do for them. Companies are introducing CBD-infused products every day, it seems, and consumers are eating it up; but do these products have any benefit, or are we all being deceived by a placebo effect?

Good news! CBD does truly work, as science continues to show us. Let’s have a look at how CBD may be able to help you, as well as some reasons why you may be experiencing less than the desired effect.
What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound of cannabis, which is why you may see CBD oil called cannabis oil or vice versa. Cannabis plants are rather amazing when it comes to their chemical makeup. With over thousands of compounds—the most famous being cannabinoids—cannabis can be used in a wide variety of medicines and other applications.

The best part? CBD is 100% legal in the UK. Since CBD products do not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive ingredient that gives people a “high,” you can use CBD for its benefits without any worry. There is also only a slight chance of negative side effects when using CBD, so that makes CBD products an attractive alternative for many people.
Are the benefits of CBD real?

Even though CBD is being touted as a miracle cure for many problems like anxiety, does it truly do what it has been claimed to do? Can CBD truly soothe your nerves? Help you sleep better? Relieve pain?

A number of scientific and clinic studies have been underway for a few years now that are looking into the analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antidepressant properties of CBD. Some of these studies report back overwhelmingly positive results for those involved, while others say that CBD had little to no effect. But promising research results do exist.

Numerous studies have found that CBD can assist with moderating the symptoms of certain diseases and other health conditions, including:

• Inflammatory and autoimmune disorders
• Cardiovascular diseases
• Tumors
• Schizophrenia
• Anxiety and depression
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder
• Metabolic syndromes, like diabetes
• Kidney issues
• Skin problems, like acne and eczema
• Insomnia

However, CBD products are currently best used as a complement to medications you are already taking—except those that come with a grapefruit warning.
Do topical CBD products actually work?

Depending on the kind of condition you want to treat, CBD may or may not help. The most searched for CBD products are topical creams, lotions, and salves to be applied to the skin or aching muscles. According to science, topical CBD products do indeed work, because there are cannabinoid receptors in the skin associated with sensations, including those for pain. When you use CBD topical creams and other products, CBD can dampen overactive receptors.

One study found that CBD can repress the production of inflammatory markers, such as tumor necrosis factor alpha, which is often abundant in people with rheumatoid arthritis [1]. But the effect varies from person to person.

In other words, you won’t know whether or not CBD truly works for you unless you give it a try!
What are some reasons CBD won’t work for me?

Evidence—both scientific and anecdotal—points to CBD working for a vast amount of people in some way. However, those who report no effect or even a bad one tend to have some things in common.

Here are some reasons why CBD does not work for some:
Poorly sourced CBD.

Even though CBD is legalized in numerous countries and can be bought in pharmacies throughout the UK, that does not mean it is always of the highest quality. Look for CBD products that provide proof of third-party lab tests, are created by a well-established and reputable brand, and has plenty of consumer reviews, like the Farmula.
CBD isn’t built up in your system yet.

The right dosage means everything. If you are not using the right amount of CBD for the problem you wish to treat or alleviate, then you might end up feeling nothing or receiving the opposite effect. Start with a low dose and work your way up to what provides relief. But you will need to work your way up to a higher dose.
Be patient.

CBD is not an instant shot of relief. Some people will need to take it for several weeks or months before anything happens. Track your results for a few weeks, and if nothing happens, either try a different product, brand, or something else entirely.
You’re using the wrong product.

Different CBD products treat different things. Tinctures, capsules, edibles, vape oils, topical creams, and so on all have different rates of absorption. For instance, if you are using edibles, you have to take bioavaliability into account. That is why edibles are slower to take effect than sublingual tinctures or vaping. You will need to customize your method of consumption based on what you desire to treat.
Maybe CBD doesn’t work for you.

CBD affects everyone uniquely, which means that your genetics, metabolism, and biochemistry alter how cannabinoids work for you. CBD is not one-size-fits-all.

However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give CBD a try. With all kinds of ways to take CBD, as well as various dosages, and no recognized lethal dosage or even recurring negative side effects in many uses, there is little to no risk.
Try CBD today!

Do CBD products really work? It depends! Most people have reported positive benefits from CBD, and research is also promising. Others may have genetic or metabolic issues that prevent CBD from working optimally, though. Yet, you can always try and see if CBD works for you! CBD is all natural, after all.

Just be sure to receive clearance from you GP before trying CBD if you are taking prescription medications.

Do you have questions or thoughts about CBD? Want to learn more? Then check out our other blogs. Stay connected with Farmula by filling out the contact form to get updates sent directly to your inbox.

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[1] https://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/do-topical-cbd-products-work

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Does CBD Oil Make You Sleepy?

People have long wondered if taking hemp-derived CBD will make you tired or wake you up. Since a known side effect of marijuana and THC is sleepiness, it is thought that CBD, will do the same. Another reason for drowsiness is the terpene called myrcene, which causes what many call “couch-lock,” or a deep level of relaxation that coaxes one to sleep.

Of course, this could potentially be keeping you from trying hemp-derived CBD oils and other CBD products. You might not want to be drowsy throughout the day, especially if you have a job that requires total awareness throughout the days, or if you are an athlete with long practices. With some many responsibilities to get done throughout the day, it is no wonder you do not want to be slowed down.

So will CBD oil make you feel tired? Let’s learn the truth.

What is CBD and CBD Oil?

Before getting to the bottom of the main question, you need to know the basics of CBD. As one of the main bioactive compounds—or, cannabinoid—of Cannabis sativa (hemp and marijuana), cannabidiol (CBD) is known to have multiple medically relevant benefits. Research has discovered that CBD has anti-psychotic, antidepressant, anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, and neuroprotective abilities, meaning it can protect your brain from nerve damage and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

Unlike another cannabinoid called tetrahyrdocannabinol (THC), CBD does not cause feelings of euphoria, because it lacks psychoactive effects. In other words, CBD derived from industrial hemp will not make you high.

When CBD is extracted from hemp, it is often in the form of oil that comes from the seeds and stalks of the plant. CBD oil can be taken in various ways, which will be mentioned later on.

Different CBD Oil Products

If you do not know much about CBD oil, you may be visualizing the item as something like essential oils that ran be rubbed on your wrists. While there are topical CBD creams, they are often not used for reducing anxiety or insomnia.

There are 5 ways you can take CBD oil for sleep:

Tinctures: Taken by putting a few drops under the tongue. Dosage can range from 10 mg to 1000 mg. Ingesting CBD sublingually is the best for immediate results and is an excellent option for use right before going to bed.
Capsules: One of the easiest ways to get CBD. Typically, a single capsule holds about 10-25 mg of CBD. You can easily track how much you are taking and can use capsules alongside tinctures.
Sprays: Ranging between 1-3 mg per use, oral sprays are the weakest concentration of CBD.
Vapes: According to many reports, vaporizing CBD oil tends to be the least effective way to administer CBD when compared to tinctures, capsules, and sprays. If you have stomach troubles, you may want to vape CBD oil, however.
Edibles: You can also eat CBD infused snacks, like gummies. These generally have a low dose of CBD per serving. Again, since ingested CBD can sometimes upset sensitive stomachs, this is not the best method if you have digestive issues or are on medication.

Before starting any kind of CBD product, be sure to receive clearance from a medical professional, especially if you are on medication. You should also discuss dosage with your physician to ensure you will get the maximum benefit of CBD.

How CBD Oil Works

Briefly, we touched on the medical benefits of CBD oil. Where do these benefits stem from? CBD can lessen anxiety and epilepsy and assist with other conditions by interacting to receptors found throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems and immune system. Once cannabidiol enters the body, it is seen by the body as part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and used in homeostasis.

The endocannabinoid system is a vital system that assists with cell communication, thereby regulating appetite, mood, memory, pain, and even cell life cycles. In some studies, CBD is seen interacting with serotonin receptors and taking on a role similar to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in the brain.

This means that CBD oil has an overall relaxing effect. Even if you do not feel immediately sleepy, you will feel better and less anxious throughout the day. This may lead to better rest at night.

CBD and Sleep

If CBD relaxes the mind and body, doesn’t that mean it puts you to sleep? Not necessarily. Cannabinoids can go either way. On perspective on how CBD affects sleep is that there is an indirect influence on the endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in our circadian rhythms. When your biological clock is messed up, it becomes more difficult to get to sleep and wake up at a normal time. Similarly, anxiety and depression—two things that CBD oil can help relieve—can also negatively impact your sleep cycle.

Most of the time, when people suffer from insomnia, it is a mix of anxiety, depression, and disrupted sleep cycles. Sometimes, it is pain that keeps you from sleeping restfully.

Since CBD oil can relieve pain and reduce the effects of anxiety, you will feel more relaxed. Even if you don’t necessarily feel tired, you will be able to get to sleep more easily because you are not stimulated.

Studies on CBD and Sleepiness

Scientifically speaking, every aforementioned effect of CBD is brought about by interactions with the ECS. There are two receptors that CBD typically works with: CB1 and CB2. Instead of exciting these receptors like THC, CBD can inhibit the receptors. Since CB1 is involved in releasing the neurotransmitters melatonin and serotonin, CBD prevents levels of these chemicals from dropping.

Furthermore, CBD also works with the serotonin receptor 5HT1. Cannabidiol blocks other agonists from binding to the receptor, blocking other neurotransmitters and chemicals that may imbalance serotonin and cause anxiety or depression. The hypothesized consequence of this is more relaxation or tiredness.

Animal Studies

There are two animal studies using CBD that are important, since they highlight the importance of dosage. It has been found in many studies that the amount of CBD is responsible for what you feel. A 2006 study gave micro-doses of CBD to rats and observed them. The rats that took CBD spent more hours awake than those who didn’t get the micro-dose.

Another study from 2013 that was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that rats given high doses of CBD (around 10-40 mg/kg) had a significant increase in their total percentage of sleep [1].

Human Studies

Obviously, humans can tolerate much more than 10 mg of CBD a day. That is why it is essential to test CBD on people, too. Small studies involving volunteers have look into doses ranging from 160 mg/day to 600mg/day [2]. In one study using 600mg/day, the volunteers spent much more time sleeping than those who used little to no CBD throughout the day. Meanwhile, another study using 160 mg/day showed similar results, with those who used cannabidiol sleeping more.

The participants of the latter study reported sleeping longer when they used CBD and also experienced far less periods of restlessness or wakefulness. Subjects also stated that they didn’t feel hungover the next day after using CBD.

More on CBD Oil and Alertness

Turns out that CBD may have the opposite effect on people, as well. Yes, CBD can indeed reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, stop seizures and epilepsy, soothe inflammation, aid in insomnia, and even assist with certain neuropsychiatric problems. But it can also be stimulating at low doses.

What does that mean? In one of the studies above, we mentioned that a low dose of CBD (around 15 mg a day or less) [3] can make someone feel more awake than drowsy. Though these lower doses are typically mixed in with THC, it doesn’t mean that CBD by itself won’t have the same effect.

But why does this happen?

It may be misinformation in regards to the type of cannabis that is being used. There are two kinds that are used: sativa and indica.

A couple of studies have found that indica might be better at sedating people than sativa.

However, others say that whether you feel more alert or more sleepy has more to do with the breeding of the plant rather than which strain is being used. Regardless of the type of cannabis, cultivation has a direct effect on the quality and quantity of CBD extracted.

In a 2004 study [4], the human subjects reported that it was THC (15 mg/day) that made them drowsy, while those who used CBD (15 mg/day) experienced more alertness. When THC and CBD were blended, it appeared that the sedative effects of THC were slightly mollified.

Another survey from 2014 [5] asked medical marijuana users whether they preferred indica or sativa CBD for falling asleep. The majority preferred indica, saying it helped them fall asleep quicker.

So, if you are planning on using CBD for sleep and don’t want to experience the opposite, you should opt for higher dosages.

Please keep in mind that any cannabis-derived CBD oils are illegal in the UK. Only those who have access to medical marijuana should concern themselves with the kind of cannabis (indica or sativa) they are receiving.

The Bottom Line

So, will CBD make you tired throughout the day? Or does it just help you sleep better? It depends on the dosage, but in most cases, no. CBD will not make you feel lethargic throughout the day. CBD only calms the mind. When you feel calmer and more lucid, you will also feel more alert throughout the day.

Whether you want to improve your focus for an upcoming exam or want to shut down a racing mind in the evening to get some quality sleep, CBD can help you do both. Though you may want to experiment with how much CBD you need and how you take it, there are few reasons not to give CBD a try.

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References
[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23343597
[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7028792
[3] https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/can.2015.29003.ebr
[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15118485
[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25191852

 

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CBD Oil vs Hemp Seed Oil: What’s The Difference?

While investigating products containing CBD, a component of the cannabis plant, it is very easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of products out there with a dozen different names. There is also a lot of terminology that can be utterly confusing to try and decode if you are new to the world of CBD. For instance, you probably came here because you are trying to figure out why CBD oil, cannabis oil, hemp seed oil, and hemp oil are all wholly different products.

To help you, we are going to put CBD oil and hemp seed oil side by side and compare them. That way, you can decide which is right for you. Let’s begin.

What Is Hemp?

Hemp is the name of a Cannabis sativa strain. You may here it referred to as “industrial hemp” in some discussions, because there are innumerable applications for hemp. The important thing, however, is that hemp has less than 0.3 percent THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient that makes you high.

Where Does Hemp Seed Oil Come From?

As you may have guessed, hemp seed oil is oil that has been expressed from hemp seeds. The extraction method for hemp seed oil is similar to how olive or coconut oil is made—via cold press.

Because hemp seed oil is derived from industrial hemp, which has virtually no THC, you don’t have to worry about any psychoactive effects. Also, it probably has very low to zero CBD in it.

What About CBD?

So, here’s what you should know already: Hemp comes from cannabis, but it contains virtually no THC like other strands. Some hemp plants contain CBD, and that is where CBD oil comes from.

But what is CBD? Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is a natural compound found in hemp flowers. While there are hundreds of phytocannabinoids in cannabis, CBD and THC are most prominent. CBD can assist with a number of medical conditions, like metabolic syndrome, autoimmune diseases, gut issues, amongst others. When CBD oil is made, the CBD is extracted then infused into an oil.

CBD Oil vs. Hemp Seed Oil: What’s Different?

There was a time when only hemp seed oil was legal, because it contained neither THC nor CBD. However, now that CBD has been legalised in the UK, what was once originally referred to as hemp oil is now called hemp seed oil to help people understand the difference between CBD hemp oil and hemp seed oil.

But while both are technically “cannabis sativa oil,” they are vastly different in their chemical makeup. That is why you have to pay strict attention to the ingredients of the CBD products you purchase.

The main difference: Hemp seed oil contains no CBD, because hemp seeds do not contain CBD. You should not buy hemp seed oil if you want to reduce feelings of anxiety or want to reduce pain. Furthermore, hemp seed oil will not help with epilepsy or psychosis symptoms.

Are There Shared Benefits?

Only CBD can relieve pain, reduce depression and anxiety, alleviate symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment, act as an anti-psychotic, and reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

But is there anywhere the benefits of CBD and hemp seed oil overlap?

There is! Both extracts have anti-inflammatory properties, but the process is slightly different. Cannabidiol can interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system and trigger immunsuppression, which regulates immune responses and decreases inflammation. In turn, oxidative stress is lessened, reducing the impact of diseases like diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, and dementia or Alzheimer’s.

On the other hand, hemp seed oil’s acts as an anti-inflammatory mainly through its high concentration of omega fatty acids, sterols, and alcohols. This benefits the body by easing the pain of arthritis, reducing the risk of heart disease, and even decreasing your chance of getting various forms of cancer.

Another shared benefit is seen in skincare. Both CBD oil and hemp seed oil can be applied topically. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can mitigate acne flare ups by easing the over-productive sebaceous glands. It can even reduce the appearance of acne scars.

Meanwhile, hemp seed oil works wonders on diseases like psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea. Unlike other oils, hemp seed oil does not core your pores, since it is similar to naturally occurring lipids in the skin.

CBD Oil vs. Hemp Seed Oil: Final Thoughts

There are many products derived from hemp these days appearing on the shelves. With similar names like “hemp seed oil” and “CBD oil,” you might have found yourself flustered. Hopefully, you now understand the difference between the two. CBD oil contains phytocannabinoids that can relieve stress, anxiety, and pain, whereas hemp seed oil does not.

That doesn’t mean that hemp seed oil has no uses, but it is mainly good for reducing inflammation and treating skin conditions.

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What Is The Difference Between CBD and THC?

As the interest surrounding hemp and medical marijuana grows around the world, it makes sense that consumers are becoming more intrigued by cannabis. No doubt, while doing research, you stumbled upon a number of terms, like CBD and THC. Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two naturally occurring compounds in cannabis, but where they come from and how they affect the body might surprise you.

That is why we have come up with this guide to introduce you to the world of cannabinoids, the differences between CBD and THC, and how both compounds interact with the body. It is because of these dissimilarities that CBD and THC are not treated or used the same way.

What Are Cannabinoids?

Before diving into information about THC and CBD, it is essential to comprehend what cannabinoids are and how they affect the body. Currently, 85 cannabinoids have been discovered within the cannabis genus. A cannabinoid is a chemical compound that interacts with the endocannabinoid system, or ECS (more on this later). The first cannabinoid receptor in the ECS was discovered in 1988, followed by a second discovery in 1993, and more in 1995.

Two cannabinoids have become exceedingly popular around the globe: THC and CBD. Both of these cannabis compounds have nearly identical chemical structures comprised of 30 hydrogen atoms, 21 carbon atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. The main difference between the two compounds, though, is how one atom is arranged, making any chemical dissimilarities microscopic.

As for how THC and CBD affect the human body, however, that is an entirely different story.

The Endocannabinoid System

So, the endocannabinoid system—what is it and what does it do? Presently, there is an unfortunate lack of knowledge about this system, but it is generally understand to help regulate the body’s communication between various cell systems.

Our bodies naturally produce a kind of cannabinoid called endocannabinoids, which can act as neurotransmitters with cannabinoid receptors throughout the body. Because THC and CBD have a similar chemical makeup to naturally produced endocannabinoids, the body accepts and uses them.

What Is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a prominent cannabinoid produced by cannabis, a genus of plants that produces both marijuana and hemp. THC is found mainly in marijuana and is responsible for the “high” that people experience when eating or smoking marijuana.

Studies have found that THC is highly effective in treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cancer, inflammation, pain, insomnia, and patients suffering from medical conditions like multiple sclerosis. It works by mimicking the effect of 2-AG and anandamine, two neurotransmitters produced by the human body to assist with sleeping, eating, pain perception, and many other processes.

Benefits of THC

THC has the following effects and benefits within the body:

• Relaxation
• Euphoria
• Heightened or altered senses
• Pacifism
• Hunger and thirst
• Helps reduce the side effects of chemotherapy
• Soothes nausea and vomiting
• Reduces chronic pain and inflammation
• Assists with HIV/AIDs
• Lessens tremors from spinal injuries

Reading this, you might be thinking, “Why does THC make you high but CBD doesn’t?” The answer is slightly complicated. To be as succinct as possible, THC produces psychoactive effects because it attaches to CB1 and CB2 receptors, whereas CBD connects solely to CB2 receptors. When THC binds to CB1 receptors, it triggers euphoria, relaxation, and other known effects of being “high.”

What Is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, another cannabinoid found within hemp plants and medicinal cannabis. As mentioned earlier, CBD does not give you the characteristic high of marijuana. That is why CBD is often used for its medicinal properties, because it does not produce the same psychoactive effects of other closely related cannabinoids, like THC.

For CBD oil to be legal within the UK, it cannot contain any THC. For this reason, cannabis oil, which has THC, is not allowed within the United Kingdom.

On packaging, you may notice things like “pure,” “full spectrum,” or “isolate.” At this time, standardized terms have not been agreed upon, so you have to be careful when selecting your CBD. Opt for those that are “pure” or “isolate,” since this most likely refers to the item containing just CBD.

Although CBD isolate is not necessarily better than full spectrum blends, the latter refers to the whole plant. This means that there is more than one cannabinoid present in the product, and that can mean both CBD and THC or something else.

Benefits of CBD

CBD can help with various medical conditions, such as:

• Seizures and epilepsy
• Psychosis or other mental disorders
• Pain, chronic or acute, from cancer, neuropathy, or other conditions
• Inflammation
• Headaches and migraines
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Depression and anxiety
• Diabetes
• Nausea
• Bacterial infections
• Arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis
• Heart disease
• Acne
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
• Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
• Psoriasis
• and much more

What is the Entourage Effect?

Within all this discussion about the differences between CBD and THC, the entourage effect deserves some mention. The entourage effect is the name of the phenomenon that happens when the 400 or more compounds in cannabis synchronize to create a certain effect on the body.

Let’s say you pick up 100 mg of CBD isolate oil. You might notice it is not as effective at alleviating pain as a 100 mg whole plant blend. There are those who argue that effectiveness is reduced because essential cofactors are not available. This is ultimately caused by variations in CBD oil produced from hemp versus CBD oil from cannabis, as well as cultivation practices.

Again, you need to consider this when deciding what kind of product is correct for you.

THC vs. CBD: Comparisons

Now, let’s look more closely at some sections where THC and CBD can be applied but bring out different results.

THC vs. CBD: Reactivity

One of the main differences between THC and CBD is their influence on the endocannabinoid system, so it is worth repeating. Mentioned previously, CBD and THC interact with the ECS and the specialized receptors, CB1 and CB2. By interacting with CB1 and CB2, both cannabinoids can alter the function of the ECS and encourage homeostasis. That said, the way THC and CBD complete this role is different.

THC will bind to CB1 and CB2 at a much higher affinity than CBD, which is one of the reasons it has a psychoactive effect on the body.

Meanwhile, CBD has less of an affinity for binding to either receptor and usually suppresses CB1 receptors. In fact, it may even act as an antagonist to other cannabinoids, dampening their abilities. CBD can also interact with other kinds of receptors not related to the endocannabinoid system, such as TRPV-1 vanilloid receptors (plays a role in immune response and inflammation) and 5-HT1A (serotonin) receptors.

CBD vs. THC: Side Effects

Studies report that CBD is usually tolerated by users, even when taken in larger doses. Those who take CBD regularly say that they feel calmer, more serene, and more awake. The only time users have reported negative side effects is when there are interactions between drugs and CBD. If you plan on using CBD and are on medications, it is best to speak with your physician first for clearance.

On the other hand, THC may cause the following side effects:

• Memory loss
• Slow reaction and loss of coordination
• Red, bloodshot eyes
• Dry mouth
• Increased heart rate
• Paranoia
• Uninhibited behaviour
• Hallucinations

All of these side effects are temporary and are non-fatal. That said, it is important to note that high levels of THC in the body can produce a negative psychiatric impact on adolescents and young adults. Research has found that excess consumption of THC in teens increases the risk of schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.

THC vs. CBD: Pain

Research has found that CBD is better suited for dealing with inflammation and pain caused by neuropathy, or nerve pain, whereas THC works better with cramps and muscle spasticity. However, it has also been found that high doses of THC can make pain symptoms worse. This means that, for the best effect, THC should be taken in smaller doses.

Additionally, you need to keep in mind that THC comes with some side effects that inexperienced users may had difficulty tolerating.

CBD vs. THC: Usage and Availability

Currently in the UK, THC is considered illegal, mainly because of the cognitive effects. CBD is available within the UK and is becoming a popular additive to many products. This means that you can try out a number of CBD products without worrying about THC, and you can even experiment with different dosages to see which is best for you.

Here are some examples of the kinds of CBD products available:

Vaping – a popular way to consume CBD. Be sure to check out the ingredients to make sure you are getting quality fluid. Cheap liquids can cause lung irritation.
Edibles – consumable items like CBD-infused water, CBD gummies, and more.
Oils – you can consume oils with a dropper on the tongue. These mixtures usually contain things like coconut and hemp oil alongside CBD.
Tinctures – made from herbal extracts and alcohol that are taken by dropping liquid onto your tongue.
Patches – CBD can be absorbed through the skin, so you can get the benefits without the hassle.

According to the NHS, medical cannabis, which would contain more THC than CBD, is still rarely prescribed. Only those who suffer from rare or severe forms of epilepsy, nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy, and individuals with spasms and stiffness caused by multiple sclerosis can receive medical cannabis. Otherwise, patients are given highly purified forms of cannabidiol (CBD) in capsule form.

Again, if you choose to purchase a cannabis-based product, you should check the ingredients. Sometimes, even products labelled as “pure CBD” can contain THC and will be illegal to purchase and possess.

Takeaway

In short, the two cannabinoids THC and CBC have multiple similarities. It is easy to see how there continues to be confusion, especially in terms of what to use CBD for and why. When you consider the differences, though, you will find that CBD has more medical benefits and lacks the psychoactive effects of THC. However, both cannabinoids can positively affect individuals based on their needs.

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Is CBD Oil Legal in the UK?

In the past few years, more and more people have started purchasing cannabidiol, or CBD. Even though the potential benefits of CBD is often discussed, few people understand the rules and regulations behind it. In fact, you may even begin to wonder if the CBD products you regularly use are legal or not. Now with CBD becoming such a well-known supplement, it is time to make sure what you are purchasing is safe.

So, is CBD oil legal in the UK? Let’s find out.

What is CBD?

Also called cannabidiol, CBD is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. Unlike another chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has psychoactive effects, CBD does not make you feel high.

Cannabis plants contain over 100 different cannabinoids, or chemicals that can act on the cannabinoid receptors present in the human body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The cannabinoid receptors can affect the way neurotransmitters communicate with the body, and these impacts often result in beneficial outcomes, such as less pain and anxiety.

Why and How is CBD Used?

CBD has gained a lot of popularity due to its versatility. Reports have found that CBD can help ease effects of stress-related conditions, anxiety and depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and even promote general health and wellness.

While more testing needs to be done to tell whether CBD truly is as beneficial as presently believed, the research results have been promising. There is also plenty of anecdotal evidence.

That said, licences for CBD oil as medicine have not yet been granted. Therefore, manufacturers cannot make any claims about medicinal benefits right now.

Certain allowances have been made within the UK government for CBD to be sold. Right now, there are hundreds of products out there to try if you are looking to start using CBD.

Here are some ways CBD oil is used:

Tinctures: A highly concentrated method for taking CBD where a few drops are taken sublingually (under the tongue). This lets the CBD absorb directly into the bloodstream for rapid effect.
Capsules: Pre-dosed capsules take a lot of the guesswork out of using CBD. These are a great option for people who don’t want to use oil and want a slightly extended release of CBD.
Edibles: Gummies, liquids, and other snacks that have been infused with CBD oil. Like capsules, the effect of edibles is not felt immediately.
Topical Creams: People who have skin conditions, arthritis, and muscle pain may find that rubbing CBD on the affected is soothing. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD works quickly.
Vaping: CBD e-liquids are available. If you have a lung condition, it is best to consult with your GP before starting with inhalants.

But with all these options, one must ask, “Is CBD really legal in the UK,” and if so, are there are limitations or restrictions in what can be purchased?

Is CBD Oil Legal in the UK?

Currently, yes, but there is a lot of confusion about what is legal, regulated, and considered illegal. Presently, CBD oil is legal within the United Kingdom if the product has less than 0.2% THC, which falls under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Cannabis is still listed as a Class B substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act, but CBD is not. Because of this, some people thought to grow their own hemp or cannabis to extract their own CBD. However, this is an illegal action. You cannot do this. In order to produce CBD in the UK, you must first receive a licence and permission from the UK Home Office.

Similarly, anyone who desires to sell CBD must either be a licence medical distributor or have CBD to sell as a nutritional supplement. If CBD is going to be sold as a supplement, it must be packaged in accordance with the Food Supplements Regulations 2003.

As of 2020, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) designated CBD as medicine within the UK, but this introduced stricter regulations.

Legal Limit of THC

Currently, there are two laws that discuss the levels of THC in cannabis and hemp products. Since THC is still considered an illegal drug, the less you have of it in a product, the better. Hemp-derived products, such as hemp seeds and hemp oil, must have less than 0.02 per cent of THC.

The standard changes if the CBD has been extracted using CO2 or a solvent, since this would mean that there should be no THC at all. This includes CBD capsules, oils, edibles, and e-liquids.

CBD as a Novel Food

As of February 2020, the European Commission and the Food Standards Agency of the UK requires any food or drink or supplement that contains CBD to have a “novel food” marker. A “novel food” is any food that has “not been consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU before 15 May 1997, when the first Regulation of novel food came into force.” For foods to pass as a novel food it must not be a risk to the public in any way, not be nutritionally devoid or disadvantageous, and not mislead users.

Purchasing CBD in the UK

While the restrictions and laws might makes purchasing CBD oil in the UK seem difficult, it is not. If anything, you will find a more vast and varied supply of CBD products than ever before. Although all CBD products contain less than 0.2 per cent THC, they are entirely legal and easy to buy.

When you go shopping for CBD products, remember to check the ingredients list. Look for CBD extract from either hemp or cannabis. Do not purchase a product using only hemp seed oil, as this will have a low concentration of CBD.

Final Thoughts

It has only been a few short years since CBD, or cannabidiol, was introduced to the UK, but the industry has flourished immensely—even under strict regulations. Now, with recent changes as of February 2020, CBD oil is more accessible than ever before. You will now see CBD supplements in the windows of pharmacies and food stores. So, if someone was to ask whether CBD is legal in the UK or not, you can confidently tell them yes!

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