1) WHAT IS CBD?
CBD is a shortened name which stands for cannabidiol and is one of over 60 active chemical compounds (or ‘cannabinoids’) found in marijuana and hemp plants. THC is usually the most abundant cannabinoid with CBD being the second.
2) DOES CBD COME FROM MARIJUANA OR HEMP? AND WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO?
Marijuana and hemp are two different varieties of cannabis that come from the same species of plant but generally, CBD is found abundantly in both.
It’s important to note that CBD is typically found in the seeds and stem of marijuana – not in the flowering buds. The hemp plant is an entirely different strain of cannabis that contains high quantities of CBD throughout (stem, buds, etc), and practically zero traces of THC. If a hemp plant contains more than 0.3% THC, it is then technically a “marijuana” plant and is considered illegal. Almost all CBD-based products come from the industrial hemp plant and are legal.
3) WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CBD AND THC?
THC affects the brain by binding to naturally-occurring CB-1 receptors in the central nervous system. CBD is a differently-shaped molecule that binds to CB-2 receptors in cell and body tissues outside the central nervous system.
4) WILL CBD GET ME HIGH?
No, CBD will not get you high. THC is the molecule that binds to receptors in our brain and is the one responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana.
CBD has no psychotropic or hallucinogenic effects, contrary to THC. In a sense, it is used more to treat medical disorders which is why it is prescribed for use.
5) HOW DO I TAKE CBD?
Most CBD medications are taken orally via oil drops that are placed under the tongue and held for 60 seconds before swallowing. Topical creams and ointments are also effective, as is vaporising CBD vape juices which available in different strengths.
6) WHAT IS CBD OIL?
CBD oil is a liquid cannabis extract that contains virtually pure CBD. It’s commonly made from seeds of the hemp plant (CBD hemp oil) and the stems of industrial hemp plants.
7) HOW DOES CBD WORK?
CBD functions by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. These receptors have been found in virtually every cell and tissue type in the human body (hence the seemingly endless array of CBD uses).
8) IS CBD LEGAL?
CBD is legal to consume within the UK. It is not classed as a drug under the misuse of Drugs Act 1971 therefore making it completely legal to possess and consume.
9) IS CBD NATURAL?
Yes, CBD is a 100% natural chemical compound that comes directly from the cannabis or hemp plant.
10) DO ALL MARIJUANA STRAINS HAVE CBD?
No, CBD is found in a sellect few strains of the in their flower buds. But yes, every cannabis plant (whether it’s marijuana or hemp) will have CBD in the stem and seeds.
11) HOW IS CBD ISOLATED FROM THE CANNABIS PLANT?
CO2 extraction is the best method to extract pure CBD isolate, in which state it exists as a clear/white crystal. This method is preferred over other methods because it leaves practically zero traces of chemical contaminants in the end product.
Also, infusing vegetable oil (i.e. olive oil) is another effective way of extracting CBD. All you do is grind up the raw plant material, decarboxylate (heat) it, and let it sit in boiling (100-deg Celsius) oil for about 2 hours.
12) ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS OF USING CBD? IS IT SAFE?
Most research has concluded that CBD is perfectly safe with no known side effects, though some users have reported drowsiness, lightheadedness, low blood pressure, and dry mouth.
13) CAN I COOK WITH CBD?
Absolutely! CBD infused oils are a fantastic ingredient to cook with.
14) ARE THERE MEDICAL STUDIES ON CBD?
Thousands of scientific/medical peer-reviewed studies have been carried out specifically on CBD. Project CBD is a non-profit organization strictly dedicated to documenting the research progress on this incredible substance.
15) WHAT ABOUT CBD TOPICALS… DO THEY WORK?
Yes, CBD topicals have proven very effective for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, as well as for localized muscle soreness and joint pain resulting from arthritis-induced inflammation.
16) WILL CBD SHOW UP ON A DRUG TEST?
A high-quality CBD product with minimal THC is incredibly unlikely to show up on a drug test.
17) HOW DO I KNOW WHAT DOSE OF CBD TO TAKE?
This one is difficult because it of course depends on what you’re using the CBD for and also on how pure the product is. For effective treatment of the majority of conditions, most people use between 10-50 mg of CBD per day total. (For reference, 1 ml of a potent oil might contain 50 mg of CBD. Make sure you refer the label on your product to ensure proper use.
18) HOW DO I KNOW IT’S SAFE TO PURCHASE CBD ONLINE?
To ensure the legality of buying CBD products online, you need to make sure the company you’re buying from is reputable and that the product was made from industrial hemp with less than 0.3% THC content. Remember, millions of people all around the world are using CBD products every day to effectively treat their medical conditions.
19) WHAT IS CBD ISOLATE?
CBD Isolate is the purest form of CBD with a CBD content of 99.9% organic CBD