April 25, 2020
There is a lot of confusion around CBD so we decided to answer your most common questions
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main phytocannabinoids found in Cannabis plants. In contrast to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive, so it won’t give you the ‘high’ that is commonly linked to cannabis use. CBD can actually lower the side effects of THC consumption. This molecule interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which is crucial to maintaining the balance of your system and regulates important physiological functions in the body.
CBD is totally legal to trade, consume, and possess in the UK.
Full Spectrum vs Isolate
CBD as a plant molecule can be isolated and mixed with any carrier oil. In the full spectrum oil, you get more than just CBD itself - it is full of other naturally occurring cannabinoids (CBG, CBC etc.) terpenes or flavonoids. Consumed together a synergy occurs that enhances the effect of CBD - it is called the entourage effect [read more].
What are Terpenes? Why are they important?
Terpenes are organic compounds commonly found in plants. They are part of the essential oils that create smells such as conifer trees, citrus fruits, mango, spice (i.e. cloves) and many many more. They have been used in the food and drink industry for quite a while. Terpenes are also really common in the cannabis plant. We now begin to understand the wide range of physiological benefits and how they can amplify the nature of CBD. That is why we did an extensive research study about them and created oils with certain terpenes added - [find out more]
What is the endocannabinoid system? Do I have it as well?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) of receptors is present among all the animals (vertebrates and invertebrates) - it evolved over 600 million years ago. We didn’t know it existed till the early ‘90s. It was discovered due to studies on cannabis - hence its name. Cannabinoid receptors are the most abundant neuromodulatory receptors in the human body (outnumbers serotonin or dopamine receptors). The main role of ECS is to regulate and balance the activity of cells and tissues in the body. Interestingly, it’s been found that ECS activity is present in many diseases. Therefore, targeting this system may help with many physiological problems.
What dose of CBD?
As we all have unique biological systems in our bodies it is nearly impossible to estimate a standard dose of CBD. We recommend starting with a small dose of 5mg 2-3 times a day. (Find a chart in our GUIDE to CBD) It is really important to take it regularly as the level of CBD builds up in your bloodstream. Usually, you will see the most positive aspects of CBD after 2-3 weeks of taking it but it strongly depends on the individual and some people may find it works after a couple of days of use. If you don’t receive the desired results, increase the dose slightly by 5 mg of CBD and carry on for another week and repeat that until you find the sweet spot. Taking too much won’t bring additional effects as CBD loses its benefits above a certain level. That is because of the biphasic nature of CBD.
How does CBD oil impact the body?
When consuming CBD oils in the form of your choice you might feel more relaxed, focused, sleep better or feel relief. It’s due to the effects CBD has on your endocannabinoid system that is deeply embedded in your body, mainly in your brain, guts, and immune cells. In a nutshell, the role of the system is to regulate the activity of the cells, so if any cell is sending too many signals or too little, natural cannabinoids in your body send a signal to bring homeostasis back. Experts in the field suggest that CBD can act as a tonic on the ECS, improving its balancing properties.
Are CBD products legal?
Yes, CBD products are perfectly legal to buy, sell, and consume in the UK and most European countries (it’s not legal in Slovakia). The regulations only apply to the concentration of 9-Δ-THC and CBN which are psychoactive, but there’s nothing to worry about as we use strains that are mainly CBD rich which aren’t psychoactive and during the process of production, CBN and THC are eliminated.
How does CBD work?
Our bodies and the endocannabinoid system are remarkably advanced and complex. Several studies alongside a myriad of stories from our community have shown amazing effects on the quality of our lives. It all comes from the fact that CBD can modulate the endocannabinoid system which is crucial for keeping your bodies organised and in balance.
However, thousands of smart scientists are trying to figure out the precise biological mechanism that is behind the interaction between our bodies and this amazing plant - cannabis. Since the discovery of the endocannabinoid system about 30 years ago, the scholars have made enormous progress and keep coming up with more detailed explanations on how CBD works.
Are CBD oil and hemp oil the same?
Not, necessarily. Cannabis Sativa L. plants usually only contain 2-3% CBD which is quite low. To achieve the desired concentration of CBD, cannabinoids, and terpenes, we have to gather a lot of Cannabis and to obtain the beneficial oil. Products called ‘hemp oil’ without stating the real CBD, cannabinoid, and terpene content, are great as a salad dressing but not as a supplement. As transparency is one of our values, you can find lab tests that show the exact composition of our oils from an independent laboratory. [Link]
What is the best way to take CBD?
It really depends on your needs. Personally, we decided to focus on sublingual drops, as they are the most convenient way to absorb CBD and don't require any additional device such as a Vaporizer. There’s a lot of uncertainty around the health side effects of vaping juices, that’s why we decided to focus on oils which can bring the most benefits.
Are CBD oils addictive?
CBD oils aren’t addictive. This component of the cannabis plant does not produce any high sensations and does not interact with parts of the brain that are correlated with addiction. This 2018 study showed that people using oral cannabidiol did not have any signs of addiction compared to a placebo. Interestingly, there are some pieces of evidence suggesting that CBD might be useful in helping people to recover from addiction. [SOURCE]
Can CBD oil go bad?
As an organic substance CBD oil slowly goes through naturally occurring chemical processes over time. Factors like exposure to light, oxygen from air or high temperature have some influence on how long your oil remains valuable for use.
To have your oil at its finest, it’s preferable to keep the bottle closed in a dark place at room temperature. According to this study, CBD oil should retain most of its valuable properties for 1-2 years, but you’ll most likely finish the bottle long before that happens. In any case, if the product doesn’t smell or look the same as when you purchased it, don’t consume it and consult us.
Why take CBD under the tongue?
This way you can absorb most of the CBD oil and have the best benefits. The soft tissue and many small vessels help to get your oil directly into the bloodstream. Everything you consume lands in your stomach, where acids and specific enzymes produced in the liver help to break food down to smaller molecules and transport them to your guts where the absorption happens. CBD isn’t an exception so if you swallow it directly, absorption drops drastically.
Keep it under your tongue for a couple of minutes to bypass digestion to get more out of your CBD oil.
Where does CBD oil come from?
It is made from specially selected Cannabis Sativa L. strains that are naturally rich in CBD. After they are matured and harvested, we carefully transport them to our facilities and extract everything important using an amazing technology called LPE (low-pressure extraction).
Using this method, we’re able to preserve more of original terpenes and cannabinoids than other popular extraction like CO2. Doing it that way supports the CBD and can create the entourage effect, so you get more out of this amazing plant.
Why don't I feel any effect? Does it work?
Everyone is unique and although we share similar biology, different things work differently for everyone. A few suggestions why you can’t feel any effect:
What is the entourage effect?
Alongside the CBD and other cannabinoids, cannabis produces a good deal of other components such as terpenes or flavonoids. The different effects of various cannabis strains are assigned to the so-called terpene profile. These molecules are part of the essential oils that are responsible for the characteristic smell of all the plants. Lemon, lavender, conifers and others contain the same terpenes as cannabis plants. Terpenes apart from being aromatic components, interact with the body bringing certain physiological benefits.
When they are all present in the full spectrum CBD oil, the components interact with each other and create a synergistic effect called the entourage effect. 10 mg of isolated CBD molecules is not as effective as 10mg of the full spectrum extract.
We also decided to add specific terpenes that are responsible for certain effects: FOCUS, CALM, RELIEF, UPLIFT.
Can CBD oil help with fatigue?
CBD can be extremely helpful as a part of a balanced diet and lifestyle because it interacts with the Endocannabinoid system in our brains. Have you ever felt struck by a brain fog which stops you from achieving your goals? We did and it was pretty annoying.
Changing your lifestyle and adding some supplementation to the diet could help to alleviate exhaustion and increase your energy levels.
Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your doctor before use.
Some reported side effects of cannabidiol include dry mouth, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and drowsiness.
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