The Ultimate CBD Beginners Guide

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What is CBD?

CBD which is short for Cannabidiol, is one of over 113 chemical compounds found in the hemp plant, however unlike THC it will not get you ‘high’. It is what’s known as a phytocannabinoid meaning a plant based cannabinoid.

Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids, which interact with our Endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for regulating sleep, mood and pain perception among other things.

CBD helps our bodies produce more of our naturally occurring endocannabinoids, helping our ECS function at its optimum level.

Is CBD Safe?

According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

 

Is CBD Legal in the UK?

CBD or cannabidiol is not a controlled substance because it does not contain more than the required 0.2% THC. This is also why CBD oil does not make you 'high'. In July 2018, the BBC covered this exact article.

What Kind of CBD Should I Get?

The most commonly used form of CBD is CBD oil , however, it can also be taken in capsule form, topical creams and there's a few more 'out there' methods of consuming CBD like CBD toothpicks, CBD infused pillow cases and more.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD Oils are generally considered as being the most effective way to consume CBD because they have a higher bioavailability (amount absorbed into bloodstream) than other types of CBD products. By taking CBD, sublingually (dropping it under the tongue) we absorb more of it meaning we should see more of a noticeable impact.

CBD capsules are also a great way to take CBD if you want a taste-free solution. They release CBD into the bloodstream more gradually throughout the day, which should provide longer lasting effects.

Which CBD Oil is Best?

There are currently three different types of CBD Oil available to buy in the UK. The three types of CBD Oil are:

Full Spectrum CBD Oil - This type of CBD Oil contains all of the other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant while staying below the legal THC limit (0.2%) by having the other cannabinoids it creates a synergistic effect known as the entourage effect that helps make the oil more effective.

Broad Spectrum CBD Oil - Contains all the other cannabinoids but even less or No THC.

Isolate CBD Oil - This will only contain the CBD cannabinoid and may not be as effective.

The most commonly purchased Oils are Full spectrum Oils and Broad Spectrum Oils which is likely due to the fact they have more of an effect on the ECS than an Isolate Oil.

How to Take CBD?

A good place to start is either with a 5% CBD oil and you can experiment with your dosage to find out what works for you or you can buy a CBD starter pack that allows you to try three different strengths and see what works for you.

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