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- How CBD Works?
- What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
- What are the best ways to take CBD?
- How do I know how much cbd to take?
- What are terpenes and how do they effect you?
- What is the difference between Full Spectrum Extracts and CBD Isolate?
- What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
- Is CBD legal in the U.K.?
Q. How CBD Works?
Cannabis Sativa L. contains 113 naturally occurring, active compounds called cannabinoids.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the compounds found in hemp and marijuana plants.
All cannabinoids, including CBD, act on receptors found in all mammals. These receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system. Clinical trials are currently looking into the effect of CBD on the body. So far the findings that we can legally share with you are the discovery of 2 main receptors in our bodies:
- CB1 receptors: Mostly found in the brain, lungs, blood vessels, muscles, digestive tract, reproductive organs and central nervous system.
- CB2 receptors: Mostly found around organs, liver, pancreas, brainstem and also the immune system
Q. What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a collection of cell receptors and the corresponding molecules in the human body.
The ECS Regulates:
- Motor Control
- Immune Function
- Reproduction & Fertility
- Temperature Regulation
Much like a daily vitamin, CBD, one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, supplements the Endocannabinoid System.
Q. What are the best ways to take CBD?
There are numerous ways to take CBD, below is a guide to help you decide which products might fit you best.
Benefits – The original and still highly popular means of consuming CBD oil is Tinctures, taken as drops absorbed under the tongue or added to food, smoothies and drinks for a versatile way of CBD consumption.
Benefits – The most effective means of absorbing CBD quickly.
Benefits – Like E-Liquids, this is the most effective means of absorbing CBD quickly when vaped in a dry herb vaporizer. Alternatively, they can be ground up and added to a teapot for a great refreshing cup of herbal tea packed with natural terpenes.
Benefits - A convenient and popular way to top up on CBD and introduce CBD to others (in a tasty form).
Benefits – Very effective for localised application with the CB2 receptor being linked to our skin. Popular for skin and joint related conditions, skin hydration and wound healing.
Benefits - CBD infused drinks allow for high bio-availability of the CBD. Great for combating fatigued muscles after a tough work out!
Q. How do I know how much cbd to take?
A question that is often asked by new users is how much CBD oil should you take. The answer is that it varies. This is because CBD acts very differently in each individual. Therefore, it's highly important to consider how much CBD to take before you start using it.
As we all have a unique physiology, finding the correct amount of CBD oil will be personal to you. Your height and weight can also play a part in selecting the correct dosage. If you have a medical condition and are on medication, its best to consult your doctor before taking CBD oil.
So, how much CBD is best for me? Ideally, starting with a low dose and building up is the way forward for most new users. As there are no official guidelines set in stone yet, time and patience are the keys to determining the most effective dose for you.
Here are some points to keep in mind.
- Before you start taking CBD consider your weight and how severe your condition is.
- You could start with just one drop of CBD oil on your first day of use. This low dose gives your body time to adapt to the CBD and ensures you’re not going to take too much.
- Slowly increase your dosage. You may wish to increase your dose to 2 drops per day for a few weeks to see if you notice any visible reduction in your symptoms. It will take time for CBD to affect you, so changes can take a while to notice. Before increasing your dose, stick with the same amount of CBD for at least a few days.
- Separate your dosage into smaller doses throughout the day. This may enhance the absorption rate and efficiency of the CBD oil.
Speak to your doctor before you take CBD oil especially if you are already on medication.
Q. What are terpenes and how do they effect you?
The very quick dirty: terpenes are essential oils that help enhance the effect you get when using cbd known as the 'Entourage Effect', they also hold numerous health benefits.
Terpenes (and terpenoids) are aromatic organic compounds found in many plants and even some insects. Plants developed terpenes to ward off herbivores that might eat them and to attract helpful predators and pollinators. Cannabis (marijuana) has naturally high levels of terpenes. "Dank" flower gets its dank stank from being rich in terpenes.
So - why do terpenes matter?
- They directly affect your feeling and contribute to The Entourage Effect of cannabis.
- They have health benefits.
- They give cannabis and vape oil its natural flavor.
The effects terpenes have on the body?
For many people the word “terpene” is a strange and unfamiliar term, but it won’t be for much longer. As science and technology carry us to better understandings of cannabis, we’re beginning to see that there’s a lot more to marijuana than its cannabinoid content. To get a hint of the other therapeutic compounds in your strain, just give it a sniff.
Terpenes are fragrant oils that give cannabis its aromatic diversity. They’re what give Blueberry its signature berry smell, Sour Diesel its funky fuel flavor, and Lavender its sweet floral aroma. These oils are secreted in the flower’s sticky resin glands, the same ones that produce THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. Terpenes are by no means unique to cannabis; they can be found in many other herbs, fruits, and plants as well.
Like cannabinoids, terpenes bind to receptors in the brain and give rise to various effects.
When choosing a strain based on its terpene content, keep in mind that different harvests may demonstrate dramatically different terpenoid profiles due to variances in growing and curing techniques. Lab-tested products are the only surefire way of knowing a strain’s terpene potency – without it, you’ll have to rely on your nose to guide you.
Lastly, when choosing your method of ingestion, keep in mind that the beneficial qualities of terpenes can be seriously damaged if heated past their boiling point. It is best to try a ‘low-heat’ device pen or an adjustable eNail to extract the full benefit and flavor of your terpenes.
What is the Entorage Effect?
Anytime you read about CBD oil, you can’t avoid stumbling across something known as the “Entourage Effect”.
The Entourage Effect is the results (the effect) produced from the synergistic interaction of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids naturally found in cannabis. The Entourage Effect refers to the beneficial effect of all these compounds working together as opposed to just one or two of these compounds working in isolation.The very quick dirty: the Entourage Effect is the benefit you get from ingesting multiple components of the cannabis plant together instead of ingesting one component at-a-time.
Q. What is the difference between Full Spectrum Extracts and CBD Isolate?
Full-spectrum extract means it contains all active plant compounds in addition to the CBD. This includes other cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, CBL, and CBCVA, as well as aromatic (nice smelling) cannabis terpenes like Pinene, Linalool, Caryophyllene, Myrcene and Limonene.
CBD isolate is exactly what it sounds like; pure, isolated CBD compound, all by itself. It exists as a white-ish powder, and contains no other active compounds – nothing.
How to choose between the two?
Studies have found that CBD is much more effective when used along with other compounds of the cannabis plant, then when it is used by itself. While they haven’t yet figured out why exactly this is the case, it’s now generally accepted that full-spectrum CBD oil is more effective at treating the majority of health conditions, than CBD isolate is.
Q. What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Marijuana contains both THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD, but the compounds have different effects. THC is associated with the mind-altering effects it produces (aka "high") when the compound is broken down by heat and introduced into the body – for example when someone smokes parts of the plant or adds those to food that is cooked.
CBD in hemp has none of the mind altering affects associated with recreational use of marijuana – it is not psychoactive. This means that it does not change the state of mind of the person who uses it. However, it has been observed that CBD produces significant changes in the body that have been found to have health benefits.
Most CBD used today is extracted from industrial hemp - the least processed form of the cannabis plant.
Both hemp and marijuana belong to the same plant family, cannabis sativa, but they are very different in their properties:
- Marijuana farmers breed strains of cannabis that contain high levels of THC and other compounds that influence smell, taste or appearance.
- Hemp farmers historically have not tried to modify the plant. It is these hemp plants that are used to create CBD oil.
Q. Is CBD legal in the U.K.?
CBD is legal in the UK if it contains less than 0.2% THC and is sold as a food supplement.
CBD products that are produced using Cannabis Sativa L. (hemp) are able to be legally sold as food supplements. The Food Supplements Directive 2002/46/EC defines a food supplement as foodstuffs which supplement a normal diet and which are concentrated sources of nutrients or other substances with a nutritional or physical effect.
Hemp has been used as a nutritionally rich ingredient for thousands of years. Its also one of the oldest and most sustainable crops to be grown in the world.Everything sold on our site is sold as a food supplement and contains less than 0.2% THC. All products are 3rd party lab tested to prove this. Our Hemp Flowers
All of our raw hemp flowers are made from processed European hemp strains grown for fibre under licence within the European Economic Area and are imported legally. They contain less than 0.2% THC required by European law, are non-psychoactive, and will not get you ‘high’. Under European law, the trade of hemp is protected and does not exclude any part of the hemp plant. Community law precludes any European member state from applying national legislation which, contrary to regulation No. 1782/2003, has the effect of prohibiting the possession of hemp grown for fibre.