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CBD has become a buzzword in the wellness industry over the last few years. It seems everybody is singing the praises of CBD as an all-natural wellbeing boost, but what exactly is CBD? What does it do? And is it even legal?! Read on to find out!
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound called a cannabinoid, extracted from the flower of the hemp plant. There are over 120 of these cannabinoid substances in the plant altogether, along with hundreds more healthful compounds like fatty acids, vitamins, terpenes and flavonoids.
Your body has something called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), responsible for regulating functions like sleep, immunity, appetite, and more. The compounds that control your ECS are called endocannabinoids, but external cannabinoids like CBD can also act in a similar way when you consume them.
Each cannabinoid acts differently in the body, so the effects vary depending on which cannabinoids you consume. THC (tetrahydrocannabidiol), for example, is the compound responsible for the ‘high’ feeling you get from smoking cannabis.Read more about the ECS
So if THC gets you high, does that mean full-spectrum CBD products are illegal? Not exactly.
The UK’s legal maximum limit for THC in a CBD product is 1mg. However, reports have found that some brands actually contain more than this, and because regulation is still quite weak in the UK, they get away with it.
To make sure you know exactly how much THC you’re consuming, we recommend only buying from brands who have their products independently tested and publish the lab results.Read more about the UK’s CBD laws
No. This is a common misconception, but CBD does not have the same effect as THC. Full-spectrum CBD products contain only a tiny amount of THC – not enough to have a psychoactive effect – and broad-spectrum and CBD isolate products contain no THC at all.Read more about THC
If you’ve read up on CBD, you’ve probably come across the entourage effect. Remember the hundreds of other compounds in the hemp plant? It’s thought that when you take a CBD product that contains all of them together, the benefits are amplified. That’s the entourage effect, and you can get it from full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products.Read more about the entourage effect
One of the most popular options, CBD oil is a tincture made from CBD and a carrier substance, such as olive or coconut oil. Place a drop or a spray under your tongue for rapid absorption into the bloodstream.SHOP NOW
Perfect for beginners and those who want easy dosage control, CBD capsules are a clean and convenient alternative to liquid CBD. Simply wash your capsule down with a glass of water and enjoy the long-lasting effects.SHOP NOW
Topical CBD creams are a great option if you want to target the effects of CBD towards a specific area, rather than the whole body. Rub one of our CBD-infused creams or balms into the skin as needed.SHOP NOW
CBD gummies offer the benefits of CBD and the convenience of a capsule, without the earthy taste of an oil. Chew on one of these delicious gummies several times a day for a quick and tasty way to get your CBD.SHOP NOW
There are lots of factors to consider when choosing the best CBD product for you. Here are some of the most important ones…
The strength of a CBD product refers to the amount of CBD per dose. The higher the CBD content, the less product you’ll need to achieve the desired effects. However, it’s not quite as simple as looking at the number on the label.Read more about CBD strength
How quickly do you need to feel the effects of CBD and how long do you want them to last? If you’re more concerned with fast results, choose a vape-friendly CBD isolate oil. If duration is most important, choose capsules for a slower but longer-lasting effect. Tinctures and oils provide a happy medium, taking up to 30 minutes to kick in and lasting 1-6 hours.Red more about CBD timing effects
If it’s important for you to tightly control your dosage, a CBD isolate would be your most accurate option as it’s almost entirely CBD. However, if you want the additional benefits of a broad-spectrum or full-spectrum product, a CBD capsule delivers a more accurate dose than a tincture or cream. Whatever you choose, always check the lab report to get the exact CBD content.
Cannabidiol is just one of hundreds of compounds in the hemp plant. A full-spectrum CBD product contains all of them, while a broad-spectrum contains all of them minus THC. A CBD isolate contains only CBD.
CBD is thought to have additional benefits when taken together with all of these other compounds (known as “the entourage effect”). However, if you’re only interested in pure CBD, you may prefer an isolate instead.Read more about CBD spectrums
Bioavailability refers to the proportion of CBD taken that is actually absorbed into your bloodstream and used by your body. Essentially, the higher the bioavailability, the more CBD you’re getting for your dose.
CBD oils have the highest bioavailability, going directly to your bloodstream from under your tongue (or your lungs, if you vape). On the other hand, capsules and edibles have to pass though the digestive system first, and topical creams have to pass through the skin, so their bioavailability is much lower.Read more about CBD bioavailability
Not everyone is a fan of CBD’s natural, earthy taste! If it’s a deal-breaker for you, consider CBD capsules, creams, or flavoured oils. You might also like a CBD isolate, as the compounds responsible for the herbal taste have been removed.Read more about flavoured CBD oil
The UK’s legal limit for THC in CBD oil is 1mg of THC per product — nowhere near enough to get you ‘high’. However, if you’d rather not consume any THC at all, choose a broad-spectrum or CBD isolate product that contains zero THC.Read more about THC
CBD Shopy is the UK’s leading online marketplace for high-quality CBD products. We’ve brought together the best of the best to give you unrivalled choice when it comes to CBD oils, capsules, creams and gummies.
We’ve experienced the powerful wellbeing effects of CBD first-hand, but we’ve also encountered plenty of rogue brands who just want to make a quick buck off the CBD trend. We’re committed to cleaning up the marketplace and making sure you have access to the finest products from the most ethical traders.5 Tips to Avoid Rogue CBD Companies
We want you to shop with the utmost confidence. That’s why our products have to meet strict criteria covering everything from manufacturing standards to growing conditions to cannabinoid content to extraction processes. If a brand can’t verify that they meet the criteria and provide third-party lab reports, they don’t make it into our store – no exceptions.Read more on CBD lab testing
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