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CBD UK FAQ
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!
What is CBD?
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.
How does CBD work?
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.
Will CBD get me high?
No. This is a common misconception, CBD does not have the same effect as THC the cannabinoid reponsible for getting you ‘high’. Full-spectrum CBD products contain only a tiny amount of THC legally – not enough to have a psychoactive effect – and broad-spectrum and CBD isolate products contain no THC at all.
Is it legal to buy CBD in the UK?
It’s perfectly legal to purchase CBD products in the UK as long as it contains no more than 0.01% of THC per container and is derived from industrial hemp cultivated in the EU. THC is the psychoactive substance responsible for the “high” feeling you get when you smoke cannabis. It’s present in larger amounts in cannabis, but the tiny amount you’d find in CBD oil products is not enough to get you high.
Why buy CBD products from CBD Shopy?
At CBD Shopy, we go above and beyond to give you access to safe, legal, quality CBD oil products.
In consultation with medical cannabis expert Prof. Michael Barnes we formulated quality assessment criteria for sourcing products for our online CBD shop.
Here’s what we look for in all our CBD oil products:
⭐ Customer satisfaction
If you want to know if a brand truly walks the walk and delivers a great CBD oil product there’s nobody better to ask than the customer. Here at CBD shopy we boast a 4.8 out 5-star rating from over 700 verified customer reviews, in addition we ensure all CBD brands listed on our store are receiving incredible customer feedback.
📊 Lab reports
First things first – the all-important lab report! A reputable CBD brand will have their CBD products tested and verified by an independent, third-party lab. This will verify:
- How much CBD and THC the product contains.
- That the product is free of mould, pesticides, heavy metals and other contaminants.
The brand should also make the lab reports readily available. If they don’t have lab reports, or they won’t share them, it’s important to ask yourself why.
Some CBD products have been found to contain only a small fraction of the advertised CBD, and others contain enough ethanol to be legally considered an alcoholic drink! The lab report is the only way to know that you’re getting what you pay for, so don’t buy without seeing it first.
🌱 Organic hemp
The choice of hemp makes a difference to the quality of the CBD oil product. We make sure that the company knows where their hemp comes from. Specifically, hemp that is organically grown in regulated jurisdictions, using natural farming methods. This ensures that you’re not consuming unnecessary and potentially harmful chemicals like pesticides.
🔬 Extraction method
The quality of CBD oil products are heavily influenced by the method used to extract it from the hemp plant. The best extraction methods, like CO2 extraction, use low temperature and low pressure to preserve the delicate plant compounds and deliver a superior CBD oil.
🏭 Manufacturing standards
We look for brands that have the seal of approval from international bodies like ISO and GMP. This means your CBD product has been manufactured in world-class facilities that meet strict industry standards.
🥇 Industry association
In an industry where products are ingested for wellness benefits, yet regulations are very lax, brands who proactively consult with authorities in the cannabis industry including but not limited to associations, doctors, professors & researchers show a sign of good faith towards their customer’s wellness.
The price of CBD products vary quite significantly between brands, but you can generally expect to pay higher prices for better-quality products. CBD Shopy checks to ensure the price of our all our products are within the market range, so customers are not paying extortionate amounts.
The best method of comparing prices between brands is to divide the retail price by the MG strength of CBD, for instance: £36.99 / 500mg = £0.073 per MG of CBD. The average market range in the UK averages between £0.06 £0.11 per MG of CBD.