CBD Oil Guide: Benefits, Types & Other FAQs
No matter your CBD question, we've got it covered in this guide. We're here to help you understand what CBD is, how you can take CBD oil, and the different types available.
If you have any questions, you can always contact us for more information, and browse our CBD products if you need to stock up.
What is CBD, THC, and CBD Oil?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a compound that's derived from the hemp plant. This is NOT the same plant as marijuana (cannabis) that is illegal because it contains high levels of THC. THC is short for Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is a psychoactive substance in the cannabis plant.
The hemp used in CBD production is high-CBD but low in THC, and so it has no measurable psychoactive effects.
Types of CBD Oil
There are two main types of CBD oil, full spectrum and broad spectrum:
Full spectrum CBD oil contains lots of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils found in the hemp plant, including up to 0.3% THC (the legal limit).
Broad spectrum CBD oil contains the beneficial terpenes, but it has had all of the THC extracted making it 0% THC. A reputable supplier will provide lab test reports to show it has tested as 0% THC. Our range of broad spectrum CBD is 0% THC and has the lab reports to prove it.
Learn more about the benefits of broad spectrum CBD here.
See more on full vs broad spectrum CBD here.
What is CBD used for?
CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system (made up of millions of CB1 and CB2 receptors). This system helps to regulate various processes in your body, such as pain, memory, mood, immunity and stress.
While CBD is sold as a food supplement, and therefore is not designed to treat any disease of ailment, anecdotal evidence suggests it can help with lots of different areas.
What's the Best Way to Take CBD?
The best way to take CBD is to take it orally, by adding drops underneath your tongue and allowing them to absord (called sunlingual). This should be kept in the mouth for 60 seconds before swallowing.
This is because the CBD gets into your system faster, and less of it is lost by going through your digestive tract for example.
What alternatives are there to CBD oil?
There are plenty of alternative ways to take CBD on the market, for example:
- CBD creams/balms
- CBD sprays
- CBD capsules
- CBD gummies
- CBD food enhancers
- CBD drinks
- CBD teas
- CBD coffee
However the majority of these are ingested, and so the effects can be lost through the digestive tracts.
Why is CBD being used in beauty products?
CBD is full of antioxidants, and emerging research has shown it may help with skin conditions like psoriasis, acne, and dermatitis, according to this 2018 study.
This is very promising for people suffering from those conditions, and hopefully further research will be able to prove a direct link.
Why isn't CBD sold as a cure to any ailments? Is it a medicine?
CBD is classed as a food supplement, and there have been no officially recognised studies into the effectiveness of its treatment on specific conditions, therefore no retailer can make any medical claims in relation to CBD.
However there is lots of anecdotal evidence around the world for the benefits of CBD.
Is CBD psychoactive? Will it make me high?
No CBD is not psychoactive, as it contains negligible or 0% amounts of THC, so it won't make you high. THC is the psychoactive portion of cannabis. Broad spectrum CBD is tested to 0% THC content.
How much CBD should I take?
There is no specific dose for CBD as its a food supplement, so you will have to work out which dose is right for you.
As with most things, it's advised that you start with the minimum manufacturers dose, and work up from there depending on how you feel.
The actual dose you take will depend on the strength of CBD you purchase. EG a 10% CBD bottle will require more drops to reach a certain dose than a 20% CBD bottle.
So when starting out, it's best you go for a smaller dose bottle, such as our 5% CBD oil here.
The Food Standards Agency recommends no more than 70mg of CBD per day.
The total amount of CBD in a bottle can be calculated by the percentage of CBD, eg if there's 10% CBD in a 10ml bottle, then you've likely got 1000mg of CBD in the entire bottle.
As dropper sizes vary, you'll be best working out your dose by measuring a number of drops into a measuring container at first, then you can calculate how much CBD you're actually consuming.
Related article: What is the highest strength CBD in the UK?
Why does CBD taste bad to me?
If you've chosen a naturally flavoured CBD oil, then you may not like the taste. This is perfectly fine, as not everyone gets on with the natural hemp flavour.
That's why we've got a range of flavoured CBD oil to try and make it more enjoyable, such as Citrus, and Mint flavours.
Why is CBD expensive?
CBD prices vary, but so do the quality. If you want to make sure you're consuming high quality CBD from a brand that does the proper testing and checks, you should expect to pay more for it.
How long does it take to absorb CBD?
The time it takes to absorb CBD will differ per person, but as far as the method you take it goes, CBD oil taken undernearth the tongue will bypass the digestive system and go directly into your bloodstream, which is the fastest method.
How long does CBD stay in your system?
Once ingested, CBD is taken to the liver where it's metabolised and either transported to use or sent for waste, where it is then transported to the relevant receptors to be used. However how long it takes to matabolise and how long the effects last are not the same thing.
To understand how long the effects last, we have to understand Half life.
Half life is how long a compound takes to reduce by half (in volume or effectiveness) in the body.
There have been no concrete studies on the half life of CBD, and even if there were, it differs by lots of personal factors (just like caffeine does). Some of those factors include body fat, metabolism, the method of consumption, and the strength of CBD.
Can I take CBD with Condition "X"?
The only way to truly know if you can take CBD with your condition is to consult your GP.
Is CBD Addictive?
The WHO reported in 2018 that there is no evidence to suggest that CBD has any health-related problems associated with it. The "high" that could be addictive would be related to THC, which has been removed from all CBD products.
Will I test positive for cannabis if I take CBD?
You should not test positive for cannabis when taking CBD oil. These tests are looking for THC, which has been removed (or reduced to negligible levels) from most UK regulated CBD oils.
There are rare occasions where the THC might build up when stored in fat cells, but this is very unlikely.
To be safe, purchase broad spectrum CBD that's tested to 0% THC, such as the range at CBDpuroil.com.