What Is CBD Oil?
CBD Oil is definitely the most popular form of CBD products. CBD stands for ‘cannabidiol’ and it is an organic compound (called cannabinoids) that is extracted from hemp or cannabis plants. CBD is just one of the 113 identified cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis plants.
CBD Oil is just CBD extract diluted into an oil. The most common oils for CBD to be suspended in are hemp, olive and coconut (sometimes referred to as MCT). CBD extract is a very goopy or paste-like texture that is almost a wax-like substance, so the extract is suspended into oil because it is more soluble in oil and much easier to dose.
How do I use CBD Oil?
What makes CBD Oil so popular is how versatile it is. It can be used in numerous ways to suit almost anyone’s preference.
- Sublingually (this is dropping it under the tongue and holding there for a minute or so)
- Orally (either by just swallowing it immediately or by adding it to food or drinks)
- Topically (many people love it as a serum, moisturiser and even adding it their favourite creams)
- In Cooking and Baking
The most popular method of taking CBD oil is sublingual because it is absorbed into the bloodstream quicker through the veins underneath the tongue. Sublingual absorption refers to dropping or spraying the CBD oil directly into your mouth under your tongue. You then hold it there for 60 seconds and rinse it down with your preferred drink.
How much CBD Oil should I take?
There are quite a few variables involved to decide how much is the right amount of CBD Oil to take, and it also varies from person to person. Most products will have directions as to how much to use, and it is always best to start with the lowest dose and use a process of trial and error to decide how much is right for you. You can also read our CBD Dosing Guide for a bit more info.
What are the different types of CBD Oil?
When shopping for CBD Oils you might notice different descriptions like Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or made from CBD Isolate. You can also read about this more in-depth here.
Full Spectrum CBD is basically the whole plant extract and it contains many additional naturally occurring cannabinoids as well as vitamins, fatty acids, dietary fibre, terpenes, flavonoids, etc. Full spectrum CBD Oil usually will have a small amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), but no more the legal amount of 0.2%.
CBD Isolates are exactly as their name describes, CBD that is extracted and Isolated from Hemp and Cannabis Plants. CBD Oils made with CBD Isolate will not contain any THC or any other cannabinoids.
Broad Spectrum CBD is kind of a mix between Full Spectrum and Isolated CBD. It does not contain any THC but will have added cannabinoids like terpenes and flavonoids. It is usually made by using CBD Isolate and adding the other cannabinoids after.
What are the Benefits of CBD Oil?
CBD Oil is not only great because of its versatility and natural fatty acids, but it also plays a natural role with the body by reacting with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS for short).
The Endocannabinoid System is made of receptors that react to cannabinoids. While there may not be enough research to determine the full benefits of CBD, many people take it as a supplement to assist with their general wellbeing.
Does CBD Oil have THC in it or will it make me feel "high"?
Any CBD products sold in the UK can not contain any more than 0.2% THC. This amount is so minuscule that is impossible to feel any of the psychoactive effects associated with THC.
If you are concerned about taking anything with THC, then look for products made with CBD Isolate or that advertise 0% THC. Many products will also have lab reports to prove the percentage of CBD and THC in them.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
Yes! As of November 2018, CBD is legally allowed to be sold in the UK as long as it is sold as a food supplement, does not advertise any medical claims and contains less than 0.2% THC