Bloom Botanics' Frequently Asked Questions
What is CBD?
CBD is the abbreviation for ‘cannabidiol’, and cannabidiol is an organic compound (called cannabinoids) extracted from hemp or cannabis plants. CBD is just one of the 113 identified cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis plants. It is used in products like oils, edibles and cosmetics for its therapeutic and relaxing properties. Unlike its cousin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), it is not psychoactive. Meaning, it will not get you high.
What is CBD Oil?
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 on some sites). CBD extract is very goopy and is actually closer to a wax-like substance, so the extract is suspended into oil because it is more soluble in oil.
How much CBD should I take?
There are quite a few variables involved to decide how much is the right amount of CBD to take, and 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.
Is CBD safe and are there any side effects?
While CBD is considered to be very safe, it is important to note that it has been known to cause adverse reactions for some people including diarrhoea, changes in appetite and fatigue. This is primarily in people who have taken too much. That is why one should start with a low dosage when first trying CBD. Cannabidiol can also affect certain medications that interact with the P-450 System in the same way that grapefruit does. We have more information on what medications interact with CBD here.
Is Hemp Seed Oil the same as CBD Oil?
Many hemp products are marketed to sound the same as CBD Oil, but they are definitely not the same. It is a very common misconception that Hemp Seed Oil contains CBD because they both come from hemp plants. However, hemp seed oil only contains the oils, a.k.a. fatty acids and vitamins and minerals of the hemp plants but not any of the cannabinoids like CBD. Hemp Seed Oil is essentially a cooking oil.
CBD Oil is actually the CBD extract diluted in an oil, like hemp seed oil, olive oil or coconut oil. Making it very easy to confuse the two.
Does CBD make you high?
Because CBD comes from Cannabis and Hemp plants, it is a common misconception that it will make them high, when in fact, Cannabidiol will definitely not make you high. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), is the compound found in Cannabis and Hemp plants that have psychoactive properties and makes a person feel high. CBD products sold in the UK have no more than 0.2% THC content (dependant on the product, some products have zero THC), and the amount is so minuscule that it is impossible to feel a high from it.
Is CBD 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.
Do I need a prescription for CBD?
CBD is sold as a food and dietary supplement and does not require any prescription as it contains no more than 0.2% THC. Pharmaceutical Grade Cannabis Oils are often confused with CBD Oil, are available for prescription in ultra-rare cases for people with epilepsy and contain higher amounts of THC.
Does CBD show up in a Drug Test?
Because some CBD products are full spectrum and contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.2%), there is a small possibility of these products showing up in drug tests. However, any products made from CBD Isolates will not contain any THC and will not show up in drug tests. These products will advertise that they contain zero THC to make things easier for customers. Bloom Botanics always make sure to list which products are zero THC to ensure customers can find what they are looking for. If you are ever worried about the THC content of your products, any reputable CBD Brand should be able to provide lab reports for the product you are concerned about.
Which CBD Product is Best for Me?
This can be dependent on a lot of things. Your lifestyle, your preferences, your taste, etc. Our Beginners Guide to CBD is a great way to help you find the right CBD method to start you on your CBD journey.
Can I give CBD to my pet (Cat, Dog, Horse, Etc)
Everyone has something that is called the Endocannabinoid System in their bodies. This is where our bodies have receptors to cannabinoids and reacts to them. Animals also have an Endocannabinoid System, and can benefit from CBD the same way that people can.
It is important to note that you should never give your cat or dog the same amount of CBD that you would give yourself; because they weigh much less than us, they will also need a much lower dose.
Animals are also much more sensitive to THC, so if you are ever thinking of self medicating your pet with medical marijuana, please do not! We also have a blog on giving CBD to your pet if you would like to know more.
I've heard CBD can cure illnesses, is this true?
While there has been a few studies in relation to the positive effects of CBD against certain diseases or illnesses, there still isn't enough medical evidence to say so yet. Instead, it is intended for use as a dietary supplement to enhance one's general well being.
How do I know which CBD products are safe to buy online?
Even though there are so many fantastic CBD products to buy online, there are also some products that are being mislabelled and sold on to customers. It is best to look for reputable brands and websites that offer education and transparency of their items by using third party lab results to prove what ingredients are in their products.
How can I contact you?
You can email us at email@example.com or call 020 8638 8620, or fill out a contact form here.