What should I know about CBD.
Before making a purchase of CBD Oil, it’s important to consider a wide variety of factors.
CBD retailers are competing against each other, and a number of them making very similar claims about the product they sell. Because of this, it can be very overwhelming to accurately determine which is the best CBD oil to buy.
If you are a first-time buyer of CBD oil, education is the key factor in determining if CBD oil is right for you.
Hopefully the following information will help guide you before making a purchase.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or more commonly known as CBD, is a natural compound that has gained popularity in recent years.
Cannabis plants are made up of more than 100 different cannabinoids, chemical composites that act on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the human brain. These have different impacts on the body and are concentrated to different extents in certain parts of the plant.
The most well known of the combinations are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD)
Does CBD get you high?
No it won’t, is the answer.
CBD comprises around 40% of hemp. Unlike THC, CBD is nonintoxicating which means it will not get you high.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most active ingredient of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an important constituent of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant.
According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
In the UK, it is possible to get a prescription for oil made from CBD because it won’t get users “high”. By contrast, THC is a psychoactive chemical and is a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
But is CBD legal to buy in the UK ?
Yes it is.
For CBD oil to be legal in the UK, it must contain no more than 0.2% THC, and the THC must not be easily separated from it. By contrast, cannabis oil, which has a higher THC content, is not usually allowed in the UK.
Nuevita CBD Oil contains less than 0.2% THC.
How do I know if what I am buying is going to be effective?
CBD oil products are becoming more popular in the UK. However, the quality of these products varies and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, it can be easy to buy something which is unlikely to have any effect. Some CBD products may have low active ingredient concentrations, or they may be diluted among extracts which have no real benefits.
High prices don’t always equate to high quality.
An article in the Guardian (July 19) quoted Mike Power saying ‘’in many cases, the industry is taking consumers for a ride”. He cites lab tests commissioned by the think tank Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) which analysed high-street offerings and found that more than half of the most popular CBD oils sold do not contain the level of CBD promised on the label.
So what should you be looking for?
Good quality CBD oil manufacturers will be transparent regarding their methods, in fact, all suppliers of any food supplement sold should be transparent with their approaches. This means you should be able to view the independently conducted lab results for each of their products. Being able to clearly see the results for yourself means you can verify the claims made by the manufacturer, ensuring you’re getting what you expected.
The best CBD oils will show a high concentration of CBD, accompanied by low THC levels and minimal impurities.
Most CBD oil products will have a number on the front of the bottle, often ranging from 300 mg to 10000 mg. This number is not the amount of CBD oil you get in every droplet or capsule but is the total amount of CBD contained within the CBD oil product.
Other CBD oil products may specify the concentration as percentages instead, such as 3%, 10%, or 20% cannabidiol (CBD).
At Nuevita we put both on our labels. 300mg = 3% and 10000mg = 10%.
While higher doses of CBD will likely have a more pronounced effect, it is not recommended to start with a high concentration.
The actual amount of CBD you receive should be the total CBD number on the front (in milligrams), divided by the number of servings in the bottle.
Don’t expect a miracle cure. Most of what doctors know about CBD is anecdotal and for most health problems, CBD’s benefits are more conjecture than proof.
That doesn’t mean you can’t try CBD for various reasons. But you should recognise that its potential benefits are largely unproven. You may hear of people using CBD to treat everything from anxiety and back pain to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and insomnia, just don’t expect a cure-all.
How Effective is CBD.
Firstly, you need to be aware that CBD is not like a painkiller, so don't expect immediate effect.
Just like any supplement, individuals will respond differently, and it can take up to an hour to feel, any effect.
The only way you will know is to try the product, and see what works best for you.
Other factors to consider are:
- Weight and height.
- Whether or not you're taking other supplements or medication.
- Environment Factors ( stress, pollution etc)
- Lifestyle Factors ( diet, amount of exercise, quality of sleep)
However, please remember. Anyone new to taking CBD, it is recommended to take a smaller dosage initially.
Consult with your doctor. Your GP or Consultant should be continually informed of all the drugs and supplements you take, including CBD. If you’ve started using CBD, it’s in your best interest to let your doctor know.
Watch for harmful drug interactions. Research suggests that CBD can undermine the effectiveness of some drugs and increase the risks of others, this is why it is imperative to discuss with your health care practitioner, before taking any supplements, including CBD.