6 of the Most Common CBD Questions Answered
Here at ULU, aside from great-quality CBD products, we’re also passionate about helping people stay informed about cannabidiol. In an industry where there is so much information and so many ‘snake oil salesmen’ claiming CBD to be a miracle cure, we think it’s important to help people stay educated. So, in this quick-read article, we’re answering 5 of the most common CBD questions we receive.
1. What does ‘CBD’ stand for?
‘CBD’ stands for ‘cannabidiol.’ Cannabidiol is a naturally-occurring chemical compound found within the hemp plant, a type of plant within the cannabis sativa plant species
2. What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is created by extracting cannabidiol from the hemp plant through a complex, high-pressure CO2 process. This CBD is then added to a carrier, such as coconut oil to create CBD oil.
CBD oils fall into three categories: CBD isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum. CBD isolate oil contains pure CBD, without any other parts of the hemp plant. Broad spectrum contains some other beneficial natural chemicals from the hemp plant as well as CBD. And full spectrum contains all the extra goodies found within hemp for a wider array of benefits.
But don’t confuse CBD oil with hemp oil! CBD oil comes from the leaves, stalks and stems of the hemp plant. Whereas hemp oil comes from hempseeds – which do not contain any CBD. So, always make sure to check the ingredients of the product you’re buying. If the ingredients do not specifically state ‘cannabidiol,’ you can’t be confident you’re buying a CBD product.
3. Can CBD get you high?
No, CBD will not get you high! This is one of the most common CBD questions we get asked here at ULU, but we can assure you that CBD in itself is classed as a non-psychoactive substance. This means that it does not cause any kind of euphoria or high.
The problem comes from sellers who peddle CBD products which contain THC. In the UK, CBD products are only legal when they contain less than 0.2% THC, (Tetrahydrocannabinol – the chemical found in marijuana that causes a high effect.) So, always make sure to check the ingredients of any CBD product you buy to make sure you’re not buying something illegal.
4. How old do you have to be to buy CBD?
In the UK, there are no legal age restrictions to purchase CBD. However most sellers recommend that purchasers be over the age of 18. Again, as long as the CBD product you’re buying contains less than 0.2% THC, it is not classed as a controlled substance.
In fact, this government report about cannabis states:
“CBD as an isolated substance, in its pure form, would not be controlled under the MDA 1971 / MDR 2001 [Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 / Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001]”
5. Will CBD show up on a UK drug test?
Technically, CBD is a chemical, which means your body metabolises it, and it can be detected. However, CBD is not a controlled substance in the UK, andit will not cause you to fail a drug test as it is not illegal. Your average UK drug test will not be testing for CBD. Instead, you will be tested for illicit substances.
In the case of a marijuana drug test, you will be tested for metabolites of THC (the chemical compound in marjuana which causes a high – illegal in the UK.) Remember, as long as you’re buying a CBD product which contains less than 0.2% THC, as per UK regulations, your CBD product will not cause you to fail a drug test.
Can you overdose on CBD?
A lot of research has been done on this, and the short answer is no: one of the characteristics of CBD is that there’s no risk of addiction or overdose. However, it’s important to modulate the dosage of CBD so that you end up with the right levels that work for you (bearing in mind that the effects of CBD build up over time).
If you are new to CBD, our advice is to start off slowly and then build up to a higher daily intake. To understand how much CBD you are taking, it’s important to read the product label carefully in order to be clear on the proportion of ingredients and their percentages.
Still have some unanswered CBD questions?
This article has only scratched the surface of some of the most common CBD questions we get asked. However, there is still so much to learn about CBD.
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Alternatively, you can get in touchwith one of our knowledgeable team members! We’re always happy to answer any specific questions you have.