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Frequently Asked Questions

Here at ULU, we want you to make a more informed decision before buying any CBD products. We’re always happy to give any information related to our products, or CBD in general. So, here are some of the most common CBD FAQ’s:

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CBD FAQs

  • Are there any risks?

    According to a report from the World Health Organization, CBD doesn’t exhibit the effects indicative of substance abuse or dependency in humans, like THC can, and has a relatively low toxicity. “To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD”, it says.

  • Does it work?

    According to the Dynata and YouGov study, a sizeable proportion of regular CBD users say that they derive a medicinal or therapeutic benefit from the CBD they buy. However, consumers are unable to access good quality and impartial information about CBD products in the UK at present. We’re trying to put that right.

  • How do you choose your dose?

    That’s down to individual preference. But the amount of CBD you should take also depends on factors, including the concentration of CBD in each product, your body weight, and the condition you’re treating. Check with your doctor as well if you’re already taking prescription medication, as some contains CBD already (especially some seizure medications). Generally, it’s best to start with a smaller dosage and gradually increase it. This could mean starting with 15 to 30 mg a day. After a week, increase this amount by 5 mg. Continue this until you feel it’s effectively treating your symptoms. But another factor to bear in mind is the concentration of your CBD product: broad spectrum, full spectrum or isolate?

  • What about rogue or poor quality CBD products?

    Unfortunately these are all too common, and it worries us as much as it should worry you.

    PhytoVista Laboratories, a UK market leader in CBD testing, has completed an independent blind test of consumer cannabidiol (CBD) products for The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis involving 30 major retail CBD oil brands.

    The biggest issues related to accuracy of labelling; the presence of controlled substances and some contaminants; and in one example from a high street pharmacy, the complete absence of any cannabinoids.

    Highlights:

    • Only 11/29 (38%) of the products were within 10% of the advertised CBD content and 11/29 products (38%) actually had less than 50% of the advertised CBD content. One product had 0% CBD.
    • Almost half (45%) of the selected products had measurable levels of THC (mean content 0.04%) or CBN (mean content 0.01%) and are thus technically illegal within the UK.
    • One sample had ZERO cannabinoid content – this was a High Street pharmacy product (30ml) retailing for £90.
    • One product had 3.8% ethanol (3.4% qualifies as an alcoholic beverage).
    • Dichoromethane was detectable in seven products (3.8-13.1ppm) and cyclohexane was found in one product (27.9ppm). However, these percentages of solvents and heavy metals are still below the permitted daily dose levels in pharmaceutical products, although above food limit safety levels.

    We take these issues seriously and strive with our partners to ensure the consumer can have confidence in our products, with independent laboratory testing to back our quality.

    0% THC means there is non-detectability, indicating that the CBD in question contains less than 0.01% THC. ULU goes further, we set our targets at less than 0.0005% THC.

    When we say 5% or 20% CBD content, that is what we deliver, guaranteed.

  • What do UK customers base their CBD buying decisions on?

    Consumers have clear preferences that drive their buying decisions and prioritise quality and purity over origin or legality. Clear labelling information and advice on use and consumption tips, followed by a preference for British produced CBD products, were the purchasing priorities that scored highest, more than price, brand or organic status. These factors were all prioritised when we created ULU: a brand you can trust.

  • What is broad spectrum CBD ?

    Broad spectrum products contain CBD that has not been isolated completely, so there are trace elements of other beneficial cannabinoids (CBDa, CBG) still present though in small quantities and is almost tasteless.

  • What is CBD isolate?

    CBD isolate does not contain any other compounds, it is tasteless, and is used in vapes and often supplemented by flavouring. Pizza, anyone?

  • What is full spectrum CBD?

    Full spectrum, or whole plant CBD production, is as it suggests extracted from the whole plant, and as such contains all of the natural cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant. You can taste and smell the hemp.

  • What’s the difference between cannabis, hemp, and marijuana?

    Here’s the deal. The plant cannabis sativa has two primary species: hemp and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but there’s a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low levels of THC compared to marijuana: less than 0.0005% in the case of ULU products.

    When people talk about hemp oil, they’re referring to oil extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. There are no cannabinoids at all – CBD or THC – in hemp oil. ULU sells only high quality CBD products, with the strength of the CBD in 5%, 10%, 15% and 20% concentrations. You choose.

  • Who is using CBD?

    Two new surveys conducted in May and June 2019 by Dynata and YouGov indicates that between 8 – 11% of UK adults respectively – approximately 4-6 million people – have tried CBD. The CBD consumer base is broad – and there is familiarity and recent use among a sizeable proportion of all age groups and social classes.

    Those who had consumed cannabis to help alleviate symptoms of any kind were significantly more likely than the group as a whole to have used CBD products in the last year – almost six times more likely. Overall, 7% of the population have used cannabis for medicinal purposes in the past year, rising to 41% among those who have used CBD in the past year. And support for legalisation of cannabis increases from 47% among the total population to 75% among past year CBD users.

  • I have high blood pressure. Is CBD dangerous for me?

    CBD does contain enzymes that can change the way drugs are metabolised by the body. It could increase of decrease the amount of medication entering the blood-stream – including drugs for high blood pressure such as beta-blockers. So, if you are currently taking blood pressure medication, check with your doctor before consuming CBD.

General FAQs

  • What is CBD?

    CBD is the term used for cannabidiol, a naturally occurring chemical compound (also known as a cannabinoid) found in cannabis plants. Many cannabinoids are found in these plants, such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBG (cannabigerol), and CBN (cannabinol). However, CBD has become particularly popular for its use in various natural supplements.

    While CBD is a product of these plants, you’ll usually find it extracted from hemp plants and used in products such as oils, topicals, edibles, and more.

     

  • Can you overdose on CBD?

    There’s no risk of overdose on CBD. Whereas some substances, including some medications, can cause overdoses, and THC (absent in ULU products) can cause extreme discomfort when used in high amounts, it’s entirely safe to use any amount of CBD without worrying about overdosing.

    Many studies have even shown that high doses of CBD can be taken without any harmful effects. For instance, a study on using CBD for social anxiety issued subjects with a dose of 600mg of CBD, resulting in no side effects. So you can even take high doses daily without any issue. But there’s no need to.

  • Can you use CBD for animals?

    Yes, there are specific CBD products intended for animals, so it’s best not to give your pets CBD products designed for human consumption – just as is the case for any supplement. These may be harder for them to consume or ingest, and they may also need a lower dose.

  • How much CBD should you use?

    Usually, a daily dose of 15-25mg of CBD is recommended if you just want to use it as a casual daily supplement. This is enough for most people to get a healthy daily serving, and some studies even suggest that 25mg of CBD can help with certain issues.

    However, you can always experiment with your dosage and take as much as you feel you need.

    The proposed regulations for future Novel foods and use of CBD will advise daily dosages up to 70mg are safe and have not shown detrimental health issues with animal studies.

  • How should you use CBD?

    There are various methods of CBD consumption to use safely and effectively. Each of these has its advantages and some are better for certain purposes. You can choose to use it whichever way you like and may even want to test out multiple methods to see which is best for you.

    CBD oil tincture is the most common method of use, especially as it’s quick, easy, and discreet. Each bottle of CBD oil tincture comes with a dropper, which you use to measure out your dosage and apply it under your tongue. Hold it under your tongue for around a minute or two and your body will absorb the cannabidiol into your system. You can also add CBD oil to foods and drinks, although taking it sublingually (under the tongue) acts on your body much faster.

  • Is CBD the same as marijuana?

    There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to CBD and marijuana, especially as the two are closely related. CBD is one of over a hundred cannabinoids which can be found in cannabis plants, including marijuana plants. However, whereas marijuana is mostly known for its psychoactive effects, CBD produces none of these.

    It’s the THC in marijuana that makes users high when they consume the plant. CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and does not make users high. While many marijuana strains contain CBD, CBD products are usually extracted from hemp plants which contain high levels of CBD with low levels of THC. Legal, hemp-based products contain less than 0.2% THC, meaning they won’t give you any of the effects you’d generally expect from marijuana. ULU is entirely free of THC – having less than 0.0005%.

     

  • Is CBD safe to use for children?

    CBD is as safe for children as it is for adults. Children will probably need lower doses than adults due to their lower body weight, as far as we know there are no risks attached.

    There have been many studies carried out on CBD for children, which have been proven to be effective for Epilepsy disorders such as Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

  • Is CBD addictive?

    People may also worry about whether CBD has any addictive qualities. However, CBD is safe to use without any risk of addiction. CBD has no physically addictive qualities, meaning you can use as much as you want, as regularly as you want, without worrying about becoming addicted.

    When you stop taking CBD, you won’t experience any withdrawal effects, even if you’ve been taking it for a long time. Along with the lack of harmful effects, this makes CBD a very risk-free natural supplement.

  • What are the side effects of CBD?

    Just as with any kind of supplement, users may worry about the potential drawbacks and side effects of CBD. However, unlike substances such as THC, CBD is very safe to use with no risk at all of harm to your health. Studies have found that the vast majority of humans can use CBD without any side effects, although some very minor side effects are occasionally reported, such as diarrhoea and changes in appetite. One side effect can be a change in mood – often for the better!


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