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CBD Infographic: What is CBD & its Different Product Types

CBD Guide and its Different Product Types - Infographic

Understanding CBD

CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol, which is one of the many naturally occurring compounds– called cannabinoids—found within the cannabis plant, usually the Hemp plant. Each of the cannabinoids is characterized by its unique properties. And the cannabinoids can interact with humans in a number of ways.

The discovery of CBD can be traced to 1940, when Dr Roger Adams, an American scientist, and his team succeeded in isolating the compound during their research at the Illinois University. However, CBD was believed to have no effect on the human body subsequent to the discovery. It was only several years later, its effects on the human body were firmly established.

What are the benefits of CBD?

CBD entails many health and mental benefits. According to studies, it helps you to get relief from stress, anxiety, and pain apart from enabling you to relax. Unlike THC, you will not get high on consumption.

For using CBD, it has to be dissolved in oil or alcohol as it is not soluble in water. On consumption, CBD enters into the bloodstream and reaches the cannabinoid receptors on most organs, muscles and nervous systems in the human body.

CBD helps the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), composed of cannabinoid receptors, in pain relief, strengthening memory, reducing inflammation, etc.

What are the different product types and how CBD can be consumed?

CBD can be processed in a variety of forms, and also there are many ways of consuming it. After extracting from the Hemp plant, CBD can be processed into the following forms: 

Full Spectrum Oil

After extracting from the cannabis plant along with other cannabinoids, CBD is immersed into a carrier oil. And that normally contains 3 to 30% CBD and less than 0.2% THC. The best quality CBD products will have untraceable or zero % THC. The advantage of full-spectrum is that it contains a wide range of the cannabidiol extracts leading to the “entourage” effect of benefits.

Crystal Isolate

CBD, after extracting from the cannabis plant, is isolated from the other cannabinoids. Crystal isolate takes the form of a white crystal. It is normally mixed with a carrier oil for ease of use. It has limited range of cannabidiol extracts but is tasteless, so is used for flavoured CBD products.

CBD Vape Oil

Composed of isolated CBD or full-spectrum CBD, the vape oil is vaporized with the help of a vape pen for you to inhale. The inhaling process is known as vaping.

CBD Edibles

CBD can also be consumed by mixing it with different foods. But the foods should contain fatty substances such as butter or oils so that CBD dissolves in them.

CBD Topicals

CBD based creams and lotions for skin-care are called CBD Topicals. It is due to the presence of cannabinoid receptors on the skin surface, applying CBD infused creams helps you to get relief from pain and inflammation. To purchase the best CBD beauty products in UK online, you can try out ULU.

Capsules and Pills

CBD capsules and pills are the most convenient methods of CBD consumption as these are directly swallowed into the digestive system. CBD Oil and CBD Powder are the contents of CBD capsules.

You can pick up one of the numerous ways of consuming CBD. The consumption method you select for you should be based on your needs. You can consume CBD by—putting it under your tongue in the oil form, swallowing in the capsule or pill forms, and through vaping.

CBD Dosage Limit

United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has recommended the dosage for CBD consumption. According to the recommendation, healthy adults should think carefully before taking CBD, and the daily dosage should not go beyond 70 milligrams. The WHO has said that there are no indications yet of CBD dependency potential.

The FSA has restricted pregnant and nursing women from CBD consumption. Besides, the THC content in CBD should be within 0.2% to maintain legality in the UK.

Common Questions About CBD Skincare Products Answered!

We all know that the CBD industry is relatively new! And whilst the average UK consumer is just starting to become familiar with CBD oils, CBD skincare is still a bit of a mystery. So, today we’re answering some of the most common questions about CBD skincare products.


1. Do CBD skincare products actually work?

Short answer: Definitely, they do! But see long the answer below.

Long answer: With inflammation at the root of almost everything – from chronic pain to ageing – CBD extracts and oils can ease aches, soothe stress and prolong your skin’s health. But it really depends on the problem you’re trying to solve. CBD skincare products do work on a wide variety of skincare issues, but CBD is not a ‘cure-all.’ A better question might be:


2. What do CBD skincare products help with?

Short answer: inflammation, redness, signs of stress and ageing, acne, eczema, and cell-renewal.

Long answer: Studies have shown that CBD can have powerful anti-inflammatory effects.  And inflammation affects more than just redness or swelling of the skin – it also plays a role in skin dryness, acne and signs of ageing. Therefore, using CBD oil in skincare is a clever and natural way to help with all of these issues. And of course, when CBD is combined with other essential skincare ingredients, such as natural herbs and extracts, omega oils and vitamins, the overall product will have an ‘entourage effect’ – allowing your skin to benefit from the combined overall effect of premium ingredients.


3. Are CBD beauty and skincare products legal?

Short answer: Absolutely!

Long answer: In the UK, any product containing CBD is completely legal – as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC (the chemical compound found in marijuana that gets you ‘high’.) So, as long as you’re not buying a product that contains THC, then this is legal.


4. Do they work better than ordinary cosmetics?

Short answer: Well, it depends!

Long answer: Once again, this depends on what problem you’re trying to solve. However, if you’re looking to achieve rejuvenated, restored skin and maintain a youthful glow, then yes! CBD skincare products will work better than ordinary ones. This is because, as we’ve already mentioned, CBD works to reduce inflammation, signs of ageing, and helps to stimulate skin cell renewal. And when combined with premium ingredients, you’ll receive all of the benefits of an ordinary skincare or beauty product, with an added boost from CBD.


applying CBD skincare products onto the hand


5. Is there anything I should look out for?

Short answer: A trustworthy company, high CBD-concentration, 0% THC.

Long answer: When looking for CBD skincare products, you want to make sure you’re buying from a trustworthy company! There are a lot of CBD retailers out there. And many of these retailers have been criticised for spreading misinformation about their CBD products. So, make sure to check the ingredients, as well as making sure that you’re not buying something that contains THC. You’ll also want to make sure that you’re buying a product with a high-concentration of CBD to actually receive any benefits. We recommend never buying a skincare or beauty product with less than 1% CBD concentration.


6. What about hemp oil beauty products?

Short answer: Hemp oil skincare and beauty products do not contain any CBD!

Long answer: It seems the CBD world is a bit of a terminological minefield! So, let us explain! CBD oil comes from the leaves, stems and flowers of the hemp plant. However, hemp oil comes from the seeds of the plant – which do not contain CBD. So, if you’re buying a product that advertises ‘hemp oil’ this will not naturally have any cannabidiol in it. Of course, hemp oil can still have some benefits for your skin and hair, however you won’t get all of the benefits that come from CBD unless you buy a product that specifically advertises it as such. So, always remember to check the exact ingredients!


7. Are there any side-effects?

Short answer: No! Using CBD oil in skincare usually does not have negative side-effects.

long answer: As with any skincare or beauty product, there is a very small risk of an allergic or adverse reaction to any of the ingredients included. However, this risk is very low. The overwhelming majority of people who use CBD skincare products have not reported any unpleasant side-effects. To avoid any unwanted surprises, always test any skincare or beauty products you buy on a small patch of skin first!


8. What types of CBD skincare products can I buy?

Short answer: CBD balms, creams, serums, exfoliants and body oils!

Long answer: Using CBD oil in skincare has become more and more common – with the global value of the CBD skincare market currently sitting at a massive  $234.1 million. This means that there are almost as many CBD skincare products on the market as there are ordinary skincare ones. These include CBD balms, exfoliants, serums, creams and body oils among many others!


Happy CBD shopping!

As always, it’s important to stay informed when buying any kind of CBD product. So, you should always make sure to do your research:

  • Think about the skincare issue you’re trying to solve and make sure that it’s something that can be helped by CBD.
  • Make sure to research the other ingredients in the product to understand their benefits
  • Always research the company you’re purchasing from. Read reviews online and check that the company are willing to give product information freely. (At ULU, we have our products independently lab-tested so you can be confident of their purity and quality.)
  • Always make sure the product you’re buying contains 0% THC.
  • Be wary of lower-concentration products – yes, they’re often cheaper, but anything with less than 1% CBD concentration probably isn’t going to have many benefits.

For more content related to CBD beauty products, read our article on CBD lip balm!

And for more information about buying CBD, check out our CBD buyers’ guide.


A Guide to CBD Products in the UK: Types, Uses and Benefits

There are many different types of CBD products on the UK market, and each one comes with its own benefits and uses. Each usually caters to a different set of needs so it can be confusing as to which is best for you. Here’s our 2020 guide to the different types of CBD products in the UK, as well as their uses and benefits.


CBD oils

The most common way to consume CBD in the UK is through CBD oil. Users can apply these CBD oils directly to the skin or under the tongue. The oils provide fast and effective delivery as they are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. You’re also able to control the dosage through the flexibility of the dropper.

What can CBD oils be used for?

CBD oils can be used for a variety of reasons and have a wide array of benefits. Many people use CBD oils for mental health and wellness benefits. Research has shown that these types of CBD products are beneficial to those with anxiety, depression and who suffer from stress. However, the benefits of CBD oils go beyond the realms of mental health. They can also be used to support those with chronic pain, inflammatory conditions, as well as those going through cigarette or drug withdrawal.

Our very own Paul Hembery uses CBD oil for arthritis in his knee!

A girl showing how to use an ULU CBD oil bottle with a pipette, CBD products
ULU CBD full sprectrum oil bottle


CBD capsules

Like any capsule, a CBD capsule is discreet and can be taken easily on the go. It is also a more controlled dosage than oils, because it’s predetermined: allowing users to monitor the amount that they use accurately. There is also no taste to CBD capsules – unlike CBD oil products. Every ULU capsule contains 10mg CBD.

Studies between CBD capsules and oils have shown, however, that the bioavailability rate of CBD capsules is lower than that of the oils. This means that your body is not absorbing as much of the CBD when you take capsules because of the way your body breaks down the substance.

What can CBD capsules be used for?

CBD capsules have largely the same benefits to CBD oils. They can be used to help improve physical and mental wellbeing. They are also great for increasing your appetite and reducing nausea, as are CBD oils.


CBD topical creams

CBD Topical creams are aimed at those with problem skin, dry skin, or those who follow a regular skincare routine. You’ll see lots of beauty bloggers advocating CBD in skincare. They’re also a good way of gently introducing CBD to your body.

What can CBD topical creams be used for?

CBD skincare is a great way to reduce signs of ageing due to the antioxidants in CBD skincare products. They can also reduce the oil and skin inflammation associated with acne.

But while topical creams might help with skincare ailments, they don’t provide many of the benefits that are specifically sought out by those using CBD: for example, relaxation, de-stressing and joint inflammation.

5 ULU nation CBD topical products in their bottles. Muscle rub, Serum, creme, balm and body oil.
ULU CBD Beauty creams collection


CBD haircare

CBD Haircare is one of the newer forms of CBD available on the UK market. These types of products come in various forms, such as shampoos, conditioners, and intensive leave-in hair treatments or serums.

What can CBD haircare be used for?

Whilst CBD products do not cause a high, you will feel high when you see the effect they have on your hair! For many, CBD haircare products are the secret to longer, stronger hair. CBD haircare products contain essential amino acids and antioxidants to cultivate beautiful, healthy hair.


CBD e-liquid for vaping:

Vaping CBD e-liquid provides is the quickest way to benefit from CBD. When vaped, the effects of CBD are almost instant and this way is great for those who are already regular vapers. However, if you’ve never vaped before, this might seem a little intimidating – so it could be best to start with oils.

What can CBD vapes be used for?

Much like CBD oils and capsules, CBD vapes have a variety of physical and mental health benefits, such as reduced anxiety and stress, improved mood, improved appetite, and improved sleep.

ULU Nation Vape 5% CBD Oil vanilla flavour shown with bottle, and vanilla pods
A 10ml bottle of Vanilla Flavoured CBD -E-liquid 5% CBD


CBD in food

There are several ways of introducing CBD into your diet, through cooking your normal daily meal using CBD oil right through to baking with it. In fact, there are plenty of great CBD recipes you can use! – Why not check out our recipe for gooey CBD brownies?

What can CBD in food be used for?

CBD in food has all the benefits of consuming CBD in oil, capsule or vape form. However, the effects of consuming CBD in this way are not as quick as taking oil. This is because your body will take longer to process the CBD present in the food. As a result many see this as a top-up way of taking CBD, rather than a primary source.


There’s truly a CBD product for everyone!

In short, there are as many different ways of taking CBD as different types of CBD products on the UK market. It’s just a question of finding the right type of CBD product for you!

If you’re looking to learn more about CBD, read our blog about common CBD questions, or learn more about how CBD affects the Endocannabinoid System.