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Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of over 100 naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds found in Cannabis, an annual herbaceous flowering plant. CBD oil is derived from an organic substance formed in the plant’s secretions. Both marijuana and hemp are forms of cannabis. However, cannabis does not mean marijuana. Cannabis is the genus name and general umbrella term, under which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall.
Until recently, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, was the most well-known and studied cannabinoid due to its abundance in marijuana. However, as the second most prevalent cannabinoid in marijuana and the top non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp, CBD has been gaining momentum in the scientific community and media.
Unlike THC, CBD does not cause any feeling of “high,” which contributes to its legalisation across the world.
Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plants, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though.
Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis.
The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa.
Typically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds.
Most of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD.
Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’
The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp-derived oil since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.
CBD is legal, because Hemp is legal in the UK. Hemp is a plant that is safe, natural, and non-toxic. It can be used for almost anything.
Cannabis however, is still illegal to use or possess. Maybe this is why people tend to get confused. Cannabidiol (CBD) though, is not considered a controlled substance in the UK. It is therefore 100% legal and can be freely distributed and used in the UK without restrictions.
Because CBD is associated with the cannabis plant, there is an assumption that users will get high from using it. This is absolutely false – CBD is not a psychoactive cannabinoid. Your state of mind will not change if you take CBD. CBD is a natural and safe product.
CBD won’t make you fail a drug test because there is no such thing as a CBD drug test.
CBD is legal in the UK and you will not be tested for it.
However, drugs tests do pick up THC (the compound that does make you high). At Nature Creations we only sell products that comply with the 0.2% THC limit. This is an extremely low dose of THC. To put in perspective, to pass a THC drug test, you must have less than 50 ng/mL of THC present in your urine.
This means you would have to consume over 2g of CBD with 0.2% THC content to even be remotely close to failing. Considering this is 1000 times greater than the average user’s daily dose, people consuming CBD normally have nothing to worry about.
If you are still cautious, choose a Broad Spectrum Oil which contains practically zero THC
Each person’s endocannabinoid system works differently and reacts differently. There is no straight, solid scientific information that states how much CBD you should be taking at any one time.
Height and weight play a part, as well as the quality of the CBD oil. If you are bigger or taller than the average person you may need more and vice versa.
Start off with a small dose and work your way up until you achieve the desired effect.
As a guide, 70mg per day is a sensible limit.
CBD is quite easily absorbed by the body, which means there are a fair few methods to choose from when it comes to using it.
CBD can enter the body through the digestive system, with a little preparation. Some products, such as capsules, gummies and other edibles are prepared in such a way that the CBD they contain can be easily absorbed by your digestive tract. This makes it nice and simple to get your CBD dose.
Sublingual administration is a medical term which means holding something under your tongue. Your tongue has a lot of blood vessels, which makes it easy for things held under your tongue to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Pure CBD oils, Tinctures and Extracts can all be taken by placing a few drops under the tongue and holding it there for about 90 seconds before swallowing.
Some products containing CBD are designed to be applied directly to your skin. This way the CBD does not enter the bloodstream, but rather is absorbed by the skin itself wherever it is applied. This is perfect for localised applications. Various products exist, but the most common of this type are creams, lotions, shampoo and muscle rubs.
Last but certainly not least, CBD can be inhaled using a vaporiser. A vaporiser will heat the CBD oil or infused E-Liquid just enough to vaporise it, avoiding the hazardous byproducts of combusting.
CBD taken this way enters the bloodstream directly via the lungs. Since it doesn’t have to make its way through your stomach or liver, it enters your system much faster than by other methods, and is by far the most efficient method of consuming CBD. E-Liquids can be used in almost any E-Cig system.