We want to help more people discover the benefits of CBD, and this all starts with education. Our customers typically have a lot of questions about CBD and what it can do for them, so we’ve put together this introductory guide to help you get started with CBD.
If you still have questions about CBD at the end of this, we’re here to help. Email the Love Hemp team to find out more about this incredible plant extract.
What is a cannabinoid?
Cannabinoids are plant compounds found in cannabis and hemp plants. The two most famous cannabinoids are CBD and THC.
THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that causes changes to a user’s mental state. It is also a controlled substance in the UK, so CBD products have limits on the amount of THC they can contain.
While the compounds come from the same plant, the way they interact with the body is very different. CBD is not psychoactive and will not alter your mental state. It’s also completely legal and will not cause you to fail a drug test.
Cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system and help to support the body to function correctly, very similar to a vitamin supplement.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system is a complex network of receptors and neurotransmitters that send messages around the body. This system is essential for maintaining homeostasis, which simply means ‘balance’.
The human body is remarkably resilient, but it needs to stay within certain boundaries to be able to function correctly. For example, your body temperature needs to stay around 37℃ to be able to function normally.
The endocannabinoid system helps to maintain balance by sending messages between cells to trigger key processes. It's involved in lots of different roles throughout the body, including appetite control, immune response, sleep patterns, hormone regulation and mood regulation.
Learn more about the endocannabinoid system and how it works here.
CBD is popular for lots of different reasons. While it isn’t a cure or treatment for any specific condition, it can help to support an overall sense of wellness.
And since it is generally considered safe for healthy adults to take CBD as a daily supplement, many are choosing to explore if supporting their ECS can help them to manage various ailments.
There are CBD products available for a wide range of uses. Oral CBD supplements like CBD oil, capsules and edibles are perfect for enjoying a consistent daily dose. And we believe that consistency is key. You could also explore CBD topicals for athletic recovery, skin concerns and joint pain.
Read more about the different types of CBD products available here.
CBD is not the only ingredient in CBD oil. It’s important to know how to read the label so you know exactly what you are getting. Most CBD products are labelled with a percentage or in mg. With products like CBD oil, you then need to work out how much CBD is in a single drop to determine your ideal dose.
A 30ml bottle of CBD oil could be marked as 2% CBD, or 600mg. This would be considered to be a medium strength CBD oil. A single dropper of this oil (1ml) would therefore contain 20mg of CBD.
Sound complicated? Don’t worry; it isn’t! We’ve put together this short guide to help you to understand how to read your CBD label.
The biggest issue CBD users face when getting to grips with this supplement is the dosage. There is no standard dose for CBD, so it might take a bit of experimentation to find the right dose for you.
Your age, height, weight, experience with CBD and individual chemistry will all play a role in how your body metabolises CBD. With this in mind, we recommend starting with a low dose and increasing slowly to see how it makes you feel.
Provided you do not exceed more than 70mg of CBD per day, you should have no issues. And if you do take too much, the effects will be short-lived and very mild.
Learn more about CBD dosing and how much CBD to take here.
Before adding any new supplement to your daily routine, you’d be right to get a little bit curious about how it is supposed to make you feel. Once you know how you’re supposed to feel, you’re more likely to be able to tell if you’ve taken too much or if you need to take more.
CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it cannot alter your mental state. It isn’t like THC, so it cannot get you “high”. Some users report feeling more relaxed while others like to take it before bed as they believe it helps to prepare their bodies for rest.
How your CBD product makes you feel is all a matter of your mindset when you take it, how much you take, the strength of the CBD, and how your body responds to it. It isn’t a quick fix or an overnight solution to all of life’s little problems, but it can help to support your body on your journey to wellness.
Read more about the side effects of taking CBD and how it might make you feel here.
All of this talk of cannabis and THC might leave you wondering if you’ve stumbled across some legal loophole. The good news is that CBD is completely legal in the UK, as long as the THC content is below 0.2%.
Third-party lab testing is the only way to confirm that your CBD products contain legal amounts of THC. Without a certificate of analysis (COA), it would be impossible to know what cannabinoids are present in a product.
To learn more about CBD and the law, read our guide here.
Now you’re clued up on CBD products and you’re ready to take the plunge. So, where can you buy them? CBD is available in shops like Holland and Barratt and Boots. It’s also available online, where you have the choice of buying direct from retailers, or from sites like Amazon and eBay.
It’s important to make sure you only purchase from reputable retailers, so we’ve shared our tips for spotting CBD scams and making sure the products you buy are legal, safe and compliant.