FAQS: Frequently Asked Questions
What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of more than 60 chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, in the cannabis plant. CBD is the second-highest concentrate of cannabinoid found in marijuana, the most abundant is THC.
Does CBD come from Marijuana or Hemp?
Hemp and Marijuana are two different strains of Cannabis which share the same species of plant ‘Cannabis Sativa L’. There is an abundance of CBD found in both.
It’s worth pointing out that CBD is mainly found in the stem and seeds of Marijuana, not the flower buds which is the part that is smoked. The Hemp plant is a completely different variety of Cannabis which has enormous quantities of CBD throughout the whole plant (e.g Stem, Bud, Seed, Etc.) but has virtually zero trace of THC. If a hemp plant contained more than 0.30% THC then it would technically be considered a Marijuana plant. At Nature’s Leaf, we only stock products with a THC content less than 0.20%. Most CBD products on the market are derived from industrial hemp plant.
What’s the difference between THC and CBD?
THC is a psychoactive substance that affects the brain by binding to the naturally occurring CB-1 receptors found in our central nervous system. CBD is a different shaped molecule that binds to the CB-2 receptors in cell and body tissues around the whole body, outside the central nervous system.
Will CBD get me High?
No! CBD will not get you high. It is a non-intoxicating substance with no psychoactive effects. THC is a molecule that binds to our receptors in the brain, which is responsible for the psychoactive effect, this is through the consumption of marijuana.
In fact, CBD is antagonistic to the high of Marijuana. There is research that suggests CBD had the potential to prevent THC molecules from binding to receptors in the brain, which is why it is quite often used to subdue the effects of paranoia from the highly potent THC strains.
How do I take CBD?
There are ever-increasing ways of consuming CBD, the most common ways of ingestion are either vaped using an E-Cigarette or orally via Oil Drops or Sprays which both go under the tongue and held in the mouth for 90 second before you swallow for maximum efficiency.
Spray or Dripped under the tongue is the most effective way of absorption into the body whereas vaping CBD products is the quickest way for it to enter the bloodstream and brain. Topical creams and other skincare’s are an effective way for treatment to skin related ailments. There are also many novel ways of swallowing CBD through edible products such as candy, capsules, honey or drinks.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD Oil is a liquid extract of cannabis, virtually pure of CBD. This is usually extracted from Hemp Seeds and from the stem of industrial hemp. This is usually the key ingredient in CBD-based products.
How does CBD work?
The way Cannabidiol (CBD) works is by binding to the cannabinoid receptors of the body’s ‘endocannabinoid system’. The cannabinoid receptors are found in nearly every cell and all types of tissue in the human body as well as other mammals. This is why the uses of CBD are virtually endless when it comes to health benefits.
Is CBD legal?
CBD is completely legal in the UK and CBD-based products that contain less than 0.2% THC content are also legal in the UK without a license. This basically means if the product is derived from the stalk or seeds of the hemp plant it is permissible to sell, buy and ship anywhere within the UK and majority of Europe – as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC content.
Millions of user’s world-wide use CBD based products every day and its popularity and availability if growing more widespread each day.
Is CBD natural?
Yes, CBD is 100% natural. It is a naturally occurring chemical compound extracted directly from the Cannabis plant and is not synthetically made in a labs. It is also common practice for the product to be extracted in the natural ways possible.
How is CBD extracted from Cannabis?
The best method of extraction for CBD Isolate is through Carbon Dioxide (CO2) extraction, which produces a pure CBD end-product in the form of white/clear crystals. This is the preferred method over others as it leaves virtually zero traces of other chemical contamination in the end-product.
Alcohol is another popular method of extraction and essential for Full/Broad Spectrum CBD-based products. This is where a liquid such as ethanol, butane or hexane is flushed through the raw plant material to extract the CBD. This is then evaporated to leave only the active cannabinoid. This can sometimes be a dangerous method because it’s prone to leaving excess traces chemicals such as butane or hexane in the end-product.
Is it safe and are there any side-effects?
Nearly all research has concluded that CBD is perfectly safe to use with no known side-effects. It has been reported by some users to cause drowsiness, light-headedness, low blood-pressure and dry mouth however, these are not backed up by any reputable studies. There are no known withdrawal effects through decreased or ceased use of CBD.
Are there any studies on CBD?
There are thousands of studies available that have been carried out specifically relating to CBD and it’s effects on the body. A non-profit organisation called ‘Project CBD’ is dedicated to reporting and documenting the progress of research carried out on CBD.
Will CBD show on a Drugs Test?
CBD is not commonly looked for in a drugs test as it is a legal non-controlled substance, if anything it would be THC that would be the contributing factor. Even in professional sports, CBD is not considered a performance enhancing drug and is therefore not prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
A quality CBD based product with a THC level under the legal requirement is very unlikely to ever show up on a drugs test. There have been studies that show if people consume more than 6mg of THC per day, they have a 1 in 4 chance of failing a drugs test. This would be equivalent to consuming 3,000mg of CBD-based products with the full 0.2% legal UK quota used, which is an unhealthy amount of product to consume by any means.
How do I know how much CBD to take?
This is quite a hard one to answer as it would depend entirely on what you’re using CBD for, in what form and the potency of the product. Typically, most people take between 10 to 50mg of CBD as a total per day. Make sure you read the product label quite carefully as each product is different and there is not an ‘industry standard’ measurement. Usually, the stated dose on the front of the bottle will specify how much is in the entire bottle.
For example, if a 10ml bottle states 250mg CBD, this will be 5 times strong than a 50ml bottle that states 250mg.
What does CBD help treat?
CBD is believed to prevent, treat or help with a wide range of symptoms including diabetes, crohn's, anxiety, stress, bipolar, PTSD, depression, Epilepsy, Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, osteoporosis, glaucoma, cancer, cramps, migraines, insomnia, pain, arthritis, inflammation and much more..
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