CBD, Cannabinoids and You
CBD and Cannabinoids are component parts of the hemp plant, and are responsible for the regulation of a system inside every human body which is known as the endocannabinoid system.
These compounds are all fully naturally occurring, and haven’t been interfered with by scientists with chemicals or companies with agendas.
Modern science has allowed for the safe extraction of these compounds, and has permitted researchers to increase the quality of extraction so that there are no contaminants and virtually no impurities whatsoever.
These aren’t drugs that have been cooked up in labs or sold by criminals, these are just another one of mother nature’s miracles.
To help guide you through the sometimes confusing mass of information (and misinformation) that’s out there, we’ve put together the Ultimate CBD Cheat Sheet for you guys.
Collating the frequently asked questions, some useful background knowledge and in depth product-specific information, we’ve created this Ultimate CBD Cheat Sheet as your one stop shop to get primed on the subject of CBD.
Find the answers to these questions and more:▪️ What does CBD stand for?
▪️ What's the difference between CBD and CBG?
▪️ Is CBD/CBG Legal in UK?
▪️ Does CBD Cure diseases?
▪️ Is CBG Safe?
If you’ve ever asked any of the above, then we’ve got the answers you need!
The Ultimate CBD Cheat Sheet (CBD FAQ)
What does CBD stand for?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a compound extracted from the hemp plant (these are known collectively as cannabinoids) and isolated. Although research is currently not backed by official scientific and medical classifications due to the prohibited nature of other cannabinoids, complex interactions with various systems in the body are predicted to be confirmed.
What does CBG stand for?
CBG stands for Cannabigerol, which is a pure isolated extract from the hemp plant, with all other compounds filtered out. It has slightly different properties than CBD, we’ll break those down below.
What's the difference between CBD and CBG?
CBG is another cannabinoid, and was first isolated from other compounds within the hemp plant in the 1970s. Research suggests that it may be the STEM cell that CBD and THC cells form from, making it an extremely intriguing substance.
Scientists disagree as to the effects of most cannabinoids and CBG is no different.
It is believed however, that cannabinoids work best when used in conjunction with other cannabinoids and terpenes in what is known as "The Entourage Effect", so you may decide to purchase a product that has doses of both CBD and CBG.
Their potential benefits are discussed in more detail below.
Are Cannabinoids Marijuana?
No. It is a different extract from the hemp plant, and is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Put simply, it won't get you high, it isn't marijuana (or weed, or grass, choose the street name of your choice!) and the complete lack of THC means it is not intoxicating, and therefore- legal.
Although research its still in its relatively early stages (but gathering more steam every day!) we know a lot about this compound, and experts state the surface has only begun to be scratched!
Is CBD/CBG Legal in UK?
Yes, both CBD & CBG are legal in the UK. Another cannabinoid found in the hemp plant and in cannabis flowers, THC is the substance prohibited by law.
We only stock products that contain exclusively CBD (sometimes with an additional dose of CBG), and always with 0% THC. CBD UK Law now permits this as none of the ingredients are psychoactive or intoxicating.
Taking CBD as part of a healthy lifestyle does not make you a criminal, and is non-addicting.
Why should I take CBD? What are the potential Benefits of CBD/CBG?
The human body has an endo-cannabinoid system, which is linked to all other major systems in the body. When cannabinoids are introduced to this system and bind with the receptors, there can be numerous effects including mood regulation, pain relief and appetite stimulation.
It is hoped that CBG can be used therapeutically as an antidepressant, but more research is necessary. It has been reported that CBG can have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects.
CBD and CBG are not cures for diseases, but when used as a food supplement can contribute towards a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a healthy balance within the body's endocannabinoid system.
Utilising these products as food supplements as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle can regulate the endocannabinoid system.
We'll say it one more time: this is not a medicine, and is not intended to be used as such.
As research progresses perhaps a CBD Oil Benefits list will be possible. You know we'll post that for you guys as soon as we can!
What is the best method for taking it? How To Take CBD/CBG Oil.
CBD & CBG products now come in a wide range of forms, as people continue to explore its benefits, the range continues to grow. We're stocking E-Liquids and Oils/Tinctures, e-liquids can be vaped using your favourite vaporizer and oils/tinctures are recommended to be taken sublingually (it means to hold a few drops under your tongue for a minute!).
Current research is inconclusive as to whether vaping or dropping sublingual tinctures is the more effective method of ingestion. Bio-availability is key, i.e. how much of the substance the body can absorb and actually use. However, nowhere near enough research has been done as of yet to definitively determine whether vaping or dropping makes the product more bio-available.
Vaping can provide much faster absorption into the system, whereas taking a sublingual tincture will produce effects that are perceptible for much longer.
Taking those factors into consideration, it will be up to you to decide which of these you wish to employ.
Does CBD Cure diseases?
CBD does not cure anything outright. It has been reported to have a positive effect on the symptoms of several major illnesses, but we strongly advise consultation with your doctor before use. It is not intended to cure disease, and should not be purchased with that intent.
Seriously guys- go see a professional!
Are there any possible negative effects of taking CBD? Is CBG Safe?
Unfortunately (but predictably) there are some minor complications that may arise from application of CBD, but nothing toxic or lethal.
It is recommended that if you are taking a course of prescription medications that you consult your doctor before supplementing your diet with any of these products, as it can effect how the prescription meds are absorbed into your system.
In very high doses it has been known to cause drowsiness, but in sensible amounts is actually reported to have a waking/alert effect on users.
What is a Terpene?
Terpenes are the essential oils derived from cannabis flowers and plants. They are isolated flavour compounds, and often have smells/tastes that are familiar, hence why Cannabis flowers can smell of lemons, mangoes, berries and other naturally occurring flavours/scents.
Cannabinoids like CBD, CBG and Terpenes enjoy something which researchers refer to as “The Entourage Effect.” For this mechanism provisional evidence suggests that cannabinoids are much more effective when deployed in groups that include multiple cannabinoids and terpenes. It’s this synergistic effect that led to the development of terpene infused E Liquids.
Terpenes are non-psychoactive and are legal in the UK.
How much CBD should I take daily?
As with all non-prescribed medications, it is recommended to begin with smaller doses and gradually increase. As ever, experiment with caution.
Without clear and concise, agreed scientific and medical advice, doses will vary depending on the patient, the potency of the product and the desired effect.
The internet can be a maze of conflicting information with companies vying to promote their product, with no regard for their customers' wellbeing. This is why we strongly advocate discussions with your GP before embarking on a course of taking CBD products.
Can CBD make me sick? What is “The Herxheimer Effect?”
The Herxheimer Effect, or what’s known as “Herxing” is a short term reaction that can occur within the body as the endocannabinoid system “wakes up” due to the external stimulus you are using on it, whether that be CBD or another cannabinoid.
So, don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal to experience some minor flu like symptoms as your body adjusts to having an active endocannabinoid system.
Herxing is beneficial for you, as it has a detoxifying effect. Starting slow and increasing doses of CBD gradually will reduce the severity of any effects of herxing.
Build in a slow increase if this is your first experience of cannabinoids. Take a little more each week for four preliminary weeks, to awaken or “activate” your ECS before arriving at larger doses that will have the effects you desire.
So how much CBD should I buy? How long will this last me?
Sublingual ingestion starting at 2.5mg CBD for an average of 25 days depending on factors such as body weight, BMI, and also depending on what symptoms the user is seeking to alleviate, is recommended.
This can safely be increased up to and including 25mg daily, until symptom relief is achieved.
The ratios of CBD:CBG will always be safe with the products stocked on this site, so you don't need a separate calculation or schedule for CBG.
Until actual medical advice becomes available, safe experimentation and gradual increasing of dose is recommended.
Once you have determined the effective dose for you at a lower concentration of CBD, a 200ml bottle will last you for 2 weeks.
After this period if you find that 15mg+ is necessary for symptom relief, you may wish to purchase a 200ml bottle of higher potency liquid, so that you get up to a fortnight from your bottle, maximising value.
Sorry, but what’s A Milligram?
A milligram is equal to one thousandth of a gram. It can also be expressed as 0.001 grams. These smaller units are required to deal with cannabinoids, where even these small amounts can produce the desired effects.
What is a CBD Additive?
CBD Additives are liquids of highly concentrated CBD that are intended to be diluted in another e liquid before use. These are more often than not unflavoured so you can add CBD to your own favourite flavour/scent.
How to Store your CBD/CBG Products
CBD and CBG Oils, E-liquids and other products should be stored in an area with no extremes of heat, light or moisture.
Treat these products as you would other oils you have in the kitchen, storing in a cool, dry, dark cupboard or larder.
To increase the shelf life a little, you may wish to keep your oil or e liquid in the fridge. Prior to use, if the oil has thickened a little in the fridge, simply warm slightly by running the container under warm water to achieve the necessary consistency.
So what does all of this mean?
▪️ CBD/CBG is a compound that can stimulate receptors that are naturally "hard-wired" into your body in a way that no synthetic chemical can.
▪️ It can reportedly reduce inflammation, relieve pain and reduce stress.
▪️ It's legal, and it won't get you high.
▪️ CBD Oil is non-toxic, with no known toxic dose having ever been reported, and no deaths have ever been attributed to its application.