"Just what is this CBD everyone is talking about? Is it the miracle cure for every disease ever? Isn’t that stuff just for layabouts?"
These are just some of the questions you may have heard or asked around the increasingly popular subject of debate that is CBD.
What Is CBD?
CBD is a 100% naturally occurring compound found in the hemp plant. It’s not the miracle cure for any disease, much less for all of them. And it definitely isn’t just for layabouts!
There are many many shades of grey when it comes to CBD. Science has had a hard time examining it due to the prohibitions placed on its close cousin, THC. Research is still far from conclusive, but early indicators are extremely encouraging and point to this being a very verrry useful little substance.
We’re a long way away from fully understanding this magnificent ingredient, but here’s what we do know for now.
CBD, Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
Your body (yes yours!) has what is known as an endocannabinoid system. The receptors in this system are activated by cannabinoids, which are found in abundance in the hemp plant and in cannabis flowers (CBD is a cannabinoid). This system is little understood, but has connections to all of the major systems in the body.
CBD and its cousin CBG help maintain homeostasis and promote balance within this system when used as a dietary supplement. They're non-toxic, and also non-psychoactive, meaning you won't get "high" or "stoned" from these products.
More potent and beneficial effects most likely exist, but we’re not gonna sell you on something we can’t prove, and hasn’t been backed up by good science.
As soon as we can, we will!
In the meantime, please enjoy browsing through our selection of Oral Drops,Tinctures and E-Liquids, depending how you would prefer to ingest your CBD. With a range of strengths, flavours and other variations to choose from, you’re sure to find something to help you keep exploring CBD and its role in a healthy lifestyle!
So how do I get started?
If you think CBD is for you, the next step will be to decide what the best way to ingest it is for your particular needs.
CBD 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.
Vaping can provide much faster absorptioninto the system, whereas taking a sublingual tincture will produce effects that are perceptible for much longer.
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.
Where Can I Get More Information on CBD/CBG/Cannabinoids?
Through listening to our customers' needs and concerns around CBD, we've worked out what the most frequently asked questions are, which aspects of CBD are most concerning, and compiled those, and the relevant answers & information into one useful blog.