If you’re new to the world of CBD, you probably have a lot of questions about what it is, how it works, and what it can (or can’t) do. Below, we’ve rounded up a list of the most common things people ask us about this popular new supplement. If you’re still curious to learn more, you can check out our blog or get in touch with us directly at [email protected].
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is an organic compound derived from the cannabis plant, a term that encompasses both hemp and marijuana. It belongs to a class of compounds known as ‘cannabinoids,’ which scientists believe to have a wide range of beneficial effects on the body and mind (more on this later). CBD is generally extracted from the hemp plant in the form of oil, which can be consumed on its own or added to a wide variety of products like capsules, topicals, or drinks.
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Since CBD oil comes from the hemp plant, it’s often referred to as ‘hemp oil.’ However, this isn’t exactly the most accurate description, as hemp oil can also be used to refer to an entirely different product. You can read more about the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil on our blog.
Is CBD legal?
The short answer is: yes, with one important stipulation. According to UK government regulations, CBD products are legal as long as they contain less than 0.2 percent THC. This is another cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Hemp plants, by definition, contain extremely low amounts of THC (again, less than 0.2 percent).
At fourfivecbd, all of our products are formulated using CBD derived from hemp. They also undergo special testing in an independent laboratory to ensure their THC content is well under 0.2 percent. As a result, our products are legal to use in the UK, just as you would any other other supplement.
Will CBD get me high?
No, it won’t. The reason people get high when they use cannabis is because of the high levels of THC, which is a completely different chemical. CBD and THC work with different sets of cells in your body, so it’s impossible for CBD to have the same effects. It would be like trying to unlock your front door with the keys to someone else’s house.
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Whilst some fourfivecbd products do contain small traces of THC, this is not nearly enough to induce any intoxicating effects. Again, a metaphor may be helpful to visualize this: adding a small dash of wine to your pasta sauce might make it better, but it certainly won’t get you drunk.
Can I get addicted to CBD?
Again, the answer is no. According to a recent report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), CBD shows no potential for dependence or abuse. No scientific studies have found that CBD has any sort of addictive properties.
Can I overdose on CBD?
As detailed in the WHO report, CBD is a non-toxic substance. In other words, it’s not capable of creating the kind of reaction that would lead to an overdose, even when consumed in large quantities.
Should I take CBD if I’m also taking medications?
Although interactions with CBD and medications are rare, certain rare circumstances have been known to cause issues. For that reason, it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor or medical professional before taking CBD supplements.
How does CBD work?
Scientists are still learning about the exact ways that CBD exerts its various effects. However, the key to its efficacy is believed to be its interactions with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is a network of receptors located throughout your body, including in your central nervous system, digestive tract, immune system, and skin (to name just a few). CBD helps modulate these receptors, which enables the body to achieve homeostasis, or balance. Since the receptors are located in many regions throughout the body, CBD is able to exert a wide range of effects.
Why do people take CBD?
There are a lot of possible answers to this question, but in general, many people take CBD to give them a little extra boost with their active lifestyles.
Some use CBD to help them rest after a grueling day of training (or just a regular day at the office). Others find it helpful for recovering after they push themselves to their physical and mental limits. And there are also many people who find CBD helps them rise to meet the challenges of whatever the day throws at them, from a professional competition to an important presentation.
What’s the best kind of CBD?
This will depend on your personal needs and preferences. There are three main types of CBD:
- Full spectrum – contains the full range of compounds found in the hemp plant, including trace amounts of THC
- Broad spectrum – contains many other compounds, but no THC
- Isolate – contains nothing but CBD (sometimes referred to as ‘pure CBD’)
Many scientists believe full spectrum CBD is the most effective, as the tiny amounts of THC boost the effects of other compounds in a synergistic phenomenon known as ‘the entourage effect.’ However, broad spectrum CBD offers many of the same compounds without the THC, which some people prefer. And for those who are only interested in the effects of CBD—and nothing else—isolates can be an appealing option.
What’s the best way to take CBD?
Again, this is a personal question with no one-size-fits-all answer. If you’re looking to soothe sore muscles or joints, a CBD topical can provide localised relief (as well as a number of other beneficial ingredients. If you’re seeking long-lasting effects for your whole body throughout the day, a CBD capsule might be a better option.
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CBD oil tinctures are a highly versatile delivery mechanism (you can take them straight or add a few drops to your meal), while CBD drinks are both convenient and delicious. Whatever your active lifestyle demands, there’s a CBD product for that.
How much CBD should I take?
At the moment, there’s no scientific consensus on the recommended daily dose of CBD. The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) suggests that 70 mg is the maximum amount people should consume in a single day.
Most CBD experts recommend following the mantra, ‘start low and go slow.’ This means starting with the minimum initial dose—which you can find on our fourfivecbd product labels—and observing how your body feels over a period of time. Later, you can adjust your dosage as necessary.
How long does CBD take to work?
This will depend on the type of product you’re using. CBD oil tinctures, for example, tend to work quite quickly (some people report feeling effects in 10 minutes or less). CBD topicals also have noticeable effects shortly after application, though this may be partly due to the other ingredients.
CBD products that pass through your digestive tract, such as capsules and drinks, tend to take a bit longer to take effect, as they have to be processed before your body can use them.
How long will the effects of CBD last?
The duration of CBD’s effects also depends on the type of product you’re using, and how your body responds to CBD. This can range from a few hours for tinctures, topicals, and drinks, to nearly a full work day for capsules.
Interestingly, taking CBD with foods containing healthy fats, such as eggs, avocado, oily fish and nuts, has been shown to heighten and extend the effects of your supplement. This is because the fat content helps dissolve the CBD molecules and make them easier for your body to absorb.
Will CBD show up on a drug test?
Cannabis drug tests are designed to test for the presence of THC (or, more specifically, its metabolites). The thresholds for a ‘positive’ test vary somewhat, but in any case even a full spectrum CBD product contains far too little THC to even approach that level.
Read more: Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test in UK?
With that being said, some low-quality tests have been known to produce false positives—even when the person being tested has only used CBD isolate. Testing agencies say they’re working to replace these outdated tests with more accurate ones, but we believe it’s important to be transparent about the possibility of a false positive in the meantime.
After I order my CBD, how long will it take to arrive?
At fourfivecbd, we process all orders within 1-2 business days. The delivery date can vary depending on your location—please check out our Shipping Policy for more details.
What payment methods do you accept?
We’re happy to fulfill your order with payments via Visa, MasterCard, or bank transfer.
Can I return or exchange my order if needed?
We pride ourselves on the quality of our CBD products—and the friendliness of our customer service—but if you need to return or exchange something, you can do so with no questions asked. Our Return and Refund Policy Page has all the information you’ll need to do so.
Do you offer wholesale CBD?
We certainly do. If you’re interested in learning more, please drop us a note at [email protected] to learn more about rates and conditions.