What is CBD?
If someone were to ask you what CBD is, what would you say? Something that might help you feel less anxious or get a better night’s sleep? Something that can magically benefit you in all kinds of ways but you’re not exactly sure how? Chances are you’re not immediately going to say ‘CBD is one of many compounds called cannabinoids that’s found in the cannabis sativa plant’ – and really, who could blame you? We’ve all heard about the benefits that CBD might potentially possess, but it doesn’t get us any closer to defining what it actually is and our relationship to it.
Quite simply, CBD is a cannabinoid in the same family as tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD interact with the human body via the (aptly named) endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short. The ECS is responsible for regulating bodily functions like sleep, inflammation, and anxiety. Cannabinoids, then, can be used to supplement the ECS to varying degrees.
However, where THC produces a tell-tale ‘high’, CBD is entirely non-psychoactive. This has made it a very attractive, very legal, option for many looking to incorporate it into their lifestyle to improve their wellbeing and help people perform at their best.
Why You Should Start Taking CBD
If you’re looking for a healthy supplement to help relieve joint pain, relief after a hard gym workout or tough day on the pitch, or looking to relax before bed. CBD is perfect for you.
Our CBD products speak for themselves
What CBD Product Should I use?
Now you know a bit about what CBD is and how it can benefit your life you will now be wondering how people take CBD.
At fourfiveCBD we have a range of products that makes taking CBD easy:
If you are interested in finding out more about how to take CBD products take a look here at our ‘What’s the Best Way to Use CBD’ to find out more.
CBD oil is often used as a catch all term for CBD products in general. When you search on Google it’s likely that lots of different CBD products will appear that have nothing to do with CBD oil – but they do exist. At fourfiveCBD they come in the form of sprays and tinctures and are applied directly in the mouth under the tongue.
Who Should Take CBD Oil?
CBD oil is a great supplement for pain relief whether that’s after physical exercise or joint pain that has built up over the years. It will help you rest easy to take on the next day in tip top condition.
At fourfivecbd we have a range of CBD oils for you.
Our 500 mg CBD Oil is great for beginners. It’s a great option if you want to test the product and understand how CBD works for you.
The next step up is our 1000 mg CBD Oil – a medium strength for people who enjoy a balance.
Our 2000 mg CBD Oil is for acute needs. It acts fast and has the required strength to meet your acute needs.
Our latest CBD Oil product Pro CBD Oil with Vitamin D3 is perfect for professional athletes. It packs a punch with 1000mg of CBD but also is test proof for those athletes that get tested.
CBD capsules are like other traditional capsules in the sense that they are swallowed. They are hassle free and easy to consume, perfect for people on the go. Since each capsule has the perfect amount of CBD, dosing is easy.
Who Should Take CBD Capsules?
Capsules offer users a bit of a smoother effect rather than a sharp peak of CBD, they can be great to take in the morning before a long day at the office, or great to take a few hours before hitting the gym. And, if you’re keen to get a good night’s sleep but are afraid that your CBD oil will run out of steam before the night is through, CBD capsules could be a good solution. Capsules are an excellent choice for the everyday user looking to supplement their overall wellbeing.
We provide a 300mg and 600mg CBD Capsules. Each capsule contains 10mg of premeasured CBD – to make dosing easy.
CBD topicals are an excellent option instead of oil or capsules. CBD topicals are great for targeting specific areas of the body. Because it doesn’t enter the bloodstream it has an area effect rather than an overall bodily effect. It gets to work where you want it, making it a great option for muscle recovery as you can target where you want it to work.
Who Should Take CBD Topicals?
If you’ve ever had stiff, strained, or tender muscles, then you’ll understand how uncomfortable this sensation can be. Whether you’ve worked out too hard or simply pulled a muscle, getting back to normal can take up to a few days. This is especially irritating if you’re an avid gym goer or someone who generally likes to keep fit. Damaging muscle tissue means that the recovery process takes longer, and can put people out of training if ignored. If you struggle with these pains on the regular then CBD topical may be the right supplement for you.
At fourfivecbd we have a range of CBD topicals to suit your needs.
Our latest CBD topical CBD Joint Gel is perfect for those who suffer from joint pains and want a targeted effect from their CBD. Whether that be from a jog, a repetitive action or picking out those pesky garden weeds, it’s important to keep your joints healthy to help you remain active and perform to your best each day.
Our CBD Muscle-Rub is tailored to target muscle soreness. We’ve added menthol to the muscle rub to target the inflammation and soreness that muscles experience after recovering from a workout or injury. This CBD product is great for targeting specific areas of muscles to relieve pain.
At fourfivecbd we have created Europe’s first CBD drink – an edible product that is packed with 5mg of CBD in a single dose with lots of other healthy vitamins to give your body a boost in nutrients to help with muscle recovery and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Who Should Take CBD Drinks?
Our CBD drinks are a quick, easy and tasty way to consume CBD to help with pain relief, and to give your body a surge in vitamins to recover after an intense workout or long run.
As explained above CBD is great for pain relief. But how do the vitamins help? We’ve added vitamins that aid in providing energy to the body, optimal muscle function such as iron, zinc and magnesium. Vitamin C to help with maintaining normal body functions and aiding the immune system. This is ideal for anyone looking for some pain relief alongside a way to boost your nutrition.
CBD Effervescent Multivitamins Tablet.
Our edible CBD product packed with 5mg of CBD per tablet.
Common Questions About CBD
How does CBD Oil make you feel?
Many individuals who have used CBD feel it is a great natural alternative when maintaining an active lifestyle. That specific result you get from CBD depends on different factors — like the dosage, the strength, the size of the person, and the type of product, just like we touched on above. This means that people may have different experiences, too.
Research has been bountiful on the subject. A study published in 2019 found that CBD topicals can act as a safe and effective non-invasive alternative to help improve the quality of life in patients with some skin disorders, especially those with an inflammatory nature. But there have been many, many interesting studies into CBD’s potential effects. Studies are still very much in their infancy and as such it’s important to be weary of CBD advertised as a miracle cure.
Because hemp derived CBD has only a miniscule trace of THC, this prevents the user from feeling high. Industrial hemp plants are considered legal in the UK, so the government will have done their due diligence to make sure that there are zero chances of getting high.
How Does the Body Absorb CBD?
Very simply, CBD oil enters our bodies via the membrane on the bottom part of our tongue. The membrane under our tongues is a bit like a gateway to the bloodstream. If you put a few drops of CBD oil in your mouth, it will head straight to your bloodstream without having to pass through the digestive system or liver first. This means that the CBD compounds don’t get broken down by enzymes the way they would if they were ingested.
This rapid absorption means that CBD oils take effect almost immediately after administration. However, this rapid absorption rate means that the effects, although punctuated by entering into the system more quickly, don’t last as long. As such, different strengths of CBD oil can have quite varying effects. For example, our fourfivecbd CBD Oil is full spectrum and available in 500mg, 1000mg, and 2000mg, to suit any need.
Unlike CBD oil, capsules are swallowed and as such they are absorbed into the system differently. Where CBD oil bypasses the digestive system, CBD capsules run headlong into it. First, the CBD enters the stomach and then travels to the liver. The CBD is then metabolized by the liver, and in simple terms, this reduces the concentration of CBD compounds. This reduced concentration is then passed along to the bloodstream. The rate of absorption on our CBD capsules can be increased by eating natural and good fatty foods such as dairy, avocado, nuts, fish and even a delicious piece of dark chocolate.
What are the consequences of this kind of absorption? Well, taking a capsule will not show immediate effects like taking CBD oil does, and the overall benefits may be less acute but longer lasting. Taking a capsule is a slow and steady method of using CBD, and is easily incorporated into a wellness routine with other supplements.
Are UK CBD Oils Safe?
Not all CBD products are made equal. Some contain contaminants — which are most likely unintentional but exist nonetheless. These can include mould, heavy metals, or pesticides. In other cases though, some CBD companies have been known to add pesticides or synthetic cannabinoids to increase the weight or the strength of the product.
Thankfully, in today’s market, you can test the credibility of a brand by their third party lab tests, as mentioned above. If a company doesn’t have one, then we recommend looking elsewhere. We provide a third party lab report for each of our CBD oils, CBD capsules, and CBD topicals for complete transparency of our products. This same practice should be present for each CBD company that wishes to sell to a consumer. If they don’t, you could be rolling the dice on your health.
If a CBD company does not provide a visible report on their site, it’s up to the consumer to ask them if they have a third party lab test to make sure. While we have nothing to hide, other company’s may not share this information so openly.
Take a look at our lab reports for a products here
The Difference between CBD Full Spectrum and CBD Isolate?
There are three distinct levels of CBD oil that you should familiarise yourself with:
Full Spectrum contains all of the cannabinoids and terpenes of the plant (legal in the UK if it has less than 1mg of THC, the THC is not easily extractable by consumer and the products are designed to provide CBD and not the controlled substance, CBD).
Broad spectrum CBD oil has a lot of the compounds from the plant, but THC is removed.
Broad spectrum CBD oil has a lot of the compounds from the plant, but THC is removed.
CBD isolate only includes CBD.
Full spectrum CBD oil is quite popular because of its wide range of ingredients — the entourage effect is also obtainable through this method. This is a synergistic effect of cannabis components interacting with the human body. This is thought to form a stronger influence than if they were isolated. Even at this, it won’t get you high.
However, be aware that if your workplace, sports team, or school decides to do a drug test, it may come up positive for THC. This is why a lot of people choose broad spectrum oil or capsule or a CBD isolate topical instead. Read more here: Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test in UK
Broad spectrum CBD oil contains all of the essential terpenes, oils, and cannabinoids except THC. People who want the most of the goodness of the plant without the high will usually go for this option. Our 0% THC CBD Oil does the exact trick. It’s broad spectrum, vegan friendly, and third party lab tested for total consumer clarity.
The purest form of naturally occurring CBD is CBD isolate. Because it comes in a solid, or diamond-like form, it’s commonly known as CBD crystals. It has no terpenes, flavonoids, or other cannabinoids involved in its makeup. Because many people still have doubts about THC — even in trace amounts without a chance of experiencing a high — this option is preferable. CBD in this form in ingestible products is currently illegal in the UK as it is regarded as a novel food by the European Commission.
CBD Oil Strength and Dosage?
There isn’t a specific way to dose CBD according to any universal regulations or standards. Dosage and strength depend on the consumer – their body type, their tolerance, and the type of product that’s being used. And, all of this aside, dosing might become even more complicated if you have a pre-existing medical condition.
The most obvious thing to take note of is: what suits a 55kg person will not be the same for someone who is 90kg. Each person can be very different in size — what may work for you, may have absolutely no effect on the next.
The best advice when trying to dose is to always start small and work your way up. Get a feel for your tolerance level, and make sure to read the instructions on the product. At times, they can give an estimated dosage depending on your weight.
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