It’s one of the latest crazes that seems to have everyone buzzing, but when it comes to CBD oil and other CBD products, there’s a lot of misinformation and general confusion floating around. Some people simply aren’t certain what CBD is, where it comes from, or what it’s supposed to do.
If you have an interest in CBD products, Lucid Hemp has you covered. Before that, however, let’s take a look at the facts about cannabidiol products, including a few that you may not have known.
1) CBD and marijuana are not the same thing
The first and most important thing to clear up. Since CBD is processed from the cannabis family of plants (which includes hemp), there are a lot of people that think that it’s the same thing as marijuana. However, that’s not the case at all. CBD is a compound that is extracted and processed from cannabis plants, and it doesn’t come with most of the effects or any of the risks associated with using marijuana.
2) CBD won’t get you high
Linked to the misconception that CBD and marijuana is the same thing, some people are concerned they get “high” from using CBD products. To understand why it won’t, you have to understand the chemical composition of cannabis plants. THC is the psychoactive ingredient that makes you high. CBD products in the UK are regulated to ensure they have no more than 0.2%THC content. CBD is the non-psychoactive cousin of THC, and it simply won’t have the same effect no matter how much you take. To ensure you get no more than 0.2% THC content, finding trusted suppliers of CBD products who lab test their products is key.
3) It’s legal to buy and use in the UK
Just to make sure there’s no confusion, it is indeed legal to buy and use CBD products, including hemp oil, in the UK. CBD oil businesses adhere to the legal regulations to ensure that the THC content is within the legal requirement. However, at Lucid Hemp, we go above and beyond to ensure the highest quality products, which is why we’re a member of the Cannabis Trades Association, which seeks to improve transparency and compliance with the law for CBD companies in the UK. So, you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’re going to get in trouble for having CBD oil in your cabinet.
4) There are a bunch of ways to use CBD
At Lucid Hemp, we do our best to find the most convenient ways to enjoy your CBD products. CBD oil drops, also known as a sublingual tincture, is the most common way to take it. This involves placing some drops of CBD oil beneath the tongue and waiting for half a minute before swallowing. The second most popular method is to inhale it with an e-cigarette, and we have several flavours of CBD vapes available on the store. There are also CBD edibles and CBD topical rubs that you may be able to find that are applied directly onto the body and absorbed through the skin. While Lucid Hemp does not currently have edibles or topical products for sale, we’re hard at work on developing the kind that match our high standards.
5) It’s been with us a lot longer than you might realise
Sure, CBD products might seem like a relatively recent craze, but the truth is that we’ve been using it for well over twelve thousand years. There has been evidence of hemp cultivation found in an ancient village discovered in Taiwan. In terms of actually using the CBD content of hemp or cannabis plants, then we have to look into the slightly more recent history of 2900 BC, when Chinese Emperor Sheng Nung would drink a cannabis-infused tea to help with a wide range of maladies. The component of CBD itself was discovered a lot more recently, thanks to the efforts of British chemist Robert S. Cahn, who discovered it in 1940, before it was fully isolated by American chemist, Roger Adams, only two years later.
6) CBD in the UK comes from hemp
Just like there’s often confusion between CBD and marijuana, or at least the THC compound, there has been a similar confusion around marijuana and hemp in the past. Most of that confusion has been cleared up, with people understanding they both come from the cannabis family of plants but knowing fully that hemp isn’t psychoactive. Hemp contains levels of THC lower than 0.2% and a much greater abundance of CBD. As such, when you get hemp oil products from regulated UK suppliers, you know that you’re getting the amount of CBD that’s advertised, without the pesticides, solvent metals, and other contaminants that can be found in lower equality products.
7) Full spectrum and CBD isolate are two different things
There are two basic kinds of CBD products: full spectrum and CBD isolate. Isolate describes crystalline powders that are pure CBD. Full spectrum, which is what we provide here at Lucid Hemp, is organically grown plant oil that can include other cannabinoids, phytonutrients, terpenes, and the like. If you’re looking for CBD as close to its natural form as possible, then full spectrum might be the way to go.
8) Queen Victoria liked her some CBD
If getting used by an ancient Chinese emperor wasn’t enough, CBD gets even more of the royal stamp of approval from right here in the British Isles. Queen Victoria was known to take some hemp. Rather than ingesting and oil or vaping it (we would be very surprised to discover a Victorian e-cigarette, indeed), she would eat it. The modern CBD edibles probably aren’t quite the same royal treat she would have enjoyed back in the day, but it only goes to show just how long the tradition of using CBD products really has been with us for here in the UK.
9) You can make your own CBD edible treats
If you’re feeling a little peckish and you want to make sure you’re still getting your dose of CBD, then you’re in luck. CBD naturally has a slightly bitter taste that a lot of people can get used to with some time, but if you prefer to avoid it, you can make your own CBD edibles. We have a whole guide on cooking with CBD on our blog, so don’t hesitate to check it out. We even have recipes for some CBD pancakes as well as CBD chocolate chip cookies, so be sure to take a look at our blog to learn more.
10) Different doses work best for different people
The amount of CBD you should take a day will depend on a range of factors, including your body weight, size, how you prefer to take it, and your body chemistry. As such, it’s recommended that you start with a relatively lighter dose, from 10-20mg a day. Everyone’s experience of CBD is subjective, so finding the optimal dosage to meet your preferences can be a gradual process.
11) You have to choose carefully who you get your CBD from
At Lucid Hemp, we do everything we can to ensure the best CBD products. All of our products are organically grown, ensuring high CBD content from our extraction process, which are lab tested to make sure they offer exactly what they say on the label, while ensuring THC levels meet the legal requirements. However, you should be wary of the CBD brands you find on the street without too much information available on them. If they’re not organically grown, they may have a range of synthetic components that they’re not disclosing. They may also have more of a THC content than they’re legally supposed to have. In recent studies, some of the top CBD oil brands were found to have very little CBD in them, after all, so it’s important to find a provider that you can trust. Look for brands that are a member of the Cannabis Trade Association, for instance.
12) CBD can’t be sold as a medical product in the UK
Take with a grain of salt any information that a brand offers about the medicinal benefits of CBD. There is plenty of research being done in what, exactly, CBD can and can’t do. However, UK brands aren’t allowed to make any claims since CBD is technically not allowed to be sold for medicinal purposes but is instead classified as a “novel food.” It’s not difficult to find what kind of effects people say CBD has on them, but it’s important to know that everyone’s experience is entirely subjective.
Learn more about CBD oil from Lucid Hemp
Hopefully, the facts above clear up some of the misconceptions and mistakes floating around the topic of CBD products. If you have any other questions you’re still pondering over, be sure to keep following Lucid Hemp for the answers. We’re always updating with informative posts, or you can take a closer look at our products for yourself.