CBD or Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring chemical compound or ‘Cannabinoid’ found in Marijuana (Cannabis) and hemp plants. Along with CBD, the cannabis plant contains between 70 – 100 other cannabinoids. Most people have heard of THC (Δ⁹-tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the psychoactive cannabinoid that gets people high. After THC, CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid and is generally considered to be non-psychoactive.
Cannabinoids function as part of the endocannabinoid system; the body’s complex network of chemical compounds (Endocannabinoids) and receptors which are constantly working to bring the body into homeostasis and optimum functioning.
Cannabidol or CBD is considered safe to use but there is still much needed research to discover the full benefit of this food supplement.
Unfortunately there is no easy answer; it all depends where in the world you live and from which plant your CBD oil has been extracted.
A good rule of thumb is that if the CBD oil comes from industrial hemp, which is legal in most countries worldwide, it’s a good bet that it’s within the law. But if it is extracted from medical marijuana – which generally contains higher levels of the psychoactive component THC – it would be classed as illegal, unless you happen to live in a US state or country where medical cannabis is permitted.
But over all, wherever you are, it’s important to know where the CBD was produced, what kind of plant it came from and if it contains any THC exactly how much.
WARNING (If your CBD product doesn’t have proper lab test reports and batch numbers you may put yourself at risk legally as you have no certainty of knowing exactly what is contains.)
In the following countries CBD is considered legal and you should have no problems, importing CBD oil or other CBD products as long as they have negligible THC content.
Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Antilles, Northern Ireland, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovak, Republic Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United States of America USA, Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Wales.
NB: Since the laws are changing rapidly, any information provided here should not be considered legal advice. You should always check with your local government officer, police department or customs office for the most up to date information.
There are an enormous selection of products out there – tinctures, sprays, pastes, chewing gum and balms available from an ever growing selection of companies of varying reliability.
Main delivery methods of our CBD food supplement: Oral, Inhalation (Vape), Skin (Topically), Sublingual (Under the tongue)
Every product page has a Dosage Information tab next to the product description with a detailed Dosage information section.
CBD (Cannabidiol) dosing is not a precise science as most CBD companies produce a wide variety of products, with differing strengths. Everyone’s journey into CBD (Cannabidiol) is unique, but a good place to start is on a low dose, listen to your body and work your way up to find your sweet spot, increasing the dosage week by week until you get the results you’re after….
If you are just starting out and want to test a CBD food supplement product and its effect for the first time, it’s good to start with a low strength CBD product. CBD oil as a food supplement would be a good place to start. This kind of CBD can be taken under the tongue and you can easily adjust the dosage by increasing the number of drops you take.
When buying CBD there is a direct correlation between strength and price. To make an informed decision you have to look at the price / mg of CBD. When you do the calculations you may find that a higher strength CBD product will actually work out cheaper in the long run.
As more competition enters the market the price of CBD products will decrease but expect to pay anywhere between £0.05 – £0.25 (£/mg CBD) depending on quality and how the oil is produced.
Points to remember when choosing a CBD product:
By now you should be clearer about the type of CBD product you’re interested in. Now begins the task of working out who are the reputable sources to buy from and who are peddling little more than snake oil.
Don’t buy the cheapest
Don’t fall into the trap of choosing the cheapest CBD on offer – there’s a fair chance it comes from low quality, non-organically produced industrial hemp containing pesticides and other contaminants. It’s not worth risking your health with sub-standard CBD oil.
The best place to start when deciding whether you can trust a CBD manufacturer is by doing a quick online search of their company name. Find out what other people say about them on independent review sites such as Trust Pilot.
Look at their website, is it professional, do they display an email or phone number where you can contact customer support? Give the number a call to see if anyone answers the phone. Do a who.is search for the company. If they hide who owns their website it maybe a sign they have something else to hide.
Good Manufacturing Practice
Are they GMP certified? Only reputable companies take the time to get GMP certified. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to the quality standards. It is designed to minimise the risks involved in any pharmaceutical production that cannot be eliminated through testing the final product.
Independent Lab Tests
Are the companies lab analysis reports published online? A good lab analysis needs to check for pesticides and heavy metals, microbial organisms, fungus, mould and other impurities along with CBD percentages. Simple, Transparent and honest.
There are no nice clear instructions like you get on the side of an aspirin bottle. That’s because CBD dosing isn’t an exact science. Each company produces different strengths and types of CBD.
The effects of CBD will vary from person to person, so there is no hard and fast rules for dosing CBD apart from taking it on an empty stomach for maximum absorption. We always suggest to start slowly and gradually increase your dosage as you learn how your body responds.
This is called the ‘Up Titration method of dosing’ in which you gradually increase your dose, monitoring your response and observing carefully for any undesirable effects. Adverse reactions could be feeling overtired or over stimulated. CBD affects the adenosine receptors similar to caffeine. Some people report that too much CBD makes it hard to sleep, especially when taken late in the evening.
Your body will tell you when you have reached your limit. At this point back up and reduce your dose slightly for a few days and see if things change. Then you can either reduce or increase your dose until you find your sweet spot.
The honest answer is that we don’t know, and even if we did know, due to regulations we wouldn’t be allowed to tell you or make any medical claims. It takes years for clinical trials to take place and even the scientific and research community haven’t fully discovered all the mechanisms that cannabinoids operate on.
If you are planning on using a CBD food supplement product to treat any illness, we strongly suggest getting help and advice from a qualified professional.
Yes, as long as you complete your order by 3pm UK time between Monday to Thursday. Excludes public holidays etc.
If you order on Friday before 3pm, your order will be delivered the next working day on Monday. If you order Next Day delivery on Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday, your order will go out with our couriers on Monday morning and be delivered on Tuesday.
Yes, we recently changed our international shipping options to make it cheaper to order high quality CBD products anywhere in the world. The rates are now as follows, however they can be changed without notice:
We do not guarantee international delivery within the timescales below, however we do endeavour to achieve these timescales.
£15 for 1-2 days IRELAND delivery
£18 for 1-3 days EUROPE delivery
£18 for 1-3 days UNITED STATES delivery
£20 for 1-4 days SWITZERLAND / NORWAY delivery
£25 for 1-4 days EVERYWHERE ELSE delivery
As always, your order will be sent and delivered with FedEx Couriers with full tracking at every stage, so you can rest easy knowing your CBD products will be with you as quickly as possible.