Frequently Asked CBD Questions
Find out the answers to many of the questions in your mind regarding CBD products. CBD has recently become a buzz word that many have heard but are still unsure what benefits it has or how it works.
Apart from the doubts you may have about how the products work, you should also inform yourself on the legality of CBD in your country as each country has different regulations for the products.
We have put together a comprehensive list of questions with clear answers. If you still have any doubts please reach out via our contact page.
CBD—short for cannabidiol—is one of many chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. As a group, these compounds are known as cannabinoids. All in all, 113 different cannabinoids have been isolated so far. Some of the more common ones include:
Because of its psychedelic effects, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the perhaps the best-known, and most vilified, of all these molecules. But CBD is rapidly gaining in popularity and notoriety thanks to its myriad health benefits and uses. We’ll talk more about those uses later on in this article. For now, let’s move to the next question on our list.
As the name suggests, CBD oil is oil that contains the chemical profile of the plant from which it came. In this case, CBD oil is extracted from a high-CBD strain of marijuana plant so it can deliver the most bang for your buck. CBD oil is one of a broad category of extracts known as concentrates. Other concentrates include:
- Butane hash oil (BHO)
- CO2 oil
- Rick Simpson Oil
During the extraction process, the cannabinoids, trichomes, terpenes, and flavonoids are stripped from the plant matter and concentrated in an oily liquid (hence the name). That concentrate is, gram for gram, more potent than the original plant material.
The extraction process itself can take a number of different forms, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. The most common extraction methods include:
- Ice water extraction
- Butane extraction
- CO2 extraction
- Alcohol extraction
- Ethanol extraction
CBD oil won’t get you high because it has been specifically produced to minimize the THC count while maximizing the CBD count. In fact, no CBD product should cause psychedelic effects since the levels of THC in the mix are so low.
Check the labels to be sure, but it’s a safe bet that anything intended for medical purposes will have very low levels of THC (less than 1 percent) our products offer 0.2% or below.
Though studies have shown that CBD has little to no effect on the autonomic functions of the body (e.g., heart rate, body temperature, respiration, blood pressure), CBD does affect the salivary gland. This results in one of the only major side effects: dry mouth.
Really, dry mouth is a small price to pay for pain relief of any kind, and you might not even consider it a side effect. But it is an unintended consequence of using CBD oil, so we have to inform you that it may happen. If you apply the CBD oil directly onto your back, the dry mouth side effect is only a remote possibility. But if you take the CBD oil sublingually or ingest it in an edible, the chances are good that your mouth will get dry.
Another important side effect of note is that CBD inhibits liver enzymes from metabolizing most of the pharmaceuticals humans take. That means that if you’re taking a blood pressure medicine and you add CBD oil for back pain into the mix, the blood pressure medication will lose effectiveness.
Like dry mouth, only ingesting the CBD oil in some way will cause this side effect. Rubbing it on your skin won’t. Regardless, be sure to talk to your doctor about possible interactions before taking a high-CBD product or CBD oil for back pain.
CBD products are still pending formal regulation from the EU. For the time being it has not been declared illegal and there is a growing market all across Europe related to CBD. From walk-in shops to online stores like ours. View below our breakdown of regulations as far as we have found per European country.
Before ordering please make sure you do your own research to verify that your country / city / state allows the use of CBD products.
Legalities of CBD by regions
Medical marijuana, and consequently CBD, is currently legal (July 2019) in various nations inside Europe. Therapeutic cannabis can be obtained in different nations, for example, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, and Italy.
Industrial hemp is likewise legal to grow in European countries. Only specific strains are allowed, all of which contain under ~0.2% THC. Many organisations are using these allowed strains to produce completely legal CBD products.
CBD is lawful inside the United Kingdom and isn’t viewed as a controlled substance. No limitations exist around the cannabinoid, and it tends to be openly appropriated. Be that as it may, CBD obtained from cannabis plants is still illegal as the plan is illegal under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Hemp development is legal inside the UK, in arrangement with EU guidelines. In this way, any CBD oil with THC estimations of over 0.2% is viewed as illegal.