Cannabidiol–CBD—is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients.
Yes. Because CBD does not contain the psychoactive ingredient THC, it is entirely legal to buy and take CBD supplements in the UK. And because CBD is a legal ingredient, it is not tested for in drug tests used to detect illegal drugs. Because CBD doesn’t get you high, products that contain only this cannabinoid can skirt the legal ban on marijuana. Technically speaking, it’s THC – the cannabinoid that gets you high – which is illicit. When you take a drug test, the aim is to detect THC in your body, not ‘cannabis’. If you possessed weed without any THC in it, technically you wouldn’t be in violation of the law. Because ‘weed’ without THC has a different name: hemp. And the rules governing hemp are quite different from the restrictions placed on cannabis.
Marijuana and CBD work by acting on the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system’s main job is to maintain homeostasis and help the body adapt to outside stresses. There are two main types of cannabinoids—endo (produced naturally within the body) and phyto (produced from a plant). CBD is one type of phytocannabinoid. Phytocannabinoids mimic endocannabinoids, so they can act like a supplement, giving you a boost beyond what your body can produce. Receptors for cannabinoids are found in the digestive, reproductive, nervous, and immune systems.
CBD oil is recognised as safe and well-tolerated in healthy people, with few side effects. A World Health Organization report has confirmed it does not have any potential for abuse or to cause harm, and it is therefore not classed as a controlled substance. The Cannabis Trades Association UK recommends that CBD should not be sold to anyone under the age of 18.
No, CBD is not addictive. An addiction to marijuana can develop as a severe form of ‘marijuana use disorder’, which affects an estimated 30 per cent of marijuana users. This develops out of a person’s dependence on the psychoactive effects of THC – the ingredient in the marijuana plant which causes a high and results in withdrawal symptoms. CBD comes from an entirely different plant – the hemp plant – that contains only trace amounts of THC which are not enough to cause a high. Instead, CBD works by enhancing the effects of other brain chemicals such as serotonin and anandamide. It does not activate the receptors that make marijuana psychoactive and addictive. In fact, the effects of cannabidiol are opposite to those of THC and can actually block some of the psychoactive effects of THC, which is why CBD is added to medical forms of marijuana prescribed to treat certain disorders.
All dosage information is displayed on each packet. We highly recommend starting with the lowest dosage and working your way up. When taking CBD, we recommend listening to your body, as each person is different. Start on the lowest strength and observe your bodies response. If you start on too high a strength, the product might not have the desired effect, so it is highly important you follow the recommended dosage instructions. If you are currently taking any other medication, please speak to your GP beforehand.