CBD has exploded in recent years and these days you can find it in everything; from oils and lotions to gummies, chocolate and drinks. However, despite the hype surrounding it, there’s still a lot of confusing information out there leaving some customers confused about what CBD really is and how to know which brand to choose. We’re here to answer the most common CBD questions including what to look out for so you can decide whether or not CBD is right for you.
1. What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Although from the same plant species (Cannabis), hemp and marijuana are two very different plants when it comes to genetics, cultivation and chemical processes. Hemp is made for many items such as rope, fabrics and CBD extracts whereas marijuana is made to yield high levels of THC. Conversely, hemp has very low levels of THC (defined as 0.3% and under) and has no psychoactive properties.
2. Is CBD legal?
CBD is completely legal in the UK, provided it’s been derived from an industrial hemp strain that’s ‘EU-approved’ or comes from outside the EU. For CBD to be legal in the UK, it must contain no THC. However, many CBD products on the high street aren’t always properly authorised. So when you’re looking to buy CBD oil, CBD drinks or other CBD products, it’s best to buy them from trusted sources, pharmacies and stores.
3. What is CBD and what does it stand for?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol which is commonly known as a ‘therapeutic compound’ with no intoxicating properties and most people currently using it to help ease anxiety. It’s one of 113 cannabinoids in the hemp plant that can interact with cannabinoid receptors found in our body's Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
4. Will I get high if I take CBD?
CBD extracted from the hemp plant won’t get you high or make you feel drowsy. Hemp derived CBD typically contains less than 0.3% THC. When compounds such as CBD are extracted from the hemp plant, they can constrain different levels of purity. CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD (99%+), broad spectrum contains CBD and other cannabinoids without THC and full spectrum CBD is the full plant extract with all the cannabinoids found in that plant including THC.
5. How do I know what I’m getting?
Any company producing a quality CBD product will have lab reports to back up their products. In these reports you can find things such as CBD% and THC%. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. And if you’re taking CBD for the health of your body, make sure it has nothing that will harm you.
6. Does CBD have any side effects?
Hemp and CBD are recognised as being safe and should not produce side effects in most people, however, if you have an underlying medical condition and are worried about adding CBD to your daily routine, check in with your doctor. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised not to use CBD oil and other CBD products for that period of time.
7. How do you take CBD?
There are many ways to take CBD, it’s up to you to decide what you enjoy the most and which fits in with your lifestyle best.
CBD paste: can be used orally or topically and is fast acting.
CBD edibles: such as gummies are absorbed as it’s digested by the body’s digestive system.
CBD creams: can be applied topically.
CBD vape: a fast absorbing method, although not the longest acting.
At TRIP, our CBD is extracted from organically grown hemp, THC-free and third party lab tested to ensure the highest quality and purity. Our CBD oils and CBD drinks are gluten-free, palm-oil free, vegan, contain no added sugar and are made in the UK.