Important Information relating to Novel Foods:
The Food Standard Agency (FSA) here in the UK have now fully enforced new rules surrounding the sale of CBD in the UK. As of the 1st April 2021, CBD products that are classed as Novel Food (that is to say a food, provided or manufactured in a way that was not widely consumed before 1997) must have an active application or actual authorisation from the FSA. If a CBD product can be shown to have been consumed before 1997 and meets a strict set of criteria then this may be classed as “Traditional” and therefore “Not Novel” and will not require application or authorisation.
Important Information relating to Charlottes Web and other USA and non-UK made based CBD products:
Right now, CBD oils and products face new import issues into the UK and export issuse from the USA, inhibiting our ability to freely source product. So what does this mean for us? As providers of CW and other CBD from outside the UK we will react and search for your specified size, potency and flavour of each product ordered; if we cannot source the product you want, we will offer you an upgrade or refund, or invite you to wait whilst we source your product. Your upgrade will always be to a richer, superior product and you will always have a little freebie too! We will strive to stay ahead of the situation, but in the meantime, bare with us as globally, we face the challenges together.
1. Are CBD Cannabis Oil products legal in the UK?
Yes they are legal, so long as the THC content is below the stated regulations (currently less than 0.2% and 1mg per container) and they abide by the FSA Novel Food regulations. CBD products, Hemp Oils and derivative products are legal in the UK as food supplements, and their consumption is now recommended to no more than 70mg per day. We ensure all our CBD products are manufactured from FSA compliant sources, allowing us to provide you with a high quality CBD product. [/col]
2. So, am I at risk if I buy Cannabis Oils in the UK?
No you are not, as long as you buy CBD products with THC Zero or THC trace compliant products (under the legal limit of 0.02%) from reptable resellers. CBD versus THC. Cannabidiol (abbreviated CBD) is one of the 113 cannabinoid cannabis compounds, naturally occuring and used as a food suppliment to provide what some belive are daily “Quality of Life” benefits. CBD does not give you the feeling of being high that users of recreational cannabis report to experience from smoking; that is to say, CBD is not intoxicating. Tetrahydrocannabinol (abbreviated THC) is another one of the 113 cannabinoid cannabis compounds, naturally occuring but the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis, and sought after by recreational users of cannabis who wish to experience the feeling of being high.
3. Are CBD oil products medicine?
Simply speaking, CBD products are not sold as medicines. CBD oil products are sold in the UK as food supplements, and no reseller or manufacturer should be making any medical claims about their CBD products, but we all do encourage you to carry out all your own research before buying and introducing them into your daily routine. You will find many studies about CBD Body Salves, creams, oils and CBD capsules, but most carried out and published in other countries. There are also many forums, social media groups and sites where people of all ages and experiences discuss the impact of CBD on their lives.
4. Should I consult my GP before I take CBD products?
You should always seek advice from a medical professional if you have a condition, or feel your quality of life is below your expectations. CBD products will effect us all in slightly different ways, much like our tolerance to medication, we may all experience differing elements of differing side effects, and this can depend on many things including medication or medical procedures you have had, are having or planned to have. Remember, CBD products will effect us all in slightly different ways, much like our tolerance to other products such as alcohol for example. Some of us experience the feeling of being drunk after a single unit of alcohol, where as others seem to have a built up tolerance. Understand your body, your daily requirements, research as much as possible and seek the help of a professional, all factors ensuring you can make a well rounded, well informed decision.
5. So how is CBD extracted from the Hemp Plant?
Essentially, there are three common ways to extract CBD from the natural state plants. Supercritical CO2 extraction – this is classed as a selective Novel, solvent method and is said to be the safest and most efficient method of mass extraction, however, it is also the most expensive and resulting oils no longer contain the entire plant profile. Ethanol/Natural Gases (Butane, Propane etc) extraction – this method can reduce the oil’s potency due to the destruction of the plant’s compounds during the extraction process – this process presents an additional challenge of removing the solvent form the resulting oils. Traditional Cold Pressed (Hemp, Flax or Extra Virfin Olive Oil extraction) – this method is very old, simple and only requires that the olive oil and hemp are infused, then cold pressed, however, the resulting extract is less potent when measuring CBD only although the resulting oil contains all naturally occurring hemp plant compounds and therefore is a true reflection of the plant.
6. Are your products natural?
Yes, our products are natural, mostly organic, GM free and in some cases vegan too. Some of our products use the simple and natural “Traditional” Cold Pressed Oils whilst others use Cold Pressed as the base oil with FSA Novel (applied or authorised) based boosters when an increase CBD content is required. Where the product allows, the majority of our CBD products are Full or “True” Spectrum, and our balms and salves do not contain coconut oils or bees wax, just plant based where possible.
7. Ok, so how do I know which CBD products are for me?
Research, research, research! Join as many user groups as you can; ask the resellers, speak to others who have and are using CBD products, but don’t forget to ask a health professional. Once you have enough information to make an informed choice, choose a reputable reseller of a reputable manufacturer and decide on which format, in which dose. Dont hesitate to shop around as you may be developing a long term relationship with your retailer, so make sure they tick your boxes! The best advice we can give is to go in with your eyes wide open and if at all possible, embrace and enjoy the experience. Don’t forget to share your experience once you have it, helping others who are thinking about starting their own journey! Good luck and best wishes from The CBD Team here.
8. Which format do I choose, how do I know what dose I should take and are CBD products addictive?
You should firstly ask yourself how you would prefer to take the CBD Oils. Some use the hand mouth spray, spraying dirctly under the tongue, others prefer our Gummy Bears or Gummy Drops, whilst capsules are the choice of others. The most cost effective and efficient use is through our oils, directly under the tongue, or added to a hot drink with milk (CBD Oils need a fat carrier such as milk in order to bond and be ingested). Suffice to say, it all depends on your own prefered method! Once you have settled on a prefered delivery method, most people start with a minimal dose and increase on a weekly basis until they feel they are benifiting in their expected way. On occasion, some start with maximum strength products and maximum dosage as a way to ensure they acheive their desired results as swiftly as possible. And so is CBD addictive? – Remember, CBD is one of the components in Cannabus.It’s the other component, THC, that causes it to be addiction in some people. That is because THC directly binds with the brain’s cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors, responsible for triggering the intoxicating effects often associated with marijuana use. Research has shown that activating CB1 receptors affects the brain’s reward system and the release of the “pleasure hormone,” dopamine, explaining why THC can be addictive. Because CBD oil is made from high-CBD, low-zero THC hemp, it does not stimulate the brain’s dopamine-based reward system and is not addictive.
9. How much CBD oil should I take?
It depends on the way you want to use it, and the desired effects but the FSA do suggest to stick to a maximum of 70mg per day. We recommend you to start with one simple drop of CBD oil once or twice a day. You can mix it with creams or in your favourite drink. It if it is the first time you consider this supplement, consult your doctor. We do promote the best cannabis oils in the UK and food supplements. But they should only be taken with the approval of your GP.