CBD (Cannabidiol) is 1 of more than 100 natural elements found in the cannabis plant, and it’s quickly becoming more and more popular in the UK as thousands of people are taking CBD as a daily health supplement.
But with so much information out there, it’s hard to know where to start, particularly if you’re new to CBD. So we’ve put together a list of the 6 most important things you should know about CBD comprised of the most common questions we get asked.
1. CBD is essential for maintaining and supporting great health
We often hear people question why they would need to take CBD if there’s nothing "wrong" with them. The answer to this is CBD is hugely beneficial for our body and mind regardless of how healthy you are when you start taking it.
CBD works by reacting with our body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system becomes more active (and thus more beneficial) with cannabinoids such as CBD. So taking CBD daily ensures that there’s always a sustained level of CBD in your body and results in a more effective endocannabinoid system.
In fact, our endocannabinoid system is so crucial to our health that it’s been described as "the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health".
2. CBD is safe to consume
A 2017 report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that CBD has no negative effects on our health and is safe for both humans and animals to consume.
The report goes on to state that CBD has significant medical benefits. It details that CBD has "demonstrated as an effective treatment for epilepsy" and mentions "preliminary evidence" that CBD could treat other serious medical conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease amongst others.
3. CBD doesn’t get you high
CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are 2 of the main compounds found naturally in cannabis. THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects that people often attribute to cannabis use.
CBD, however, is non-psychoactive and CBD products bought in the UK will lawfully always contain less than 0.2% THC. Using these CBD products will not leave you feeling high.
Therefore, you can easily take CBD products and not have to worry about any psychoactive effects. You can still continue to drive, work and function as normal.
4. CBD isn’t addictive
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that CBD is 100% not addictive and has no potential for abuse or dependence.
Addiction is defined when your brain releases dopamine (the chemical responsible for feeling good) in response to addictive substances, such as nicotine and alcohol. CBD doesn’t contain any addictive substances so it doesn’t stimulate the brain’s dopamine-based reward system.
Furthermore, if you decide to stop taking CBD you won’t experience any withdrawal symptoms either.
5. You don’t have to smoke CBD
Smoking isn’t necessary to consume CBD. There are so many different ways to enjoy CBD so it simply comes down to personal preference.
Perhaps the most common way of ingesting CBD is through cannabidiol oil drops or sprays which are taken by placing the oil under the tongue. Some people don’t like the taste of CBD oil though so prefer to find alternative options.
CBD edibles are becoming an increasingly popular option as a tasty, convenient and enjoyable alternative to the CBD drops and tends to be a more accurate way of determining how much CBD you’re consuming.
Other ways of ingesting CBD include taking daily CBD capsules or vaping CBD-infused liquids.
There are even CBD lotions and salves designed to be rubbed directly into your skin and start working on the affected area.
6. CBD won’t make you fail a drugs test
In the UK, CBD is not considered to be a controlled substance so it’s 100% legal to sell, buy and consume. THC, however, is a compound that is currently illegal in the UK.
Drug tests typically only test for illegal compounds so they're designed to pick up levels of THC.
Since CBD products in the UK are formulated to contain less than 0.2% of THC you won’t have a problem passing a drug test.