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Full Spectrum CBD Oil: Top 7 Questions answered

Every day millions of people ask Google difficult questions. In order to help educate and help change attitudes towards cannabis, we decided to answer the 7 most popular questions on Google about Full Spectrum CBD Oil.

What is CBD?

The Cannabis family of plants is one of the most interesting and complex plants.

Cannabis actually contains over 120 individual compounds that each have their own effects on the human body.

THC is the most infamous compound and is used recreationally to acheive a ‘high’. However, there are many other compounds that are believed to have medical benefits.

Currently, the most popular of these is cannabidiol – better known as CBD.

Despite being derived from the cannabis plant, CBD has zero psychoactive properties and is fully legal in the UK for both medical and recreational use.

In the past, cannabis plants have mainly been bred to have high levels of THC and low CBD. However, this is slowly changing. It is now possible to find hemp or cannabis plants with high levels of CBD and negligible amounts of THC.

For a cannabis or hemp plant to be legal in the UK is must have no more than 0.2% of THC. Typically, CBD Hemp Oil is derived from these plants grown legally in the UK, Europe or USA.

Why is CBD Oil suddenly receiving lots of media attention?

Currently, CBD is the en vogue wellness compound of the moment; not too dissimilar to aloe vera or shea butter in the past.

This time last year, CBD was relatively unknown by the wider UK public. However, awareness increased as it began being stocked in high street stores such as Holland & Barrett. Also, several documentaries were released on both BBC and ITV about its many applications.

The medical benefits of both Cannabis and CBD hit front pages in November 2018 when Sajid Javed, the UK Home Secretary was forced to do a u-turn on government cannabis policy and for the first time officially recognise the medical benefits of Cannabis and its compounds

Proponents of CBD claim that CBD can treat a wide variety of mental and physical illnesses including eplipsy, pain, arthritis, depression and anxiety

Is there any evidence behind the medical claims?

There is a growing body of research that heavily suggests that several of the claimed health benefits of CBD are true.

For example, just a few months ago the U.S Food and Drug Administration unanimously voted to approve CBD for the treatment of Epilepsy due to the overwhelming evidence suggesting it works.

Also, here in the EU, the European Journal of Pain showed that CBD can lower pain and inflammation when applied on the skin.

However, critics of CBD claim argue that any benefits of CBD are negated due to the fact that the industry is currently unregulated. As such, users can never be truly sure what is in their bottle.

What’s the difference between Full Spectrum and Isolate?

CBD Isolate vs Full spectrum
CBD Isolate is a white powder

Full Spectrum CBD Oils such as those produced by Ancient Chemistry include not only CBD but dozens of other legal and safe cannabis compounds.

On the other hand, isolate CBD Oil, includes only CBD with no other active ingredients.

Full-spectrum CBD Oil is believed to have more benefits because different cannabis compounds work together to maximise their results – this is referred to as the ‘entourage effect’

Is using Full Spectrum CBD Oil Safe?

Currently, evidence suggests that using CBD Oil is indeed safe.

However, because it has only been the topic of research for the last few years, more study is needed to conclude whether there are long term adverse effects.

Of course, if taking CBD or any other compound medically you should always consult your doctor or GP first.

Will using CBD make me feel ‘high’?

Unlike THC, CBD does not interact with the CB1 endocannabinoid system in the human brain. As a result, it has zero psychoactive properties and does not make its user feel high.

However, users do claim to experience a light and relaxing body high that many compare to climbing into a pleasantly warm bath.

Furthermore, CBD has none of the negative effects of THC: It has noa addictive properties, it will not give you the munchies, increase anxiety or give you dry eyes and mouth.

What are the different ways you can ingest CBD?

In the UK, popular was to consume CBD include orally (such as pills, food or drinks), tinctures (which you place under the tongue), or CBD Vape Juice.

One of the most important facts to consider when deciding the best method for you is bioavailability.

Bioavailability refers to the percentage of CBD that is absorbed into your blood and is ‘available’ for use by the body.

For example, if you ingested 100mg of CBD with a 10% rate of bioavailability your body would only be benefiting from just 10mg. The other 90mg would eventually be removed from your system as a waste product

Oral consumption is the easiest and most non-invasive way to consume CBD. As such, it is a popular choice for those new to cannabis-derived products.

However, oral consumption has a very low bioavailable rate of just 20% according to a 2009 study. This means if you consume 200mg of CBD your body will use just 20% of it – the rest will eventually be removed as waste.

CBD Tinctures are another popular choice and are taken by placing a few drops underneath the tongue where it is directly absorbed into your bloodstream.

Unlike oral consumption, tinctures totally bypass your digestive system. As a result, it acts quicker. Tinctures have a high bioavailability of 35%

However, research has demonstrated multiple times that vaping is one of the most efficient ways to consume CBD.

Vaping involves bringing evaporated CBD into your lungs where it is instantly absorbed into your bloodstream. Studies suggest that vaping can have bioavailability rates of 56% – by far the most efficient way to enjoy CBD.

What are the best CBD Full Spectrum Oils in the UK?

Ancient Chemistry CBD
Ancient Chemistry – a top CBD Hemp Oil brand

There are countless brands of CBD Hemp Oil available to purchase in the UK. Some of the most popular places to purchase CBD is the high street.

As you’re probably aware, CBD can be quite expensive. Luckily there are plenty of Coupon sites that offer money off the best CBD brands. One website I have used is Discounts On CBD.

Also, we recommend supporting some of the UK’s independent producers; they live and breathe CBD. One of my favourite CBD shops is Vapor Shop Direct. They stock pretty much every popular brand of vape juice, edibles, e-liquid and more.

Despite being smaller, independent brands typically offer better prices and lead the industry in terms of innovation.

One brand I tried recently was Ancient Chemistry – their Cinnamon flavour, in particular, was great!

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