CBD Oil In The UK - The FAQs

Zeus’ guide to CBD - CBD FAQs

So you're thinking of trying CBD and now you are on your journey up Mount Olympus for answers? Well, you're not the only one! We have answered our customers' most frequently asked questions about CBD oils below. 

[Note on our articles before you dive in... We know you’re busy, and we know there’s a myriad of information across the web about CBD. Therefore, we'll include only the key things you need to know, no unnecessary extras. If you need a little more around a topic, don’t hesitate to speak to us at hello@mellowzeus.com]

What is CBD? 

CBD stands for ‘Cannabidiol’. It is a naturally occurring compound found in the hemp plant. One of over 100 compounds within the plant.

How Does CBD work?

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body. It triggers processes by binding to receptor cells known as cannabinoid receptors. These processes are involved with homeostasis (keeping the body functioning well and balanced), immune balance and anxiety and stress recovery.

What is hemp?

“Hemp” is a term used to classify a variant of Cannabis that contains high levels of Cannabidiol (CBD). Unlike the other cannabis strain, marijuana, hemp does not contain notable levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the psychoactive ingredient that gets you ‘high’. The plant must contain less than 0.3% of THC to be classified as hemp. 

Is CBD legal?

CBD is completely legal in the UK and EU. All products must contain less than 0.2% of THC.

Is CBD safe?

CBD has been deemed non-toxic and non-addictive by the World Health Organisation. Doctors are currently prescribing high doses of CBD to alleviate  epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. The FSA (the Food Standards Agency) advise users take no more than 70mg a day.

Does CBD get you ‘high’?

CBD does not have any psychoactive effects. It is extracted from a DIFFERENT strain of plant than that containing THC, which is the key ingredient in the typical ‘cannabis’ you have heard of in the past.

What are the benefits of CBD?

CBD has a range of anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory and pain relief attributes. Advocates of CBD have reported benefits in these areas and beyond, stating improved sleep quality, accelerated sports recovery time, even healing acne!  

Why have these benefits only recently been discovered? 

Strains of the hemp plant were previously bred to contain high THC because people buying cannabis wanted to get high, and experience these psychoactive effects. Only recently have scientists begun testing low THC strains, and there is more work to be done to fully display how effective CBD could be.  

“Cannabidiol is the hottest new medicine in mental health because the proper clinical trials do suggest it has clinical effects,” says Philip McGuire, professor of psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience at King’s College London. 

Why do we only stock CBD sprays oils?

CDB sprays are taken sublingually - absorbed under the tongue. This is the second most effective method of absorption of CBD. The first is lung inhalation, which we of course do not recommend or promote, as it requires smoking. Another method is swallowing CBD (capsules). This means it has to go through your digestive system meaning the effects will take longer and be harder for the body to process.

How can you take CBD?

There are many different ways to take CBD: through CBD sprays as we recommend, or through oil droppers, gummies or capsules. Read more about this, with specific instructions, in our dedicated article here.

What is hemp seed oil?

Hemp seed oil is pressed from the hemp plant. It doesn’t contain the active ‘CBD’ compounds, but does contain vitamins A, D, and E, and essential fatty acids, so it is a great carrier oil for CBD, to make up the other 95% or 85% of the product that isn't CBD. 

What is MCT oil?

The most popular carrier oil for CBD oil brands is MCT (medium chain triglyceride), which is typically a coconut oil. Medium-chain fatty acids are considered the best for use with CBD oils as their shorter structure allows them to be absorbed immediately. It has high solubility, allowing for high-potency CBD oil.

Can I drive after taking CBD?

CBD does not have any psychoactive effects; however, you may find that CBD oil makes you feel a little tired. If you’re trying CBD oil for the first time, we recommend that you take your first dose when you won’t need to drive or operate machinery for a few hours.

Will CBD show up in a drugs test?

While we cannot be sure exactly what each and every drug test is searching for, it is common for drugs tests to simply test for THC, the banned psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. CBD oil can contain up to 0.2% of THC so there is a chance a negligible amount could show up on a test. However, CBD is completely legal in the UK, and the 0.2% of THC in CBD oil is is legal, so this should not cause you any fail any test. However, we at mellowzeus cannot take responsibility for any issues in this matter. We advise talking to your employers if possible prior to any testing.  

The key things about CBD is that this is just the beginning of further testing by scientists, more backing by government and more accessibility to brands (so we can purchase CBD oil from amazing stores like ours 😉). So watch this space, as we will be adding more benefits and uses as they come to light. In the meantime, check out our product page here to mellow out with ZEUS!


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