CBD Oil Guide

Green Goddess' Guide to CBD Oil In The UK

CBD oil products have very firmly arrived in the UK.  It’s probably closer to suggest ‘crashed’ onto the shelves as a massive wave of interest in the cannabis derived compound has mounted. Media interest in the product has become very high and for this reason it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Some articles are sensationalist and others unnecessarily damning, whilst the consumer in the middle is left not knowing where to turn for a reputable product or genuine expertise. We have put together a blog post detailing some things to look out for when buying CBD oils or capsules. It is a checklist that may prove helpful when considering what product to buy. Look for quality through evidence of testing, professional trade membership, manufacturing process and responsible practises. A company that offers excellent product and are motivated through customer care are happy to be made accountable and are transparent in their operations.   

There is also much anecdotal information surrounding the compound. A quick google search brings up lots of individual opinion which is wonderful to read but very much an individual experience. CBD oil is a supplement that you have to try for yourself. CBD works with your individual endocannabinoid system. This system is an unique as your fingerprint. Whilst others opinion can act as a guide, ultimately you will need to try the supplement for yourself to gauge how useful it might be for your particular needs. For a handy guide see our post on how CBD works inside the body.  

Before we continue...….

As with all new products we are asked lots of questions about what condition it will help. Ordinarily we can tell you something about the benefits of our products (within guidelines). In the case of our CBD oil collection we are not permitted to make any health claims or share any findings. We are permitted to sell our CBD as a food supplement. That said, we really do urge you to investigate CBD for yourself. There are lots of CBD studies and case studies to give you an idea of how it may help.

We can answer questions directly and will guide you as best we can.  If you have any questions left unanswered please email us at hello@greengoddesswellness.com 

Some useful terms explained:

Cannabinoids. The collective name for the group of active compounds found in the Cannabis plant such as CBD.

CBD – short for Cannabidiol, CBD is one of the active cannabinoids found in high concentration in the hemp plant. 

THC – Short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Considered the most psychoactive of the cannabinoids and found in high concentration in the cannabis (marijuana) plant.

Cannabis, marijuana and hemp - This is the part that is very confusing. Hemp and cannabis are both members of the Cannabis plant family Cannabis Sativa.  Although cannabis and hemp both come from the cannabis sativa plant family they are different. Cannabis contains high concentration of the psychoactive compound THC and Hemp contains very low levels of THC and high levels of CBD. Marijuana is the slang term for the psychoactive cannabis plant. The confusion lies in the word cannabis. When something is called a cannabis oil or has cannabis listed on the ingredients it can be either cannabis (marijuana) or hemp.  When the media talk about medical marijuana they are only talking about the high THC containing cannabis extract.

Medical marijuana.

As mentioned, Marijuana is the slang name for the psychoactive cannabis plant that has naturally high levels of THC and low levels of CBD. THC containing product and marijuana use is legal in 29 states of the US. In Europe it can be confusing with small amounts for personal use permitted in some countries. In the UK marijuana and THC containing products are currently illegal. When we read about cases of epilepsy and cancer patients travelling outside of the UK to seek this treatment they are looking to administer and purchase medical marijuana that is not permitted under UK law. This is not CBD oil which contains only trace THC (0.2%) and is permitted for sale as a food supplement.

The Endocannabinoid system.

Our bodies system of receptor sites and endocannabinoids (our bodies naturally occurring cannabinoids) that serve to protect and regulate physiological function. See our article explaining the endocannabinoid system and its relationship to CBD.  

How does the law stand in the UK?

It is legal to sell CBD (cannabidiol) oil in the UK as a food supplement. This means that no medical claims can be made about the product. The legal limit for the cannabinoid THC is 0.2%. Should the THC level exceed this the oil would not be permitted for sale. The CBD oil also has to come from one of 63 EU permitted strains of cannabis plant. 

It is currently illegal to buy cannabis oil (medical marijuana) with THC above 0.2%

The history of CBD

Believe it or not in was in the early 1960’s that cannabinoids were first identified in the cannabis plant. In our potted history of CBD we explain how an academic realized that the cannabis plant had been documented in ancient text for thousands of years as a medicine and yet nobody had thought to isolate the compounds inside the plant itself. His mission was to conduct a study that would prove useful. Little did he know how significant it would be or how difficult it became for his subsequent studies to be recognized in the medical world. All due to the stigma surrounding the plant.    

 CBD FAQ

Frequently asked questions about our CBD range.

What is CBD?

CBD is one of a number of compounds called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD is found in high concentration in the hemp plant.  There is growing interest and study into CBD and we expect the number of people using this plant compound to increase in the future.  

Does your oil come from cannabis plants?

Yes, it comes from the flowers of the hemp plant, which is a member of the Cannabis family. CBD is found in high concentration in the hemp plant with very low levels of THC (the psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant).

Is CBD legal in the UK?

Yes, CBD is legal to sell in the UK and Europe as a food supplement. CBD is extracted from the flowers of the hemp plant and 63 of these varieties have been approved for CBD extraction. The law outside of Europe is less clear and for that reason we do not ship our CBD collection outside the UK and Europe.

Where do you source your CBD from?

We source our oils from chemical free farms in the Netherlands and Eastern Europe. Every batch we source is independently tested.    

Are there any side effects?

There are no known documented side effects of CBD. When delivered in large doses (700mg a day) under supervision nausea, stomach upset, dry mouth and dizziness have been documented.

Can CBD get you high?

No Green Goddess CBD contains only trace amounts of THC and will not have any psychoactive effect.     

How long does CBD stay in your system?

This will depend largely on variable factors. Your age, weight, gender, lifestyle and even the amount of water you drink. Experts estimate (based on small scale trials) that CBD will remain in your system for between 2-5 days.

How long does it take for CBD to take effect?

In some cases, you will take your first dose of CBD and notice a difference.

How is your CBD Oil extracted?

By CO2 extraction which is the safest method of extracting the oil. It may be the most expensive method but it uses no solvents and retains the purity of the end product. This means you get the very best full spectrum product.  

Can I take my CBD abroad?

CBD is legal in the UK and Europe but we would advise caution when travelling outside the country with your oil.

Check the laws inside the Country you are visiting. We cannot directly tell you what to do but would recommend you do not travel outside of Europe with your CBD.  

Is it ok to drive when taking CBD?

Yes, it is fine to drive when adhering to the recommended dosage levels. Our CBD contains less than 0.2% THC.

Is it ok to take prescribed medication with CBD?

We would always advise that you consult with your medical practitioner before taking your oil if you are on prescription medication. At present we know that medical advice is not to take CBD when prescribed warfarin or other blood thinning medications due to possible counter indications. Please see our fact sheet about prescription medication and CBD