Your CBD Questions Answered
Here at The Beecham Weigh we pride ourselves on staying up to date on the latest in natural remedies and supplements. While some of our natural remedies have been used for generations, some are relatively new and we know lots of you are CBD-curious. For those of you that have questions about CBD, we’ve put together this handy guide to empower you with reliable information. Here we’ve answered some of the most common questions, but you can always pop into the shop for a chat if you have any more!
What is CBD?
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is a chemical compound naturally occurring in the hemp plant, Cannabis Sativa. It can be taken orally (as a tablet, capsule or gummy), sublingually (under the tongue as a tincture) or topically (applied to the skin as a cream) to deliver a wide range of benefits.
It does not currently need a prescription and people are using it to self-treat a wide range of issues. A 2017 report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that CBD could provide relief for a variety of conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis, as well as general pain, anxiety, depression and sleep.
Is CBD legal?
CBD is legal here in the UK, provided it comes from an industrial hemp strain that is EU approved and contains no THC, but you need to make sure you are getting it from a trusted source. HempWell organic CBD comes from EU certified hemp grown at their own farm, processed and lab tested to make sure it is pure and contains accurate dosages.
Is CBD addictive?
This is one of the most-Googled questions about CBD, so we are happy to be able to help put your mind at ease: No CBD is not addictive. It is currently sold as a food supplement, not a medicine, here in the UK .
How Do I take CBD?
CBD is a very versatile compound which means we can manufacture several different delivery systems to suit all tastes. Oils are popular but some people prefer capsules, others prefer gummies or creams. There are benefits to each different format.
If you want to be able to easily increase or decrease dosage in small increments, then we recommend you try a CBD oil tincture. HempWell CBD oils come with a graduated pipette for easy dosing. As you can measure as little as 0.2ml at a time, you have complete control over your dosages. The stronger the concentration of CBD in the oil, the less oil you need to take for the same dosage.
You can take CBD Oil sublingually by putting it directly under your tongue (that part of the mouth is a capillary-rich area and so the CBD will reach your bloodstream quicker). Try dropping a dose of CBD under your tongue and holding it there for a minute before swallowing for fast-delivery of CBD.
Another way of ingesting CBD oils would be to add it to foods. As CBD oils are fat-soluble, they are especially great when added to smoothies, salad dressings, avocado recipes, or porridge oats. Make sure not to cook with it as it starts to degrade if it gets too hot. Bear in mind that when CBD is ingested it passes through the digestive tract which means it will work slower than if you absorbed the oil under your tongue.
Capsules or Gummies
CBD oil also comes in a capsule or gummy form, which can be a good option for people who want to maintain a consistent amount of the compound in the body. Our CBD gummies and capsules tell you how much is in a single serving, this makes it very easy to monitor and adjust intake in precise increments. However, bear in mind that when CBD is ingested it passes through the digestive tract which means you might have to wait upwards of 30 minutes before experiencing any effect. Gummies can be chewed and eaten like any food. Capsules are designed to be swallowed with water.
In cream form, CBD is often blended with other natural ingredients which makes it easy to spread on the skin and often comes with other benefits too. When used topically, CBD can reach local targets, like sore muscles or joints. We stock two strengths the 500mg and the 1000mg Max Strength cream.
How much should I take?
If you want some help with calculating dosages for any of these methods, we have produced this handy dosage sheet for you to download and keep:
If you want any more information, there's lots to be found in HempWell's CBD Knowledge Centre.