You’ve heard about it, read about it and been told to try it, but still have no real idea what CBD really is, what it’s for, or how to use it?

That’s likely because there is mountains of information online, some good, some bad and some that is completely off the wall… so it’s difficult to judge what’s actually right and wrong.

If that’s you, and you’re interested to learn the basics of CBD in the UK, read on. We’re going to explore some of the commonly asked questions of our UK customers, such as, What is it? What are the different types? Are there side effects, and what are they? Is it even really legal?

Hopefully after reading through this guide, you’ll have a good grasp of the basics of CBD and be able to use that knowledge to decide if CBD is the right choice for you, and how you should use it to get the best results.

What Is CBD?

CBD is derived from the Hemp plant, which exists in the Cannabis family of plants. While both hemp and cannabis are in the same family, they are very different plants. The Hemp plant contains less than 0.2% THC, whereas the Cannabis plant contains higher levels of THC, and it is the THC which causes the high feeling.

When you’re looking at a CBD brand, make sure that brand can provide a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) for their CBD products. This should be easily visible and accessible and offers proof that their products have been thoroughly tested and THC levels are safely in line with UK law. If you can’t find a CoA, find another brand!

Is CBD Definitely Legal in the UK?

Yes. CBD manufacturers must follow strict regulations by UK law, which ensure products are safe and under <0.02% THC.  UK law also dictates how CBD can be advertised, so brands cannot claim that a CBD product has any medicinal benefit, which is why CBD is often referred to as a supplement to support health and wellbeing.

What Can I Expect to Happen When I Take CBD, and Will It Really Have an Impact?

CBD impacts the body’s Endocannabinoid System, or ECS. This system is already present in everyone, whether they currently take CBD or not.

The purpose of the ECS is to help keep the body’s functions working in harmony. It is a highly complex system, so to keep things simple, it works to regain balance when something is out of whack. For example, the ECS aide’s temperature control, stress reaction, immune system response… the ECS is constantly working to keep the body in homeostasis, which helps prevent a wide range of diseases and chronic illnesses.

When you take CBD, the CBD binds to endocannabinoid receptors. Specifically, these are known as CB1 receptors which are found primarily in the brain, and CB2 receptors which are found all over the body. The belief is that CBD has a positive impact in aiding the ECS to function optimally.

It’s important to say here though, that research into the effects of CBD on the ECS is still very new. We need much more research to be carried out before the medical community would become wholly supportive of CBD as a supplement in general.

What Will I Feel Like When I Take CBD?

Because there is <0.2% THC in CBD, you will NOT feel “high”. Our customers describe a feeling of calmness, relaxation, stability and clarity of mind.

Many people take CBD to support their ongoing medical treatments for conditions which cause them pain, such as arthritis. While CBD offers anti-inflammatory properties by working alongside the ECS, it’s important to stress that CBD is not a pain killer and won’t treat pain in the same way medicines such as paracetamol or prescription meds will.

CBD needs some time to build up in the system, so it doesn’t offer immediate results for everyone. The speed at which the body absorbs CBD very much depends on the individual, however one way to speed the process up is by choosing the right method to ingest the CBD. The term bioavailability refers to the volume and speed at which the CBD in the product enters the body, and the different methods used to ingest CBD offer various amounts of bioavailability.

At Tailored we offer oral drops for sublingual application (under the tongue) or zero-nicotine vape liquids (for vape devices). The reason we only offer these two types of products, is because these methods offer the biggest bioavailability, so you get the most out of every drop.

How Much Should I Take? What Will Happen if I Take More Than I Should?

No two bodies are the same, and so the amount of CBD each individual person needs varies. There are many factors which can impact the amount of CBD someone would need to get the best results for them, including metabolism, diet, exercise levels, sleep patterns etc.

If you are sensitive to other natural supplements you have tried in the past, then the likelihood is you will feel the effects of a low dose of CBD, and relatively quickly. For most people though, CBD requires time to build up in the system and so it may take days or even weeks to feel the full effects. The length of time can be impacted by the method used to ingest the CBD, so if you’re looking for the fastest results, go for a method which offers good bioavailability such as oral drops or vape.

It’s always recommended to start with a low dose and build it up over time, start with a drop or two under the tongue twice a day. Keep a diary of any effect you feel and when you begin noticing it, stick with a low dose for a few days before increasing how much you take and gradually build until you are happy with the results.

As a natural supplement, CBD is generally considered safe so there is lots of wiggle room for you to experiment with doses. If you do take too much for your body, you will likely feel sleepy and ready for a nap, so you will know if that happens you may want to reduce the volume slightly. Once you’ve been taking CBD for a while you will become in tune with how the CBD makes you feel and be able to judge how much you need to get the best out of your CBD.

It’s important to state here that if you are taking any medications, you should speak to your doctor before beginning to take CBD, just to be sure that the effects won’t impact your medication.

Thanks for reading our guide to CBD in the UK! If you have any questions about our products, or CBD in general, please get in touch.