What is CBD and why should I try it?

Monday May 18, 2020

To coincide with the launch of our new Sativa Gold product range, we thought it wise to answer common questions about CBD and start at the beginning about what it is and how it works.

CBD products have seen a massive surge in popularity in the past eighteen months. From celebrities using CBD rejuvenating face creams, athletes using muscle rubs and media talking about the well-being benefits CBD offers, CBD has become a rapidly common term in the media and retail space.

But what actually is it, what does it do and is it safe?

CBD is the acronym short for cannabidiol – an active compound found naturally in the cannabis plant which is extracted and mixed with carrier oils to create CBD oil. Whilst THC, the psychoactive ingredient that creates a “high” is well known from coming from hemp’s sister plant marijuana, it is also the second most common compound in the hemp plant, However, it can be effectively separated from CBD and other cannibinoids during the extraction process and CBD products will contain only a trace of THC, which is classed as less than 0.2%.

Once extracted from the plant, CBD is generally mixed with a carrier oil such as hemp oil or coconut oil, to make CBD oil. Different concentrations of CBD can be made, so consumers can choose what best suits their needs.

CBD is 100% legal in the UK and most of the world, although CBD manufacturers should adhere to strict guidelines to clarify to consumers what’s in each product. As mentioned, guidelines in the UK state that CBD products should contain less than 0.2% of THC, and manufacturers should confirm this by publishing batch tests, so look out for them when purchasing to be clear what’s in your product.

What are the benefits of CBD?

It’s worth noting that CBD isn’t medically proven, so any claim is based on individual’s experience using it. However, what we can say is that key benefits can be seen to provide relief for anxiety, pain, depression and PTSD and to aid sleep amongst others.

In application, CBD oil can be applied directly to specific areas of the skin as required or as drops under the tongue in the morning and at night.

Is it dangerous?

As CBD products contain only traces of THC at most, they do not produce the psychoactive compound that Cannabis does and can be used daily, with little or no side effects.

Where do I start?

We would advise anyone starting CBD to start with small doses and listen to your body to monitor the effect. Evaluate how you feel on a weekly basis and slightly increase the doses if required. Once you’ve found your optimal dose, simply maintain that level. If there comes a time when you feel that dose is no longer as effective, then continue to increase the dosage slowly once again.

And finally, what do the different labels of CBD mean? When looking at CBD products you will likely see words such as “full spectrum”, “broad spectrum”, “raw and refined” mentioned, so here’s a brief overview of what each category means.

Full spectrum

Full spectrum means that all of the cannabinoids that naturally occur in the plant are contained in the oil or product, whilst still containing a less than 0.02% of the THC compound.

Broad Spectrum

Broad Spectrum CBD refers to products that are identical to Full Spectrum products and contain the other cannabinoids, but the THC compound has been 100% removed.  All of our products are Full Spectrum CBD, and there are additional options for raw and refined oil formats.

Raw oils

Raw Oils contain more of the plant material and have a stronger taste.

Refined oil

Refined oil extracts some of the other cannabinoids from the product during the extraction process, and has a nut-like taste, which is generally thought to be more enjoyable than Raw oil, which can taste more bitter and sharp.

All of our oil products come in Raw and Refined options for personal choice, and our full spectrum rejuvenating cream contains raw oil, with other natural ingredients to create a beautiful fragrance.

Other things you may want to consider

When researching CBD oils, it’s important to understand what’s in your product. The levels of THC can vary and other materials could be added to the oil which reduce the amount of CBD and other cannabinoids within it.

Sativa Gold provides batch test results for every product. This validates the safety, legality and conformity of all of our CBD products to make sure that you know what you’re getting, and that it’s the best quality possible. Take a look at our batch test area for more information.

All of our crop is grown using organic farming practices and is GM, pesticide and herbicide free. We extract in our British labs where our batch tests take place.

You may also be interested in the different methods that are used to extract the CBD from the plant. Traditionally CO2 or alcohol are the most common forms of extraction. We use ethanol because it’s 100% natural, it doesn’t leave a carbon footprint and it produces the highest grade CBD extract available.

Have a look at the Sativa Gold range of CBD products