What is CBD? Your questions answered and myths debunked.

Wednesday February 3, 2021

Whilst CBD is growing in popularity, many people still do not understand what it is. So what is CBD? Is it legal in the UK? And what are the side effects?

Red the following overview which should answer your burning questions.

What is CBD?

CBD is short for ‘Cannabidiol’, a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant which is believed to have wide-ranging benefits to health and wellbeing.

Whilst the benefits are not yet medically proven, a number of studies indicate that it aids sleep and provides relief from anxiety, pain, depression and symptoms of PTSD. There is even evidence to suggest that CBD may help with regulating hormone symptoms in menstrual cycles and the menopause.

Is CBD legal in the United Kingdom?

Yes! pure CBD products are legal in the UK.

THC, the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, is not legal and is a controlled substance. The law recognises that CBD products can contain trace amounts of THC (which have no measurable physiological effect) with a legal limit on THC in finished products of 0.2%.

Sativa Gold products use a strain of hemp plants that are naturally high in CBD and low in THC. All Sativa Gold products are produced to exacting, industry leading standards and comply with UK [and EU] law.

What are the side effects of CBD?

CBD is non-toxic and studies show that side effects are minor and uncommon. A small proportion of people experience a dry mouth, fatigue, dysphoria, light-headedness and mild stomach upset. When used in moderation, the vast majority do not experience any side effects.

Side effects are determined by an individual’s particular response to the product. As with everything, there are some people who will be more susceptible to side effects, while others may take a larger dose to feel the full benefits and yet feel no side effects.

For this reason, we always recommend that you start with the lowest dose possible and work up to the level that gives you the benefit you are seeking, without any side effects.

Common misconceptions of CBD

Misconception #1: CBD gets you high

Whilst CBD comes from cannabis or hemp, it does not give you a high. It does not contain the psychoactive chemical found in these plants.

The NHS says, “CBD is a chemical substance found in cannabis that has medical benefits. It will not get you high, because it does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical in cannabis that makes you high.”

It is legal to drive after taking CBD oil, as it is a non-intoxicating product.

Misconception #2: CBD is addictive

Since CBD is not psychoactive, it is not addictive. Some of our customers use it for occasional use to ease anxiety or pain. Others chose to use it on a regular basis for general wellness or chronic conditions. In either case, there is no evidence that it has any physical or psychological addictive effects.

Misconception #3: CBD is harmful

CBD is considered safe by the World Health Organisation. In March 2021 it will be classified under the UK’s Novel Foods Act which to regulate and protect the industry and its consumers.

Side effects are minor, rare and, where experienced, short-lived.

What dosage of CBD should I take?

Speak to your doctor before incorporating CBD into your daily wellness routine and remember it is a supplement and cannot substitute medication prescribed by your doctor.. When taking other medications, it is wise to consider potential interactions.

To find the dose that works for you, start with the lowest amount (250mg). Slowly increase the dose to find your optimal amount. Everyone is different. The right dosage for you will depend on your weight, susceptibility, and the level and type of relief you are seeking.


Examples of effective use in different people:

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Gail Emms, former World Champion & Olympic Silver medalist Badminton player, has been using a couple of drops of 500mg Sativa Gold oil twice a day to aid her sleep and general wellbeing.






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Steve Thompson, former Rugby Union star and World Cup player, takes 70mg of Sativa Gold oil twice a day for pain relief. Steve could not walk down the stairs before he found CBD, but now he can.




CBD can take time to build in your system, but normally people notice results after 2-3 weeks.

Learn more about how to take CBD effectively.

CBD Recommendations for beginners

CBD is taken for a wide range of different reasons. You may be looking for pain relief or it might be help with sleep, anxiety, depression or acne. Or simply for general wellness. Sativa Gold products suit different needs and preferences, from an oil or capsule you take by mouth to the luxurious creams you apply to your skin to target relief where you need it most.

Before you buy any CBD products, make sure to research the brand and company. Reputable brands submit each batch to independent third-party testing to verify the contents and ensure there are no contaminants. You can view our batch results here.

Talk to us if you would like guidance before you buy, we are happy to help.