Welcome to the world of CBD. Find everything you need to know about CBD in our ultimate guide.
What is CBD oil?
CBD (cannabidiol) is an ingredient naturally sourced from hemp plants (Cannabis sativa) that are grown for nutritional purposes. The CBD is primarily extracted from hemp paste, (made from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant), with hemp seeds as a secondary source.
Why buy CBD products from Holland & Barrett?
We’re not just on-line, so buying from Holland and Barrett is your assurance that you are getting the same high-quality CBD products you can buy in our high street stores.
The importance of getting good quality food supplements cannot be understated to ensure quality and safety requirements are met. Holland and Barrett have been a trusted health and wellness retailer since 1870. With an unenviable reputation for customer service and satisfaction, we have the expert staff and external resources to verify safety and labeling, as we do for all of our products. Consequently, it’s no surprise that we have sourced the widest choice of high-quality CBD products on the High Street – all of which are also available on-line. We take the same care sourcing our on-line CBD products as we do for our extensive range of health products available in our 1300+ stores.
Hemp and CBD
The derivation of CBD food products from Industrial Hemp (Cannabis Sativa) has become an unduly emotive issue due to conflation with Cannabis as a recreational drug and latterly as a medicine. Unfortunately, this category is therefore one that has attracted a lot of undeserved negative media attention, for products that are safe and consumers demand and are generally satisfied with. We have listed Jacob Hooy’s products since 2016 because they are a reputable and responsible trader renowned for making products to a high standard for almost as long as we have. Their products have been lawfully marketed as foods in the Netherlands for some time.
Why can’t I find any health claims on CBD products?
Demand for CBD food supplements has arisen from information generally available to consumers on CBD, based on global consumer experience and emerging science. In the EU, compliant manufacturers and retailers market their products in accordance with EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation and only utilise authorised health claims for the food supplements they sell. Due to the time and specific format of studies required to gain authorised health claims in the EU, there have been no CBD specific health claims authorised at this time.
Is CBD a medicine?
The most widely available CBD is sold as a food supplement, and no medicinal claims are permitted on these products, as with any other food supplement. CBD food supplements should not be confused with medicinal CBD products for conditions such as epilepsy, which are not available for general sale.
Is CBD psychoactive?
Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and any residues of THC from the processing of hemp are negligible (<0.05%).
Are CBD products safe?
The World Health Organisation’s 2018 Critical Review Report on CBD states that CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.
What is THC?
The cannabis plant contains a range of cannabinoids – some of which are psychoactive (affect the mind) and some are like CBD which do not. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive constituent of the hemp plant. As THC can cause symptoms associated with psychosis, products that contain THC are subject to strict controls under the Misuse of Drugs legislation. At EU level, the presence of THC, its precursors, and other cannabinoids in food from hemp have been subject to monitoring as part of official controls under Commission Recommendation (EU) 2016/2115.
What is CBD isolate?
As the name suggests, products containing CBD isolates are often regarded as the purest and do not contain THC, other cannabinoids, or naturally occurring compounds in the cannabis plant.
What is meant by broad-spectrum CBD?
You may have heard this term before which is more commonly used in industry, but broad-spectrum CBD products are manufactured from cannabis plants that have been processed to remove all THC. What you are left with is CBD and other permitted cannabinoids and substances including terpenoids and essential oils.
What is meant by full-spectrum CBD?
Sometimes referred to as ‘whole-plant CBD’, this form of CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant along with THC, all other cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils.
How long does CBD stay in my system?
Many different factors will influence how long CBD will remain in the body. These include the form of CBD used (gummies, oral sprays, creams, oils) and the dose you are using. It is widely accepted that CBD ingested on an empty stomach is metabolised faster, than when CBD is taken with food. The elimination half-life of CBD (the time it takes for the amount of CBD in the body to half) is thought to be between 18-32 hours.
Are CBD products age-restricted? Can I take them during pregnancy?
Responsible producers and retailers exercise an abundance of caution towards groups with particular health sensitivities for which there is presently less data on use. Thus, whilst CBD products are generally safe, many traders ensure products are only sold to adults and make advisory statements such as: ‘Do not use during pregnancy and breastfeeding’. All our CBD food supplements and the vast majority of our CBD based beauty products are restricted for sale to those aged 18 years and above.
Can CBD interact with my medications?
Responsible producers and retailers exercise an abundance of caution towards groups with particular health sensitivities for which there is presently less data on use. Unfortunately, there is no definitive list of medications that are known to interact with CBD, and therefore as a responsible retailer, we would advise that if you are on medication you should always check with your GP first before using any CBD product.
How should I take CBD?
As with all products always follow the manufacturer’s instructions as these may vary from product to product and check the ingredients are suitable for you. The portion of the product recommended for daily consumption will be stated and it is important not to exceed the stated recommended daily dose. If you are on any medication you should seek medical advice on the suitability of CBD food supplements. CBD products should be stored out of the reach of children.
What dose of CBD should I take?
When introducing CBD as a supplement it is advisable to start with a low dose and gradually build up your intake if necessary. As with all food supplements always follow the manufacturer’s instructions as these may vary from product to product and check the ingredients are suitable. The portion of the product recommended for daily consumption will be stated and it is important not to exceed the stated recommended daily dose. If you are on any medication you should seek medical advice on the suitability of CBD food supplements. CBD products should be stored out of the reach of children.
Is CBD addictive? Can products be abused?
The World Health Organisation’s 2018 Critical Review Report on CBD stated that to that date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with its use.
Furthermore, individuals cannot readily recover any negligible quantity of THC residues present in quality products. This is due to its near absence in the first place and the technical difficulties that it would pose to obtain a yield that constitutes a risk to health and could therefore be misused.
What about tests for cannabis abuse and CBD?
The responsible CBD industry appreciates that individuals should not be under the influence of substances impairing their judgment during daily duties, and therefore, employs quality controls to ensure that residues of THC in CBD products are negligible – most importantly ensuring that residual levels have no psychoactive effect.
The actual amount of THC residue may vary from product to product and batch to batch. Health and safety considerations demand that individuals in certain roles are subject to substance testing to safeguard colleagues and the public. We are aware that CBD supplements have been subject to monitoring as part of official controls (under (EU) 2016/2115) using tests for THC residues that detect a limit of quantification of 200ppm.
In light of this limit used independently for testing, we believe that it is unlikely that quality-controlled CBD products should give rise to adverse test results. As both sensitivities of tests and THC content of products can vary, H&B cannot take any responsibility for positive test results and we would suggest that this investigated with the tester before taking CBD.
What is ‘Mutual Recognition’ and why is it important?
Current European Union (EU) rules on customs matters and quantitative restrictions have developed the principle of mutual recognition which allows lawfully established and marketed CBD products from the Netherlands to be freely traded throughout the EU.