Updated: Jun 29
It seems that CBD is everywhere at the moment – in your social media feeds, on the telly, in your local pharmacy. But does it leave you feeling confused?
If you’re feeling more confident about CBD and are ready to buy some, here’s our handy checklist to ensure you’re buying a legally-approved, quality product.
If you’d like to find out more about CBD before taking the step to adding it into your daily life, please read on and let us demystify the world of CBD.
SO, WHAT IS CBD?
Let’s start by saying what it’s not. It’s not a psychoactive substance. You’re not going to get stoned using it. You’re not going to get addicted to it.
CBD (cannabidiol: pronounced cah-nuh-bih-DYE-ohl) is a naturally occurring, non-intoxicating compound present in the Cannabis Sativa L plant. Technically, the compound is known as a cannabinoid and there are over one hundred cannabinoids in the Cannabis Sativa L plant.
BUT CANNABIS IS ILLEGAL. SO, IS CBD ILLEGAL?
No. Cannabis is the name of a plant species in the flowering plant family. There is more than 1 variety of Cannabis Sativa L. The difference relates to the amount of another cannabinoid found in the plant, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol: pronounced tetra-hydro-canna-buh-nol). That’s the psychoactive compound, responsible for getting people stoned and that’s the illegal bit.
Celtic Calm and Wellbeing supply CBD products where the CBD has been extracted from hemp plants. But we go one step further and supply products where the THC has been removed. Where the THC has been removed, CBD may be described as broad spectrum (where all the other cannabinoids, and compounds responsible for the plant’s aroma and pigmentation are retained) or isolate (where only CBD is used). It is legal in the UK for a CBD product to have a very small amount of THC, as long as there is less than 1mg of THC in the product. In these cases, the CBD is referred to as full spectrum.
SO, CAN ANYBODY JUST MAKE AND SELL CBD PRODUCTS?
No. CBD products are regulated in the UK, through the Novel Foods process. This means that any ingestible CBD product must have been approved for sale by, and be listed on, the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) publicly available Novel Foods List.
You can relax with us, as all the CBD oil and drinks we supply are listed with the FSA Novel Foods List
You can also be confident that the amount of CBD stated on the labelling of the products Celtic Calm and Wellbeing supply has been independently verified by a third-party laboratory. These lab reports, known as Certificates of Analysis, are freely available on our website Check Here . And even though CBD skincare products don’t need approval from the FSA, we believe that transparency is critically important in our relationship with our customers and have Certificates of Analysis for all our skincare products Check Here.
Whatever CBD product you buy, always check that there is an accompanying Certificate of Analysis. Investigations have found instances of mislabelling by companies in the UK, where the amount of CBD has been larger or smaller than that claimed and THC present in greater quantities than stated.
SO, WHAT ARE THE THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS OF CBD?
Because ingestible CBD products are regulated as Novel Foods in the UK, no explicit medicinal claims can be made about the therapeutic benefits of CBD.
HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I TAKE?
Although CBD is not regulated as a medicine, the FSA recommends that we don’t take more than 70mg per day.
The handy dropper system on the CBD oil that we supply, makes dosing much easier. With the 250mg CBD tincture, each drop contains 1mg of CBD, while with the 1000mg tincture each drop contains 4mg of CBD. Our 500mg tincture comes with a graduated pipette for super easy CBD dosage - 0.2ml contains 3mg of CBD.
Dosing is even simpler with our drinks and gummies. Each teabag contains 15mg of CBD, while a single serving of coffee contains 10mg. And each gummy contains 15 mg of CBD.