Heard of CBD, but a bit confused about what it is? You’re not alone! Discovering cannabidiol (that’s CBD to you and me) is a process in itself, but we’re here to help with any questions you ladies might have.
There are 1.3 million active CBD users in the UK, with 6 million more having used it at least once. That's a lot of people, and the number is only set to grow! Considering how much the industry is growing, it’s only natural that people have a lot of questions about CBD.
As one of the most trusted names stocking CBD products, we get a lot of questions coming at us every day. To lower the volume and keep you as well-informed as possible, we've put together a list of answers to our most frequently asked questions. Without further ado, here are the answers for our three most frequently asked CBD questions (plus a few bonus questions!).
Three common CBD questions
Before we get into the bigger questions, let's take a look at three questions every CBD-curious person has. Don’t worry, we’re not charging extra for these bonuses!
Is CBD legal in the UK? You'll be happy to know that yes, CBD is legal in the UK as long as the hemp extract has a THC content of 0.2%. That’s why all BeYou CBD is batch tested to prove 0% THC.
Does CBD get you high? No, CBD does not get you high. THC causes the high in cannabis, and UK CBD products contain only trace THC.
Is CBD safe to use? Multiple studies, including one by the World Health Organization, confirm that CBD is safe to use. There is not potential for abuse or addiction.
Three less common CBD questions
Now we know CBD is legal and safe, what else is there to address? Well, a lot of our users ask about medical conditions, but sadly that’s the only topic we can’t discuss due to UK regulations. Fortunately, everything else CBD related is on the table! Considering this, we'll guide you through these three frequently asked questions concerning CBD:
Is CBD isolate or broad spectrum CBD the right choice for me?
Is it okay to take CBD alongside my medication?
Can I take my CBD outside of the UK and abroad?
If you have any questions beyond these, feel free to contact BeYou. We'll answer all your questions as soon as we possibly can.
1. CBD Isolate or Broad Spectrum CBD?
There are a lot of variations of CBD, so whenever you buy CBD—whether it’s a CBD oil, CBD spray, or CBD balm—it can feel a bit overwhelming. Even a lot of long-time users aren't quite sure what the difference is between types of cannabidiol like broad spectrum and isolate.
Broad spectrum CBD and CBD isolate are the two most common types of CBD, and are found in countless CBD products, but they're not the only ones. Let's have a look at each type of CBD you can buy today.
Whole Plant CBD
With whole plant CBD oils, you're getting every compound found naturally in the hemp plant. That means over 40 cannabinoids, all the natural terpenes and flavonoids, as well as oils and waxes. As a result whole plant CBD may also contain trace amounts of THC, so it’s not particularly common in the UK.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full spectrum CBD also contains the full range of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. However, it does not have any oils or waxes. This type may also contain small amounts of THC, which makes it unpopular amongst those trying to be safe.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad spectrum CBD products also contain all the natural terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids. This time, however, all the THC is removed. For this reason, it's usually the best choice, and it's what BeYou uses in all our CBD oils and CBD balm.
CBD isolate, on the other hand, contains 99.9% pure CBD. Everything from the cannabinoids to the terpenes and waxes is removed, leaving nothing but CBD.These cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids naturally support CBD, which is why this is a budget option rather than the best choice.
Which type of CBD Should I Use?
Each of the CBD options has a purpose, so there isn't one simple answer to this question. As the best of both worlds, at BeYou we always prioritise broad spectrum CBD. That’s because it’s provenly safe, and still has all the natural goodies found in the hemp plant.
2. Is it okay to take CBD with my medication?
If you're already on a prescribed medication or medications, it's a good idea to look into how CBD will interact with it. At BeYou we always want out users to feel safe and secure, which is why we’re addressing this important question directly.
As mentioned before, CBD is completely safe according to WHO and other organisations. It ranks low on toxicology reports, and you can't abuse it. Although this is the case, it's still reasonable to be concerned about how CBD clashes with other medications.
The easiest, safest, and only answer we can give you is to visit your doctor. Nobody understands how your medication works quite like your doctor. Tell them you're considering CBD, and ask them whether or not it will affect your medication.
The biggest concern with taking CBD alongside other medications concerns inhibiting enzyme P450. If inhibited, your body won't metabolise your medication as fast as it used to. That might mean you have to change your dosage.
You shouldn't be too concerned about this, though. There’s already another product that affects this enzyme similar: grapefruit. If your medication specifically says you should avoid eating grapefruit, then you should avoid taking CBD alongside it as well.
Of course, you should still visit your doctor and ask them, even if you see the grapefruit warning. It’s just a useful shorthand check for whether or not CBD has some potential interactions!
3. Can I take my CBD outside of the UK and abroad?
Finally, one of the biggest and trickiest questions to field: Can you take CBD products like our CBD spray abroad?
Many users take CBD daily. It's a part of their life, and they don't want to stop taking a consistent dosage for weeks at a time. Whether or not you can take your CBD with you on vacation, work trips, etc. is a common question for this reason.
What makes this a tricky question to answer is the differing laws surrounding CBD. The UK laws on CBD, for example, are different than in the US or France. In some rare places, CBD is even illegal!
The best advice we can give you is to contact customs and ask them directly. Find out the laws regarding CBD where you are, and where you're travelling. Also, check the laws of any country or state you have a stopover in—this is an important one!
Liquid Laws on CBD
As many of us are aware, planes have very stringent regulations regarding liquids. CBD products like CBD spray, CBD oil, and vape juices are all considered liquids. That means they have to be under 100ml to get on a plane in the UK. If you can move your CBD to a container under 100ml, you may be able to travel with it depending on the laws. That or put it in your checked luggage!
This rule may also differ if you have a prescription for CBD. Sometimes, prescription medications over 100ml are allowed on flights. It's still best to contact customs to figure this one out.
The Legal Status of CBD & THC
Of course, your number one concern should be with the legality of your CBD product across the map. In the UK, CBD oil must have lower than 0.2% THC levels (based on hemp extract). In the US, THC levels can be up to 0.3%. So, while CBD is legal in both countries, if you bring a 0.3% product across to the UK, you're entering murky legal territory.
Considering this, it's always a good idea to buy broad spectrum CBD products with a guaranteed level of 0% THC before travelling. THC is still most heavily related to cannabis, which has totally different rules regarding travel. The last thing you want is to be caught with what's considered a THC product rather than a CBD product.
Before travelling, print out a document that outlines what's in your CBD oil. It may seem excessive, but it'll save you a lot of trouble and explaining. To make this easy, use our batch checker and print the results of your specific purchase.
Travelling with CBD products is always a risk, especially internationally. Always contact customs and bring the correct documentation before heading to the airport.
Travelling Domestic With CBD
All things considered, travelling domestic should be no problem then. I mean, the laws can't change if you're in the same country. Right?
Any CBD product with under 0.2% THC content and following the liquid rules should be good to go on a domestic flight. However, you should still make sure customs and airport employees are aware of what you have. Print out the batch test and come prepared with all the documents you could ever need.
You need to be able to prove that your CBD product is completely legal before travelling.
The more contact you have before travelling with CBD, the better off you'll be. It should be fine, but we like covering all options at BeYou!
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