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CBD is a wellness product that has really taken off in recent years, particularly in the United States, but it can be confusing at first to know exactly what it is.
Short for cannabidiol (probably why they shortened it!), CBD is a chemical component found in the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as marijuana.
This naturally occurring substance is derived from the hemp plant, which is marijuana’s plant cousin and therefore doesn’t contain psychoactive THC found in conventional marijuana or ‘weed’ products that causes a ‘high’, with only trace amounts of the ingredient found in CBD.
Most people take CBD by putting droplets of the chemical directly under their tongue, which means it reaches your bloodstream more quickly.
You can also use CBD as either an edible or as a topical forming part of your skincare routine. These lotions, creams and balms can be applied directly to your skin, which can help improve the appearance of skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
The Foods Standards Agency recommends that you take no more than 70mg a day of the chemical unless advised otherwise by your doctor, but this limit varies h from person to person. In our experience, CBD can be consumed safely up to around 200mg, but starting on around 30mg is advised.
While all 50 states in the U.S. have legalised CBD in some form, with the federal government not enforcing restrictions against its possession as they would with marijuana, the UK stance on the chemical is that CBD is entirely legal to use and sell – as long as certain criteria are met.
Generally speaking, CBD oil must not contain more than 0.2% THC to be legally sold in Britain. As long as these guidelines are followed by manufacturers and sellers, CBD is widely viewed as alternative food and health-promoting supplement with a myriad of benefits.
Where can I find CBD?
It’s important to know where to shop for CBD in the UK, as even some high-street retailers aren’t always authorised to sell CBD products. Those vape and CBD shops that seem to pop up in towns and cities across the country? Pretty risky.
Buying from trusted businesses, such as The Good Level, is the only way you can be certain that the oils, sprays and capsules are safe for consumption.
All products sold by The Good Level are made from cold pressed oils and therefore outside of Novel Foods and are classed by the FSA as “Not Novel” due to their traditional status.