Frequently Asked Questions About CBD

Handpicked CBD FAQ

The CBD market in the UK (and globally) has gone from strength-to-strength in recent years.

In fact, a study from the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) estimated 1.3 million active CBD users in the UK, making it larger than the UK Vitamin C and Vitamin D markets combined.

Given it's growth and sudden mass interest, the team here at Handpicked CBD get lots (and lots) of questions about CBD.

As part of our efforts to educate and make the world of CBD more transparent, we decided to put together this FAQ list to help you on your CBD journey. If you've any questions you want to ask or think should be added, please contact us.

Due to current UK legislation on CBD, we can't comment on anything relating to CBD as a medication, but we can discuss everything else relating to CBD and its use.

What exactly is CBD?

Cannabidiol, aka "CBD", is a naturally occurring compound - known as a phytocannabinoid - found in the cannabis plant. It is just one of 100+ cannabinoids unique to cannabis. Check out our complete guide to CBD here.

How does CBD work?

Our bodies also produce cannabinoids (called endocannabinoids) that interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Whilst it's still at the preliminary research stage, it's thought the ECS is responsible for controlling balance in our bodies (known as homeostasis), suggesting it may be involved in regulating physiological and cognitive processes, appetite, mood, pain-sensation, sleep and memory.

When ingested, CBD is able to interact with and effect our endocannabinoid system. It's this ability to interact with the ECS that has people across the world very excited about CBD's potential uses and benefits.

Will CBD get me "high"?

CBD will NOT get you high.

It is THC, another cannabinoid found in cannabis, that is responsible for making you "high". It is illegal for any CBD product to contain more than 1mg of THC, and all of the CBD products listed on Handpicked CBD come with 3rd party lab reports to ensure that legal limit of THC is never breached.

Furthermore. most CBD on the market is sourced from industrial hemp, which by definition contains no more than 0.3% THC.

Is CBD legal in the UK?

Yes, so long as the THC content in each product is less than 1mg.

Is CBD safe?

Yes. According to continuous studies, including this one by the World Health Organization, CBD is both safe and non-addictive.

What's the difference between Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate?

CBD is just one of 100+ cannabinoids found in cannabis. When CBD is being extracted from cannabis, all of the other cannabinoids including THC are extracted too (plus many other compounds including terpenes and flavinoids).

Full spectrum CBD products are those that retain all of these other compounds within the product. It's believed that these compounds all work together to create an 'entourage effect', making full spectrum the preferred form of CBD products for many.

Broad spectrum CBD products contain all of the extracted compounds except THC. Broad Spectrum products go a step further in the extraction process by removing all trace of THC. This is the choice form of CBD product for people that do not want and/or cannot risk any trace of CBD in their system.

CBD Isolate does pretty much what it says on the tin. It is CBD that has been isolated. All other compounds have been removed to leave just CBD on its own.

What's the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Cannabis is the main category (aka genus) of the plant, it has three primary species Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis.

Hemp and Marijuana are neither species, strains or legitimate nomenclature of the cannabis plant, instead they are just broad classifications that have become engrained and adopted in society.

Simply put:

  • If a variety of cannabis contains 0.3% or less THC content (by dry weight) then the term “Hemp” can be used.
  • On the other hand, if the THC content is greater than 0.3% (by dry weight) then “Marijuana” can be used.

The large majority of CBD products on the market are made from Hemp.