Beginner's Guide to CBD Supplements

If you are completely new to cannabidiol (CBD) supplements and would like to learn a little more before making your first purchase, then this guide is for you.

It will cover the basics of CBD including what it is, how it is made, what the potential benefits are and how much you should take.

CBD is Taking The Health and Wellness Sector by Storm

Sales of cannabidiol have overtaken that of some traditional multivitamins, making CBD one of the most popular health supplements in the United Kingdom.

Keep reading to find out why over 3 million people chose to supplement with CBD to improve their wellbeing in 2020.

What Are The Benefits of CBD Supplementation?

CBD supplementation is showing promise across a wide range of areas which include, but are not limited to:

  • General Wellbeing
  • Stress Reduction
  • Improved Sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Pain Management
  • Inflammation Management
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Arthritis
  • To learn more about the benefits of CBD and how it's helping millions worldwide achieve wellness, head over to the Cannubu CBD blog.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, often abbreviated to ‘CBD’ is a naturally occurring compound found within the cannabis plant.

It belongs to a family of compounds known as the phytocannabinoids, of which hundreds have been identified to date. You are probably most familiar with the controlled phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol, which is often abbreviated to ‘THC’.

How is CBD Different to Cannabis?

Asking how CBD is different to cannabis is a bit like asking how your leg is different to your body. CBD comes from cannabis and is one of numerous compounds that make up cannabis in its totality.

Do not let that worry you though, as when consumed the non-intoxicating effects of CBD are very different to the intoxicating effects of cannabis.

How is CBD Made?

CBD is manufactured by the cannabis plant itself; we simply extract it.

In order to extract CBD from cannabis you first harvest mature plants and dry them. Following drying the CBD is extracted from the dried plant material using solvents.

A range of solvents can be used for extraction, with the most common being alcohol and CO2. Here at Cannubu we use CO2 extraction as it creates consistent, clean and stable products every time.

Following extraction the crude CBD is processed further to remove plant materials such as waxes, fibres and various other impurities. The final purified extract is then used as the main ingredient in our CBD products. 

Is CBD Legal and Safe?

You may be thinking, how can you grow cannabis and extract CBD from it when cannabis itself is illegal? The answer is Cannabis Sativa L. - often referred to as industrial hemp.

Industrial hemp is a legal, low-THC variety of cannabis that has been farmed for thousands of years in Europe. It has traditionally been used to create a wide range of products from food through to clothing, with CBD supplements being the latest innovative use for the plant.

  • Is CBD a Drug?
  • Is CBD Legal?
  • Is CBD Safe?
  • Does CBD Get You High?

CBD is not a drug and is not listed as a narcotic under the United Kingdom’s Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

It is not a drug in Europe either, despite some attempts to classify it as such. This was ruled upon in 2020 by the European Court of Justice in a landmark case known as the ‘Kanavape Case’.

CBD supplements are 100% in the United Kingdom

In order for CBD products created using Cannabis Sativa L. (industrial hemp) to be considered legal, the illegal cannabinoids must stay below the level laid out in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Providing that CBD products meet these criteria; they are completely legal in the United Kingdom. Similar laws and regulations apply across Europe, albeit governed by EU and country specific laws.

In a recent report the World Health Organization stated “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.

'Any reported adverse effects may be as a result of drug-drug interactions between CBD and patients’ existing medications'.

Although such statements from the WHO and results from scientific studies show CBD is indeed safe, further toxicology studies are currently being conducted worldwide to obtain a more concrete understanding of cannabidiol's safety profile. This is completely normal for new products entering the market and you should not be alarmed. In the meantime, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency has recommended people do not exceed more than 70mg of CBD per day.

Pregnant/breastfeeding women and people under the age of 18 should avoid CBD supplementation.

  • CBD will not get you high whatsoever. 

  • It is normal to have concerns though, seeing as CBD comes from cannabis. In a recent report the World Health Organization stated, ‘there is no substantive evidence to suggest that CBD is likely to cause THC like psychoactive effects.’ 

How Do CBD Supplements Work?

CBD interacts with the human endocannabinoid system.

First discovered in the 1990’s, the endocannabinoid system is a complex cell signalling system found within the central and peripheral nervous system. 

Although further research is needed to truly understand the endocannabinoid system and the potential it possesses for human health, it has been shown to play an important role across a range of physiological functions which include, but are not limited to:

        • Immune function
        • Appetite
        • Stress response
        • Pain sensation
        • Mood and memory
        • Inflammatory processes
        • Sleep
        • To learn more about how CBD is helping millions of people worldwide, head over to the Cannubu CBD blog.

What Types of CBD Supplements are There?

Despite what popular internet sites and social media may have you believe, there are very few types of effective CBD supplements, they are:

  • Oral supplements
  • Edible products such as snacks and drinks
  • Suppositories
  • Inhalable products (vapes, smoking hemp flower etc.)
  • For the foreseeable future Cannubu will not be offering inhalable products.

How Should You Use CBD Supplements?

Oral CBD supplements are extremely easy to use. If you choose to use a CBD oil, you simply place the oil under your tongue, hold for 1 minute, then swallow. CBD capsules are even easier to use, you simply swallow them just like you would with any other capsules or tablets.

Taking your CBD supplements with a high fat meal or snack will improve absorption.

What Do The Percentages (%) on CBD Oils Mean?

  1. The percentages displayed on CBD oils are an indicator of their strength. It is in relation to the concentration of CBD vs the total volume of oil in the bottle. Therefore, in a 10ml bottle:
  • 5% = 500mg total CBD in the bottle.
  • 10% = 1000mg total CBD in the bottle.
  • 15% = 1500mg total CBD in the bottle.

When shopping for CBD supplements it is important to note how much total CBD is in the bottle, as well as how much CBD you get per drop.

Although percentage values have become commonplace in the CBD industry, they are often misleading due to variations in bottle sizes and methods of dispensing.

Cannubu's supplements deliver the following per drop or capsule:

How Much CBD Should You Take?

CBD affects individuals differently depending on a number of factors including age, previous exposure to cannabinoids and bodyweight. Until you find the perfect dose for yourself, we highly recommend using our guide. It has been put together from case study data and is based on bodyweight:

  • Bodyweight Under 60kg: Take 2 - 4 drops of our 500mg (5%) CBD oil twice per day depending on your need (2.5mg per drop)

    Bodyweight 60kg+: Take 2 - 4 drops of our 1000mg (10%) CBD oil twice per day depending on your need (5mg per drop)

    Bodyweight 85kg+: Take 2 – 4  drops of our 1500mg (15%) CBD oil twice per day depending on your need. (7.5mg per drop)

  • You can also use Cannubu's CBD capsules which contain 33mg of CBD per capsule.
  • We encourage you to experiment with dosages to find what dose suits your individual needs the best.

When Should You Take CBD?

There are 2 ways to time your CBD supplementation for best results: 

  • Take your CBD at any point during the day as part of your daily supplementation regime
  • Taking CBD routinely as part of your daily supplementation regime is simple – you take it at any point during the day just like you would with other supplements such as multivitamins. It does not really matter when you take it, as you are taking it for general wellbeing rather than for its acute effects.
  • Take your CBD around an event such as a workout, a stressful situation or before going to bed

If you are using CBD for a specific reason such as sleep, stress, anxiety or muscle pain then we suggest you take your CBD at a specific time. For example, if you are taking CBD for anxiety and you know that a work meeting or the morning commute is a trigger for you, then take your CBD 15 minutes before that anxiety inducing event begins. The same can be applied for people who take CBD for sleep or stress management.

In a similar manner to the dosage recommendations, you are welcome to experiment and find a timing that works best for your individual needs.

Do You Want to Try CBD?

CBD is helping millions of people worldwide who are looking for an alternative, natural and balanced approach to wellness.

Whether you are looking to manage anxiety, cope with stress a little better or get to sleep easier, CBD is a powerful tool that belongs in everyone's supplementation regime.

Order a sample of Cannubu's best selling CBD oil today for FREE.