Our three most frequently asked CBD questions

CBD has gone from strength-to-strength in the past two years, and it’s fast becoming present everywhere. A recent study found that there are 1.3 million active users in the UK, with a further 6 million saying they’d tried it at least once in the past year. Since it’s such a rapidly expanding market, inevitably there are lots of questions surrounding the sector.

As one of the UK’s CBD market leaders, we’ve had hundreds of users asking us a huge number of different questions. That’s why we’ve decided to compile some of our most frequently asked questions into one easy-to-digest piece. If you’ve got any of your own queries, why not reach out to us at our contact page.

There are three questions we get asked more often than any other, but the answers are so short that it’d feel like cheating. Since we’re feeling generous, we’ll include those at the top as a bonus.

  1. Is CBD legal in the UK?
    Yes, so long as the THC content in each CBD product is below 0.2%.
  2. Will CBD get me high?
    CBD won’t get you high, and it has no psychotropic qualities.
  3. Is CBD safe?
    According to all current studies, including this one by the World Health Organization, yes. It currently exhibits no abuse potential.

Due to the regulation surrounding selling CBD in the UK we can’t comment on anything relating to CBD as a medication, but we can discuss everything else relating to CBD and its use. Over the course of this blog we’ll take you through three common questions:

  1. Should I take CBD isolate or full spectrum CBD?
  2. Can I use CBD with my medication?
  3. Can I take CBD abroad?

Once again, if you have questions not covered here, reach out to us on our contact page, or give us a message on our web chat where we’re available 9am-6pm Monday-Friday. Just click the icon in the bottom left corner of each page and we’ll answer any queries you have.

1. Should I take CBD isolate or full spectrum CBD?

You may have noticed when looking at buying CBD that there are lots of different terms and adjectives used to describe each product on the shelf. Decoding what each of those pieces of terminology means will help you progress from a CBD novice to a CBD expert.

Whilst ‘isolate’ and ‘full spectrum’ are probably the most prevalent categories you’ll see, there are a few others we’ll include to ensure you’ve got a good understanding of the full range of options. Let’s walk through them, and point out the benefits each category offers.

Whole plant products, such as our Whole Plant E-liquid, utilise the entire spectrum of hemp compounds, making them rich in over 40 different cannabinoids, as well as essential terpenes, flavonoids, waxes and oils. If you’re looking for a premium CBD experience, whole plant is the way to go.

Full Spectrum CBD

Like whole plant, full spectrum products contain the full range of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, but without the waxes, oils and additional fibrous substances. 

Broad Spectrum CBD

Products that are broad spectrum retain the additional cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids in full spectrum, whilst removing all traces of THC, making it the safest choice for CBD users. 

CBD Isolate

A CBD isolate, as the name suggests, is 99.9% pure CBD. During the extraction process everything else in the plant matter is removed, including additional cannabinoids, terpenes, waxes and oils. 

So, which is best?

As is often the case, each option has its own merits. If you’re a real CBD enthusiast then the whole plant or full spectrum options are your best bet. However, if you’d rather remove all trace of THC then you’re better off with broad spectrum or CBD isolate. Checking all your options and the differing amounts of CBD is the safest course of action.

2. Can I use CBD with my medication?

One question we get asked frequently is about how CBD interacts with different medications they might be taking.

First things first, CBD is safe, as outlined here by the World Health Organization. It has very low toxicology reports, and there is no evidence of it having any abuse potential. Still, when we introduce multiple chemicals to the body it’s worth considering how they might work with or against each other.

Even though CBD can’t be discussed in relation to medicinal properties due to its current legal status, it still interacts with the human body in ways which need to be considered. The easiest answer? Go and speak to your doctor. Even if they don’t prescribe you CBD, they’ll still be able to help you understand whether it’s safe to take with your current medication.

The most significant manner in which CBD needs to be considered in relation to other medication is its inhibition of the enzyme P450. Essentially this means that any drugs you’re taking won’t be metabolised as fast as before, so you’ll need to be a little more careful with your dosages.

If that sounds concerning, bear in mind it’s the exact same effect that grapefruit has on your enzymes. That’s why certain medication will advise you to not eat grapefruit whilst taking it. In fact, you can use that as a good baseline to know whether it’s advisable to take CBD with it. As always though, we’d recommend speaking to a healthcare professional first.

Our final question is another tricky one that comes up a lot: can you take CBD abroad? Most CBD users take their oil or balm on a daily basis, so the prospect of not having it for a week or two when they’re headed on holiday or a business trip is understandably frustrating.

Since the law surrounding CBD differs so much between countries, our key piece of advice would be to check what customs has to say about your travel destination here. On the Visa HQ website you can find a comprehensive breakdown of custom laws by region. Don't forget that if you have any stopovers, you’ll need to check the laws for that country as well.

Liquid laws

The easiest legal consideration to draw attention to with CBD are the limits surrounding liquids on flights. Most versions of commercially available CBD (whether they’re e-liquids, oils or creams) would be subject to the 100ml liquid rule.

What this means is that any liquid container in your carry-on must be under 100ml in size. There is some confusion around this since medicines aren’t usually limited by this when accompanied by a prescription, but if you’re buying your CBD online or over-the-counter, then you will still have to abide by the 100ml rule

The legality of THC

The main issue you’ll face when flying with CBD oils is the presence of THC. For example, in the UK CBD oils are legal so long as the THC levels in the hemp extract are at 0.2% or lower, whilst in the U.S. they can reach 0.3%. This leads to a scenario where CBD oil can be legal in two countries but with different limitations.

Our main advice would be to buy a broad spectrum (like our oil tinctures) or isolate (like our skincare products) product which guarantees a lack of THC. Since THC is the primary psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis, that’s what most countries will be looking to prohibit.

Your best solution is to always carry clear documentation outlining what’s in your CBD oil. That’s why we go the extra mile and provide batch results specific to the product you’re holding in your hand. Just head to our batch test page, input the code on your box, and print off the test result for peace of mind.

As we said earlier, flying internationally covers so many potential laws that it’s difficult to make a definitive statement. Even if the country you’re flying to has legalised CBD oil, customs officers might not be informed about the distinction between legal and illegal CBD oils. As ever, documentation is important.

Domestic flights in the UK

Whilst flying internationally can be tricky, you’d think domestic flights in the UK would be much easier. It’s legal here after all so what problem could there be? Again, it comes down to a matter of communication and misinformation. Your best tactic? Being informed.

Whilst any oil derived from hemp with an under 0.2% THC content should be legal on flights, some employees won’t be aware of this. As mentioned above, you can use our batch test page to get the information you need to prove that the oil you’re carrying is 100% legal in this country.

Read up, be prepared, and even get in touch with your flight provider and customs (if you’re going abroad) ahead of time. That way you can be sure that you’re ahead of the curve.

Learning more together

If there’s one thing these three questions have revealed, it’s that the world of CBD is always expanding. Laws across the globe are changing all the time as our understanding grows, which is why it’s key we strive to learn more together.

At CBD Giant we’re proud to call ourselves the centre of CBD knowledge in the UK. If you have any further questions, why not give us a message through our web chat, or reach out to us on our contact page. We’re here to help at every step of your CBD journey.