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Beginners Guide To CBD

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Are you considering taking CBD as a health supplement, but unsure whether it’s right for you? We’ve put together this beginners guide to help you better understand what CBD is and to help you determine if CBD is right for you.

What Is CBD?

CBD is a supplement which is growing in popularity throughout the UK. It often gets a bad rep due to the fact that it’s derived from the cannabis plant, however it takes various benefits from the plant and removes the parts (THC) which gives you the high. Because the THC is removed (to lower than 0.2% contents), CBD products are completely legal to buy and take in the UK.

Benefits of CBD

CBD has been said to have a wide range of therapeutic properties and people have found improvements with a variety of health and medical problems including:

  • Pain and inflammation 
  • Epilepsy
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • May reduce acne and inflammatory skin conditions 
  • Neuroprotection
  • Insomnia

If you are planning on taking CBD for a specific health problem it may be best to consult with your doctor beforehand.

How to take CBD

CBD is available in various forms. These are aimed at managing various conditions, meeting specific needs of users and also ease of use. We’ve put together this handy table to help you choose the right product for you:

 

Ease of use

Premeasured dosage

Tasty

Fast working

CBD Oil – They are consumed by placing them under the tongue using a dropper. They are recommended for adults who prefer not to use alternatives such as pills.

 

 

CBD Edibles – One of the most common edibles are the CBD gummies that are considered affordable, discrete and easily portable.

 

CBD Capsules – Another form of a CBD edible which many prefer compared to gummies. This can be useful if you don’t want CBD products that look like sweets (i.e. if you have children)

 

 

CBD Vape – We would only suggest CBD E Liquids for those that already vape, this can make it an easy way to get your daily dose with minimum habitual changes.

 

CBD Skin Care – This form of CBD is applied on the skin and used for other  cosmetic purposes. These are recommended for the treatment of joint and muscle pains, but can also be helpful in managing other skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.

 

Possible side effects

Clinical research has shown that CBD oil can trigger side effects. Severity and type can vary from one person to the next depending on your personal build. For pregnant or breastfeeding women, it is generally deemed unsafe as bits could have dangerous contaminants which may mistreat a baby. Read more on the side effects of CBD here.

Dosage: How much should I take?

There are no precise dosage guidelines for most CBD products because every case is unique. It is always recommended that you consult your doctor and that you check the product label for the guidelines. As a beginner, you should start with a lower dose and keep increasing over time. The dosage can also be determined by the health condition, age and build of the body. 

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Our Guide To Taking CBD Via Vaping

Vaping has become one of the most popular ways to consume CBD oil. This is partially due to the fact that when CBD is inhaled directly into the lungs, it is absorbed into the bloodstream far more rapidly than when digested by the stomach. This means you will feel the effects of CBD much faster.

How to vape CBD oil

CBD vaporizers are available for purchase in all different shapes and sizes depending on your needs, portable or handheld.

If you have never used a CBD vape before, it’s best to start off with a vape pen. This is a system designed for use with replaceable or disposable cartridges filled with CBD juice.

Your device should come with instructions on how to use it, but if not, most CBD pens and devices should follow these simple sets:

  • Switch on your vape (if necessary, activate the battery).
  • Draw from the vape’s mouthpiece and pull the vapor into your mouth. (Some devices require you to press a button as you draw)
  • Once the vapor is in your mouth, inhale it
  • Then exhale the vapor
  • Repeat the previous steps as necessary.

Advantages of vaping CBD Oil

Once you have inhaled the CBD oil it is then absorbed into your bloodstream. This helps maintain the balance for several bodily functions, such as appetite, mood, immune response and energy levels.

Here are some of the main benefits of vaping CBD:

  • Fast absorption. As soon as you inhale the CBD vapor it enters the bloodstream immediately passing through your lungs. This process is much faster than taking CB oil orally and being digested through the stomach
  • Clean. Since vaping CBD only produces vapor, there are no harmful chemicals produced that could cause damage to your body.
  • Discreet. Once you have taken a drag, the vapor quickly dissipates, leaving no lingering smells that annoy others around you

What will you feel from CBD vaping?

CBD vaping will not make you feel hazy or cloudy minded. It will not interfere with your daily duties and your ability to work. Instead consumers have said you will feel clear-headed, more focused and not visually or physically impaired at all.

CBD vaping can also reduce the amount of pain you feel. The relief lasts a long time. CBD addresses not only the pain symptoms but also has an impact on its root cause, i.e. inflammation so therefore pain relief can last a long time.

How safe is it to vape CBD oil?

In theory, the practice of vaping should not change the safety of CBD. However, it is important to note that people are prone to feeling some negative side effects with CBD along with the positive ones. This means that it is important to proceed with caution in CBD vape dosage, just to be safe.

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What Are The Side Effects Of CBD

If you’re considering taking CBD as a supplement it’s worth understanding the different potential side effects of doing so. The majority of people will not experience any side effects at all.

Here we’ve looked at some of the various side effects that people believe may be down to taking CBD. If you experience these after taking CBD we would suggest reducing or stopping your dosage or perhaps trying different CBD products.

If you’re unsure about taking CBD or whether you’re experiencing any side effects because of CBD then you should speak with your doctor.

Reduced Blood Pressure

One of the main side effects when taking CBD is reduced blood pressure. This is due to the fact that CBD causes vasorelaxation, meaning that the vascular walls of your circulatory system relax which leads to lower blood pressure.

This can be highly beneficial if you suffer from high blood pressure, however if you have low blood pressure this can be an issue. If you have low blood pressure you should consult with your doctor before taking any CBD products.

Other Side Effects

Some other effects which may occur when taking CBD products include:

  • Dry Mouth – Dry mouth may be a result of CBD’s interaction with the CB receptors in the mouth which may reduce saliva production. Ensuring that you are staying hydrated by drinking lots of water before and after consuming, can help avoid this reaction.
  • Diarrhea – Diarrhoea is considered as another potential side effect of CBD. However this reaction is most likely caused by other ingredients in CBD items. If you experience this side effect we would suggest trying a CBD product which uses a different carrier oil.
  • Fatigue – Higher doses of CBD may occasionally result in fatigue or drowsiness. Consumers have reported that it helped sleeping time increase but some felt tired straight after the dosage of CBD.

These side effects are currently unconfirmed but worth knowing about incase you experience these after taking CBD products.

Will CBD Get Me High?

One side effect which we often get asked about is whether CBD products will get you high. Our CBD products will not get you high. This is due to the fact that none of our products contain THC which is the cannabinoid responsible for causing highs.

This means that you can get all the health benefits of taking CBD as a supplement without the worry of getting high or failing a drugs test.

Ways to avoid having adverse effects

Stick to a Proper Dosage to Avoid Side Effects

Several side effects may be caused by the incorrect dosage of CBD oil that people can take. Depending on the reason why a person is taking CBD they will need a different dosage.

Another factor would be a consumer’s weight, health care professionals calculate a dose per kg of body weight. Therefore, individuals who weigh less should take a lower dosage than those who weigh more.

Choose good quality brands and products

CBD is a safe compound, but there are many CBD items produced by unreliable brands. These products may contain harmful ingredients that can lead to potential problems with health.

To ensure high quality you should look out for third party test certificates for the products you are buying. These will help you to understand the quality and potency of the products.

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Should I swap prescription drugs for CBD?

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The popularity of CBD products has seen a sharp rise in recent years. It is legal to use in the UK, so long as the CBD doesn’t contain the psychoactive-inducing THC. CBD users aren’t in it for the “high”. Instead, it is used by people who want to manage conditions like chronic pain, PTSD and epilepsy. So should people replace their prescription drugs for CBD?

Is CBD safe to use?

CBD is legal to consume in the UK and many countries across the world. Currently, the CBD market is unregulated, but there are several studies to suggest that there could be benefits to CBD oil. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling for whole-plant marijuana, as well as cannabis resin, to be removed from Schedule IV—the most restrictive category of a 1961 drug convention signed by countries from around the world.

CBD for stress and anxiety

Although trials and testing is in its early stages, there are studies to suggest that CBD has multiple health benefits and could in fact help reduce stress, pain and anxiety. And seeing as though CBD is a natural byproduct of cannabis, it could be more beneficial to you than your prescription drugs. Animal studies have suggested that CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. A 2010 study showed that CBD helps to reduce anxiety in people with social anxiety disorder (SAD). This study found that CBD helped reduce anxiety. It also showed that brain scans showed changes in blood flow patterns in regions of the brain connected with stress and anxiety.

CBD for pain

Animal studies have suggested that CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. These effects have not been officially approved in quality studies in humans. However, The National Library of Medicine states that “Endocannabinoidome continues to offer possibilities for prevention and intervention [of inflammation].” CBD cream gets to the source of the pain quicker than droppers, gummies or tablets.

Whether you’re struggling from joint pain, arthritis, or any other condition associated with inflammation, CBD may be worth a shot, especially if your prescription medication isn’t working. But of course, you should only buy from quality reputable suppliers and brands. And you should consult your doctor before taking CBD, especially if you’re already on prescribed medication.

Prescribed CBD in epilepsy

Epidiolex, the drug prescribed for extreme epilepsy, is actually a CBD product, and has official approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Epidiolex has only recently been introduced to UK medicine and is used in extreme cases of epilepsy such as Dravet syndrome, where standard medical drugs aren’t improving the patient’s condition.

Should I try CBD?

If you’re suffering with stress, anxiety or pain and have tried to remedy it with prescription drugs from the doctor but haven’t noticed any positive effects, then CBD could be your next viable option. CBD is a herbal remedy, but with any new substance that you’re putting into your body, you should consult your doctor and get medical advice beforehand.

What type of product should I consider?

CBD is available in many forms. Depending on the patient’s requirements and individual preferences, there are many ways to consume CBD. Let’s have a look at the options available…

CBD Gummies:

CBD Gummies are usually available in tasty sweets. The colourful sweets contain CBD and are handy to have in your bag for an on-the-go hit. They’re discreet too and look and taste great.

CBD oil

CBD oil is probably the most popular product on the CBD market. Once CBD is extracted from cannabis it is mixed with oil. When bottled up, the dropper device makes it easy to place on your tongue.

CBD creams

Cream with CBD contains the beneficial properties of CBD and can be used as part of your daily beauty and maintenance routine.

CBD tea

Yes that’s right, you can even buy tea containing CBD. There are many flavours available from standard English breakfast to calming and soothing camomile. CBD in tea offers you a fast, convenient and delicious way of incorporating CBD into your daily routine to help relax the body and mind and assist in improving sleep quality.

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The benefits of CBD skincare

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Since the legalisation of cannabis in many states in America, the scepticism surrounding the herbal plant has diminished and the research into its benefits has increased. And the same goes for CBD. CBD is available in a range of products and is also found in skincare products.

What is CBD oil?

CBD, or cannabidiol to give it its proper name, is naturally extracted from the cannabis plant. It’s then mixed with coconut oil to create the popular CBD oil that’s available to buy in convenient dropper bottles. CBD oil won’t give you the natural high like cannabis, because it doesn’t contain the psychoactive-inducing THC.

CBD’s popularity has been on the rise for some years now, with medical research picking up pace. But why? You may have heard the potential health benefits or CBD oil or if you suffer with ailments such as anxiety or stress or know somebody who does, you may have heard CBD spoken about as a possible alleviator.

The health benefits of CBD

There is research to suggest that CBD could help ease stress and anxiety. In fact, Epidiolex, the drug prescribed for epilepsy, is a CBD product that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  Also, although tests are in their infancy, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, stated that: “CBD has shown therapeutic efficacy in a range of animal models of anxiety and stress, reducing both behavioral and physiological (e.g., heart rate) measures of stress and anxiety.”

What is CBD skincare?

So where does CBD cream come in? CBD can be mixed with quality creams to create a range of skincare products including face creams, hand creams and more. Known for its soothing, calming and counter-inflammatory capabilities, CBD is thought to offer a myriad of skin benefits: replenishing skin’s moisture levels, regulating oil production and relieving irritation, while delivering a fresh glow.

And you don’t have to stop at the hands and face when it comes to CBD skincare. There are CBD body butters available to help target your whole body. And for the gents, there’s even CBD after balm and beard control to keep you looking trim and feeling great.

CBD massage oil

Combining CBD oil with massages delivers a double dose of wellness. It’s widely reported that massages have incredible stress-relieving qualities and help to keep us supple and agile. When teamed with CBD and it’s potential calming and anti-inflammatory benefits, it’s a real win-win. CBD massage oil will help breathe new life into your tired and aching muscles and joints.

Although there are studies to suggest that CBD is beneficial to your health, you should always seek medical advice from a Doctor before taking or using CBD products, especially if you are already on prescribed medication.

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Are THC-free CBD oils safe to use?

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CBD popularity is consistently on the rise in the UK and across the world. Since the legalisation of marijuana in many states of the USA the intrigue in the power of CBD has sky-rocketed, and so has the research. But is CBD oil safe to use?

What is CBD?

To create shop-ready CBD oil or CBD gummies, CBD is naturally extracted from the cannabis plant and mixed with an oil like coconut. It’s then bottled up or created into sweet gummies, tablets or CBD cream. When you take CBD oil you don’t need to worry about the psychoactive effects or the “high” that you get from cannabis, as CBD doesn’t contain THC.

Is THC-free CBD oil safe?

CBD oil research is still in its infancy, however Epidiolex, the drug prescribed for epilepsy, is a CBD product that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Even though the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved all CBD products, there is some research to potentially suggest that CBD oil is safe and has positive effects on your health.

At this time, the market is still unregulated, but the studies that have been done show that there could be benefits to CBD oil. Plus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling for whole-plant marijuana, as well as cannabis resin, to be removed from Schedule IV—the most restrictive category of a 1961 drug convention signed by countries from around the world.

CBD oil dropper

So although CBD industry is still relatively unregulated, you can rest assured that at Iconic CBD, we only sell the most reputable CBD oil, with no THC, and we only sell CBD from the highest quality suppliers.

Cannabis and THC has a long history of use across human civilisation. People use it for a range of reasons from relaxation and maintaining wellbeing to creative inspiration. However, this is not to say that it doesn’t come without its disadvantages. There are common-known side-effects to THC including:

  • increased heart rate
  • coordination problems
  • dry mouth
  • red eyes
  • slower reaction times
  • memory loss
  • anxiety

CBD oil is THC free, so the side-effects are considered much less dramatic. CBD side effects could include:

  • appetite changes
  • fatigue
  • weight loss
  • dizziness
  • diarrhoea

As stated, CBD is widely an unregulated industry but the evidence in the benefits of CBD use are slowly coming through, with evidence to show that using CBD oil could reduce anxiety, improve sleep and treat other related illnesses. Take a look at our CBD oil shop.

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Can the natural remedies of CBD oil help with my sleep?

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If you’re struggling to sleep, you’ve probably heard people mention CBD oil as a remedy. CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol is the chemical that’s found in cannabis. It’s extracted naturally from the plant and often mixed with an oil like coconut oil.

CBD oil doesn’t contain THC, so you won’t have to worry about experiencing a “high” like that associated with cannabis. Rather, CBD oil has a potential range of health benefits, such as being used to treat patients with severe epilepsy conditions. CBD oil research is still in its infancy, and Epidiolex, the drug prescribed for epilepsy is the only CBD product on the market that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. But even without the Food and Drug Administration’s approval, there is research to potentially suggest that CBD oil can help you sleep.

Why can’t I sleep?

There are many factors that cause insomnia and the inability to sleep and it’s best to identify why you’re struggling to sleep before taking any remedies.

woman struggling to sleep

Here are just some of the reasons that may cause you to have bad sleep:

  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD)
  • Too much caffeine
  • Stress
  • Loud noise

CBD testing for anxiety has started in animals and results show that CBD oil had a positive effect on reducing stress and anxiety. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “CBD has shown therapeutic efficacy in a range of animal models of anxiety and stress, reducing both behavioral and physiological (e.g., heart rate) measures of stress and anxiety.”

As for pain, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCIB) “Several lines of evidence indicate that cannabinoids may contribute to pain relief through an anti-inflammatory action.”

RBD is a parasomnia and occurs when you physically act out vivid dreams as you sleep. According to research conducted in 2014, “four patients treated with CBD had prompt and substantial reduction in the frequency of RBD-related events without side effects.”

So if you’re suffering with stress and anxiety, CBD could help tackle your inability to sleep. As more research is done on CBD oil, we’ll know much more than we do now, but the results so far are potentially positive.

The different types of CBD

There are various ways to take CBD, allowing people to tailor their CBD to their needs. As UK CBD sellers, you’ll find our CBD available as:

Gummies
CBD gummies are quick and easy to take. They’re fairly discrete too. They take a little longer to get into your system however.

Oil
CBD oil is the most popular. CBD is mixed with an oil like coconut and droplets are applied under the tongue with a dropper device. It’s ideal for those who can’t swallow tablets.

Creams
Creams tend to be used to treat pain like muscle or joint pain. The CBD cream can be applied directly to the problem area.

Tablets
CBD tablets are quick and easy to take and can be carried in your bag when you’re on-the-go.

Vaping
CBD Vaping is the quickest method of getting CBD into your body. It’s worth noting the potential negative effects of vaping on lung tissue however.

Tea bags
CBD in tea offers you a fast, convenient and delicious way of relaxing the body and mind to potentially assist in improving your wellbeing

As you can see there’s many reports to suggest that CBD oil can help you sleep, however it’s important that you consult your doctor first, especially if you are already on prescribed medicine. Struggling with anxiety? Take a look to see how CBD oil can help with your anxiety too.

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What is CBD oil and can it help with my anxiety?

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At a time of uncertainty across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, anxiety has seen a steep rise. As a nation, we’ve had to adapt to a new way of life – going into lockdown and coming out of it. Rather than opting for prescribed medication, sufferers are seeking natural remedies for their anxiety, and CBD oil could prove beneficial.

Cannabidiol, or CBD as it’s more commonly known, is the chemical that is found in marijuana. It’s naturally extracted from the plant and mixed with an oil like coconut. It has been argued that CBD oil has many health benefits, so what can it do for anxiety? Rest assured, CBD oil doesn’t contain THC, so you won’t have any of the psychoactive “high” feelings that are associated with cannabis…

Can CBD oil help anxiety?

Anxiety affects many people in the UK and can be debilitating to many sufferers. According to Mind charity, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem in any given week in England.

woman with anxiety

The interest in the therapeutic effects of CBD has been growing rapidly, partly due to response to media attention surrounding the use of CBD oil in young children with seizure disorders including Dravet syndrome. And this has extended to anxiety. Testing is still in the very early stages, however, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,

“CBD has shown therapeutic efficacy in a range of animal models of anxiety and stress, reducing both behavioral and physiological (e.g., heart rate) measures of stress and anxiety.”

CBD oil for other anxieties

CBD may also benefit people suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social anxiety disorder (SAD). And has been argued that CBD can help with sleep.

A psychopharmacology study conducted in 2011, researched CBD’s effects on people with SAD. In the study, 50% of participants were given an oral dose of 400 milligrams of CBD, with the other 50% of participants given a placebo. Here are the results:

“Relative to placebo, CBD was associated with significantly decreased subjective anxiety.”

What CBD dosage should I take for my anxiety?

CBD testing is in the early stages, and therefore it’s recommended you speak to your GP before taking CBD oil, especially if you’re on prescribed medication. But when taking CBD oil, it’s always best to start slow and gradually increase your dosage until you achieve the desired results. As a CBD oil retailer in the UK, we have a huge range of the best CBD oil ready to shop. Read more about CBD here.

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What is CBD oil? A beginner’s guide…

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If you’ve heard of CBD oil, you’re probably wondering what all the fuss is about. Cannabis has been legalised across many states in the USA, and as a result, CBD oil has grown in popularity, especially in the UK. So what is it and what are the benefits?

What is CBD oil?

Cannabidiol, or CBD as it’s more commonly known, is found in the marijuana plant. CBD oil is made by extracting the CBD from a cannabis plant. It’s then diluted with coconut or hemp oil. It’s found in lots of things including gummies, oil, vape, face cream and even lip balm. Rest assured, these items don’t contain the THC from marijuana that causes psychoactive effects and gets you “high”.

Although CBD is non-psychoactive it still has a number of the same therapeutic benefits as THC. This allows you to take advantage of the benefits without feeling “stoned”.

What are the medical benefits of CBD?

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Studies into the benefits of CBD are still in the early stages, however CBD has gained significance in the wellness industry, with some studies suggesting that it may be effective in providing relief from various mental health conditions including:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • PTSD
  • Chronic pain

In 2017, the World Health Organization stated that:

“CBD has been found to have relatively low toxicity”

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and that

“CBD does not produce the effects that are typically seen with cannabinoids such as THC.”

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As well as those statements, tests have shown that CBD could help reduce pain. A study in 2016 determined that

“Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis.”

The full article can be found here

What are the side-effects of CBD oil?

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The side effects are relatively low but that’s not to say they shouldn’t be taken into consideration. Commonly known side effects include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Low blood pressure
  • Light-headedness
  • Drowsiness

What are the different varieties of CBD?

There are various ways to take CBD and it’s available in several different forms, allowing people to tailor their CBD to their needs. You can find CBD in:

Gummies
Available in sweet gummies, CBD gummies are quick and easy to take. They’re affordable and discreet too.

Oil
CBD oil is perfect for those who don’t like to take tablets. Oils with CBD are simply under the tongue with an easy-to-use dropper device.

Creams
Cream can be applied directly to the problem area, so CBD Creams are ideal for the treatment of muscle or joint pain.

Tablets
Many renowned health companies sell CBD tablets. Tablets are quick and easy to take and can be carried in your bag when you’re on-the-go.

Vaping
Vaping is the quickest method of getting CBD into your body. However, it’s worth noting the potential negative effects of vaping on lung tissue.

Does CBD oil taste of anything?

Non-flavoured CBD oil can have an earthy flavour which can be unpalatable to some. However, flavoured CBD oil is readily available.

So how much CBD oil should I take?

When it comes to taking CBD oil, or CBD gummies, it’s always best to start low and experiment safely. If you don’t feel the desired effects, for example, if you’re taking CBD oil for pain or for anxiety and you don’t notice positive results, then it’s best to slowly increase your dosage. But don’t do it straight away; be safe and leave it several days before you increase your dose of CBD. And always seek medical advice before taking CBD.

Take a look at our range of CBD products and find your favourite. Have a question? Visit our FAQ page.