What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant. It’s one of a group of compounds called cannabinoids. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, although the best known and most studied are CBD and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol - the chemical with psychoactive properties).
What are the benefits of CBD?
CBD has been extensively studied, and results show that it may be beneficial for many common health concerns. These include anxiety, pain, and poor sleep, as well as many other chronic ailments, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, at varying doses. Although more high quality human research is required, the available evidence suggests that it’s a safe and natural alternative to many of the common wellness issues we face.
Is CBD legal?
CBD is legal in the UK provided its THC content is less than 1mg per container. As of March 31st 2021, CBD oils also require a novel foods certification to be orally consumed. This means most CBD oils in the UK will be made using isolate or broad spectrum distillate.
However, because our RAW whole plant hemp oil is extracted via traditional cold pressed extraction methods, it is novel foods exempt. That means we can still offer the high quality, full-spectrum extracts you’ve come to know and love from Hippie Turtle Herbal Co®.
We’ve also introduced our Zero range - THC-free, broad spectrum oils we’ve infused with additional powerful terpenes associated with pain relief, reduced stress/anxiety, and better sleep, offering more intentional, targeted support.
Do you ship outside of the UK?
In most EU countries, CBD and hemp oil are legal provided the THC level is below 0.2%. But there are a few exceptions. If you’re ordering from Europe and aren’t sure about the laws in your country, drop us a message and we’d be happy to help. But broadly, we can ship to most places in Europe.
We’re also happy to ship elsewhere, provided CBD is legal in your country. However, our payment systems cannot process CBD sales outside of Europe. If you’re interested in placing an order outside of this region, please drop us a message and we can provide shipping quotes and an invoice.
Will CBD get me “high”?
CBD isn’t psychoactive, unlike its friend THC, which is primarily responsible for the “high” associated with cannabis. CBD oil is extracted from plants with extremely low THC (less than 0.2%) and high levels of CBD. As a result, the extracted oils won’t get you “high”.
How do I use CBD?
CBD comes in several forms, including oils, topicals, vape, edibles, and even drinks. We believe the most efficient forms of CBD are oils and topicals.
When it comes to consuming CBD oil orally, we recommend taking it sublingually (under the tongue), as this provides the most efficient absorption into the bloodstream. Our advice is to take three to five drops under the tongue and hold for 30-60 seconds to maximise absorption before swallowing. This can be repeated up to three times a day. When consumed orally, the CBD has an effect on the whole body and mind.
Topical CBD, such as the Hippie Turtle Herbal Co® CBD Muscle Rubs, can be applied directly to areas of pain or discomfort. We recommend massaging the balm into muscles and joints where required, allowing the CBD to work its anti-inflammatory magic. Topical CBD will not pass into the bloodstream like oral CBD, so any benefits will only impact the selected areas.
What’s the difference between hemp seed oil and whole plant hemp/CBD oil?
While they come from the same source, they are not the same product. Hemp seed oil is made by cold pressing hemp seeds. The oil produced is then processed and refined before it’s bottled. Hemp seed oil contains only trace amounts of CBD - not enough to experience any therapeutic value from the CBD itself. That being said, hemp seed oil does have its own benefits, such as providing us with Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E.
CBD oil is extracted from the raw plant matter of the whole hemp plant, creating a concentrated, thick extract. This is then mixed with a carrier oil for usability and dosage. Whole plant hemp oil contains much higher amounts of CBD, other cannabinoids, and plant phytonutrients, giving it much greater therapeutic effects.
What is the difference between your “RAW” and “ZERO” ranges?
Our “RAW” CBD oil range is cold pressed, whole plant hemp. With this, you get the full spectrum of the plant’s phytonutrients, including high numbers of naturally occurring monoterpenes. This range tends to be more suited to those wanting to take a more natural approach to their healing and wellbeing. For example, those following a raw diet.
Our “ZERO” CBD oil range is CO2 extracted broad-spectrum and much more refined. Products in this range offer more targeted, specific relief thanks to the infusion of terpenes for additional benefits. However, as they are THC-free, these oils do lack some of the wider nutrient profiles found in the “RAW” oils.
What should I look out for when buying CBD?
When it comes to CBD, quality really varies and matters significantly to your satisfaction and experience.
Full-spectrum CBD extracts have been shown to be more effective than pure CBD isolate by itself. This is known as the entourage effect. By keeping the plant’s other nutrients intact - such as trace cannabinoids, terpenes, and cannaflavins - they’re able to work in synergy with the CBD to create a more powerful, well-rounded effect.
While it’s better to avoid cheaper isolate and distillate CBD-based oils, the introduction of the novel foods certification has encouraged these less effective, highly processed oils to become more of a norm in the UK market.
There are several options when it comes to CBD extraction methods. Each has their own benefits and drawbacks, depending on what you want from the final product. Many methods leave dangerous solvents behind or expose the plant to extreme heat, ultimately degrading the oil by destroying phytonutrient content.
For our “RAW” oils we choose to use traditional cold pressing of the whole hemp plant. Other extraction methods may result in greater quantities of oil being produced, but cold pressing techniques produce higher quality products overall. Cold pressed, whole plant hemp oils possess more monoterpenes and delicate phytonutrients.
Once the oil has been extracted from the plant, it can then be left in its raw state or undergo further processing before being mixed into a carrier oil for ease of use and accurate dosing.
All of these factors will determine the quality and strength of the end product, so it’s always good practice to look for an independent, third-party certificate of analysis (COA) to check the oil you’re buying contains what’s on the label.
At Hippie Turtle Herbal Co®, we ensure all our oils are of the highest quality. Whether it be our cold pressed “RAW” oils or our terpene infused CO2 extracted broad spectrum “ZERO” range, you can be sure of quality and consistent products. Our COAs can be found listed alongside each oil on our website.
Which CBD strength should I buy?
Our “RAW” oils are available in 5%, 10%, and 20%, while our “ZERO” oils are available in 5% and 10%.
The ideal strength for you will really depend on your individual needs and how your body responds to CBD. But as a general rule of thumb, 5% is usually a good starting point. This will likely meet your needs if you’re looking for general wellbeing effects, such as improved mood and reduction in aches and pains.
10% oils can provide added benefits for those who find 5% beneficial, but perhaps want to increase dosage for even greater effects and benefits. This can prove useful for those looking for relief from slightly more severe anxiety or pain, for example.
We recommend 20% for those who are more “unwell” on a daily basis. For example, those looking to CBD for relief from conditions like fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis. That being said, many of our customers have reported great success from our lower strength oils for pain or anxiety/depression, yet have found that 20% offers even greater relief.
If you would like more tailored advice on the right products for you, please feel free to drop us a message on Facebook, Instagram, or through our “contact us” form. We’ll do our best to provide friendly, helpful advice as soon as possible.
Are your products vegan?
All Hippie Turtle Herbal Co® hemp and CBD products are vegan, 100% natural, and palm oil free. Our CBD Bath Bombs, Face Masks, and Muscle Rubs are all handmade in the UK using high-quality and organic natural ingredients.
Will CBD show on a drug test?
Drug tests don’t look for CBD, however, they may look for THC (the psychoactive component of cannabis). Full-spectrum CBD products can legally contain up to 0.2% THC, so it’s theoretically possible for it to show on a test. That being said, the THC content is so tiny that it’s highly unlikely to trigger a false positive. The only way to guarantee this though would be to use THC-free broad spectrum CBD oils like our “ZERO” range.
Is it okay to take CBD alongside other medications?
CBD can reduce or increase the effects of certain prescribed medications by inhibiting the activity of cytochrome P450. Cytochrome P450 is a group of liver enzymes that break down drugs and toxins. CBD can temporarily deactivate this activity, therefore altering how other compounds are metabolised by your body.
In most cases, taking CBD at least 4 hours apart from other medications will be a safe way to combat this issue. However, we always recommend consulting with your doctor before introducing CBD alongside other medications (particularly Warfarin).
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