What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in the cannabis sativa plant, this is 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 studies are CBD and THC (the chemical found in cannabis that has psychoactive properties).
What are the benefits of CBD?
CBD has been extensively studied, the results of which show that it may be beneficial for many common health concerns. Such as anxiety, pain, poor sleep, as well as many other chronic diseases and symptoms e.g. arthritis and fibromyalgia at varying doses. Although more high quality human research is required to substantiate this, the available evidence suggests that it’s a safe natural alternative to many common wellness issues.

Is it legal?
CBD is legal in the U.K. provided THC content is less than 1mg per container. As of March 31st 2021 CBD oils require a novel foods certification for orally consumed CBD. 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. Meaning we are still able to offer the high quality full spectrum extracts you’ve come to love from Hippie Turtle Herbal Co®.
In most EU countries CBD & hemp oil is legal provided THC is below 0.2% however, there are a few exceptions. If you are ordering from Europe and aren’t sure on the law in your country drop us a message, we can ship to most places in Europe.
Our payment systems cannot process CBD sales outside of Europe. We are happy to ship elsewhere provided CBD is legal in your country. If you’re interested in placing an order outside Europe please drop us a message and we can provide shipping quotes and provide an invoice.

Will CBD get me “high”?
CBD is non psychoactive unlike it’s friend THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is primarily responsible for the “high” associated with cannabis use. CBD oil is extracted from plants with extremely low THC (less than 0.2%) and high levels of CBD, as a result the extracted oil will not produce a “high”.

How do I use CBD?
CBD comes in several forms including oils, topical, vape, edibles and even drinks. We believe the best and most efficient forms of CBD are using oil sublingually and topical CBD.
When it comes to consuming oil orally we recommend taking sublingually (under the tongue), as this provides the most efficient absorption into the bloodstream. We recommend taking 3-5 drops under the tongue and holding for 30-60 seconds to maximise absorption before swallowing. This can be repeated up to 3 times a day.
Topical CBD such as 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. This means the CBD can work it’s anti inflammatory magic in the area most required. Topical CBD will not pass into the bloodstream like oral CBD, so will only effect the selected area. When consumed CBD produces effects on the whole body and mind.

Difference between Hemp seed oil and whole plant hemp/CBD oil?
Whilst they come from the same source they are not the same product. Hemp seed oil is made by cold pressing hemp seeds and the oil produced is processed and refined before it is bottled. Hemp seed oil contains only trace amounts of CBD, not enough for any therapeutic value from CBD itself. Although hemp seed oil does have it’s own benefits such as omega fatty acids and Vitamin E.
CBD oil is extracted from the raw plant matter of the whole hemp plant and is a concentrated thick extract before being mixed with a carrier oil for usability and dosage. Whole plant hemp oil contains much higher amounts of CBD and other cannabinoids and plant phytonutrients providing much greater therapeutic effects.

What to look for when buying CBD?
When it comes to CBD quality really matters and varies wildly. Full spectrum CBD extracts have been shown to be more effective than pure CBD isolate by itself. This known as the entourage effect, by keeping other plant nutrients intact such as other trace cannabinoids, terpenes and cannaflavins they work in synergy with the CBD to create a more powerful effect. Whilst it is better to avoid cheaper isolate and distillate CBD based oils the introduction of novel foods certification has meant these less effective, highly processed oils are the norm in the UK market.

There are several options when it comes to extraction methods, each have their own set of benefits and drawbacks depending on what is desired out of the final product. Many of which leave dangerous solvents behind or expose the plant to extreme heat ultimately degrading the oil by destroying phytonutrient content. We choose to use traditional cold pressing of the whole hemp plant. Other extraction methods involving higher temperatures may result in greater quantities of oil but cold pressing techniques produce higher quality overall. Cold pressed whole plant hemp oil possess more monoterpenes and delicate phytonutrients that have been shown to be lost during extraction using supercritical CO2, a commonly used extraction method.

Once the oil has been extracted from the plant it can then be left in its raw state or go through further processing before being mixed into a carrier oil for ease of use and accurate dosing. All these factors can 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 oils contain what is on the label.
At Hippie Turtle Herbal Co® we keep all our CBD oils raw ensuring the highest level of phytonutrients, so you get the most from using our whole plant hemp oil. Our COA’s are also listed on our website alongside each oil.

Which strength should I buy?
Our oils are all Raw full spectrum cold pressed hemp extracts available in 5%, 10% and 20%.
Required strength really does depend on the needs of the individual and how their bodies respond to CBD, so this can be a tricky question to answer but as a rule of thumb;
5% is usually a good starting point and meets the needs for most people looking for general well being effects such as improved mood and reduction in aches and pains.
10% oil can provide added benefits for those who have found 5% beneficial but perhaps want to increase dosage for desired effects. This can be useful for those seeking relief from more slightly more severe anxiety or pain etc.
20% in general we recommend more so for those who are perhaps more “unwell” on a daily basis looking to try CBD for conditions like fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis etc. Although many of our customers who reported great success with lower strength oils for pain or anxiety/depression have found that 20% offers even greater relief.
If you would like more tailored advice on the right products for you please don’t hesitate to drop us a message on Facebook, Instagram or 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 U.K. using high quality and organic natural ingredients.
Will it show on a drugs test?
Drugs 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 is theoretically possible. That being said the THC content is so tiny it is highly unlikely to trigger a false positive. The only way to guarantee this would be to use THC free broad spectrum CBD oils, although this diminishes the benefits of the entourage effect.

Is it okay to take with medication?
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 inhibits the activity of this enzyme which can temporarily deactivate its activity, this can alter how other compounds are metabolised.
In many cases taking CBD at least 4 hours apart from medication is usually a safe way to combat potential interactions. However, we always recommend consulting with your Doctor before supplementing CBD if you are taking other medications (particularly warfarin).
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