Your ultimate guide to the benefits of CBD
We here at MyLeafex are very confident that you will find this guide useful, however, if after reading this article you have any further questions, then please do not hesitate to contact us at any time and we will be happy to help. We regularly attend training courses and seminars to make sure our customers and clients are kept up to date with all factual information relating to CBD. Goes without saying, that all of our products are fully compliant and tested to European Union (EU), British Standards (BS) and Regulations.
We are dedicated to educating our people, customers & the world on how beneficial hemp CBD is, by maximising the properties of these minor cannabinoids in our products. We believe that education has to, and will, remain a key part of our mission. We work alongside our partners and colleagues to remove the stigma sometimes associated with CBD and its associated production and products. You can find more details about legislations of CBD in this report and regular updates from the World Health Organisation.
We will share our research about CBD in this guide, however, importantly we also clarify that our team here at MyLeafex are not medical experts, so certainly not claiming that our products will treat, diagnose, or cure any conditions. Many of our customers use our products daily in an effort to help promote their health and well-being, as well as recovery from physical exercise and activity induced soreness.
Table of Content:
- What is CBD?
- How to Take CBD/What is the CBD Dosage?
- How is the strength of CBD determined?
- Can CBD oil help with anxiety?
- Does CBD help with pain and inflammation?
- Does CBD help with seizure disorders?
- Does CBD help with acne?
- Is CBD legal?
- How do I buy CBD? 5 tips when buying CBD?
- What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
- Will CBD make me high?
- Can CBD be used for pets?
- How should CBD be stored?
What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol, is a type of cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. Full-spectrum CBD hemp oil is derived from cannabis plants that produce over 400 different compounds. Some are unique to the plant while others are common in other species of plants as well. There are over a hundred types of cannabinoids, found to evolve from cannabis. Sixty of them, however, are unique to cannabis plants. These sixty compounds are classified as cannabinoids; cannabidiol (CBD) is one of them. It happens to be the second-most prevalent cannabinoid occurring in cannabis and is completely separate from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
The most common practical uses of cannabis are hemp and marijuana. Hemp is an umbrella term for cannabis applications including biofuel, CBD, paper and rope. Marijuana is often recognised as being used for recreational use / providing that ‘high’ sensation. Both CBD (our products) and THC compounds interact with your body in very different ways, and have very different effects. Despite their similar chemical structures, CBD and THC don’t have the same psychoactive efforts. In fact, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound. That means it doesn’t produce the “high” associated with THC.
How to Take CBD and What is the CBD Dosage?
There are various ways of using CBD. Oils are one of the most popular ways. Other alternatives include sprays and oils, where you can apply CBD drops under your tongue. These are mostly created from hemp extract combined with a carrier oil. When left under your tongue for 90 seconds, this will help the CBD to get into your circulation at a faster rate. Results will often be experienced within thirty minutes; lasting up to six hours. Many users choose to split the dosage between morning and evening.
How is the strength of CBD determined?
We will start with an example, simply put, if you have a 10ml bottle of CBD Oil which has 1000mg stated on the label, and a 20ml bottle that is also stated as 1000mg, then those two bottles have different strengths. Drop for drop and ml for ml, the 20ml bottle is only half as strong as the 10ml bottle. Yes, they both contain the same overall amount of cannabinoids, but if you measure your dose in drops or ml’s then you’re getting only half the amount of CBD when using the 20ml product in this example. To continue the example above, and trying to avoid any overly heavy maths, 1000mg of cannabinoids/CBD in a 10ml bottle is a concentration of 10%. 1000mg in a 20ml bottle is a 5% concentration.
Another example would be entry level strength CBD oil – on the label we give the figures “2.75%” and “275mg CBD per 10ml”. So the entire 10ml bottle contains 275mg CBD and therefore the concentration of CBD within the carrier oil is 2.75%. 2000mg sounds like a very strong CBD product. Yes, it is if it’s in a 10ml bottle, but not so much if it’s in a 100ml bottle! The former is 20% strength and the latter is 2% strength. MyLeafex CBD oil products have been measured in mg, and come in 500mg, 1000mg and 3000mg. We provide the highest quality CBD oil, so we recommend starting with our Hempterra CBD Oil Mixture.
Can CBD oil help with anxiety?
In 2010, a small study found that cannabidiol could reduce symptoms of social anxiety disorder (SAD). “Brain scans of participants revealed changes in blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to feelings of anxiety.” It not only made them feel better but also changed the way their brains were responding to anxiety. Furthermore, in 2018, a small study of 57 male subjects was conducted. The subjects received an oral CBD dose of 300 mg, given to them 90 minutes before the public speaking test. It proved to significantly reduce speaking anxiety.
Another study was conducted on people with SAD and found that people who took 400mg of CBD had a decrease in their anxiety than those who took the inactive placebo. It was a great piece of research at the time and one of the most powerful findings to date on this huge benefit of CBD. However, as mentioned previously, MyLeafex products are not claimed or indeed produced to treat, diagnose, or cure any conditions. Many of our customers use our products daily in an effort to help promote their well-being, as well as recovery from physical exercise and activity induced soreness.
Does CBD help with pain and inflammation?
In a two-phase study, some participants took a combination of two compounds. One compound contained 9 percent CBD and almost no THC. The other compound contained 19 percent THC. Doses were taken orally. In phase one, there was no effect on pain when the doses were under 100 mg. When the doses were increased to 200 mg, acute pain fell by 55 percent. Studies showed that CBD inhibits some inflammatory agents which makes it neuroprotective and able to dull the tingling or burning sensations you feel when experiencing neuropathic pain.
Does CBD help with seizure disorders?
In 2018, the FDA approved a CBD extract called Epidiolex to help treat people with rare seizure disorders, specifically two forms of epilepsy: LennoxGastaut Syndrome and Dravet syndrome. “Scientists believe CBD oil helps suppress seizures by slowing down messages being sent to the brain, changing calcium levels in the brain cell and decreasing inflammation in the brain.”
Does CBD help with acne?
According to one board-certified dermatologist who specializes in cannabinoids in skin care and treatment, Jeanette Jacknin, as recently published in the Strategist, the way CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, helps the skin look more “radiant and youthful” slowing down the signs of ageing.
Tamás Bíró, professor and chair of the Department of Immunology at University of Debrecen in Hungary and the director of applied research at Phytecs, a company researching and developing drugs affecting the endocannabinoid system, stated in study that CBD has anti-inflammatory effects, which are helpful for conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
Is CBD Legal in the UK?
Yes. Cannabidiol (CBD) is not a controlled substance in the UK and is legal to possess and sell. It can be imported into the UK but products must be clearly labelled and accompanied by independent laboratory reports demonstrating they do not contain illegal levels of controlled substances.
How do I Buy CBD in the UK? 5 tips when buying CBD products
You can choose from a variety of products including tinctures, oils, sprays, vapes, face and body lotions – all containing CBD. We believe it’s very important to understand that the CBD market is very new in the UK, so in areas it’s poorly regulated as not all supply chains and retailers are working with labs and compliance centres. We test our products in third-party laboratories to meet the highest quality. As well as working with specialty regulated consultancies, we also work with the best lawyers in the country to make sure our products meet all legal requirements and that we update regularly on any changes to UK law and compliances. So with all our products, be sure to have that piece of mind when purchasing from MyLeafex.
5 tips when buying CBD
What do you want to use your CBD for?
When looking for CBD products you should understand exactly what kind of relief you’re looking for in order to make sure you get the product that will have the most benefits to you. Something out team here at MyLeafex are happy to advise on, depending on your needs.
Understand what the best product type(s) are for you.
There is a large variety of CBD products on the market today, including: tinctures or oil mixtures, edibles, capsules, creams, balms/lotions supplements, facial washes, protein bars or powders, disposable or reusable vape pens, transdermal patches. Not all individuals will prefer the same kind of product. This growing market provides a wide variety, with options for everyone! Each kind of product has a unique method of intake and absorption rate, meaning they will affect each person differently. There are different ways for you to take CBD oil. At MyLeafex we offer CBD oils & capsules, cosmetic creams, and CBD vapes. With vaping, you will often feel it’s benefits within minutes. It can be intense, but the effects don’t last very long. You will need to use the vape consistently throughout the day. With vaping, it is challenging to determine dosage. When it comes to our CBD edibles, some people notice a difference within 20 minutes of taking a supplement or gummy. For others, it can take a few hours before feeling anything. When using CBD cosmetics such as topical creams, lotions or balms, you apply a small amount directly to the area and gently massage it in. In most cases, customers are applying to various extremities. CBD cosmetics may be used on a daily basis. In our experience, the best way to use CBD oil is to place the CBD oil drops under your tongue. Make sure to always shake the tincture bottle well before each use, then take one or two servings either in the morning or at night. Allow for 30 days of continued use to experience the best results and adjust as needed.
What kind of CBD oil are you being provided with in your products?
There is a lot of confusion and discrepancies about what oil is actually in the CBD products and consumers are often receiving mixed messages. Main products claim they contain CBD oil. Most of the products on the market contain Hemp Oil, but part of the confusion is that this can mean many things. So, what are you really getting in your product? Hemp Oil can be used to describe: CBD distillate, CBD distillate dissolved in various carrier oils, Hemp seed oil, full-spectrum hemp oil (to name a few). Our advice is always do your research when buying CBD Oil to make sure it will help you with your specific issue. Or use our team here at MyLeafex to provide further education and information beforehand.
Are there any side effects of CBD?
There are some possible side effects that may occur when consuming CBD. These include nausea, slight irritation, or fatigue. Keep in mind that the effects of CBD will vary for every individual. You are looking for what works best for you!
What test results your CBD supplier achieved?
When looking for CBD products and CBD companies online today, know where your products are coming from, and if they have valid lab test results that can be presented. Many companies offer background information about what they started and where their products are from. As we have mentioned throughout this guide, our key advice is to ensure the products you use are compliant with relevant legislation and associations to the source of the supply chain (the farms).
Our story started 2014 and after hearing about some personal success stories, related to cancer, mainly about the positive effects of CBD oils, our founders, Mykola, Russel & Arturas decided to attend a local science / medical event that was being held locally. In this event they were fascinated by CBD benefits and decided to start their mission in educating the world about this profound cannabinoid. They purchased their first farm, equipped it out and the rest as they say, is history!
What is the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?
Again, we will use an example here. If you had a hemp plant and a marihuana plant side by side, more or less, they’d look the same and smell the same because they are, in terms of species and genus, exactly the same plant. Both are Cannabis Sativa. However, where they differ is their chemical composition, in terms of the reduced levels of psychotropic constituents in the plant we call Hemp and they are grown differently. Cannabis oil can be derived from either hemp or marijuana. Both hemp and marijuana come from the Cannabis Sativa plant. Industrial hemp is recognised for being taller with some flowering buds. Marijuana contains a high amount of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol with little CBD.
With hemp, it mostly contains more CBD and smaller amounts of THC. Hemp is often the choice for people who want to use cannabis and experience its benefits but are not looking for a ‘high’. Hemp has many uses including bricks, food and oil. Marijuana is known to be used both medicinally and recreationally. Despite both being cannabis, marijuana and hemp are grown very differently. Marijuana cultivators have to be extremely careful, cautiously monitoring temperature and humidity throughout every stage of growth. The plants are grown in separate parts or spread far apart, and nutrient intake is meticulously controlled. Hemp, on the other hand, is simple to grow. Plants can be grown very close together in pretty much any conditions. Hemp is a hardy plant in the wild and does not require much care. Cultivators can quickly grow hemp without the use of any chemicals or fertilizers, allowing most hemp crops to be grown organically.
Will CBD Make Me High?
No, as the CBD products are created from hemp, its tetrahydrocannabinol – or THC levels remain below 1mg (legal level in the UK), which means that you will not become ’high’. Both CBD and THC are compounds called cannabinoids. There are over 100 known cannabinoids with more being discovered. Each cannabinoid has varying effects which occur due to the cannabinoids interaction with our bodies natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD oil is made from hemp. Hemp isn’t a different species than recreational cannabis, but it does feature one very significant difference: negligible amounts of the psychotropic constituent THC. Hemp does, however, contain CBD and other cannabinoids such as CBDA, CBC, CBGA, CBN, and CBCA. CBD oil often features all (or most) of these cannabinoids, minus the THC. Some CBD oils also have hemp seed oil or olive oil carriers added to increase bioavailability (rate and efficacy of the formula) and flavour. Our products are tested in third-party laboratories to meet legal requirements and therefore will not give you that ‘high’ effect sometimes associated with CBD products.
Can CBD be Used for Pets?
Yes, animals have similar ECS functions to humans, which means that your pets can also make use of CBD products, in fact it’s a widely growing market. Due to also having an endocannabinoid system, pets will respond to CBD and cannabis products similarly to humans. However, there is one important caveat, and that there is a greater concentration of cannabinoid receptors in the brain of a dog than there are in other animals or humans.
How Should CBD be Stored?
We recommend that you keep your CBD in a cool and dark area – and not in direct sunlight. When stored properly, CBD has up to one year’s shelf-life.
The CBD industry has grown dramatically over the last couple of years and as a result, numerous companies now offer a wide range of CBD products, which is great for the UK consumer. By now, I hope you have a strong understanding of our pride in all things compliance and that we have transparent understanding of our processes from seed to shop, for us this is imperative. Our products are not meant to treat any health conditions and we recommend to use it for your overall wellbeing.
At MyLeafex we know how important it is for our customers to receive top of the range CBD products. We focus on quality rather than quantity, and therefore supply a selected number of products within our stocked ranges that are ultimately on offer to our customers. We set out our Vision at the start of our journey and it absolutely remains our bedrock today, and that is: “Our ambition is to become the brand of choice for CBD products. We are creating a sustainable company that helps make people healthy & happy”.
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