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Frequently asked questions

Got questions about CBD ? We’ve got answers!

What is the best way to produce CBD-rich cannabis oil?

Can I get CBD from juicing raw cannabis?

By juicing or otherwise ingesting raw, unheated cannabis, one consumes THC and the other cannabinoids in their acid form. A CBD -rich strain contains CBD -acid ( CBDA ), which, when heated, becomes CBD . Unheated CBDA and unheated THCA ( THC -acid) both may have medicinal attributes, but there has been comparatively little scientific research into cannabinoid acids.

See Dosing THCA : Less Is More for more information.

Will I flunk a drug test if I medicate with CBD-rich cannabis?

Yes, you may fail a drug test even if you experience no mood-altering affects from your CBD -rich medicine. Drug tests are geared toward identifying THC , not CBD or another cannabinoid. If one medicates with CBD -rich cannabis that has a small amount of THC , the THC may register on the drug test.

How is CBD metabolized when consumed orally? Is it converted to another compound?

CBD is metabolized into an analogous compound, 7-hydroxy- CBD , by the liver. Some 6- OH – CBD may also be formed. But scientists know relatively little about the activity (or lack thereof) of these compounds. There is strong evidence that CBD does not convert to significant amounts THC in the stomach.

I reside outside the United States. How can I obtain CBD-rich remedies?

If you live in one of the 22 countries that have approved GW ’s Sativex, a fifty/fifty CBD / THC whole plant under-the-tongue spray, you may qualify for a prescription. CBD -derived from industrial hemp grown in Europe is legal and available in the European Union. The Dutch Health Ministry distributes a CBD -rich cannabis strain to patients enrolled in the Netherland’s official medical marijuana program. The official Israeli medical marijuana program also grows and dispenses CBD -rich strains. Those who live outside the USA can also visit—or coordinate with a friend or relative in—Colorado or Washington, where cannabis is legal and available for personal use for those 21 years or older. How one elects to travel with or transport their medication, which is prohibited by federal law, is their own responsibility. High quality CBD -rich products are also available in California. In order to be in receipt of any California cannabis product one must be in possession of a valid medical cannabis recommendation letter from a California physician. Some patients and/or caregivers come to California and establish a temporary California residence to obtain a California ID . With this ID , they can see a California medical cannabis expert, get a letter of recommendation, and then obtain CBD -rich medicine. A number of patients and their families have relocated to cannabis-friendly states in order to access CBD -rich medicine on a consistent basis.

I am from a state where medical marijuana is not yet legal. How can I obtain CBD-rich remedies?

Why are you trying to do more research on CBD when there are so many journal articles reporting its benefits? Don’t we already know that CBD will be effective against a variety of illnesses?

How can I participate in research?

Please take a few moments to tell us about your experiences using CBD and cannabis products. The more responses we get, the more confident we can be in the results!

How do I make CBD-rich brownies or other CBD-infused edibles?

By the same methods one would use to make any kind of cannabis-infused edible. To make a CBD -rich brownie or another CBD -rich edible, one must first extract oil from a CBD -rich strain and infuse it into olive oil, coconut oil, butter or ghee (clarified butter). These infused oils or butters are the most common ways to cook with cannabis. One will need to combine the CBD -rich plant material (usually the leafy trim) with the oil or butter and expose to low heat over a long period of time—this will help to avoid breakdown and/or vaporization of the CBD and other cannabinoids. After straining out the plant material, one can substitute CBD -rich cannabutter or canna-oil into your favorite recipes. There are many extraction recipes and tutorials available on-line, including, for example, Le Blanc Cne.

Does it matter if CBD is extracted from cannabis or industrial hemp?

I have heard that CBD is the dominant cannabinoid in hemp plants. Can I just smoke or ingest hemp or ditchweed to get the healing effects of CBD?

Can a grower increase CBD content by manipulating environmental factors?

Contrary to some rumors, a plant cannot be made CBD -rich if it lacks the right genetic make-up. The ratio of THC , CBD , and other cannabinoids is genetically determined, according to a study by biochemist Etienne de Meijer, Inheritance of the Cannabinoid Phenotype. A grower can, however, influence overall cannabinoid content by manipulating environmental factors—temperature, light, water acidity, and nutrients—that affect plant health.

Is growing CBD-rich cannabis any different from growing THC-dominant cannabis?

I heard about or have a CBD-rich strain. Do you want more information?

Yes! Please report strains of interest to Project CBD .

I am looking for CBD-rich strains. Do you sell clones, seeds, or mother plants?

We do not. Project CBD is an educational news service. We review and report on CBD -rich products, but we don’t sell them.

Can you tell me where to find CBD-rich herb, ingestibles and/or topicals?

Depending on where you live, we may be able to suggest medical marijuana dispensaries in your area that carry CBD -rich medicine. The Project CBD website includes a list of affiliated dispensaries that are committed to providing CBD -rich medicine in states that have legalized medical marijuana. CBD oil extracted from industrial hemp is also available through online storefronts and a handful of actual storefronts in states that have legalized CBD (but not the whole plant). The quality of hemp-derived CBD products is inconsistent but sometimes patients find these to be effective.

Does CBD interact with other medications?

Yes. CBD inhibits the cytochrome P450 enzyme, which is involved in metabolizing many drugs. Compounds in grapefruit inhibit the same enzyme group, which is why physicians advice patients not to eat grapefruit shortly before or after taking a medication. By inhibiting cytochrome P450 , CBD can either reduce or increase the effects of other drugs. In some situations, it may be advisable for a physician to monitor a patient’s blood levels of other medications while taking CBD . See CBD -Drug Interactions: The Role of Cytochrome P450 for more information.

How do I know what dose of CBD I should take?

Project CBD has published a Cannabis Dosing Guide for patients and health professionals.

What do you mean when you say a cannabis strain or product is “CBD-rich” or “CBD dominant?”

If CBD Is Non-Psychoactive, Does That Mean It’s Legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3 percent THC ) in the United States and removed various derivatives of hemp, including CBD , from the purview of the Drug Enforcement Administration ( DEA ) and the Controlled Substances Act. But the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) views CBD as a pharmaceutical drug. And because the FDA has already approved CBD as a pharmaceutical (Epidiolex) for treating two forms of pediatric epilepsy, the FDA maintains that it is illegal to sell hemp-derived CBD as a dietary supplement. The DEA , meanwhile, retains jurisdiction over CBD derived from marijuana (cannabis with more than 0.3 percent THC ), which is still prohibited under federal law.

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CBD FAQs

CBD FAQ’s – Your Questions Answered

Thinking about trying CBD? Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions from our customers below. We have linked many of the FAQs to more in-depth pages in our blog, so please do click through to the articles for further information.

If you have questions about our service, please visit our service FAQ’s page.

Contents

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General CBD FAQ’s

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, as it’s otherwise known, is a naturally occurring compound extracted from the cannabis plant. There are many chemicals within the cannabis sativa plant and these are called cannabinoids. Two of the most well-known are THC and CBD.

THC is the psychoactive chemical that produces a ‘high’. CBD however, is not known to cause any psychoactive effects. To be legal in the UK, CBD products must contain less than 0.2% THC and therefore CBD products allow you to experience the benefits of the other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant without experiencing any psychoactive effects.

CBD oil drops contain cannabidiol suspended in MCT oil and are designed to be taken under the tongue or added to food and drinks. CBD capsules also contain CBD suspended in MCT oil, but are designed to be ingested. Our products can be taken as a food supplement but are not medicines.

If you’d like to find out more, please refer to our blog post, ‘What is CBD Oil?’ for more information on cannabidiol oil.

What are CBD Oil Drops?

CBD Oil drops or ‘CBD tongue drops’ provide a method to take CBD in liquid form. A quality product will consist of a carrier oil (we use MCT oil) and cannabidiol extract. Some products, such as our own OK CBD Oil Drops, also include flavourings to enhance the experience of taking CBD drops orally.

The most common and effective method for taking CBD oil is to take it sublingually (drops placed under the tongue). However, they can also be added to food and drinks or even applied directly to the skin.

What are CBD Capsules?

CBD Capsules are simply another method to take cannabidiol. They are usually flavourless and will contain a measured dose of CBD oil. They provide a convenient alternative to CBD Oil Drops which are designed to be taken under the tongue, or in food and drinks and also allow for more consistent dosing.

What are CBD Balms?

OK CBD Balms contain CBD oil along with moisturising and skin replenishing ingredients. They are designed to be applied topically; directly onto the skin as required.

What is the Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil?

When comparing hemp oil vs. CBD oil, the key difference is that the two products come from different parts of the hemp plant. Hemp oil comes from the seeds, and CBD oil can be extracted from the stems and leaves. Hemp oil is unrefined whereas cannabidiol oil is usually highly refined in order to isolate the most beneficial compounds of the plant.

What is a CBD Tincture?

CBD tincture is just another name for CBD oil drops. They are also sometimes referred to as ‘tongue drops’, due to the method of administration.

Is CBD Legal?

CBD products are legal to buy and sell in the UK, as long as they are derived from one of the 63 industrial hemp strains that have been EU-approved. To be legal for sale in the UK, CBD products must not contain more than 0.2% of the illegal and psychoactive compound, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

Can CBD Get You ‘High’?

No, CBD oil won’t get you high or cause any psychoactive effects.

THC is the psychoactive chemical in the cannabis (aka marijuana or hemp) plant which is responsible for creating a high. Cannabis plants containing high levels of THC are illegal in the UK. The hemp plants which are harvested to create our CBD products contain only traces of THC (less than 0.2%) which will not have any psychoactive effect, and is completely legal.

CBD Benefits

You may have read or heard about CBD being used by people with pain, anxiety, insomnia, fibromyalgia, arthritis and a wide variety other conditions.

We regret that due to government regulations, we are unable to offer advice regarding using CBD for specific complaints or conditions.

There have been many studies into the effects of CBD, however this research is still fairly new so further research is required to better understand the potential of cannabidiol.

We have hundreds of excellent reviews from our customers regarding our service, so please do check these out.

Buying CBD Products

How Can I Ensure That I’m Buying from a Reputable CBD Company?

We believe that buying the right CBD product matters, so we’ve put together this short guide in our blog.

Should I Choose CBD Oil or CBD Capsules?

Administering CBD oil under the tongue is the most effective method of taking cannabidiol. However, some find the sensation unpleasant or find it difficult to get the correct dosage. In this case, capsules can be a much more convenient alternative.

If you are still not sure which product is best for you, you can find a more in-depth comparison of the two products here.

OK CBD Product FAQ’s

What is the Percentage Concentration of CBD in Your Products?

We don’t label our products with a percentage concentration as we believe that this can confusion when comparing CBD products from other suppliers.

Some suppliers will list the percentage of hemp oil in their products rather than the actual percentage of CBD. Unrefined hemp oil contains plant oils that dilute the strength of the CBD. As a result, percentages stated on their packaging may not directly relate to the amount of CBD. For example, some products may show 5% on the label but this in fact is the amount of hemp oil and they may only contain around 0.45% actual CBD.

Our products are made from full spectrum cannabidiol distillate, which is highly refined. The actual percentages of CBD distillate in our oil drops are as follows:

50mg: 0.33%

200mg: 1.33%

400mg: 2.67%

800mg: 5.33%

We are extremely passionate about our products, and have worked to ensure that they are stronger, better value and taste a lot better than other similar products on the market. You can find out more about our products here.

Which CBD Oil Strength Should I Buy?

The optimal dosage for CBD differs from person to person and can depend on several factors including body weight, height and tolerance. If you’re new to CBD however, we recommend starting with a lower strength oil and taking around 1-2 drops per day. Continue at this dose for at least 2 weeks to observe how it works for you. If after 2 weeks you aren’t experiencing your desired benefits, consider increasing your servings or moving up to a higher strength.

If you have been using 50mg or 200mg concentration and are taking more than 6 drops per day, we recommend moving to up to a higher strength oil. You’ll find you will need to take far less drops which will be more cost-effective for you.

There are no known adverse effects from taking CBD and there has never been a case of anyone ‘over-dosing’ on cannabidiol.

Which Strength CBD Capsules Should I Buy?

If you’re completely new to CBD, we would recommend starting off with our 10mg strength capsules. We recommend one capsule per day and that you trial taking them for at least 1 week before you decide whether you may need our high strength 25mg capsules.

What are the Ingredients in OK CBD Oil Drops?

Our vegan-friendly CBD Oils contain the following ingredients:

  • MCT oil*
  • Flavourings
  • Full spectrum CBD distillate

*MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides) is a blend of glycerine and fatty acids derived from palm kernels

The MCT oil that we use in our products contains no preservatives. Our vanilla and spearmint oils are flavoured with essential oils only and are therefore completely natural. OK CBD Orange & Summer Berry flavoured oils contains a small amount of food-safe synthetic flavouring.

Please note that as our products contains oil derived from palm kernels, they may not be suitable for people with nut allergies.

What are the Ingredients in OK CBD Capsules?

Our CBD capsules contain the following ingredients.

  • Full spectrum CBD distillate (containing specified CBD in mg, CBD-A, CBG, CBC & other cannabinoids)
  • MCT Oil*
  • Shell: Aqua, bovine gelatin, vegetable glycerine

*MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides) is a blend of glycerine and fatty acids derived from palm kernels

Please note that as our products contains oil derived from palm kernels, they may not be suitable for people with nut allergies.

Can I View Lab Reports for OK CBD Products?

Absolutely, we are proud of the quality of our products and know how important it is for you to ensure you are buying a legitimate CBD product. We are currently working on making our lab reports available to view on our website. In the meantime, please fill out our contact form stating which product you would like lab test results for and, if available, the batch number. We will then be happy to send you the lab test reports for the corresponding batch.

Using CBD Products

How Do I Take CBD Oil Drops?
Sub Lingually

To take OK CBD Oil drops sub lingually (under the tongue):

  • Shake bottle well
  • Apply 1 to 2 drops underneath the tongue
  • Hold the oil there for around 60 seconds before swallowing

More information on how to use OK CBD oil drops can be found here.

In Food & Drink

You can also take CBD by adding a few drops to your food or drink.

Please bear in mind that if you use CBD oil as a cooking oil, many of the active compounds will disappear into the air. Therefore, it is best to keep the oil at room temperature, cook it at a low temperature or add it to food that’s already cooked.

You can find out more about taking CBD with food and drinks, plus 5 recipe ideas in this blog post.

How do I Take CBD Capsules?

Take one capsule per day, followed by a drink of water.

How Much CBD Should I Take?

The amount of CBD you should take is subjective as it depends on your individual physiology and the reasons for which you are taking the oil. However, please see our guidance below:

  • CBD Oil Drops Starting with a low dose will allow you to increase or decrease the dosage depending on your experiences. The standard recommended dose of OK CBD oil is 1 to 2 drops twice a day. You can then increase this if required, up to a recommended maximum of 15 drops per day.
  • CBD Capsules We recommend taking a maximum of one capsule per day.

You can find further information on how much CBD you should take in this blog post.

Is it Possible to Take Too Much CBD?

Although we don’t recommend consuming in excess of 15 CBD oil drops or one CBD capsule per day, there have been no reported incidences, injury or illness caused by taking too much CBD oil. There is some further information available about the safety of doses on the WebMD website.

CBD Isn’t Working For Me, What Should I Do?

Sadly, CBD doesn’t work for everybody. However, there are some things you can try if you are not experiencing the desired results.

  • Ensure you are buying a lab tested, full spectrum product.
    It’s important to ensure that you are buying legitimate cannabidiol products. Ensure that the company you are buying from can provide lab test results for their products to certify that they contain the stated amount of CBD.
  • Increase the number of drops you are taking
    You may find that you need a higher dosage of CBD. Please see this blog post for more information.
  • Choose a product with a higher concentration of CBD
    Don’t give up if you have only tried 50mg or 200mg strength CBD oil, for example. It may be that a 400mg or even 800mg strength will be more suitable for you.
Can I Drive After Taking CBD?

CBD does not have any psychoactive effects; however, you may find that CBD oil makes you feel a little tired or sleepy. If you’re trying CBD oil for the first time, we recommend that you take your first dose when you won’t need to drive or operate machinery for a few hours.

Will CBD Show Up in a Drugs Test?

Different drugs tests may look for different substances, however CBD wouldn’t normally be tested for in a drugs test as it is legal and doesn’t have any psychoactive effects.

Most tests look for THC which is only present in very trace amounts in CBD products (less than 0.2%) so, unless you’re taking a high quantity of CBD at very high concentration and the tests are looking for THC in the blood, it wouldn’t trigger a positive result. We would recommend that if you are subject to mandatory drugs tests through your employment for example, you check to see which specific substances are tested for.

Further Information

If you can’t find the answer to your question above, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

You can also find more in depth information and guides in our blog.

Visit our CBD FAQ's for everything you need to know about cannabidiol including what is CBD, how to use it, how much to take and the benefits of taking CBD