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Frequently Asked Common Questions About CBD Oil

Hemp oil vs CBD oil: the similarities and differences?

Both CBD oil and hemp oil are typically derived from the hemp plant, especially since marijuana is still illegal in the UK. This means that both CBD and hemp oil don’t contain any THC (or only small traces) and they won’t get you high. In addition, hemp seed oil doesn’t contain any CBD (or very little).

As stated previously, CBD oil is extracted from the trichomes of the flowers or leaves. Hemp oil is extracted from the hemp seeds, which is why it’s often called “hemp seed oil”.

Hemp seeds don’t contain any cannabinoids, or only in trace amounts. It’s high in the essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6, which is why most people consume hemp seed oil as a dietary supplement and a beauty product.

CBD oils on the other hand contain a far greater array of different compounds. The trichomes are where all the major cannabinoids are synthesised, as well as flavonoids and terpenes. CBD oil is essentially a concentrated solvent extract made from cannabis flowers or leaves that is dissolved in an edible oil such as HEMP seed or MCT oil.

All of Hemp Point Full Spectrum CBD Oils contain 20% water extracted Hemp extract blended with 80% Organic Hemp seed carrier oil.

If you’re looking for a nutritious, healthy oil then hemp seed oil is the way to go, but if you’re looking to experience the full nature of the hemp plant, then you’re after a CBD oil. Hemp seed oils do not contain CBD in more than trace amounts.

What exactly is the entourage effect and what does it have to do with full-spectrum CBD/CBG oil?

When cannabinoids and terpenes exist together, their respective attributes are enhanced thanks to a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.

The entourage effect is unique to the Cannabis sativa species and the compounds that exist within. And, while all of these elements (including CBD) show promise on their own, it’s when using a Full-spectrum formula ( and not a Broad spectrum or CBD isolate) that oils provide the most significant beneficial benefit.

Fortunately, all of our oils use a full-spectrum blend of these essential components, including the following minor cannabinoids:

  • CBN
  • CBG
  • CBC
  • CBDV
  • CBDA

Alongside the cannabinoids listed above, terpenes and flavonoids complement our full-spectrum formula. They play a crucial role in the entourage effect, while also having several beneficial properties of their own.

All of Hemp Point CBD/CBG oils use a full-spectrum formula to maximise their benefit. However, to guarantee outstanding quality and safety, we expertly remove harmful concentrations of THC to be well below UK legal limit of 1mg per container of controlled cannabinoids. All of our oils are non-toxic and non-psychoactive.

What is Entourage Effect?

The “Entourage Effect” describes the process where all parts of the Cannabis plant work together to increase effectiveness. It is well documented that when single compounds (such as CBD isolate – pure CBD) are used, or an extract too heavily refined, the effectiveness is dramatically reduced.

What is Full Spectrum CBD/CBG OIL?

All our products use full spectrum extracts, but what does this mean?

In Cannabis extract, there are hundreds of cannabinoids, terpenes and other compounds which all make up the plant. Each compound plays a part – as nature intended – in giving the final product its effectiveness and potency (see “what is the Entourage Effect”). When we produce products using all of the compounds present, this is called “full spectrum”.

It is well known and documented that full spectrum products are more effective than “isolate” based products, or even “broad spectrum” CBD oils we are now seeing on the market.

Isolate based products means they use pure CBD – usually around 99% pure. This may sound impressive, but the white isolate powder used is a far cry from anything related to a plant. Isolate products are cheaper to produce and are simply not as effective.

As for “broad spectrum”, this usually means you’ll see a handful of cannabinoids present, but little else. Again, the drawback is these are not as nature intended and do not offer the quality and effectiveness of full spectrum products.

How often should I take CBD?

This differs with each person, taking into account weight, height, and reasons for taking CBD. Initially, we recommend taking 2-4 drops per use and building your dose up gradually. For optimal results, best taken at regular intervals throughout the day. Do not exceed the FSA recommended maximum daily dose of 70mg of CBD. Following this guidance, you can then manage daily dosage based on what works best for you, including combining with other CBD products.

How does CBD Work?

The human cell system is based on the constant renewal of cells. In an ongoing process, cells die to make room for new cells. Within the human body is a so-called endocannabinoid system. This means that receptors exist within us that are prepared for the ingestion of cannabinoids, and can recognise and react to them; these are called CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 receptor especially is thought to be of central importance for the brain regions that control memory and movement. The CB2 receptor has a major influence on the immune system.

Can You Take CBG And CBD Together?

Yes! CBD and CBG have been naturally occurring in cannabis and hemp plants for millennia. Preparations containing both of these compounds have been safely made and ingested for longer than recorded history. These two compounds have a lot of similarities, yet their natures are slightly different.

How does CBG compare to CBD?

While CBD has a relatively low affinity for cannabinoid receptors and interacts mostly with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) on an indirect basis, CBG is thought to interact directly with the brain’s CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors.

What is CBG?

Known as the “mother” cannabinoid, CBG, short for Cannabigerol is the original molecule found within the cannabis plant which over 100 other cannabinoids derive from, including CBD. Harvesting early lets you take advantage of this potent plant extract to support a healthy lifestyle.

Over time, the acidic form of CBG – CBGa, breaks down into CBDa, CBCa and THCa. When subject to heat or naturally over time, these acidic forms begin to convert to CBD, CBC and THC.

CBG Oil is expensive to make as the hemp plant only produces very low levels of CBG, normally less than 1% of the plant’s total weight. This means much more raw materials and work are needed to create an oil with significant levels of CBG. In fact, it takes thousands of pounds of cannabis to create small amounts of pure CBG.  This is largely due to most hemp varieties containing only tiny concentrations of CBG. The two main ways to obtain CBG for our consumption are by harvesting hemp when it is still young or by breeding strains of the plant that have naturally occurring high levels of CBG in them.

What is the difference between marijuana and hemp?

All are actually cannabis plants. However, hemp or industrial hemp is a term commonly used for cannabis strains that contain very low levels of THC – to be precise below 0.2% THC. Marijuana, in general, is a word used for plants that contain high amounts of THC. Our grandfathers did not know anything about THC (that it is psychoactive) and were just growing cannabis and calling it hemp. It’s only in modern times that the definition of hemp means low levels of THC.

CBD can be derived from both hemp and marijuana plants. Terpenes vary a great deal between the two plants but also vary greatly depending on the strain. Our hemp strain contains high amounts of terpenes in order to produce a robust, full spectrum CBD oil.

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