Vital Herb CBD FAQs
Here at Vital Herb, we believe in the power of a natural, herbal way of life. Of course, the very idea of CBD, Hemp and Cannabis derived supplements has been the source of great debate over recent times, and will be for years to come.
CBD has grown in popularity over the past few years though, mainly due to the relaxation of many laws surrounding Cannabis plants, and because of improved public perception towards it. Naturally, there’s going to be questions about the whole thing, so we’ve put together the most frequently asked questions about CBD for you, in order to clear up any confusion you might have.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a substance found in cannabis plants, and is one of 113 identified cannabinoids. CBD isn’t psychoactive, and will not give you a “high” when consumed, so it’s perfectly legal in the UK.
It is one of two main cannabinoids, the other being THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is psychoactive, which will give you a “high” when consumed. For this reason, THC is illegal.
Cannabinoids are sets of chemical compounds that are found in Cannabis plants, such as Marijuana and Hemp.
It is commonly accepted that CBD is not an addictive substance.
THC is one of the two major cannabinoids found in Cannabis plants. Although it is present in trace amounts in Hemp, it is present in far higher concentrations in Marijuana.
Whilst both CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, they are not the same thing. The main difference between the two is that CBD is non-psychoactive, whereas THC is psychoactive, which is why THC gives you a “high”, and CBD does not.
Hemp is a naturally growing plant that belongs to the Cannabis family. It has been legal to grow in the UK since 1993, with the correct license. All CBD products on sale on our website have been derived from Hemp.
Yes, Hemp is legal in the UK, and has been since 1993. All Hemp that is grown and harvested in the UK must have a THC content of less than 0.2% for it to be deemed legal.
Marijuana is the other notable member of the Cannabis family. It has been illegal in the UK since the 1970s, being classified as a Class B drug. This means growing, possessing, consuming or selling Marijuana is an arrestable offence.
In modern culture and society, Marijuana has primarily been used as a recreational substance.
Marijuana is illegal in the UK, and has been since the 1970s. It is a Class B drug, making possession, consumption or sale an arrestable offence. It was lowered to Class C in 2004, before returning to Class B in 2009.
It is important to note that Cannabis, Hemp and Marijuana are not the same thing.
Cannabis is the family of plants that Hemp and Marijuana belong to. There are two main strains of Cannabis – Indica and Sativa.
Hemp is a member of the Cannabis Sativa family, and Marijuana belongs to Cannabis Indica, though it can belong to Cannabis Sativa.
In layman’s terms, the most important difference between the two is that Hemp has very low concentrations of THC (in the UK, hemp must have less than 0.2% THC), whereas Marijuana is much higher in THC (between 15% and 40% depending on the strain).
This is the main reason why Marijuana is illegal in so many countries and states, whereas Hemp is more widely accepted.
Terpenes are chemicals found in thousands of different plants. They’re responsible for giving plants their distinctive scents, and this is no different for those that belong to the Cannabis family.
Just like CBD, Terpenes found in Cannabis plants are non-psychoactive, so you can consume them without worrying about getting any kind of “high”.
Terpenes are non-psychoactive, so they are perfectly legal in the UK.
CBD products are normal foods or food supplements that have been infused with various types of CBD. They contain zero THC, making them legal in the UK.
Examples of CBD products include CBD Oils that are taken sublingually, and CBD Balm that is applied topically.
Yes they are!
Our CBD products contain zero THC, so they won’t give you any kind of ‘high’.
The confusion for many people when differentiating between the varying types of Cannabis supplement lies in the terminology, mainly regarding Cannabis Oil.
Despite the fact that all of the said oils are derived from Cannabis plants, Cannabis Oil primarily refers to oil that is rich in THC as well as CBD. Needless to say, Cannabis Oil is only legal in a relatively small number of countries, and the UK is not one of them.
Medical Marijuana refers to any medicine derived from the Marijuana plant. At time of writing, it is only available on prescription via the NHS in the UK, and can only be prescribed by specialist doctors under exceptional circumstances, meaning most standard GPs will not be able to prescribe it.
On top of this, most practitioners in the UK have not been taught the necessary information during their qualifications about medical marijuana to be able to prescribe it safely.
CBD Oil primarily refers to products that are derived from Hemp, and have no THC in them. This is the case for all the CBD Oils we sell on our website, making them perfectly legal for sale and consumption.
There are hundreds of different types of Cannabinoids in Cannabis plants. They are given the collective term “CBD”, but can include Terpenes and other compounds. ‘Full spectrum CBD’ refers to the whole collection of cannabinoids found in Hemp, in ratios and quantities close to their natural states.
CBD Isolate on the other hand refers to products that have had the CBD molecule isolated from all the other cannabinoids and Terpenes, at a purity of about 99%.
The advantage CBD Isolate has is that it allows you to accurately adjust the exact amount of CBD you’re having. On top of this, it’s also ideal for those who don’t like the taste of Hemp extract.
Our CBD products are sold as food and food supplements, so we cannot provide any details of how CBD can help with any specific health problems or ailments.
As with so many other supplements, CBD affects people in different ways. With this in mind, what we would suggest is to experiment with different products and different strengths to see what works best for you.
The best way of consuming CBD products depends on two main things – the product that you have bought, and what works best for you.
The type of product will naturally affect the way you consume CBD.
- CBD Oils are administered sublingually, under the tongue, held for 60-90 seconds before swallowing.
- CBD Balms are applied topically, by rubbing and massaging them into the skin.
- CBD Edibles are taken orally like any other food, as they come in the form of gummy bears and chocolate to name a couple of examples.
- CBD Vape Liquids are vaporised using any normal vaporiser, and inhaled straight into the blood stream.
- CBD Isolates and Terpenes are a little different, in that they can be mixed into any consumable, whether it has CBD in it or not. So, for example, you can add CBD Isolates to your existing CBD Oil to enhance the CBD content in it, or you can add some Terpenes to your cooking for a unique Hemp twist!
Which one works best for you will very much depend on personal preference. You might prefer the simplicity of CBD Edibles, or the freedom of CBD Isolates & Terpenes. What you’ll also have to bear in mind is which method you feel is most effective for you, so you’ll need to experiment if you’re new to CBD.
While we recommend that all users start off with relatively low doses to begin with (for example 2-3 drops of CBD Oil) before building it up, the amount you need to take will vary from person to person.
The best way is to start off low, and keep building until your feel like you’re getting the most out of it. For one person, 4 drops of CBD Oil might be ideal, whilst another person may need 6 drops.
What we can say one way or another about CBD is restricted by the MHRA. However, there is plenty of anecdotal content online from people that have taken CBD, who describe their experiences with it.
We urge you to bear in mind where you have purchased your CBD products from, along with the price you have paid for them, as cheap CBD is very likely to be poor quality CBD. Many retailers are guilty of selling CBD supplements that either have considerably less CBD than advertised, or have no CBD at all!
All Vital Herb products have been tested to determine the correct amount of CBD, so you know we never oversell our product.
There are a massive variety of different CBD products you can take, which then vary in terms of strength, taste, method of consumption…the list goes on.
Add to that the fact that everyone’s bodies are wired slightly differently, and react to different foods or drinks differently as a result.
Mix these two things together, and it’s easy to see why it’s almost impossible to recommend a certain CBD product for an individual person. All we can recommend is that you try different things to see what your body reacts best to.
As well as this, also bear in mind which method of consumption is easiest and most convenient for you too. Some may prefer the simplicity of our Edibles range, whereas others may prefer the flexibility of our CBD Isolates and Terpenes range.
Given that CBD is legal in the UK, a drugs test will not look for CBD content in your bloodstream. For this reason, not only will CBD not show up in a drugs test, it won’t even be tested at all.
Sale, possession and consumption of CBD is legal in the UK. However, we cannot guarantee the legality of CBD in other countries.
If you do decide to buy any of our CBD products in the UK, and then take them abroad, it is your responsibility to ensure the country you are travelling to allows the possession and consumption of CBD.
Vital Herb does not accept any responsibility for any legal implications caused by the possession or consumption of any of our products in other countries.
When making any order from Vital Herb, you have two delivery options.
The first is free delivery on your order, and it will be with you within 2-3 working days.
The second option is next day delivery at a cost of £2.99. This will then be with you for the next working day.
All orders are sent via Royal Mail. It is important to note that although we can provide estimations for delivery times, on some occasions, delivery may take longer due to factors beyond our control.
Whilst we do ship overseas, you will need to get in touch with our Customer Services team regarding a delivery quote for your order.
Please also bear in mind that it will be your responsibility to ensure that your state or country’s law allows for the possession and consumption of CBD products, as Vital Herb will not be responsible for this in any way.
The returns period for any product purchased from our website is 14 days, however we can only accept returns if the product is unopened with all seals intact.
If the returned product doesn’t meet these criteria, then we will not be able to provide a refund, as we can no longer guarantee the purity of the product.