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CBD Frequently Asked Questions

What Is CBD? | Is CBD Legal? | Are There Side Effects? | How To Take CBD | Does It Make You High? | Is It Addictive? | What Does The Science Say?


CBD’s popularity has exploded in the past few years. Despite the interest, there’s still a lot of confusion about what CBD is, its legal status and how it works. Here, we’ll answer some of the key questions, and point you towards more resources.

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is one of over one hundred cannabinoids found in the cannabis family of plants. It is one of the two best-known cannabinoids, the other being THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

That’s the most important distinction - although CBD comes from cannabis, it is not marijuana. It has none of the intoxicating effects of cannabis - THC is primarily responsible for that. 

CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it doesn’t have a strong effect on the cognitive function of the brain. It interacts with the receptors in the brain’s cannabinoid system, which is responsible for assimilating cannabinoids into the brain. Different substances interact with the system in different ways.

Is CBD legal?

Yes. In the UK, CBD products are legal for sale (online and on the high street) and consumption as long as they’ve been properly sourced and contain less than 0.2% THC.

It’s important to buy CBD from reputable sources. That way, you can be sure the CBD product contains the advertised potency, and that the THC content is below the legal limit. 

Find out more about the law and regulations around CBD in the UK here.

Does CBD have side effects?

In most people, CBD has few or no adverse effects. The most commonly reported ones are nausea, fatigue and irritability. The WHO report we mentioned earlier found, from a review of all the scientific research, that there is ‘no evidence of any public health problems associated with the use of pure CBD. It also found that CBD is ‘generally well tolerated’ and has a good safety profile. 

How can I take CBD?

As interest in CBD has grown, so has the range of CBD-based products. From oils to bath bombs and coffee, CBD infusion is now widespread. New technologies have allowed the creation of CBD delivery methods that suit all tastes and lifestyles, and give precise dosage control for those who want or need it.

Speaking of which, the right dosage will differ from person to person, and the strength of the CBD. In general, it’s a good idea to start small and build up.

Here’s a roundup of the different types of CBD product we stock.

Does CBD get you ‘high’?

No, CBD does not cause a ‘high’. Although cannabis does, that is in large part due the THC it contains. Consumer CBD products contain less than 0.2% THC - only trace amounts, if there is any present at all.

Here at CBD Porter UK, we also stock CBD products that contain zero THC.

Is CBD addictive?

No, CBD is not addictive. In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published this report on the latest available science, stating that CBD ‘exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. 

What does the science say?

The strict regulatory and legal framework around CBD (and its prohibition) has long held back scientific study. Trials were often limited in scope, or done in the lab with cells or animals. As laws have relaxed and consumption grown, science is catching up, but studies so far are positive.