CBD has exploded in popularity in the last 2 years but with this rapid growth has been a rise in misinformation around CBD, its effects, its legality and much more. We are inundated with requests for real, honest answers about CBD and as scientists and users, we love nothing more than setting the record straight and debunking myths. Here we have compiled the most common questions we have been asked as of writing, but this always changes, and this article will be updated accordingly. If you have any questions that aren’t on this list please reach out to us using our website chat, email or social media.
Is CBD legal in the UK?
CBD, cannabidiol, is fully legal in the UK. It’s that simple. You will not get in trouble for using, holding or selling this compound. Additionally, CBD is legal in most of Europe and many other nations but always check with your destination Home Office before travelling with CBD products.
Will CBD get me high?
Cannabidiol, while mildly psychoactive (i.e. it has an effect on mood and brain signalling), is not psychotropic and does not produce a ‘high’.
Using a well-made and correctly labelled CBD product, you have no risk of ‘getting high’. The main inebriating compound in cannabis and the one most responsible for the ‘high’ is THC, tetrahydrocannabinol. The ‘type’ of CBD product you purchase will ultimately dictate the amount of THC present.
CBD Isolate – Oils and products using CBD isolate contain only CBD. No other cannabinoids like THC. There is zero chance you will become inebriated using these products. Our topical products all use CBD Isolate as do some of our oils.
CBD Broad Spectrum – Oils and products using CBD Broad Spectrum contain CBD as well as a number of other beneficial cannabinoids but no THC; there is zero chance you will become inebriated using these products. Some of our oils use a CBD Broad Spectrum base.
CBD Full Spectrum – Oils and products using CBD Full Spectrum contain CBD as well as a number of other beneficial cannabinoids including THC; while the amount of THC must be very low to comply with UK law, poorly made products can contain illegal levels of THC. Depending on the quality of the product, CBD Full Spectrum oils may get you high. Dr. Ed Sport does not use CBD Full Spectrum in any of our products.
Will I fail a drug test if I use CBD?
This question is incredibly important to drug tested athletes and answers often vary so we will try and be as concise as possible. Unfortunately, the answer depends on the products being used so a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ is not a good enough answer for you to be fully aware and protected.
First, take another look at the answer above. THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for failed drug tests. Naturally, if the base material for a product contains THC then using that product can lead to failed drug tests. If you are a drug tested athlete NEVER use Full Spectrum products as they contain THC, albeit in small amounts. It is not worth the risk.
If the CBD product you are using is made using CBD Isolate, you will not fail a drug test. THC is not present. If the CBD product you are using is made using CBD Broad Spectrum, you will not fail a drug test providing the products are made to very high standards and rigorously tested.
At Dr. Ed Sports all of our products are 3rd party lab tested to prove their 0% CBD content however, we are taking things further by having our products assessed by BSCG, the gold standard in supplement drug-testing. We encourage drug tested athletes to only purchase CBD products from brands and companies that bare the BSCG or Informed Sport logos.
What’s the ‘best’ way to take CBD?
There is no single ‘best’ way to take or use CBD. Sublingual oils are effective and have good bioavailability. Capsules and other oral ingestibles are very convenient but have worse bioavailability so may not be as cost effective. Vaping gets CBD into your blood stream very quickly however we do not promote vaping unless it is being used as an alternative to traditional smoking. There are many ways to enjoy CBD, more than listed here, but the final choice has to be down to you.
Many users find that a multi-pronged approach is best. For example, working oils into their daily routine as a health supplement but then using topical products as and when the situation arises i.e. before a game or after training.
*bioavailability refers to the amount of CBD that reaches your blood stream versus the amount that was originally taken and is often stated as a percentage. i.e. if oral oils have a bioavailability of 40% and I take 100mg, 40mg of CBD will ultimately reach my blood.
How often should I use CBD?
How long CBD effects the mind and body can vary from person to person and age, gender, weight, metabolic health, other medications as well as delivery route can all effect this. However, generally speaking the effects of CBD last from 3-5 hours. Therefore, if you are trying to target a long term injury or a persistent problem using CBD oils and products morning, noon and night can be an effective strategy.