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FAQ on CBD 

Here are some of our commonly asked questions.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch with our team and we’ll be happy to help.

  • What does CBD mean?

    CBD is an abbreviation for cannabinoid. It is a phytocannabinoid which is derived from the cannabis plant. CBD is extracted from the plant and then consumed as either an oil, tincture or in a water soluble solution.

  • What is broad spectrum CBD?

    All our products contain broad spectrum CBD. Broad spectrum is one of the three main forms of cannabidiol (CBD), along with full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Essentially, broad spectrum means that it contains all the natural health and wellbeing properties of hemp from the cannabis plant, without the harmful effects of THC. Full spectrum CBD, however, contain up to 0.3 percent THC, while CBD isolate contains just pure CBD and no other compounds from the cannabis plant.

  • What is the difference between, Broad Spectrum, Full Spectrum & Isolate?

    Isolate only contains CBD

    Full spectrum contains THC, there is a risk (especially if from an unregulated supplier) it could show in a drugs test. 

    Heart Hemp only sell Broad spectrum which has THC removed to keep the full benefits of the entourage effect, without the risk of failing a drugs test due to THC in your blood.

    Its one of the reasons Heart Hemp only supply Broad Spectrum CBD, we feel it combines the best qualities of all the CBD types.

  • What is a CBD tincture?

    To understand what a CBD tincture is you must understand how it is made.

    First, we harvest a freshly grown hemp plant. Hemp is where the CBD comes from. Next, we cover the hemp plant in a solvent. The solvent extracts the CBD from the plant with numerous other natural compounds including other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and vitamins.

    The solvent, now containing CBD and all these other natural compounds, is the tincture. The tincture is then bottled in a dropper and is ready for use.

  • Whats the difference between an tincture & oil?

    Heart Hemp products are a CBD tincture. Tinctures are an alcohol-based extract. High-proof alcohol is used as a solvent to extract the natural compounds of the cannabis plant, and it’s also used in the finished product.

    CBD Oils are typically a blend of CBD extract and an inert carrier oil like medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) coconut oil.

  • Is CBD legal in the UK?

    Yes, absolutely! CBD is completely legal in the UK - as long as it’s been derived from an industrial hemp strain that is fully EU-approved, or comes from outside the EU. For CBD oil to be legal, it must contain zero THC. All of Heart-Hemp’s products are completely legal and THC-free, made from organic hemp grown on heavily regulated US farms.

  • Where are Heart-Hemp’s products made?

    Heart-Hemp’s products are manufactured here in the UK using organically grown hemp from sustainable and fully regulated farms in Kentucky, USA. Our US-grown hemp has full UK, US and EU certification, and complies with a broad range of quality standards including being GMP, cruelty-free and Soil Association compliant.

  • Why do you use hemp grown in the USA?

    A growing number of Europe-based CBD companies source their CBD extract from farms in unregulated areas, such as Eastern Europe. This can be dangerous because hemp farms in unregulated countries are not audited for and may contain impurities. Combined with poor extraction processes, this lack of regulation can be potentially harmful to consumers.

    Hemp farms in the USA, however, are extremely well regulated. They manufacture higher-grade CBD extract that is rigorously tested at every step of the process. Because of this, the USA is widely considered to be the source of the safest and highest quality CBD, and Heart-Hemp have selected this hemp to ensure we provide our customers with the best quality.

    Using US-grown CBD extract, our products are then manufactured here in the UK to ensure we meet strict UK guidelines and criteria. 

  • How is the CBD in your products extracted?

    In its raw form, hemp extract has a strong, bitter taste, taking its dark green colour from chlorophyll, which gives plants their colour. To make CBD oil, the hemp extract is distilled and condensed by heating the extract under reduced pressure. 

    This process also converts the acid form of CBD into a more stable form and removes unwanted compounds and impurities. To obtain the broad spectrum extract, the oil is distilled a second time. During this process, the THC vapours are removed to create a CBD-rich distillate that contains all the natural properties and health benefits of the hemp, without the harmful THC.

  • Can I get high from taking Heart-Hemp’s CBD oil products?

    No. Unlike marijuana, which typically contains 5 to 20 percent THC and causes the sensation of ‘being high’, hemp plants – which is what our CBD oils are made from – contain no more than o.3 percent of THC (Heart Hemp CBD contains 0%) THC. This means you can’t get high on hemp, and because it’s not psychoactive, the CBD oil extracted from hemp is widely and safely used as a wellbeing and food supplement throughout the UK.

  • What percentage of THC is in Heart-Hemp’s products?

    Every product in Heart-Hemp’s range is completely free from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so you won’t have to worry about a high or trace amount of THC in any of our products. When we say 0 percent THC, we mean 0 per cent, so you can rest assured you’re getting all the benefits of natural hemp, without any THC-related side effects.

  • Why is it important to use THC-free CBD oil?

    Lots of CBD products are advertised as being free from THC, but when you study them more closely, you might find they do contain traces of THC, even after the manufacturing process. Trace amounts of THC may still show up in a drugs test and still have the potential to cause side effects, so when you’re purchasing CBD products, it’s essential to make sure they contain 0 percent THC.

  • Would CBD show up on a drugs test?

    No. Because our products contain zero THC, there are no trace elements which means it won’t be present or detected in a drugs test.

  • Could CBD interact with any other medications I’m taking?

    There is currently very limited research available to give a clear indication of whether CBD can interact with other medications. Initial research has suggested that there may be some medications, such as anti-depressants, which could interact with CBD, but this has yet to be verified. We recommend you consult the UKMi Q&A on cannabis-based medicinal products’ potential interactions for more information on potential interactions, or consult your doctor if you’re unsure.

  • Does CBD affect the birth control pill?

    CBD is an enzyme inhibitor, it can interfere with hormonal birth control methods. This all depends on the type of birth control you are taking and your CBD usage. Always check with your doctor before using CBD if you are concerned about it interfering with other medications.

  • Should I take drops, capsules or gummies?

    There are various benefits to taking CBD in different forms. Drops provide the fastest delivery method; when taken under the tongue, they are quickly absorbed into your bloodstream and used by your body. Drops are also great to use on the go, as unlike tablets and capsules, you don’t need to take them with water.

    Capsules are a good option for those who want a CBD dose that’s easy to measure. While they’re not as fast-absorbing as drops, oils and tinctures, they’re easy to take and ideal if you’re not keen on the taste of traditional CBD oils. Gummies are also easy to take and measure, with the added benefit of different flavours which add variety to the taste.

  • How do I know what dosage to take?

    The recommended dosage for different types of user is indicated in each of our product descriptions. Generally, the dosage you take will depend on whether you’re a new, typical or frequent CBD user, but you can see our recommended dosage on each of the product pages by clicking here.

  • What is the entourage effect?

    The entourage affect happens when cannabinoids work together amplifying the beneficial affects. The other cannabinoids also have their own beneficial properties allowing you to get many more benefits than having CBD alone.

  • Can you overdose on CBD?

    CBD is well tolerated by the human body and used by millions daily. There is no evidence to say anyone has ever overdosed on CBD. We advise stick within recommend dosage as advised in the UK by the FSA unless advised otherwise by a medical professional.

  • Whats the maximum recommended CBD dosage?

    The Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommend no more than 70mg per day. Visit FSA article here.

    We advise starting on low dosage and increasing steadily until you are happy with the effects. You can read our full blog on dosage here.

  • Whats best, capsules, gummies or oil?

    Oil absorbs quickest taken directly under the tongue, but can also be added to drinks and some cooking (visit our recipe blog here for inspiration).

    Capsules are great for a measured dosage as are gummies which add more variety.

    Read our full dosage blog here.

    Really though, it's all down to personal choice.

  • How soon will I feel the effects of CBD?

    Some people experience the results of CBD almost immediately. For others, it can take days or even weeks to get into your system; no two people will respond in exactly the same way to different CBD products and dosages.

  • Does taking CBD have any side effects?

    If you’re new to CBD, it’s not uncommon to experience occasional minor side effects as your body adjusts. These include having a dry mouth, and feeling slightly lightheaded. Because CBD can act as a relaxant, making it an effective treatment for stress and anxiety, it can lower your blood pressure which is what causes the feeling of light-headedness.

  • How many milligrams of CBD are in a drop of of oil?

    The answer varies depending on the mg in the bottle and the size of the bottle. Each of our products clearly states the mg per drop and pence per mg on the page to help evaluate what product is right for you.

  • Can CBD improve your sex life?

    The human brain is the epicentre of all your sexual impulses, and it plays a huge part in how functional (or dysfunctional) our sexual response operates. 

    Studies show that CBD can improve cerebral blood flow, which in turn improves your cognitive performance and overall brain function, including your mood.

    Researchers have discovered ECS receptors in sexual reproductive organs, which raises questions about whether CBD could help to treat erectile dysfunction and other problems.

  • Does CBD make you sleepy?

    Whilst CBD can be used to help relax and ease a frazzled mind, it does not cause drowsiness. So whilst it might help to make you calmer, you don’t have to be worried about being drowsy or sleeping during the day while using CBD oil.

  • How Long does CBD stay in your system?

    This does differ from person to person. Typically speaking, the CBD will stay in your body between 2-5 days after taking it. How you take the CBD, how much you take, and your size will all have an impact on how long CBD stays in your system.

  • Does CBD cause anxiety?

    CBD is often referred to as a natural remedy for anxiety. Since CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, it is often assumed that using CBD oil will have the same effect as smoking cannabis. This isn’t the case, as CBD oil does not contain THC, which is the psychoactive compound often associated with negative side effects, including anxiety.

  • Does hemp oil contain CBD?

    While they are both derived from the hemp plant, and both contain compounds which can promote wellbeing, hemp oil does not contain any CBD oil. Hemp oil does not contain any cannabinoids which are associated with CBD oil, they are not the same thing.

  • Can I travel with CBD?

    It depends where you are travelling to. Before travelling, make sure you check that CBD is legal in the country you are visiting, even if you are only transiting through. If in any doubt leave it behind.

  • Can CBD make you hungry?

    THC is known to have a psychoactive compound which can lead to an increase in appetite, however, our CBD does not have THC, so does not have the same impact.

    CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and this plays a role in regulating different body functions, including your appetite. More studies are needed, but early results seem to indicate that CBD could actually help to control appetite.

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