This month we welcome Lou from ‘Celtic calm and wellbeing’ – Vegan Friendly & Cruelty-Free CBD products
We are a small, family business based in the Clyde Valley, and we believe in
empowering people to take control of their own wellbeing. And that can only
happen when people are given the information they need to make the decisions
they feel are right for them.
CBD – WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?
CBD is everywhere at the moment – in your social media feeds, on the telly, in your local
pharmacy. But does it leave you feeling confused?
If you’re feeling more confident about CBD and are ready to buy some, here’s our handy
checklist to ensure you’re buying a legally-approved, quality product.
If you’d like to find out more about CBD before taking the step to add it into your daily life,
please read on and let us demystify the world of CBD.
SO, WHAT IS CBD?
Let’s start by saying what it’s not. It’s not a psychoactive substance. You’re not going to get
stoned using it. You’re not going to get addicted to it.
CBD (cannabidiol: pronounced cah-nuh-bih-DYE-ohl) is a naturally occurring, non-intoxicating
compound present in the Cannabis Sativa L plant. Technically, the compound is known as a
cannabinoid and there are around 110 cannabinoids in the Cannabis Sativa L plant.
BUT CANNABIS IS ILLEGAL. SO, IS CBD ILLEGAL?
No. Cannabis is the name of a plant species in the flowering plant family. There is more than
one variety of Cannabis Sativa L. The difference relates to the amount of another cannabinoid
found in the plant, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol: pronounced tetra-hydro-canna-buh-nol).
That’s the psychoactive compound, responsible for getting people stoned and that’s the
We supply CBD products where the CBD has been extracted from hemp plants which produce
less than 0.2% THC. But we go one step further and supply products where the THC has been
removed. Where the THC has been removed, CBD may be described as broad spectrum
(where all the other cannabinoids, and compounds responsible for the plant’s aroma and
pigmentation are retained) or isolate (where only CBD is used). It is legal in the UK for a CBD
product to have a very small amount of THC, as long as there is less than 1mg of THC in the
product. In these cases, the CBD is referred to as full spectrum.
SO, CAN ANYBODY JUST MAKE AND SELL CBD PRODUCTS?
No. CBD products are regulated in the UK, through the Novel Foods process. This means that
any ingestible CBD product must have been approved for sale by, and be listed on, the Food
Standards Agency’s (FSA) publicly available list.
You can relax with us, as all the CBD oil and drinks we supply are listed with the FSA Novel
You can also be confident that the amount of CBD stated on the labelling of the products we
supply has been independently verified by a third-party laboratory. These lab reports, known
as Certificates of Analysis, are freely available on our website Check Here . And even though
CBD skincare products don’t need approval from the FSA, we believe that transparency is
critically important in our relationship with our customers and have Certificates of Analysis
for all our skincare products Check Here
Whatever CBD product you buy, always check that there is an accompanying Certificate of
Analysis. Investigations have found instances of mislabelling by companies in the UK, where
the amount of CBD has been larger or smaller than that claimed and THC present in greater
quantities than stated.
SO, WHAT ARE THE THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS OF CBD?
Because ingestible CBD products are regulated as Novel Foods in the UK, no explicit medicinal
claims can be made about the therapeutic benefits of CBD.
Research exists which shows the efficacy of CBD in the treatment of conditions such as
▪ epilepsy ( The New England Journal of Medicine)
▪ anxiety (The Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry)
▪ psychosis (Translational Psychiatry & American Journal of Psychiatry) and
▪ chronic pain (European Journal of Pharmacology).
The World Health Organisation has said that CBD has a good safety profile, with no potential
for abuse or dependency in humans ( 2018 Review Report, WHO Expert Committee)
CBD works with our bodies through our endocannabinoid system (ECS) – a network of
receptors and chemicals that help to regulate various bodily functions, including pain, mood,
appetite and immune function. We produce cannabinoids in response to a specific stimulus
or need and when released into the blood stream they bind to and activate receptors on cells
throughout the body, including the brain. CBD can also bind onto these receptors, mimicking
and enhancing the effects of our own cannabinoids.
Wondering why there’s CBD skincare? Our skin is the biggest organ we have and just like other
parts of our body, the EDS works to maintain healthy, balanced skin. CBD skincare products
help tackle problem skin, working with our bodies to restore natural balance by tackling
dehydration and inflammation and reducing redness, utilising CBD’s anti-inflammatory and
antioxidant properties. CBD applied topically doesn’t enter the bloodstream.
HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I TAKE?
Although CBD is not regulated as a medicine, the FSA recommends that we do not take more
than 70mg per day.
The handy dropper system on the CBD oil that we supply, makes dosing much easier. In the
250mg CBD tincture, each drop contains 1mg of CBD, while in the 1000mg tincture each drop
contains 4mg of CBD.
Dosing is even simpler with our drinks and gummies. Each teabag contains approximately
10mg of CBD, while a single serving of our coffee contains 10mg. And each gummy contains
25mg of CBD.