What is CBD?
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of the key cannabinoids contained in the cannabis plant. It is present in both agricultural hemp as well as medicinal cannabis. Cannabinoids exist within several plants in nature, while cannabis is the only plant known to contain CBD. Both THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD have the same molecular structure, the difference is in the arrangement of their atoms. That variation determines how these influence your body. CBD and THC interact with your endocannabinoid system, but with different effect. THC creates a psychoactive effect, while CBD does not. By interacting with your cannabinoid receptors it boosts GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) a naturally occurring amino acid that works as a neurotransmitter in your brain. Increased GABA levels means your brain’s neurotransmitter receptors can naturally reduce the number of signals it receives, which results in mental relief and an overall calm feeling.
Cannabidiol is not a prohibited substance in the UK, while THC is. When your body ingests CBD you will experience an ease of your unwanted ailments with imperceptible effects on your cognitive abilities.
WADA (The World Anti-Doping Agency) is responsible for monitoring and developing anti-doping capacities in sports and in 2018 Cannabidiol has been removed from the prohibited substances list - a mandatory International Standard and a part of the World Anti-Doping Program.
What is more, CBD falls under the new UK Food Standard Agency (FSA) regulations as of February 2020, which classified it as a novel food.
What is THC?
THC short for Tetrahydrocannabinol is the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. THC is widely known for creating the 'high feeling' as it binds with the cannabinoid 1 receptors (CB1) in your brain resulting in sedation or euphoric feeling. THC intake might affect your cognitive functions, movements, coordination, concentration, memory and perception.
All of our CBD isolates are pure, lab-tested, 100% THC free products that are therefore safe to use by amateur and professional athletes.
What is the difference between CBD and THC?
CBD and THC have multiple similar health benefits and both aid with the same conditions. CBD is used commonly as it has no psychoactive properties and its usage doesn't result in a ''high'' feeling nor euphoria. CBD is a safe, legal and natural substance used to improve general health and well-being. Whereas THC, illegal in the UK, additionally has psychoactive effects on your body and its intake will result in a failed drug test.
Can I take CBD if I am on medication?
What’s the best kind of CBD?
- Full spectrum – contains the full range of compounds found in the hemp plant, including trace amounts of THC
- Broad spectrum – contains many other compounds, but no THC
- Isolate – contains nothing but CBD (sometimes referred to as ‘pure CBD’)
Does CBD help athletic performance and what are its benefits?
Any professional or amateur athlete can apply extensive stress on their body which often leads to inflammation and aches, overloading their neurotransmitter system. CBD supplements are used by sportspeople to balance their endocannabinoid system and to restore natural balance. Pain is often associated with intensive workouts and CBD oil is known to work as pain relief due to its ability to increase GABA (a naturally occurring amino acid) in your brain. By increasing GABA levels the brain’s neurotransmitter receptors can naturally reduce the number of signals it receives, which results in mental relief and an overall calm feeling. Furthermore, promising research and consumer feedback suggests that CBD could help with easing inflammation associated with intense exercise and a demanding lifestyle. To maximise post-workout recovery active people use CBD supplements to improve sleep quality and regulate circadian rhythm.
Is CBD isolate THC free?
Our high-quality CBD Oils, CBD Capsules and CBD Muscle & Joint Balms are exclusively made of THC free CBD isolate. All our batches are stringently tested to the highest standards by Mile High Labs and is certified to contain 0% THC. Current lab reports are available to all our customers and can be found at the bottom of each CBD product page.
What are the benefits of Cannabidiol?
Research on the benefits of CBD are being constantly updated.
Ongoing studies have found that CBD has the potential to improve both physical and mental health. For Sport CBD is a natural supplement and many of our customers have noticed the following improvements:
- Improved sleep quality
- Relief from chronic and acute pain
- Lifted moods
- Improved body's response to stress
- Reduced inflammation and joint discomfort
- Improved post-workout recovery time
- Enhanced performance and stamina
- Higher motivation and concentration
- Fewer migraines and eased headaches
- Lessened anxiety and tension
- Decreased physiological effects of anxiety
- Eased arthritis symptoms
With more research to come, we can expect to see more and more CBD products in the market due to their health and fitness benefits.
How much and which strength I should go for?
There is no simple answer. CBD oil works differently on each individual. To find your sweet spot simply go for a low dosage and take half a pipette each day for a few days. Keep track of how it affects your wellbeing and gradually increase your dose until you experience noticeable improvement. Be consistent and take your time with decreasing or increasing your doses, CBD often has no immediate effect. To help you with choosing the right strength and preferred dosage we have created a CBD beginners guide.
Is Cannabidiol addictive?
Because Cannabidiol is linked to Cannabis Sativa there are some misconceptions about the addictive properties of CBD. CBD is a non-psychoactive, non-addictive component that interacts with your body's endocannabinoid system by encouraging the release of its own endocannabinoids.
What’s the best kind of CBD for the sportsperson?
If you are a professional athlete undergoing regular drug testing you must be aware that not all CBD products are the same.
In the market you can find a lot of full-spectrum and broad-spectrum oils and distillates. But, what does it mean for you? Some of these may contain traces of THC and might result in a positive drug test. If you are a sports person it's important to look for a product that has clearly listed ingredients on the packaging and laboratory certificates that prove 0% THC content.
Choosing the best CBD is a personal choice and the type you should look for depends on your individual needs and preferences. There are three main types of CBD available:
- Full-spectrum – contains the full range of compounds found in the hemp plant, including trace amounts of THC;
- Broad-spectrum – contains many other compounds, but no THC;
- CBD Isolate – contains nothing but CBD (sometimes referred to as ‘pure CBD’).
For Sport CBD products contain exclusively CBD isolate and to demonstrate that our lab reports are available in the bottom section of each product webpage for your peace of mind.
What are the side effects of Cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol is generally a well-tolerated ingredient. The occurrences of CBD causing a negative effect whilst taking medication are few and far between however certain rare circumstances have been recorded so we always suggest seeking professional medical advice before taking CBD supplements.
Some of the possible side effects that have been recorded include:
- dry mouth,
- reduced appetite,
Cannabidiol can interact with some blood-thinning drugs and if you are on medication it's important to consult a medical professional before taking CBD.
Is there a difference between Marijuana and Hemp?
They are both the same species of plant but the main difference is in their content. Marijuana, known as Cannabis indica, contains high levels of THC while Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) contains less than 0.3% THC. Our isolate is manufactured from industrial hemp that has low THC levels that are removed in a highly controlled environment and where CBD isolate is refined to guarantee industry-leading purity and consistency.
How long does it take for CBD oil to work?
The duration of the CBD effects becoming noticeable depends on the type of product you are using and how your body reacts to CBD. Everyone responds to CBD differently but typically the benefits of oil and topicals can start after a few hours, while capsules can take up to 24 hours. There is an accumulative effect which means taking CBD little and often is more beneficial than bigger doses periodically.
We advise starting with a small dosage of CBD to build up a tolerance before increasing dosages to more potent strengths to help your body adapt to taking the supplement.
What's the best way to take CBD oil?
One of the most effective and quickest methods of taking CBD oil is by taking it as a tincture dosed sublingually. Generally, tinctures work faster than CBD capsules and have higher concentrations of CBD. The effect of capsules can take up to 24 hours. If you are unsure we suggest speaking to your healthcare professional before using CBD products.
Can your body adapt to Cannabidiol?
Yes, tolerance to CBD can develop. Whenever you feel that your response to CBD decreased try taking a 7-day break.