Frequently Asked Questions
Monday, February 8, 2021 • 9 minute read
Check out our answers to the frequently asked questions addressing the safety and legal concerns surrounding CBD.
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Is CBD safe?
The watershed moment for the legalisation of CBD around the world was a 2018 report by the World Health Organization that states, ‘CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile… to date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD’.
CBD is relatively new to the market and more research must be completed to fully understand the long-term effects. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommend a daily dose of no more than 70mg per day and advises against CBD being taken with other medications and during pregnancy.
We at CBD element welcome the FSA’s attempts to raise the standards in the industry as this provides safety assurances for the consumer. CBD Element only work with brands that are fully committed to compliance and safety, so crucially, all our brands are third part tested.
Are there any side effects?
Yes, like most ingested substances, there are some reported side effects to CBD.
According to a Q&A document published by the NHS, the most common side effects are mild, such as drowsiness or a decreased appetite. Users of CBD have also reported experiencing a dry mouth.
It is important to note the risk of experiencing CBD side effects increases at higher doses. We recommend using our dosage calculator. Always start with a low or medium total daily dose and increase your dosage slowly to minimise the likelihood of you experiencing side effects.
Is CBD addictive?
In its 2018 report, the World Health Organization states, ‘In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Is it safe to Vape CBD products?
E-cigarettes in the UK are stringently regulated, which guarantees a high level of safety.
CBD Element only sell cartomizer devices to guarantee the CBD is vaped in a safe accompanying device.
There is inherently going to be some health risk to vaping versus just breathing fresh air. When making your decision to vape CBD products we advise you to weigh up the increased risk of lung irritation versus the added benefit of vaping. Some find the instant feeling of vaping CBD has a life changing benefit to their health and wellbeing, whereas others find other methods work perfectly fine for their condition.
According to NHS advice, vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking.
CBD Element is commitment to offering transparent and clear information about CBD products, so let us address the elephant in the room. The published vaping deaths in America appear to be caused by an illicit THC vape cartomizer containing an additive and thickener. This made the vape oil look thicker and allowed crooks to demand a higher price for their own profit. As a result of this illicit product, over 20 people died in USA leading to anti-vaping sentiment. The key lesson to learn from this tragic event is the importance of using legal, regulated devices, from reputable brands and sources.
What is THC, and what is the maximum amount of THC allowed in CBD oil?
THC is the psychoactive chemical found in the cannabis plant.
The unwritten rule is that a CBD product must not contain more than 0.2% of THC.
All products sold on CBD Element contain less than 0.2% THC.
Does CBD get you ‘high’?
Will I fail a drug’s test?
Drugs tests focus on THC levels. All CBD products contain trace amounts of THC, with amounts varying between isolate, broad, and full spectrum products.
CBD products sold legally must contain less than 0.2% of THC.
We would recommend choosing a high-quality isolate or broad- spectrum product if you are concerned about failing a drugs test. Isolate products, due to their extraction process, contain no THC, whilst broad spectrum products contain undetectable levels of around 0.005 % THC.
Theoretically there is a very small chance you could get a false positive. A common-sense approach is needed, for example, you are more likely to get a false positive after just taking a large dose of full spectrum CBD oil.
If you are in a profession that has frequent drugs testing, for example an athlete, and want added peace of mind, then we would recommend either choosing an isolate or a BCSG certified broad-spectrum product.
Is CBD a medicine? Why can’t you claim any medical benefits?
No, CBD sold in health shops, pharmacies and online are not licensed as medicines.
CBD Element does not claim any medical uses of taking CBD. The CBD products available to buy on our site are licensed as a supplement.
CBD products are to be taken as a supplement to an already healthy diet and lifestyle and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
We at CBD element do not make any medical claims and have clearly stated that we do not advocate the use of CBD to treat medical conditions. However, we present research and evidence that points towards some potential benefits of taking CBD, such as to supplement a healthy diet and lifestyle.
There is currently one licensed CBD medicine available in the UK called Epidiolex. Medicines, before being licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) must go through lengthy and expensive clinical trials, to reassure doctors that the product is safe to prescribe. CBD supplements have not gone through such rigorous clinical trials, which is the key difference between a licensed medicine and a supplement. Accessing medical CBD on the NHS is not easy, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have approved its use only for certain rare forms of epilepsy.
CBD Supplements are easily accessible, but you need to ensure you are buying a safe product. CBD Element have carefully selected brands to ensure you are buying a high-quality and safe product, that is third party tested.
Read our article Explaining what makes a good CBD supplement.
How much should I take?
There is no exact scientific recommended daily dosage of CBD available, as CBD remains under researched and studied by the scientific community
CBD Element’s CBD dosage calculator was born out of our team’s frustration of not knowing what daily CBD dose to start with or aim for. We created it to guide us through our CBD journey and hope you find it a useful tool.
CBD’s dosage calculator caps the recommended medium total daily dose at 70mg, the upper limit set by the FSA. When looking for a high total daily dose, some individuals may have a recommended dose greater than 70mg. Please consider carefully before taking more than 70mg, as this is a higher daily dosage than the FSA’s recommended upper limit.
We at CBD Element designed our CBD dosage calculator after researching available CBD literature. CBD Element’s dosage calculator should be used as a guide rather than an absolute recommendation.
Why should I take CBD?
Good question! Explore our benefits section to decide for yourself whether you will benefit in joining the 1.6 million regular CBD users!