CBD, Frequently Asked Questions

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About CBD

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 active cannabinoids naturally occurring in cannabis and is primarily derived from hemp. It is non-psychoactive, meaning that users will not experience a 'high' or any side effects.

Why should I take CBD?

Primarily, CBD provides relief and relaxation, aids general wellbeing and supports a healthier lifestyle.

What is the ECS?

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is one of the most important physiological systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Learn more here. 

Taking CBD

How can I take CBD?

CBD may be ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. CBD comes in many forms, such as in oils, capsules, edibles, topicals, vapes, concentrates, suppositories and patches. Your needs will determine which delivery method will be most suitable. Learn more here. 

Can I use multiple CBD products in combination?

Yes. Some people may only require one delivery method, whereas others may choose to combine multiple delivery methods. Stimulating your ECS in more than one way can heighten the effects of CBD. Ingestible CBD, such as CBD oil, supports your entire ECS, and if you have taken it at least an hour (approximate time required for its digestion) before using another CBD product such as a topical cream, the effectiveness of the cream may be further enhanced.

How much CBD should I take?

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommends that adults take no more than 70mg CBD per day unless a doctor agrees more. Our customers take from as little as 8mg to over 100mg per day, depending on what they are taking it for, but the average daily dose ranges from 30-60mg.


Two people taking CBD for the same reason will require different doses. Many factors influence how much you need to take, such as age, weight, diet and lifestyle. 

I’ve never taken CBD. Which product should I start with?

What do the abbreviations mg and ml stand for?

When referring to how many milligrams (mg) there are per millilitre (ml):

ml = the volume of oil/bottle size, e.g 15ml, 30ml, 60ml

mg = the amount of CBD present in your bottle, e.g 500mg, 1000mg, 2000mg, 4000mg


Example: Our 15ml oil contains 500mg CBD, and a single serving is 1ml oil. Therefore there is a total of 33mg CBD per 1ml serving (33mg/ml).


Is CBD legal? 

Yes. In the UK, CBD products are legal for sale if they contain less than 0.2% THC. However, in August 2019 the Home Office issued new guidance stating that no product can contain more than 1mg of THC. In short, the 1mg rule outweighs the 0.2% rule as most products containing under 0.2% will still contain more than 1mg of THC. We can confirm that all products imported, manufactured and sold by Hemp Botanics are compliant with UK law and contain no THC.

Will I pass a drug test? 

We are happy to confirm that all the products we stock are completely THC free. Please reference a product’s certificates of analysis (COA) if you require proof of this. We cannot, however, guarantee that any of our customers will pass a drug test, as there are numerous reasons why one might receive a false-positive result.

Where can I find the percentage of CBD?

We do not state the percentage content of CBD as it is dependent on the bottle or product size, and can easily be misleading. Instead, we state the total milligrams of CBD in a product, and for all ingestible products including our oils, the amount of CBD per serving.

33mg/ml is equivalent to 3.33% CBD

66mg/ml is equivalent to 6.66% CBD

Why is my CBD oil a different colour?

If the colour of your oil is not as depicted on the product page, or is different in colour to that which you last received, do not be alarmed. As this is a natural product, the oil will vary in colour from batch to batch, from golden to brown or red. The essential oils in the extract known as terpenes, affect the colour and taste. These terpenes are naturally occurring in the hemp plant. Broad spectrum hemp oil contains not only CBD but also smaller amounts of many other cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes. The potency of the oil remains consistent, regardless of oil colour as is demonstrated in the product’s certificate of analysis (COA).

Why can't I find full spectrum products?

Due to regulation changes within the UK CBD industry in 2019, the majority of full spectrum products are no longer legal or compliant. We therefore only stock broad spectrum and isolate based products. For more information please see our important notice.

How does broad spectrum compare to full spectrum?

Broad spectrum products can be equally beneficial as they still allow for the entourage effect without the presence of THC, as they contain all other necessary compounds for synergy to occur. More information on the benefits of broad spectrum can be found on our blog.

What is the ‘Entourage Effect’? 

The ‘Entourage Effect’ is used to explain how the whole has a greater impact than its individual parts. There are more than 400 trace components found in hemp plants, including plant terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals. The ‘Entourage Effect’ accounts for the ability of synergistic plant compounds to enhance the effects of other components.