What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of the two principle active components of the hemp plant family.
Is CBD Oil legal in the UK?
Yes, provided that the CBD Oil contains less than 0.1% THC (which ours does).
Will CBD make me feel high?
No, CBD is not psychoactive. You cannot get high by consuming our CBD Oil.
Is CBD the perfect medicine?
UK law does not permit CBD oil to be described as a medicinal supplement despite the growing empirical evidence suggesting that it functions like one. Thus CBD oil can only be offered for sale as a dietary supplement.
Will CBD Oil help me with my condition?
Current UK law only permits is to describe and sell CBD Oil as a food supplement. However, as a food supplement, our CBD Oil may be very helpful for those with the following conditions:
* Arthirits including Osteoarthiritis and Rheumatoid Arthiritis
* Muscular pain including Spasticity and muscle cramps
* Anxiety and Depression
* Assistance with Chronic Pain relief
* Period Pain
* Psoriasis (as an oral supplement and also when used topically to help reduce skin inflammation)
* Help with cancer related conditions
What is CBG and how is it Different from CBD?
Most of us are now very familiar with CBD and its’ benefits as a supplement (there is a wealth of information on this website for those who would like to know more about CBD)
CBG is a relative newcomer and this information may help you to decide if CBG is right for you.
CBG is short for Cannabigerol and this cannabinoid is the precursor for all other cannabinoids within the hemp family of plants. The term ‘precursor’ means that the hemp plant makes all other cannabinoids from CBG.
CBG is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid – it will not make you feel intoxicated and is entirely legal within the UK provided that the THC content is less than 0.2% which ours is.
Where CBD has a high affinity for CB2 receptors in the periphery of the human body (there are more CB2 receptors in the body than all other types of receptor combined!), CBG can bind with both CB1 receptors in the brain and CB2 receptors in the body.
Early studies are showing promising therapeutic benefits of CBG in a wide range of a areas such as:
- Treating Glaucoma
- Decreasing Inflammation
- Assisting management of pain
- Combatting Huntingdon’s Disease
- Inhibiting Tumour Growth in animal models of colorectal cancer
- Killing drug resistant bacteria such as methillin-resistant Staphloccus aureus or MRSA
There are more recent studies showing that CBG may have real potential in assisting weight-loss therapies.
Why is CBG so expensive to produce?
It takes around 20 times more plant material to make CBG compared to that required to make CBD.
The plant material has to be harvested in a very precise time-controlled manner before the plant converts its’ CBG into other cannabinoids. Thus CBG is a much more expensive cannabinoid oil to produce.
CBD is generally much better for anxiety and has a subtle relaxing effect (whilst non-intoxicating), whereas CBG users generally report feeling more energized and able to focus for longer periods of time on tasks at hand with a greater level of productivity.
What is the percentage of the Feelgood CBD oil?
It is 3%.
It is possible to get high concentrations of CBD (and simultaneously low THC) by using fairly aggressive, high heat/high pressure methods of extraction, BUT this is always at the expense of the overall quality of the resulting oil. High temperature fractional distillation can provide a 99% pure CBD oil (in other words just CBD). Supercritical CO2 extraction requires high pressure AND high temperatures. Both of these processes DESTROY the many terpene components of Cannabis Sativa which all have much lower boiling points, so these terpenes vaporise off before the CBD extraction is complete. The terpenes are a very valuable part of CBD oil, each having powerful remedial properties in themselves. Some CBD oil manufacturers try to get around this problem by adding terpenes into the CBD oil after the extraction. In fact there is a growing market for cannabis terpenes for just this purpose!
Cannabis is a very complex plan - huge amounts of research worldwide is currently taking place. New terpenes and cannabinoids are frequently being discovered. It is very difficult to determine the quality of an isolated product. We have expressly chosen to use a holistic methodology which preserves as much of the beneficial constituents as possible.
Please watch this video to learn more:
How do I take FeelGood Essentials CBD and CBG oils?
A little goes a long way. We recommend you take six drops once or twice daily. Six drops will provide 10 mg of pure CBD. It is important to put the drops under your tongue and wait a minute before swallowing. This is called ‘sublingual’ administration and is the most effective and beneficial way for your body to absorb CBD into your system.
How do I store FeelGood Essentials CBD and CBG oils?
We recommend storing your Feelgood CBD Oil in a cool place out of direct sunlight but not in a fridge. If you do store your CBD oil in a fridge, the oil will naturally thicken but will completely revert back to liquid form by simply leaving the bottle out at room temperature for a while.
Can I cook with FeelGood Essentials CBD oil?
Yes, if you prefer, you can add it to your favourite recipes. You should be aware that some of the terpenes will be lost in the cooking process.
Is it possible to travel with CBD and CBG?
CBD is legal throughout the European Union, however we still recommend caution when travelling with it. There is a chance that airport staff may confuse it for illegal cannabis products and seize it.
You should be mindful that probably not everyone who works in an airport will be aware of the legality of CBD, but everyone will know the illegality of cannabis in general.
When travelling outside of Europe we strongly recommend not travelling with CBD.
How does CBD work?
CBD works with your endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system plays a huge role into maintaining many essential homeostatic functions within the bodies of all mammals, including pain sensation, mood, appetite, sleep and memory. THC acts principally on the CB1 receptors found in the brain which accounts for its’ psychoactive effect. CBD acts principally on CB2 receptors found throughout the bodies of all mammals in their endocannabinoid system. Our bodies have more CB2 receptors than the sum of all other receptors including for example, serotonin and dopamine, etc.
What are Terpenes and why are they so important?
The cannabis plant naturally produces around 200 different kinds of organic hydrocarbon compounds known as ‘terpenes’. We believe that a holistic ‘whole plant’ oil is much more beneficial than a single chemically extracted isolate of CBD. Therefore we are very careful to preserve the terpenes in their entirety when making Feelgood CBD Oil.
Some of the principal terpenes and their properties include:
- Myrcene: a potent analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antimutagenic
- Pinene: used in medicine as an anti-inflammatory, expectorant, bronchodilator and local antiseptic
- Limonene: suppresses the growth of many species of fungi and bacteria. May be beneficial in protecting against cancers and is currently undergoing trials in the treatment of breast cancer
- Caryophyllene: An anti-inflammatory and a functional CBD agonist. It is the only terpinoid known to directly activate a cannabinoid receptor in the body.
- Linalool: an immune system booster and anti-inflammatory on a cellular level.
The well-researched ‘entourage effect’ indicates that the benefits of CBD become much more effective in conjunction with the many other compounds naturally occurring within the whole plant
This is why we are so very careful to ensure that the fragile terpenes are extracted completely intact within our Feelgood CBD Oils. We will never use an extraction process which destroys the terpenes.
WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT FEELGOOD ESSENTIALS OILS?
We have an overriding holistic methodology which is carried through everything we do.
We believe that a complete and unprocessed CBD oil together with all of the natural terpenes is a far better supplement compared to any chemically extracted CBD product. The same applies to our CBG oil.
Unlike almost all other cannabis oils, we never heat treat the plant material as this destroys the terpenes which are hundreds of naturally occurring beneficial compounds within the plant.
We use only 100% extra virgin organic Olive Oil to extract all the CBD and micro-terpenes from the leaves and flowers.
Unlike other CBD oil manufacturers, we discard the tough stems and stalks whereas they simply grind everything up for extraction. We don’t use liquefied CO2 as an extraction method as this destroys the fragile terpenes. This extraction method can also leave the oil with a harsh taste.
We certainly don’t use alcohol or any other solvent to extract our CBD Oil.
Our source plants are grown in certified organic soil. We don’t use any pesticides. Our plants are fed with natural organic nutrients.
Our CBD oil is simply the best – pure and unadulterated and it tastes pretty good!
What is decarboxylation and is it important?
There is a lot of misunderstanding concerning this subject.
Hemp and Cannabis plants naturally produce CBD-A and THC-A. These are known as ‘acid precursors’. CBD and THC have entirely different receptor mechanisms within our bodies. For instance, THC (which we are not interested in) can only produce its’ psychoactive effect if it is decarboxylated and converted from THC-A to THC by a process of heating the plant material at high temperature.
CBD however, does not have a psychoactive effect. Heating CBD to decarboxylate does not increase its bio-availability in the body. Heating CBD simply destroys the valuable terpenes.
Having said all this CBD-A naturally converts to CBD over a period of time. This is why we ‘cure’ our plant material at room temperature for at least a month before extracting the CBD. In this way, you get the best of all worlds – naturally decarboxylated CBD together with all the essential terpenes.
What is the difference between CBD and CBDa?
All Cannabis plants naturally produce a range of cannabinoids in varying quantities according the strain of plant. However, all cannabinoids within the plant are only produced as acid precursors (for example, THCa, CBDa, CBGa, CBCa, CBGVa, CBDVa etc).
The cannabis plant does not produce CBD in its raw form. It only produces CBDa (Cannabidiolic acid) which over a period of time after harvest will naturally change (oxidise or denature) to CBD.
We can speed up this process artificially by forcing the ‘decarboxylation’ of CBDa to CBD by using heat on the harvested plant material, typically in the region of 120-140 degrees C for 40 mins to an hour. However, using heat to force the decarboxylation process may not be the most desirable thing to do. At those temperatures, erpenes and Flavonoids which have lower boiling points will be greatly evaporated off during the decarboxylation-by-heat process, and Terpenes and flavonoids have very important individual beneficial properties. The ideal means of facilitating the change from CBDa to CBD is simple…. Let the plant material dry over an extended period of time in a temperate environment and thus patience will be rewarded with a much-improved starting point to begin to make CBD oil.
But what of the difference to the consumer? A lot more research has been conducted on CBD with relatively limited preliminary pre-clinical research conducted on CBDa.
Having said that, some important research information is beginning to emerge.
CBDa demonstrates superior (more rapid) bioavailability
CBDa activates the serotonin 5-HT1A receptor (just like CBD) and research is indicating that CBDa has superior anti-nausea effects
CBDa has Anti-Inflammatory and Analgesic effects
In one lab study, CBDa turned out to be a surprisingly efficacious Anxiolytic, which suggests that CBD and CBDa are together synergistically more effective in reducing anxiety
A recent study by European Neuropsychopharmacology found that CBDa had antidepressant effects at doses 10-100 times smaller than CBD
CBDa and CBD appear to enhance and improve each other’s effects as a combination therapy. Required dose levels appear to be smaller, Absorption and response appear to swifter, and overall effectiveness appears to improve.
How does Feelgood Essentials produce CBD Oil? We never force or attempt to speed up decarboxylation using heat or any other artificial method. We have always believed that a total full spectrum CBD oil should contain as much as possible, of all the essential cannabinoids such as CBDa, Terpenes and Flavonoids that the plant naturally produces.
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