Is CBD oil safe to use? Explaining safety, side effects & more
For many, CBD is a fairly new term and that raises a lot of questions. Is it actually safe to use? Is it a drug? Will it show up on a blood test? In this article, we'll explore all the frequently asked questions when it comes to CBD and safety so you can choose CBII with confidence.
At a glance:
- Is CBD oil legal?
- Is CBD oil safe?
- Will CBD oil make me high?
- Can I give my pet CBD?
- What are the side effects of CBD?
- Can I take CBD with medication?
- Will CBD show up on a drug screening?
- Can I become addicted to CBD?
First things first. Is CBD oil legal?
CBII CBD oils are completely legal within the UK and are considered food supplements by the Food Standards Agency. Anyone over the age of 18 can take CBD as long as it:
- Contains less than 0.2% THC, a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
- Comes from a strain of industrial hemp that is EU approved
It's also recommended that you choose a brand that is FSA-verified. CBII is the first full spectrum brand in the UK to receive Novel Food validation. All CBII products contain less than 0.2% THC guaranteed and are third party tested to verify THC and CBD content with Certificates of Analysis (CoA) available for each product.
Our CBD is also sourced from legally and ethically grown plants in the EU adhering to strict Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) and accredited European GMP manufacturing standards. CBII CBD oils are also legal in the US. All states have their own Controlled Substances Acts (CSA) - please check your state if legalised.
Is CBD oil safe to use?
CBD products are classified as food supplements that are safe for human usage by the Food Standards Agency. Think of CBD as any other herbal supplement you take to support your everyday wellness routine. As long as you choose a trusted brand that is conscious and transparent about testing and can prove the contents of its CBD oil with verified lab results, you’re in good hands.
Will CBD make me high?
No, unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) by itself produces no psychoactive or “high” effects associated with marijuana consumption. Both CBD and THC are active cannabinoids in the cannabis or hemp plant, however, the way they interact with the body is different. CBD with its non-psychoactive properties simply works to balance out the body's natural functions, so you can take it with ease.
CBD vs marijuana
Marijuana, in fact, comes from a completely different plant altogether: the cannabis indica plant whereas CBD comes from the cannabis sativa L. (hemp) plant. There are many differences between the plants and their effects. CBD is one you can take with ease.
Who can use CBD?
CBD oils are recommended for anyone over the age of 18 years, except for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Can I give my pet CBD?
There are many CBD brands that make products that are safe for use on animals – either topically or orally. However, we recommend that you consult your vet before giving your fury friend CBD.
What are the side effects of CBD oil?
CBD is usually well tolerated by most people when taken directly under the tongue, however CBD oil can affect everyone differently. Some reported side effects include a dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, and diarrhoea but these are not common and are usually a result of taking too much.
Can I take CBD with other medication?
If you are taking any medication, we recommend discussing the suitability of CBD with your healthcare professional prior to starting your CBD journey. You may need to allow several hours between taking CBD and any other medication to ensure there's no interaction, but your GP will be able to give you specific advice.
Wil CBD show up on a drug test?
CBD is not a drug so most drug tests will not screen for CBD. However, some CBD products may contain trace amounts of THC that, while legal in the UK if under 0.2%, may show up on a drug test. If you are concerned and you are required to take regular drug screen tests for work (for example, you’re in the military, police service, or an athlete), then THC-free products such as broad spectrum CBD gummies or hemp seed are safe alternatives.
Can I become addicted to CBD?
According to a report by the World Health Organisation, there is no evidence to suggest that you can become dependent on or addicted to CBD. Doctor Julie Moltke, a medical doctor specialising in sleep and stress management says “there is no scientific evidence to suggest that you build up a tolerance to CBD. You can do that more to THC but with CBD its quite common to use the same dose regularly. It doesn’t make you dependent. There's really no risk of addiction to CBD.”
Is it safe to travel with CBD?
The laws around CBD differs from country to country. If you’re traveling outside of the UK, it’s best that you check the specific laws of your destination and with your airline before packing CBD in your suitcase to be safe.
Can I travel within the UK with CBD?
Yes, you can travel within the UK with CBD, provided it meets the current CBD regulations and it contains less than 0.2% THC.
Is it safe to travel on an airplane with CBD?
Each airline and country has different rules and regulations so we would recommend checking with the airline and the embassy of the country you are traveling to. Within the UK, CBD is safe and legal if it contains less than 0.2%. You should also ensure that, if in liquid form, the bottle is under 100 ml. If you’re looking for something quick and easy to travel with, the CBII Discovery Duo trial kit offers two travel-size 2ml bottles while our full-size CBII CBD oils have less than 0.2% THC in 10 ml bottles – well within the legal limit.
Can I drive after taking CBD oil?
As CBD itself contains no psychoactive properties, it is safe to drive after taking CBD oil, provided it contains less than 0.2% THC.
So, now you know that CBD that meets regulations is a safe and legal product to use in the UK and nothing to be concerned about. If you’re looking for a trusted brand you can enjoy with ease, shop CBII CBD products. For more on 'What is CBD'? Read blog.