An illustration of a man reading relaxed in nature a book about CBD.

CBD 101

Voice of Nature wrote this guide to provide an easy and accessible solution to everyone who wants to learn and broaden their CBD understanding. 

We want you to meet face to face and have quality time together.

Since the first CBD legalisations in 2018, CBD is gaining rapid popularity across the globe. In the UK alone, over 6 million people enjoy its benefits every day.

So let’s dive onto it! Please, sit back, relax and let us introduce you to our friend CBD. We are sure that the chemistry is there.

CBD isn’t addictive, doesn’t exist any cases of abuse or dependency. 

It can’t make you “high”, CBD isn’t intoxicating.

It’s completely safe to use, an adverse effect is never been reported.

Nice to meet you, I'm Cannabidiol

Most people know me as CBD, but my full name is Cannabidiol. I’m a naturally occurring compound extracted from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. 

I belong to a family called Phytocannabinoids, we are a vast family with over a hundred members, being THC and me the most famous ones.

My family (Phytocannabinoids) alongside another two from the same village –Endocannabinoids and Synthetic cannabinoids – belong to a larger group named Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids full explanation.

My origins

The botanist, Carl Linnaeus, gave the name of Cannabis sativa to my creator. He named him after Cannabis (hemp in Greek) and Sativa (cultivated in Greek).

Cannabis sativa L. is on the planet way before humans even existed and is believed to be one of the first crops ever.

The Cannabis sativa L. has four subspecies:

  • Sativa: Originally from equatorial regions of South America and Asian. Tall plants with long thin leaves. 
  • Indica: Originally from Asia, in particular in the Indian Himalayan and Pakistan. Low, bushy plants with broader leaves. 
  • Rudelaris: Originally from Siberian regions. Even smaller than Indica plants but very resistant to low temperatures and low light.
  • Hybrids: These plants are created artificially from crossing between the other 3. Nowadays, most plants belong to this category.

Marijuana is a Cannabis sativa L. plant with THC contents over 0.2%.

Hemp is also a Cannabis sativa L. plant with THC contents below 0.2%. Different hemp strains can belong to any of these subspecies (Sativa, Indica, Rudelaris or Hybrids). These varieties of Cannabis sativa are used to make CBD products alongside many more things (paper, rope, fabric, biofuel, etc.)

VoN adds me onto their formulations but I come only from government-approved hemp varieties. These strains of Cannabis sativa are commonly named “industrial hemp“.

Your Body and me
What's the Connection?

As we just learned, I’m a member of the Phytocannabinoids family. All our family members are natural and created by the Cannabis sativa plant. 

The fascinating fact is that I’m incredibly similar to some of the chemicals that your body produces, the endocannabinoidsThey belong to a complex body structure known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). 

This system is found throughout your whole body. Its role is to keep the body in “perfect equilibrium”, ensure that you function in a state of balance. This is called homeostasis.

Think of the ECS like our body “thermostat” regulating several functions such us balancing and stabilizing the activity and production of different organs and systems. Another good analogy is to imagine the ECS as an orchestra director, making sure our bodies are in harmony and synchronized

Because I’m so similar to your body endocannabinoids, I can easily interact and integrate with your ECS.

Thanks to experience and research, we know that I will not make you feel high or get addicted. I’m perfectly safe for human use.

 

The endocannabinoid system receptors infographics featuring the vitruvian man

Hemp uses

My creator, the hemp, has been alongside people since the very beginning because of its adaptability, low maintenance and wide diverse uses.

Hemp is good for the planet and you.

  • It’s a sustainable crop and carbon negative: It absorbs more CO2 than what it produces.
  • Doesn’t need any synthetic pesticides which harm the planet.
  • Has a very low water requirement, up to 30 times less than cotton.
  • Grows quickly and adapts to different environments and soil types.
  • All parts of the plant can be used used for various purposes.

Over 500 applications have been found for hemp, making it a really versatile crop. 

 

Infographic describing the many hemp uses

How to take CBD

Let’s give our friend CBD a break and explain how Voice of Nature offers CBD.

We bring you two different forms as we believe these are the most effective and reliable for your body.

Oral: Original and Strong CBD oils

Ingesting CBD (and other phytocannabinoids in the oil blend) has an impact on your whole body because the oil interacts with all your ECS receptors.

Oils can be either taken:

  • Under your tongue (sublingually)
  • Ingest it.

Both options are suitable, but we tend to favour more placing CBD under the tongue. The reason is simple; you will need smaller quantities to enjoy its effects, is absorbed quickly, and the results are more reliable. 

When placed sublingually, phytocannabinoids are absorbed by the blood vessels and enters your bloodstream. This practice isn’t new and has been used for a long time to bypass the digestive system. 

Why you may want avoid the digestive system? Because it breaks down the phytocannabinoids, reducing how much of them will affect your body (this is known as bioavailability). Also, sublingual use reduces the time it takes for the body to absorb the hemp extracts.

As discussed before, ingesting CBD is perfectly fine to do so too. The difference is that it will take longer to reach your bloodstream, and you will need larger amounts of CBD to achieve the same effect.

Whichever method you choose, remember to shake well your oil before use, so all the components mix evenly, and you get a consistent dose.

Another thing to be aware of is to avoid dropper contact with your mouth. This prevents contamination. If this happens, don’t worry; wash the dropper thoroughly with water.

Placing CBD Oil Beneath the tongue

There’s no mystery to it.

 First, place as many drops as need it under your tongue. 

Second, hold the oil long enough for the CBD to be absorbed. We suggest approximately 60 to 120 seconds. 

Finally, swallow it.

Tip: Move the CBD oil around your mouth, just before swallowing. The blood vessels in your cheeks help you maximize CBD absorption.

Topical: CBD Balm

Balms are totally different from CBD oils. That is because, unlike the oils, the CBD balm never actually enters the bloodstream, and that’s ok because it isn’t supposed to!

Using the balm, you will benefit from a localised CBD treatment- without it ever circulating in your blood.

You don’t really need much of it, so don’t go overboard with the application. The VoN balm is a powerhouse boosted with the best ingredients for your skin. Take a little and rub it into the area that needs it. It’s a great idea to massage it into your skin in circular motions, allowing CBD to penetrate better and be fully absorbed.

Allow around five to ten minutes before deciding if you need more. For most people, one application twice daily is enough, but it certainly won’t hurt you to apply more.

CBD balm, CBD for your skin.

Topical: CBD bath bombs

It’s well known that baths have many benefits for your mental wellbeing as well as your physical health. They can improve blood flow, clear sinuses and even boost your mood by reducing stress levels.

When combined with a CBD Bath Bomb, your skin is more likely to absorb all the beneficial ingredients like the tea tree, black pepper essential oil, Epsom salts or charcoal added to our bombs. Thanks to the warm water, your pores open up, allowing better penetration of all ingredients onto your skin.

You can enjoy a thoroughly relaxing experience while unwinding your mind too. Your body will thank you for being nourish from inside out!

What's my ideal CBD dosage?

There is no “one size fits all” because we all come in different shapes and sizes.

We always advise starting with a low quantity, approximately 5-15 mg of CBD, evenly divided into two or three daily servings. As an example:

VoN ORIGINAL contains approx. 2.5mg per drop.

VoN STRONG contains approx. 5mg per drop.

Each person is different so you will need to find your “right spot”. If needed, work your way up steadily to find the serving most effective for you. On average, most people are somewhere between 25mg to 70mg per day.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidelines state that the recommended maximum daily dosage is 70mg.

We created a dosing diary for you to keep track and record how much CBD are you taking each day. There is space to write down the effects you feel at the end of the day. Recording your CBD ingestion is a beneficial way to initially find the right spot where you can notice the difference.

 

Using multiple CBD products

Some people find that using multiple products simultaneously best serves their needs. It’s perfectly safe to combine together CBD oil drops, CBD Balms or CBD Bath Bombs. Finding the right method that works for you is part of the exciting CBD journey.

How do I buy CBD products?

Always look for transparency and reliability. All CBD products legally sold in the UK must have a third party lab test certificate. It’s required by law!

Double-check the CBD oil doesn’t contain over the legal limit of THC. In VoN we test our oils twice to ensure full compliance and quality. If you wish to know more about this subject, go to our lab results page.

Check the CBD origin; when buying any food supplement, you expect full traceability, the same applies to CBD. VoN hemp is organically grown in EU cultivars.

Look for the extraction and filtration process used. You can find a detailed explanation in our post CBD extraction methods. 

Make sure you know the product concentration: Labelling, avoid trickery

Lastly but not less important, look for companies which belong to the Cannabis Trade Association (CTA), members of this association must pass rigorous screening tests and have the highest standards.

Conclusion

We hope you had a lovely first meeting with CBD, as you can see, he is a nice lad ready to help you when you need him. He just has been misunderstood for a long period of time.

CBD and hemp, are here to stay. It isn’t a trend, is a renaissance of a forgotten plant which is stigmatized due to its association with the marijuana recreational use when there is more to it than that.

We are sure that after reading this article you will be able to spot quality products and choose the most suitable for your needs.

If you have any questions please contact us, we are here to help, alternatively you can check our BLOG or learn more in the FAQ section.

Focus on general wellbeing; embrace the power of nature.