Hemp CBD Oil

CBD comes from the hemp plant, a variety of the cannabis genome. It is important to first remember that CBD is a cannabinoid contained within hemp and hemp is a strain of the cannabis family. Another member of the cannabis family is the marijuana plant. Hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the cannabis species. Hemp contains large amounts of cannabidiol or what is commonly called CBD, while marijuana is mostly made up of the cannabinoid THC depending on the strain.

CBD (Cannabidiol) is fast becoming recognized as a food supplement by providing therapeutic benefits in a variety of forms. There are two main compounds active in the cannabis plant CBD and THC. As a non-psychoactive compound, CBD acts as a natural protection to the high associated with THC. While THC produces mind-altering effects CBD does not and instead boasts a long list of health benefits for its users.

What are Cannabinoids?

There are estimated to be around 130 active cannabinoids in the hemp plant. Many are obscure and only found in trace amounts. Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L) is a variety of the cannabis sativa genome /gene. CBD or cannabidiol is one of the cannabinoids found in hemp and is by far the most prominent one. Unlike THC, CBD does not have any psychoactive elements to its compound, meaning when you take CBD you will not get a ‘high’. However, CBD works differently by having some profound effects on our body without getting that ‘high’. CBD works with our body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system and it is through this interaction that the benefits of CBD are released.

What is the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana are both part of the cannabis sativa family and both can be used in the production of CBD oil. Although they come from the same plant family, hemp is non-psychoactive and is produced for medicinal purposes and industrial purposes. Marijuana, however, is rich in the cannabinoid THC, which gives you that ‘high’ and so, makes it psychoactive.

Hemp

  • Non-psychoactive
  • Medical and industrial uses
  • Easily grown due to its adaptations to different climates
  • A tough plant does not necessarily need pesticides

 Marijuana

  • Psychoactive
  • Recreational and medicinal use
  • Monitored when grown under controlled conditions

What are the different ways to take CBD?

CBD can be smoked, vaped, or orally ingested through an oil extract or tincture. At Dr. Hemp Me we offer both CBD oil extract and vape products at the moment. We will be adding further products, which include pastes, capsules, and balms in the near future. If you are interested in these additions then you can contact us by email and we will send you an update once they are available to buy on Dr. Hemp Me.

What does ‘Full Spectrum’ mean?

When buying CBD you have two options. You can buy either CBD isolate or Full Spectrum Cannabis Oil. CBD isolate is basically CBD without any other cannabinoids in a high concentration. You are getting the benefits of CBD and only CBD.

Full Spectrum, on the other hand, is cannabis oil extract from the hemp plant with the most prominent cannabinoid being CBD, however, the oil also contains every other cannabinoid present in the plant. Other prominent cannabinoids found in Dr. Hemp Me oil includes CBDV, CBDa, CBG, CBN, CBC, >0.20% THC & naturally occurring Terpenoids. When all the cannabinoids are synergistically combined, it is through this relationship that the best results are seen. This is also known as the ‘entourage effect’. It is for this reason that all Dr. Hemp Me oil is full spectrum.

Why use the CO2 extraction method?

To ensure the best possible product is provided to the customer Dr. Hemp Me uses the highest industry standard CO2 extraction method, using full spectrum plant extract. The cannabis used in our products is grown on farms located in the EU. All Dr. Hemp Me cannabis products are vegan, gluten-free and have no additional additives. In simple terms, the CO2 extraction method uses pressurized CO2 to gently extract CBD from the cannabis plant while still retaining its whole plant power.

The CO2 extraction method is non-toxic and therefore a very clean and safe way of extraction as this excludes the risk of retaining any solvents. When comparing other extraction methods, for example, the butane method, the risk of retaining residual solvents is greatly increased. CO2 also creates a pure product and as a result, the extracted cannabinoids are very potent.

Other than CBD what other cannabinoids are in the Dr. Hemp Me Cannabis Oil Extract?

Dr. Hemp Me oil contains over 100 cannabinoids with CBD being the most prominent. Other prominent cannabinoids include CBDV, CBDa, CBG, CBN, CBC, >0.20% THC. Most cannabinoids are only found in trace amounts. Please see the lab test results page for exact percentages per product.

What is the difference between Hemp Seed Oil and Cannabis Oil Extract?

Although they are from the same plant and they are the ingredients in our Dr. Hemp Me Full Spectrum Cannabis Oil they are two separate oils completely. Hemp Seed Oil is derived from hemp seeds only whereas cannabis oil is extracted using the entire plant in what is called the ‘entourage effect’. The hemp seed oil is used as a carrier oil for the Cannabis Oil Extract.

Dosage

Dosage is a tricky topic within the CBD community with many brands opting for a very high recommended daily dosage. While this can suit some people it will certainly not be beneficial for all persons. Starting with a smaller dosage allows the body to get accustomed to the CBD. Lower doses can also give maximum results without overloading the endocannabinoid system.

Cannabis compounds including CBD can have biphasic properties meaning that low and high doses can have two completely different effects. Although CBD has no known adverse side effects it is still best to start with a low dose and gradually increase.

How long will the delivery take?

DPD Delivery – If the order is received before 3pm you can expect your package within 1 to 2 business days. Tracking number will be sent to your email.

Standard Delivery – If your order is received before 3pm you can expect your package within 1 to 3 business days.

Free Shipping – this is offered on sales of over €50. If your order is received before 3pm you can expect your package within 1 to 3 business days.

Is CBD oil legal in Ireland & the UK?

You will be happy to know that yes CBD is made from hemp and so it is legal. Hemp and marijuana are both part of the cannabis plant family but are grown differently and serve different purposes. Inside the leaves of the marijuana plant lives the chemical THC – the cause for that psychological ‘high’. Hemp leaves, on the other hand, contain very little or no THC at all, instead they are rich in cannabidiol aka CBD. This makes getting the so-called ‘high’ impossible as there is either no THC present in the hemp plant or so little that the CBD counteracts any effects, making that bit of THC present useless. In the past, both plants were branded the same by regulators and government officials making the benefits of the hemp plant inaccessible to the public. Today, however, the accessibility is changing.

Similar to Ireland CBD is also legal to sell in the UK but only as a food supplement. There has been some confusion on the legality in the UK as the MHRA have stated that “products containing cannabidiol (CBD) used for medical purposes are a medicine. Medicinal products must have a product license (marketing authorization) before they can be legally sold, supplied or advertised in the UK“. However, the MHRA has not clarified whether CBD as a food supplement needs market authorization. It is only when CBD is used as a medicine does it need authorization.

In summary, in both Ireland and the UK once no medicinal claims are made and the products are advertised as food supplements CBD oil is legal to the sell in both Ireland and the UK.

The legal framework of Hemp CBD?

CBD oils and hemp oils recently joined the Irish marketplace generally selling as dietary supplements. Although user testimonials and scientific research show the oils can help with symptoms of various medical conditions in both humans and animals, however, it is not legal to market these products for medicinal use. The Health Products Regulatory Authority of Ireland does not class CBD products as medicine, in this respect CBD products cannot be prescribed by a doctor to patients. Any cannabis product whether it contains CBD or THC cannot be suggested as treatment by medical professionals in Ireland.

In the last year in Ireland, there have been public calls for the legalization of medicinal cannabis to treat people with conditions who can benefit from it. Despite public opinion, the HPRA stated that cannabis does not qualify as a medicine under their criteria. This applies to both the cannabinoid CBD and the cannabinoid THC. Regardless of their different effects, the HPRA sees the two as the same.

Issuing a report on the scientific evidence supporting the use of medicinal cannabis the HPRA acknowledged its effects for certain conditions but their view is the same. Not enough is known or proven through scientific evidence to deem that cannabis is both safe and effective. Using cannabis as a treatment on a long-term basis is another factor for their viewpoint. For these reasons, cannabis cannot be given medicinal status.

Even though cannabis is not permitted as ‘medicine’, any products made up of only CBD are legal. CBD does not fall under the Misuse of Drugs Act, it just can’t be prescribed by a doctor. A relevant example is that of Ava Twomey whose mother sparked the debate in Ireland surrounding the legal status of medicinal cannabis in 2017. Ava has a particular form of epilepsy, which causes her to have multiple seizures a day. Her mother has campaigned publicly for her daughter to receive access to medical cannabis. Ava’s mother had already given her CBD oil, which is legal and in Ireland as it does not contain THC, or so little that it is deemed inactive. This she stated greatly helped her daughter’s condition. As she still has seizures however her mother is looking for access to the currently illegal medicinal cannabis containing THC.

Is it legal to grow hemp?

Yes, it is legal to grow certain forms of the hemp plant in Ireland especially Cannabis Sativa L, which is what our products are made from. There are a number of varieties of the hemp plant that is legal to grow in the EU for the purpose of food and other uses. In these varieties, the THC content does not surpass 0.2%. Novel foods in the EU may require permission before being sold on the food market. Hemp oil was used widely in the EU prior to May 1997 making it an exception to this rule.

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