What is CBD?

CBD, which is short for Cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the Cannabis Sativa plant, which is more commonly known as marijuana or hemp. It was allegedly discovered around 1940 and is currently one of 113 discovered cannabinoids from cannabis. It is said to account for over a third of cannabis extract from the plant. The substance occurs naturally in hemp and is used in all of our products such as CBD oil, CBD Vape & Eliquids, Gummies, Capsules and topicals that many people are using as an addition to general wellness and lifestyle. Unlike its "cousin", Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not mind altering, THC is the most commonly known cannabis compound which is known for providing the psychoactive effect in recreational use.

 

What is the difference between CBD and THC? 

CBD (cannabidiol), is a major component of the hemp plant. Hemp is a species of cannabis called Cannabis Sativa L. It is a 'cousin' to marijuana and different in the fact that it contains significantly lower levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) than marijuana. Hemp plants are generally categorised (in the US and EU) as having levels of THC lower than 0.3% (in Switzerland the legal limit of THC in cultivating hemp is up to 1%). Hemp tends to contain higher levels of CBD than marijuana.   

So You’re Saying CBD won't get me high?

Provided you are using CBD that is extracted from hemp as opposed to marijuana and extracted correctly you will not get high. All of our products at Dr Watson CBD are made using CBD isolate or CBD broad spectrum distillate from hemp, so when you buy CBD oil online with us, you can be 100% confident that you will not feel funny after using any of our CBD Supplements.  

Where is CBD and THC found in the plant? 

Cannabinoids (CBD, THC, and hundreds of others) are mostly found in the flowers (also called buds) of matured cannabis plants, and this is generally what is used to get cannabinoid extracts. There is, however, low levels of CBD in the stalks and stems, but no more than a few percent. In certain jurisdictions CBD products can only be made using extracts from the stalk and stem of the cannabis plant.   

So what is the difference between hemp and marijuana?

It can be confusing at first, but hemp and marijuana are both cannabis! In fact, there are a few variations of cannabis: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis. The first two (Indica and Sativa) are by far the most renowned. Indica strains of cannabis are higher in THC, and sativa strains are lower in THC and higher in CBD. Sativa strains can also grow much taller than other cannabis plants, reaching up to 20 feet high.  

The key difference is the THC content. THC has been the focus of scientific research and the only widely known cannabinoid for decades. This all changed in the early 2000s when GW pharmaceuticals started investing heavily into research and development of (now FDA approved) pharmaceutical drugs containing CBD. Around 2016 CBD hit the US and European markets, and since then the market for CBD products and the hype around CBD has continued to grow.   

  

Methods of taking CBD

There are numerous methods of taking CBD, which method is best for an individual is entirely up to preference. The most common form of taking CBD is via oil drops, closely followed by vape. Many people also commonly take CBD gummies & capsules to ingest CBD.

More recently people are also using CBD topicals (to be applied to skin) such as body lotions & face creams, lip balm and muscle balm. High strength CBD oil supplements are a great addition to your diet for general lifestyle and wellness, finding the one that works for you best is a matter of personal preference and trial and error.  

Types of CBD Extract

I hear people talking about CBD products that are made with CBD Isolate, Broad Spectrum CBD Extract, or Full Spectrum CBD Extract. What do they mean and what is the difference?

CBD Isolate

This is when a product is made using CBD that is Isolated from all other compounds in cannabis, this is the only cannabinoid that is in the product. Our strong CBD Eliquids & CBD Vape Pod System are made using CBD Isolate combined with natural flavours and cannabis terpenes. Typically these products do not have the cannabis flavour but are more fruity and sweeter. 

Broad Spectrum CBD

This is when the product is made with more of a whole plant extract. There is multiple cannabinoids in the extract used in the product, this gives a slightly more hempy flavour, it is said that products that are broad spectrum are generally more effective as cannabinoids work in conjunction together and create something called the "entourage effect". Dr Watson CBD GummiesCBD Oils, and Big Hit 50% Vape Device are made using broad spectrum distillate.

Full Spectrum CBD

This is when extract includes all forms of cannabinoids, as well as THC. There has been little or no effort to remove any cannabis compound. A lot of brands label their product full spectrum without knowing the difference, in the UK if a product is full spectrum it likely contains THC and is therefore illegal. So they are either mislabelling accidentally or knowingly have over the legal THC content in the product. None of our products are made with full spectrum extract.  


FAQ

So what is the difference between hemp and marijuana?

It can be confusing at first, but hemp and marijuana are both cannabis! In fact, there are a few variations of cannabis: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis. The first two (Indica and Sativa) are by far the most renowned. Indica strains of cannabis are higher in THC, and sativa strains are lower in THC and higher in CBD. Sativa strains can also grow much taller than other cannabis plants, reaching up to 20 feet high.  

The key difference is the THC content. THC has been the focus of scientific research and the only widely known cannabinoid for decades. This all changed in the early 2000s when GW pharmaceuticals started investing heavily into research and development of (now FDA approved) pharmaceutical drugs containing CBD. Around 2016 CBD hit the US and European markets, and since then the market for CBD products and the hype around CBD has continued to grow.