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These are the most commonly asked questions about CBD. If you have a specific question you'd like to ask that isn't answered here then please do get in touch with us using or send us a Whatsapp message using the icon on the bottom right of the page.

Understanding CBD

Is CBD legal?

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CBD is legal in the UK, provided it comes from an industrial hemp strain that is EU approved and contains no THC. You need to make sure you are getting it from a trusted source. The Happy Hormones Co organic CBD comes from EU certified hemp, grown at our supplier’s own farm, then processed and lab tested in the UK. to make sure it is pure and contains accurate dosages. The whole process is controlled from seed to shelf to ensure our products are high quality and pure, contain accurate dosages and are fully traceable.

Is CBD a drug?

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CBD is a prevalent cannabinoid of over 100 different cannabinoids in the hemp plant. CBD has no psychoactive effect, will not get you ‘high’ or impair your daily routine. CBD is approved for use by the World Anti Doping Agency for use by athletes and is used safely by millions of people every day. It can be found in a variety of products from oils, food and drink through to beauty and cosmetics.

Can CBD get me 'high'?

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There are over 100 chemical compounds which are naturally occurring in hemp plants. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most well-known thanks to its psychoactive properties but CBD is non-psychoactive and won’t get you “high”. It allows you to get many of the same benefits, such as feeling relaxed, without any of the negative effects that come from THC.

Is CBD addictive?

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CBD is NOT addictive. According to an independent 2017 report, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that “evidence from well-controlled human experimental research indicates that CBD is not associated with abuse potential.” This means that there is currently no evidence to suggest that CBD is addictive, this is because CBD doesn’t get you ‘high’, so there is little to no abuse potential.

Not only is CBD not addictive, but it may even help treat drug addiction. Preliminary evidence from this report suggests that CBD could lower the likelihood of developing cocaine and methamphetamine use disorders and it may even help prevent relapse after a period of sobriety. And the authors of this 2015 review found evidence that CBD could potentially be used to help treat nicotine and cannabis addiction. However, research into the long-term effects of CBD usage is still in its early stages.

Do I need a prescription?

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It does not currently need a prescription. A 2017 report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that CBD could provide relief for a variety of conditions including
Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis, as well as general
pain, anxiety and depression.

Is CBD a medicine?

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CBD is not a medicine, it is classified as a Food Supplement in the UK. CBD is regulated by the Food Standards Agency and should be taken as part of a varied diet and healthy lifestyle.

CBD in the body

How does CBD work?

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CBD works by interacting with our bodies’ Endocannabinoid System (ECS). CBD impacts our bodies largely by binding to proteins, or receptors, that are located on the surface of our cells, thereby initiating certain physiological responses. The nervous system contains cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. CBD does not appear to bind strongly to these receptors, instead, it seems to achieve its effects by binding to other types of receptors as well, such as serotonin receptors, known to influence things like pain, anxiety, mood, and sleep.

What is the entourage effect?

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The Entourage Effect, a theory popularized by Dr. Ethan Russo, suggests that all compounds within the cannabis matrix work together synergistically to increase therapeutic potential. Essentially, entourage effect is the theory that compounds from the hemp (cannabis sativa) plant are more effective when consumed together. According to this theory, instead of isolating certain compounds such as using only CBD isolate to make a tincture, by preserving the variety of compounds that are inherent in the plant (like terpenes and other cannabinoids) you can increase the efficacy and therapeutic benefits of the plant.

Can I take too much CBD?

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The Food Standards Agency in the UK recommends a maximum daily CBD dosage of no more than 1mg per Kg of body weight or 70mg. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose.

Does CBD lower blood sugar?

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Research is still ongoing into the benefits of CBD oil for a range of conditions, including diabetes. A 2016 study by Nottingham University researchers found that CBD in combination with another cannabinoid compound, tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) was effective in lowering blood sugar levels and increasing insulin production. You can read more about this here.

How does CBD make you feel?

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How CBD makes you feel is highly subjective, each person might have a slightly different experience. Various factors can also affect the outcome including the dosage you take, how the product is consumed, the quality of the CBD and what other ingredients included, all make for unique experiences. As a very simple explanation, you can think of the core effect of CBD as being similar to that you experience when you takesomething like Paracetamol. When it takes effect
you experience the absence of negative symptoms and a return back to a more ‘normal’ state – more ‘you’. Our customers also regularly report feelings of a clear mind and a general feeling of relaxation.

Will CBD make me feel sleepy?

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CBD has a good reputation for helping people sleep, but that doesn’t mean it makes you sleepy during the day. There is some evidence to suggest that one of the reasons CBD helps people sleep is because CBD helps relieve anxiety and pain, both issues that can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. However it doesn’t cause drowsiness or make people feel sleepy.

Will CBD show up on a drugs test?

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Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is a legal compound found in hemp plants. It is often confused with an illegal cannabinoid Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), this is the compound responsible for the ‘high’ associated with cannabis. If you consume CBD oil, you will not test positive for cannabis or any other drug on a workplace drug test.

CBD and medications

Are there any medications that you can't take CBD with?

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We would always recommend speaking with your doctor or pharmacist before using CBD if you take any medication.

Although studies are still ongoing to determine potential interactions between CBD and specific medications, there’s one rule of thumb that can help consumers in the meantime: avoid CBD if your medications have a grapefruit warning on the label. This warning indicates that people taking the medication should avoid consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, consuming grapefruit while on one of these medications can lead to a higher concentration of the medication in the bloodstream and adverse side effects or even an overdose. More than 85 drugs interact with grapefruit and some closely related citrus juices — like Seville oranges, pomelos, and tangelos. That’s because chemicals in grapefruit known as furanocoumarins inhibit CYP3A4, CBD works in a similar way. The result is a slowed metabolisation of medications. Grapefruit warnings are common in several types of medications, but not all medications within a category will require the avoidance of grapefruit. Check your medication’s insert information or ask your doctor.

Can I take CBD with HRT?

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We would always recommend checking with your doctor or pharmacist before taking CBD if you are taking any medication.

Once you have spoken with your doctor or pharmacist we would recommend taking CBD at least 4 hours apart from anything.

Can CBD be used as a natural alternative to HRT?

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CBD and HRT work in different ways in the body, CBD doesn’t contain any hormones so isn't an alternative to HRT in the sense that it replaces hormones.

CBD is however used by many women who are unable to take HRT for medical reasons because of CBD's ability to ease symptoms of the menopause including anxiety, insomnia or sleep issues, muscle and joint pain and skin conditions through the endocannabinoid system.

Travelling with CBD

Can I travel overseas with CBD?

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While CBD is legal in many places all over the world, travelling with CBD isn’t always straightforward. The surest way to find out if CBD oil is legal in the country you are travelling to is by speaking to a customs agent or an embassy official. You may also be able to receive assistance from airline or airport officials. In most cases, CBD oil should be safe to carry within Europe as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC, in the United States it must contain less than 0.3% THC. If you are travelling with CBD it might be useful to bring proof that your CBD is hemp-derived with lab analysis showing the THC content in case of being challenged, whilst also making sure you understand local regulations and adhere to rules regarding travelling with liquids.

Happy Me CBD

Why is my bottle opening even though I've closed it?

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Sometimes in the process of taking your CBD oil some of the oil gets onto the thread of the bottle and it can act like a lubricant and undo the bottle top. To prevent this from happening we recommend that you clean the bottle thread and the lid after each use. Storing the bottle in an upright position once opened will also help ensure no oil gets onto the bottle thread.

I'm struggling to fill the pipette fully with one squeeze

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Our pipettes are 'double-squeeze', which means a gentle double-squeeze is needed to fill the pipette to 1ml. This should be nice and easy to do, but if you don't find this easy you can always do 2x half pipettes.

Where does the Happy Me CBD come from?

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We are very proud of being able to trace our CBD from seed to shelf. Our hemp plants are grown in Bulgaria and the final products are produced in the UK.

What's the difference between CBD isolate, full spectrum, broad spectrum and cold pressed CBD oil?

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There are a number of types of cannabidiol (CBD). CBD isolate is the pure form of CBD, while full-spectrum CBD is an extract containing all other compounds of the hemp plant, such as terpenes, other cannabinoids, including THC. Broad spectrum CBD is full spectrum CBD with the THC removed. Cold pressed CBD oil is as close to the natural plant as you can get and contains all compounds of the hemp plant, such as terpenes and other cannabinoids but has the THC removed.

At Happy Me we use cold pressed CBD in our oils. Cold pressed CBD oil is minimally processed leading to an oil that is rich in cannabinoids and contains a high concentration of terpenes, flavonoids, and other plant nutrients. A huge benefit of cold pressed CBD oil being so close to the natural plant is that it maximises the efficacy of the product based upon the entourage effect. Cold pressed CBD has a lovely light earthy hemp taste.

Our Happy Me balms and creams contain CBD isolate.


Is Happy Me packaging recycable?

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The bottles we use to package our CBD oils are made with glass and are easily recyclable. Our creams and gummies are packaged in pots made using 100% recyclable plastics. Our CBD oil boxes and shipping boxes are all recyclable cardboard. We use recyclable paper for our leaflets and recyclable tape for our shipping boxes. For our CBD gifts we use compostable cellophane, natural string and reusable ribbon.

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