Hemp is something we’re seeing more and more of in products now, with the increased interest in CBD and the positive effects of hemp on our health and wellbeing. But what is hemp and is it safe to use? In this blog, we’ll go through everything you need to know about hemp, from the plant origins to the compounds found in hemp.
Where does hemp come from?
The hemp plant is known as Cannabis sativa L. and it is a plant that has a number of different uses. It’s used for its numerous cannabinoids, including the compounds found in cannabis. But we also source hemp flour, nutrient-dense hemp seeds and even make fabric from this versatile plant.
Is it safe?
There is a wide range of compounds in hemp, but not all of them are psychoactive. The main psychoactive compound is Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which causes the high that’s associated with cannabis. However, CBD is another compound found in hemp which does not induce a high and this is made from the leaves and sometimes the stalk of the plant.
CBD is safe and legal to consume in the UK and there are many items containing this beneficial compound, from drops such as Vitabiotics CBD to creams and edible items. THC is not permitted in CBD products, so you can be sure that high-quality products will have been checked against strict specifications.
How much CBD is safe to consume?
There’s no set limit on how much you should take, but you shouldn’t exceed more than 70mg per day. It’s a good idea to start off with a small dose and work your way up until you reach a dosage that works for you. 28 drops a day equals 1ml, but this product can affect people differently, so work with it slowly to determine how it impacts you.
CBD isn’t suitable for people under 18 years of age, and it shouldn’t be consumed by pregnant or breastfeeding women. As with any new supplement, consult with your GP before consuming.
Hemp is a plant that sometimes has a bad reputation because of the association between the plant and the drug, cannabis. But there are so many more uses for the hemp plant and many of them are actually beneficial to our wellbeing. From the rich nutrients found in the seeds to the calming and anti-inflammatory effects of CBD, hemp is a useful plant in several ways.