Frequently Asked Questions
Hemp Oil stands for cannabidiol (can·na·bid·i·ol), an ingredient naturally sourced from hemp plants that are bred for nutritional purposes and contain only trace amounts of THC (see ‘What is Hemp Oil oil?’ for further information on THC). Hemp Oil oil is not to be confused with medical marijuana or cannabis oil. Medical marijuana and cannabis oil are sourced from different strains of the cannabis plant, and contain enough THC to cause a so-called ‘high’.
Hemp Oil is a huge topic at the moment, but confusion remains regarding the difference between ‘Hemp Oil oil’, ‘medical marijuana’ or ‘medical cannabis’, and ‘cannabis oil’, especially when it comes to the legality of each ingredient. There have been plenty of news reports about the confiscation of Hemp Oil-related products at national borders, but inaccuracies in these reports have led to even more uncertainty about what is and isn’t legal.
To clarify: medical marijuana, or cannabis oil, can be prescribed by doctors as a licenced product – Sativex is one such example. However, it’s illegal for it to be on general sale in the UK. Medical marijuana contains controlled levels of THC, which is the ingredient within the marijuana plant that causes a so-called ‘high’. When medical marijuana is prescribed, it is used to help people with conditions such as MS.
The reason Hemp Oil is often confused with medical marijuana is that a specific brand of Hemp Oil, Epidiolex (a product containing concentrated amounts of Hemp Oil), has recently been approved as a medicine that can be prescribed by doctors in the USA and Canada, but the UK is yet to follow suit. So, if someone turns up from the USA at the UK border with this type of Hemp Oil, it will be seized because it’s not an approved or licensed medicine in Britain.
The concentration of Hemp Oil in Epidiolex is well above that found in Hemp Oil nutritional supplements such as Healthspan’s. That’s what differentiates the two products. And the reason Hemp Oil in the form of a nutritional supplement has been legalised in the UK is because it only contains trace amounts of THC, and not enough to cause the ‘high’ associated with marijuana. Hemp Oil comes from the hemp plant, which is bred specifically, unlike the marijuana plant, for nutritional purposes. It is completely legal and safe to take.
Whereas isolate Hemp Oil – otherwise known as broad-spectrum Hemp Oil – is a pure form of Hemp Oil stripped of any other ingredients, full-spectrum Hemp Oil contains a wide variety of the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, plus added vitamins and oils. Isolate Hemp Oil is crystallised in texture, while full-spectrum Hemp Oil tends to be oily. All Healthspan Hemp Oil products are full spectrum, and our Hemp Oil oil capsules contain olive oil and hemp oil to aid absorption. The Hemp Oil droppers contain peppermint flavouring to disguise the unpleasant taste of hemp.
It is entirely legal to buy and take Hemp Oil supplements in the UK.
If you are taking any prescribed medication or have any medical conditions always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking vitamins or supplements.
As is increasingly the case with delivery methods for nutrients now-a-days, cannabidiol extracts are available as capsules, gummies, drops and oral sprays.
Hemp Oil is sourced from the hemp plant. As it’s oil soluble, it is often mixed with hemp, coconut or olive oil to enhance its absorption. This Hemp Oil plus oil mixture is known as Hemp Oil oil. Hemp Oil is extracted from non-marijuana strains of the cannabis plant. The marijuana plant and the hemp plant are both from the ‘cannabis’ family, but the latter does not contain sufficient amounts of an ingredient known as THC. THC is the ingredient in cannabis that has ‘psychoactive’ effects and it’s particularly prevalent in the marijuana cannabis plant. Hemp cannabis, on the other hand, does not contain enough THC to cause these ‘psychoactive’ effects. Hemp is industrially produced, specifically to allow us to benefit from Hemp Oil without the effects of THC. Just be clear… ‘psychoactive’ effects are what many would describe as a drug ‘high’.
Hemp Oil is in the limelight after extensive scientific research in America on its potential health benefits. Despite the assumption that it stems from cannabis and the resultant connotations of this, Hemp Oil oil does not make you ‘high’ and is a naturally sourced ingredient that is set to take centre stage as a nutritional supplement.
Healthspan Medical Director Dr Sarah Brewer says, ‘The effects of Hemp Oil last for around 3 to 5 hours. After this, the dose will have fallen below levels that produce noticeable benefits, although it will take 1 to 2 days for all the Hemp Oil to disappear from the body. For optimal results, you should take Hemp Oil at regular intervals throughout the day.’
“The speed at which Hemp Oil works will depend on the delivery method you choose for your intake of Hemp Oil oil. Capsules typically have a slower release, while oral sprays and liquid drops of Hemp Oil are absorbed more quickly.
The absorption of Hemp Oil depending on the format you buy it in will have an impact, too. Hemp Oil oil capsules which contain additional olive oil will aid the absorption of Hemp Oil into the body”, says Dr Sarah.
Hemp Oil is a legal ingredient and is therefore not tested for in drug tests used to detect illegal drugs. As long as you take a pharmaceutical grade Hemp Oil product, which has been independently tested to ensure no significant content of psychoactive THC, then Hemp Oil will not show up in a drug test.
The simple answer is no. An addiction to marijuana develops out of a person’s reliance on the psychoactive consequences of THC – the ingredient in the marijuana plant which causes a high. Hemp Oil comes from an entirely different plant – the hemp plant – that contains trace amounts of THC which is not enough to cause a high. An addiction to Hemp Oil is not possible.
Do not use Hemp Oil during pregnancy or breastfeeding