What is CBD?

It is becoming apparent that CBD is the most amazing natural molecule found in the hemp / cannabis plant — and we’re dedicated to offering only the finest and purest quality CBD hemp oil.

What is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is the most abundant cannabinoid present in the hemp plant. There are over 80+ naturally ocuring cannabinoids found in cannabis, other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBV, CBC are generally present in trace amounts.  CannaWell's CBD oils are natural botanical extracts, made from hemp.
Is CBD oil the same as hemp CBD oil?
Hemp is classified in Europe as those cannabis seeds that contain less than 0.2% THC. In other countries the level of THC permitted to be classified as hemp is higher.  In the US and Canada it is 0.3%, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia it is 1%.  CBD can also be extracted from cannabis plants that are above those levels.  Both marijuana and hemp are forms of cannabis. However, cannabis does not mean marijuana. Cannabis is the genus name and general umbrella term, under which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall. Until recently, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, was the most well-known and studied cannabinoid due to its abundance in marijuana. However, as the second most prevalent cannabinoid in marijuana and the top non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp, CBD has been gaining momentum in the scientific community and media.  So in principle, CBD oils can be made from any plant of the species cannabis, hemp and marijuana.  However, in practice hemp is used for CBD oils because hemp contains naturally large amounts of CBD and only trace amounts of THC wherey marijuana generally contains large amounts of THC and only small amounts of CBD.

Our CBD products and extracts are derived from hemp (not marijuana), and can also be referred to as CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp-derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts”. However, CBD oil is different from hempseed oil and organic hemp oil, as these are derived from hempseeds and only contain traces of CBD and other cannabinoids.

Will it get you high?

The definition of ‘hemp’ is commonly used for cannabis strains that contain very low levels of THC (the compound that will make you high).  The level of THC permitted in cultivation of hemp plants in Europe is 0.2%.  This means hemp only contains trace amounts of THC and it is so little, that it would be impossible to get 'high' from hemp.  A scientific investigation calculated that a person would need to smoke 6 kgs of hemp in 8 hours to experience any form of high.  This clearly is physically impossible.

How does CBD work?

CBD primarily interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a grouping of millions of cannabinoid receptors found throughout your body, but are primarily clustered in the brain and central nervous system (CNS). While CBD is a phytocannabinoid, or plant-based cannabinoid, your body also naturally produces cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids. Almost every organ of your body, including your skin and digestive tract, contains cannabinoid receptors. The ECS has four primary purposes including neuroprotection, stress relief, immune response, and regulating the body’s general state of balance, including appetite, sleep, mood, and pain.  
When we consume hemp containing phyto-cannabininoids (plant based cannabinoids) we support and maintain our ECS.  A well functioning ECS is important for our overall health and wellbeing.  
To find out more about the ECS, please read FAQ - What is the endocannabinoid system.

What are the benefits and uses of CBD? Why do people use hemp extracts and CBD?

In accordance with health claims regulations, we cannot, nor do we want to make health claims regarding our products. We only recommend our products for general wellness.
There are many reasons to add CBD oils to our diet.  Many choose CBD to maintain their health, active sports people and atheletes choose CBD to aid their body's recovery and ever more people seek hemp CBD for system support. Health is the state of being free from illness or injury. In reality, hardly anyone is in perfect health and over the last 10 years awareness is rapidly growing how important food and the nutrients it contains is in supporting our health.  Whether we simply feel the signs of ageing and the resulting 'glitches' our body is almost programmed to develop, feel overwhelmed by the mental challenges life presents and cause us stress, anxiety, unsatisfactory sleep patterns, then improving your diet, an active lifestyle and including more functional foods can benefit overall health.
There is a growing school of thought which supports that many of us may have a chronic endocannabinoid deficiency.  Hemp co-evolved alongside humanity for milleania and was not only used for industrial purposes, but the hempseed was eaten raw and used in nourishing soups.  Hempseeds contain over 30% fat, are a great source of protein with over 25%, are exceptionally rich in Omega 6 and 3, are a great source of vitamin E and minerals (phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc).  The seeds weren't cleaned and dehulled as nowadays, but were covered in cannabinoids (CBD) and we would therefore consume CBD naturally.  As both hemp and marijuana belong to the species cannabis, old recipe books show that extracts and tinctures have been made for human use with books showing records in Europe in the 17th century how to make them.  One of the books states 'every housewife will be familiar with the many benefits of hemp', we've just forgotten until the recent renaissance of hemp.
We believe the phyto-nutrients present in hemp extracts, such as CBD, CBDA, other cannabinoids, terpenes, ketones, phenols, flavonoids and the array of minerals, vitamins, Omega 6 and 3 are health promoting. Hemp is a natural way to support your health.

Which of your hemp CBD products should I buy?

You can choose any of our products but as a guidance:
First we suggest you consider what strength do you want?
CannaWell offer oils with 2.5%, 5% and 10% hemp extracts.  The choice depends on your personal circumstances but as a rule of thumb, most people will choose a 2.5% or 5% extract unless they seek extra system support or those that don't like the taste of Hemp CBD extracs.  Then a 5% or 10% extract consuming less drops may be favoured.
Organically certified oils:
Organic Hemp Balance is a whole plant extract rich in CBD/CBDA, terpenes, ketones, flavonoids, phenols and other phyto-nutrients including vitamins (E), rich in omega 6 & 3, minerals (phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc) blended with organic hempseed oil.  The extract is gentle and carefully made to ensure maximum amount of natural phyto-nutrients are captured.  It is an excellent all rounder and has a rich deep taste, reflecting the natural compounds in the oil.
Organic Hemp CBD is ideal for those who wish to take CBD oil only.  The premium Hemp CBD extract does not contain mentionable traces of other cannabinoids.  It is a premium extract, not an isolate, blended with organic hempseed oil.  It also contains also other plant-based-nutrients present in hemp.  It is blended in organic hempseed oil.  The refining of the extract gives it a very mild, almost nutty flavour and is preferred by those who don't like the taste of 'hemp' or want CBD only.

How much CBD is in your products?

We offer a selection of different strenght oils and have prepared a summary table of the different products, showing the percentage of cannabinoids, milligrams per bottle and amount of intake per 5 drops. For full product description click on the individual products names which will give you detailed information about each oil.  Our bottles are clearly labelled and contain the required product information.  
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Average number of drops per bottle:
10ml - approx 300 drops
30ml - approx 900 drops

What is CBDA?

Both CBD and CBDA are cannabinoids, unique compounds naturally present in hemp.
When we juice raw hemp, we consume a large amount of CBDA alongside CBD. Working with hemp CBD extracts now since 2014, we have come to observe and believe that a healthy proportion of CBDA in our oils improves the overall spectrum of health promoting photo-nutrients.
CBDA is the acidic precursor to CBD. When hemp / cannabis grows, its produces THCA and CBDA, not THC and CBD. These cannabinoids in their acidic form are often seen as being ‘inactive’. When cannabis is heated, such as through smoking, cooking, or vaporisation, a process known as decarboxylation occurs. Decarboxylation turns both THCA and CBDA into THC and CBD respectively. Both CBDA and CBD are non-psychoactive, meaning they won’t get you high.


What does a hemp extract contain apart from CBD?

Depending on the extraction process, you can make so called whole plants extracts such as our Hemp Balance range.  The carefullly made extract contains over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids, including CBD, CBC, CBG, CBG-A, CBC-A, and many others. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our hemp extracts, there are many other types of natural molecules such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, omega 3 & 6 and trace minerals. Additionally, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavonoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes are all present in a whole plant oil.

We are also able to refine the whole plant extract into a premium CBD extract which means that it is not full-spectrum, but rich in CBD.  Our Hemp CBD range is a premium hemp extract, not just an isolate.  Blended with organic hempseed oil you also will consume the important omega 6 and 3, amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins and trace minerals.

It is worth noting that some companies refine the extract further and extract so called CBD isolates.  Isolates are pure CBD and all other compounds, including minerals, vitamins, terpenes etc from the hemp extract have been removed.  

CannaWell offer premium quality hemp extracts.



What is the ideal serving size for me, how often should I take it?

We are all unique, some people prefer to take less, others more drops.
Instructions for use say 5 drops, 1-3 times per day

We suggest that you start with less drops and gradually increase the amount to find out what works best for you.  CBD is considered safe and well tolerated (WHO).

What is the best method of use?

All CBD Oils are intended for internal consumption. Our oils are NOT suitable for vaping.

Because our Hemp Balance is a whole plant extract, some consider the taste strong. While many of our customers like the flavour, some would rather find a way to mask it. If that’s you, try mixing the oil in honey, applesauce, or a smoothie.   If you prefer a CBD oil with a soft flavour, try our premium extract Hemp CBD.  It tastes exceptionally smooth and mild. You can also use our oils to make CBD enriched edibles. 

Skincare products are only intended for external application.

What is the best way to store CBD oil

The best way to store your CBD oil is in an upright position in a spot with a stable temperature away from direct sun light, heat, or moisture. A cupboard shelf is a perfect place for storing your CBD oil.

Another option is of course to store your CBD oil in your fridge. While this is not necessary, many people like to do this as it makes it easily accessible and reminds them as we open the fridge door regularly.  During period of very hot weather, over 30 degrees, we would suggest that you move your CBD oil, if opened, into the fridge.

Sometimes, when storing CBD oil in your fridge and the CBD oil gets too cold, it may thicken to the point where you need to leave it outside or warm it in your hands a little before use. This is not a problem and does not effect the quality of the hemp extract.  Should this happen, you can also run the bottle carefully under some hot water.
Once the bottle is opened, we recommend that it is used within 6 months of opening.  
CannaWell CBD oils are blended with organic hemp seed oil, but other brands may choose MCT oil or olive oil.  Basically,  all you need to do is store your CBD oil in the same way as you would store your bottle of olive oil or coconut oil.

During most of the year, I keep my CBD oil by my kettle, and sometimes on my desk.  During very hot spells I move it into the fridge.  

Is hempseed oil the same as CBD oil?

Definitely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found in most health food stores and supermarkets, is a much different product than our CBD oils. Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp CBD extract is a whole plant extraction with many components not typically found in the seeds. Hempseed oil is considered to be a great nutritious food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that CBD extracts do have.

How do I make CBD edibles such as brownies?

Making edibles and brownies is becoming increasingly popular and there are many recipes available online. For baking, add the CBD oil to the oil or butters you use and allow it to blend into the mix. Check the instructions for use so you add the amount of drops to the mix you desire. Generally guidance for enriched foods is up to 20mg per serving. 
CannaWell also offers vegan, palm oil free and nut free chocolate bears.  Our Slumba Bears are the latest addition to the CannaWell range.
Hemp CBD flowers have gained rapid popularity in the last couple of years not only in the UK, but also europe wide.  CBD flowers are sold with names such as OG Kush, White Widow, Silver Haze, Pinapple Crush, Blue Dream and other names normally attributed to marijuana strains.  It is important to know that hemp flowers do not naturally smell like 'Pinapple Crush'.  This means that to get the hemp flowers to smell like cannabis flowers the buds are sprayed with isolated terpenes.  Terpenes are the compounds that give the unique smell and flavour.   
We are asked regularly why doesn't CannaWell offer hemp flowers?  The reason is that unfortunately under the current Misuse of Drugs Act and Misuse of Drugs Regulations the sale of loose flowers is prohibited.  The low-THC hemp flower, alongside the high-THC cannabis is listed as a controlled substance.
Whilst there is an exemption in the Interpretations of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations which states that a product must contain less than 1mg THC, the issue is, according to the Home Office interpretation, dropping a loose flower into a bag does not qualify as a 'product'.  A product means an item that is manufacturered or has been refined for sale.
In other European countries the smoking of hemp flowers is legal, including Switzerland and Italy where it is named 'cannabis light'.  Selling dry hemp flowers is also legal in Belgium as long as 0.2% THC limit is obvserved.  Belgium Government will put excises on this type of products and will classify them as “other tobacco products”. 
With all the efforts of the hemp community we hope that the UK will follow suit and permit the sale of hemp CBD flowers before too long...

What type of extraction method do you use?

For both our CannaWell Hemp Balance and Hemp CBD oils we use low pressure CO2 extractions.  CO2 extraction is widely used in the food industry.  It is worth mentioning that it is the skill and experience of the operator that creates the quality of the hemp CBD extract and profile captured of phyto-nutrients from the plant. Therefore not all CBD extracts are the same, some are better than others.
In simple terms, CO2 cannabis extraction uses pressurized carbon dioxide (CO2) to pull CBD (and other phytochemicals) from the plant. CO2 acts like a solvent at certain temperatures and pressures but possesses none of the dangers. While it is safe and effective, it also involves extremely expensive equipment. The rather sophisticated machines used for the purpose work to freeze the CO2 gas and compress it into a supercritical cold liquid state.
CO2 extraction is a safe method and results in pure hemp extracts.
Bluebird crafted CBD oils use ethanol/alcohol to extract the hemp. It is a historic used method for cannabis/hemp extracts. It is a clean and cold extraction method that allows for optimal retention of terpenes and other sensitive compounds. Bluebird also employ low-temperature and relatively low-pressure CO2 extractions for some of our products.

Where do you source your hemp cbd from?

CannaWell’s Hemp Balance and Hemp CBD oils are made from hemp grown on organically certified farms in Europe.  After harvest, the hemp is carefully extracted and then blended into the different strength CannaWell CBD oils. 

What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

The body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is perhaps the most important physiological system involved in establishing and maintaining our health.
The ECS plays a key role in regulating our physiological and cognitive processes and it’s purpose is to achieve homeostasis or ‘inner balance'.
Every mammal, not just humans, but animals including dogs, cats, horses, birds, fish and reptiles have an endocannabinoid system.  Humans produce their own cannabinoids, so called endocannabinoids from before we are born throughout our lives.  The best known human produced cannabinoids are 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “Ananda,” which translates to “peace”). Anandamide is also called the 'bliss molecule'. It is becoming apparent that having healthy Anandamide levels is beneficial for our inner harmony and feeling of happiness.
The endocannabinoid system is part of the central nervous system. It is a network of receptors spread throughout our entire body.
The ECS has been recognised as an important body system affecting function of the brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. It also appears to play a very important regulatory role in the secretion of hormones related to reproductive functions and response to stress, affects appetite, food intake, energy balance and gastrointestinal tract activity. More conclusive evidence is coming to light supporting the theory of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (Dr Ethan Russo), particularly for disease such as migraine, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome. Given the large number of diseases which have shown endocannabinoid abnormalities such as epilepsy, cancer and a wide array of neurodegenerative diseases: it is an area which will undoubtedly and hopefully be explored further by the scientific community. 
Interestingly we are not aware of any other plant that has a whole physiological system dedicated to it in all mammals.  The cannabis plant is unique in this respect as we cannot get cannabinoids to support our ECS from any other natural food source in significant amounts.

I'm taking prescribed medication, can I take CBD supplements?

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) have advised that consumers who take prescribed medication should discuss this with a medical practitioner, before taking CBD oils.
However, for our customers that are already consuming CBD and feel that they wish to continue taking CBD with their prescribed medication it is a personal choice as the FSA are only issuing guidelines.

I'm pregnant, can I take CBD supplements?

Sorry, the FSA guidelines advise consumers not to take CBD when pregnant or breastfeeding.

Drug Testing

Please be aware that all of our products do contain trace levels of THC and therefore could potentially show as positive on a road side or employer drug test. Upon a urine or blood test it should be apparent that there are high levels of CBD not THC, however this would depend on the quality of the testing equipment being used. We therefore recommend that if you feel this could in anyway effect your ability to pass a drug test or jeopardise your employment you should either discuss the matter with your employer or not take the products. CannaWell can not be held liable in the event of individuals failing a drugs tests.

Where do you ship to?

We accept orders from the UK and Europe.
All orders are shipped in plain packaging within 48 hours of receipt of payment, tracked, and require a signature on receipt.
Unfortunately we cannot accept payment from cards where the billing address is outside of the EU. Should you wish to place an order from outside the EU, please contact us and we will send you an invoice for you to pay by bank transfer. If you are ordering from outside the UK, it is your responsibility to ensure that our products can be received and consumed in the shipping destination country.