More than six million people in the UK have already tried CBD – the natural wellness product associated with feelings of relaxation and calm.
It’s sold in oils, capsules, creams, tea and more – and there’s quite a buzz about its benefits among young and old in towns, cities and villages across the country.
Formally known as cannabidiol – CBD is one of the many (over 100 to be exact) chemical components found in the marijuana plant.
But it won’t get you high – because CBD contains minimal THC (less than 0.2%) which is the psychoactive component of marijuana.
Don’t let all the acronyms confuse you – CBD has been legal in Britain since 2018 and, in addition to many high street shops, independents and cafes.
But with the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, it is the online market that is becoming especially popular among customers – regular and new.
More than 400,000 people search for “CBD oil” on Google every month in the UK.
Among those supplying the growing customer-base is Hempura, an independent UK-based company – with customers aged from 18 to 90-plus – which has won a host of accolades for its authentic, good value products and reliable service, including a five star rating on TrustPilot and Vegan Society registration.
Here the company gives some expert tips to buying quality CBD online safely and securely.
Why is CBD so popular?
Many people have found that – as part of a healthy lifestyle – the addition of CBD to their daily routine can promote gentle feelings of wellbeing and balance.
But it is important to select the best products and dosage to suit you.
When looking for be best products here are a few checkpoints to follow:
Look for products that are third party lab tested?
This will ensure you will get the correct dosage – and ensure that you are not buying a product that does not contain any CBD.
Buying CBD Oil that’s been independently tested also means that you can be sure that what you’re buying contains no harmful ingredients.
Is the CBD organic and made using Non-GMO ingredients?
CBD Oil is only legal if it’s been derived from industrial European hemp.
Watch out for online companies that do not conform to these regulations, there are many that ship from the USA, Russia and Asia.
To ensure you’re buying the best CBD Oil, check for organic and Non-GMO labels.
Hempura products come from hemp organically grown in Portugal and Lithuania and is free from herbicide, pesticide, fungicide and GMO-free. Each harvest undergoes tests before purchase and importation to the UK.
Does the CBD oil contain less than 0.2% THC?
CBD Oil is only legal in the UK if it contains less than 0.2% THC – each container must have less than 1mg of THC and CBN, so extremely tiny levels that wouldn’t have any psychoactive effects.
Each country has different THC limits, so if you order CBD oil from a foreign company then you risk breaking the law, having it seized and getting a fine.
Hempura CBD products are lab tested and demonstrate undetectable/unquantifiable levels of THC and CBN at <0.03% THC. Alcohol-free beer, for example, is <0.05% alcohol.
This company uses CO2 extraction, which is widely considered the least toxic and most efficient method of extracting the CBD. The oil is also rich in cannabinoids and terpenes.
How does CBD work?
Endocannabinoids are molecules produced naturally by the body to support the endocannabinoid system, and these molecules have a number of striking similarities with phytocannabinoids – the chemicals found in Cannabis Sativa.
In total, there are more than a hundred cannabinoids that can be extracted from different strains of the cannabis plant.
High concentration CBD extracts are taken from hemp grown specifically for it’s CBD content, rather than it’s THC content, and then mixed into a carrier oil, sometimes hemp seed oil, to create the CBD rich oils seen in the Hempura range.
Hempura CBD Hemp Oils & CBD products contain a completely natural cannabis sativa hemp extract manufactured from low THC hemp. You can see the full range here.
How do I know what is the best dosage of CBD to take?
If you are just starting taking CBD, Hempura recommend that you start with a low dose of around 10-15mg, taken in two doses, evenly spaced throughout the day.
Once you get more familiar with CBD (and the effect that it has on your wellbeing) Hempura advises that you can increase the dose slowly, perhaps every 5-7 days, until you reach a point where you feel that you are getting the full benefit of the product.
There’s some more advice from the company here
When is the best time to take CBD oil?
There are no official guidelines on the best times to take CBD oil, but Hempura is dedicated to bringing the best products to its customers to suit their wishes and has carried out some detailed research identifying some traits which are most common among them.
An incredible 94.8% said they felt better after using their products, with 76.5% using them every day.
The most popular times for Hempura customers to use the products were in the morning, 46%, followed by the evening, 42.8%, with 11.3% using the products in the middle of the day.
You can see more details from the insight from the customer survey here
How do I know that my online payment is safe?
More and more of us are buying goods online, especially with the coronavirus restrictions still affecting every day life.
So it’s important to ensure your payments are safe.
Consumer experts recommend checking out these seven points before buying anything over the internet:
1. Research retailers online to make sure they’re legitimate.
2. Make sure the website is secure.
3. Know your rights and the company’s returns policy.
4. Keep software and virus protection up-to-date and use strong passwords for online accounts.
5. Don’t use public Wi-Fi.
6. Pay using a credit card.
7. Be smart.
Customer trust and security is at the heart of everything that Hempura does.
The company’s website is PCI compliant
They also use Beyond Security for daily website hack penetration testing – this is the same system used by governments, banks, telecoms and international corporations to scan their websites. You can see the test here
All UK CBD orders are shipped same-day when ordered Mon-Fri by 3pm. With UK shipping, you can expect your order in 2 working days. Hempura also offer DPD next working day delivery!
What Hempura customers are saying
Hempura was set up three years ago by Lewis Hadaway from Redcar in North Yorkshire.
Lewis is passionate about bringing a quality product that is affordable and good value for money to his customers.
Here are a few of the testimonies Hempura has received:
Louise said: “Brilliant customer service, great product, good price and it’s helped me so much … Have recommended to friends and would again over and over.”
Matthew said: “I did lots of research into most reputable and reliable sellers of cbd oil and Hempura ticked all the boxes and kept coming up in all the independent review sites. I’m a very happy customer!!! Free P&P and quick delivery is excellent. Thank you!”
Ben said: “After experimenting with a few cheaper brands with no luck, I did some research before eventually deciding to try Hempura. Rarely have I been this impressed with a product. My wife has been using it too and agrees entirely. Try it. You won’t be disappointed.”