Hemp Monkey - The UK's Best CBD Shop
Welcome to our CBD store! We understand how tricky it can be to get up and started with this incredible supplement. What works for one person may not for another. It can be frustrating, which is why we aim to deliver the widest possible selection of top-tier CBD products from all the best brands.
Whether you're looking to buy CBD Oils, Vape Oils, Vape Pens or Dry Herb Vaporizers, you'll only find the top brands at the lowest UK prices.
What Is CBD?
The cannabis plant contains well over 100 different cannabinoids. CBD (benign) and THC (the psychoactive component) are by far the largest components. CBD extracts are made by processing hemp via various methods to remove the THC as far as possible. What we are left with is all the goodness of the plant which can then be consumed by a wide variety of methods.
There are a variety of CBD extracts out there and it's important to understand the difference. Isolate refers to an extraction that is aimed towards as pure a CBD as possible with next to no other cannabinoids remaining. Full spectrum is different, as it seeks to retain those good additional cannabinoids but will include a little more (still legal) THC as well. Balanced spectrum lies somewhere in the middle and can vary considerably.
In an ideal world, the final extract ought to have been created using only organically grown and cultivated hemp. Upon extraction, the best products use a non-chemical/solvent CO2-based method. Only this style leads to a fully natural, unpolluted and quite frankly reliable end product.
The Best Ways To Consume CBD
It really is a matter of taste - sometimes quite literally! Here's a quick overview of the most popular methods:
1. Sublingual Oils
Perhaps still the most common way of taking CBD, this method involves carefully applying your dose straight from the bottle underneath the tongue.
You hold it underneath for about 90 seconds and voila - all done.
The upside of this method is that this part of the mouth absorbs quickly into the bloodstream.
On the downside, it’s inevitable that some will end up being swallowed and it may not be to everyone's taste (especially full spectrum oils).
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2. Vape Oils / E-Liquids
Increasingly popular - even among people who do not already 'normally' vape - there has been a steep improvement in the quality and variety of CBD e-liquids over the last year or so.
You can even now purchase sub-ohm styles to generate additional clouds, and some of the strengths available are eye watering.
Most remain unflavoured although some manufacturers are starting to offer flavoured vaping oils. The advantage is that it hits the bloodstream right away with very little wastage - making it ideal for immediate dosing.
One downside is that it does not last as long as other methods so re-dosing is necessary.
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If you can't stand the taste of CBD, then this presents an obvious solution. Just pop a capsule in the morning as many people do with other supplements.
Often a favourite method among long-term and high dosing users, it’s straightforward and an easy way to maintain a standard daily measured intake.
However, the problem with capsules is that they have to be processed by the gastric system. Your liver will invariably filter out some of the CBD. Quite how much is lost varies between people and is impossible to measure. That being said, plenty of people take capsules as a 'standard' dose and 'top up' with either of the above methods also.
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4. Balms / Lotions / Edibles
We'll bundle these all together as examples of how far CBD products have been expanding.
Some people swear by them, although others may consider them novelties compared with the above.
What we can say for sure is that the skin does serve as a pretty good way of ingesting CBD - and skincare products fortified with it tend to be outstanding (and expensive!).
Edibles such as chocolates, chewing gum and sweets are interesting alternatives but would be an unusual way to maintain a daily dose.
They are big in the States though, so no doubt these will expand in the near future.
Is CBD Legal To Use?
CBD is entirely legal to use in the UK providing it contains no more than 0.2% THC. From a buyer's perspective though, it's worth also being aware of a couple of other factors. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced in 2016 that CBD marketed for health benefits must be licensed. To date, not a single CBD product or manufacturer has been granted one - so beware any company that asserts/promises that their product will alleviate any condition.
Are There Any Side Effects?
In order to understand this, we need to make it clear that people react differently to CBD. Our individual bodily chemistry, endocannabinoid systems (yes we have them), weight, age, and simple tolerance all affect how it may 'work'. The same is the case for any potential side effects.
A small number of people report very mild side effects such as a dry mouth, drowsiness, light-headedness and a slight drop in blood pressure - but these are by no means universal.
Speaking from experience, the overwhelming majority of people will not notice any side effects that can be directly attributed to CBD.
Does It Make You High?
Hemp contains anywhere from 1/10 to 1/300 the amount of THC as found in a classic marijuana plant.
Considering that all products sold legally in the UK must fall under 0.2% THC anyway, you won't remotely high from any CBD product regardless of strength.
Distinguishing hemp from marijuana and CBD from THC is essential to understanding this fact.
Will It Help With My Health Condition?
Do not trust people who openly claim that CBD is a wonder cure for all ailments. Research into understanding how CBD works is ongoing, and much still needs to be done.
To date, most focus has been on CBD1 - which has resulted in some interesting findings from small-scale studies. CBD2 remains far more enigmatic, and that's before considering the dozens of other active cannabinoids which remain almost totally unknown!
There's a growing consensus that full/broad-spectrum extracts work better at helping to reinforce the body's own endocannabinoid system than isolate CBD. Quite how, why and the importance of this is yet to be ascertained - but with the growing interest in this field of research we can expect scientific progress within the next few years or so.
For the time being, our advice would be to consider CBD as you would any other health supplement. If you intend on taking it for a specific condition, look online and listen to others who are in a similar situation and whether it worked for them. Of course, there's no guarantee it will for you too - but that's the best way to research the potential it may have for your condition.
What's The Potential?
Back in late 2016 plenty of people missed the rather significant report from the government's MHRA finding that CBD has masses of potential. They declared that CBD has a "restoring, correcting or modifying" effect on "physiological functions".
Only The Independent really picked up on this at the time, mentioning a slightly vague 'report' from an unnamed scientific research company finding that CBD had passed Stage 3 trials and found to be entirely safe for human consumption. Just as importantly, they agreed that it seemed to assist with a wide array of physical and psychological conditions.